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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


Veterans Are Our True North

April 26, 2017

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From the April 2017 Contract Management Magazine External link to a non-government website

Ruby B. Harvey, VAAA Chancellor

Contract Management
Please tell us a little about yourself.

Ruby Harvey
I serve as the chancellor of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Acquisition Academy (VAAA), where I direct and oversee the training of VA›s acquisition workforce.  As chancellor, I formulate and deliver the strategies needed to develop acquisition business advisors to effectively and efficiently buy and manage the goods and services required to serve our nation’s Veterans.

I have more than 20 years of acquisition, program management, finance, and human resources experience in the public and private sectors, and I am responsible for training the VA acquisition workforce by instilling essential competencies and skills and establishing career development programs.  I oversee the Acquisition Internship School, Program Management School, Contracting Professional School, Facilities Management School, Supply Chain Management School, and an Enterprise Shared Services Department.

What is the mission of the VAAA?

Our mission is to be the career development academy of choice that prepares, enables, and inspires higher performing acquisition professionals and organizations for better mission results.  The VAAA was established in 2008 to train VA’s acquisition workforce.  Acquisition is a mission-critical function that is integral to the execution of all federal agency programs.  It takes a highly trained workforce to award and manage contracts for cost, schedule, and performance.  When done well, it results in best-value solutions for the taxpayer and our nation’s Veterans.

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