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Biography: Cassandra R. Freeman, M.S., M.S.A.,

Director, Acquisition Policy Division
Acting Director, Acquisition Program Support Division
Office of Acquisitions Management, Contracts & Grants
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
US Department of Health and Human Services

Cassandra R. Freeman serves as the Director for the Acquisition Policy Division and the Acting Director for the Acquisition Program Support Division. She has over 25 years of federal service with the Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian agencies to include the: Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard.

She joined the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2012 as the Division Director and Competition Advocate for the Office of Acquisitions, Management Contracts and Grants, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Ms. Freeman has provided managerial leadership as a contracting officer, branch chief, socio-economic program manager and as the deputy director for small business programs at the Environmental Protection Agency. Leading and guiding staff, intra- and inter-agency teams, she has served in acquisition positions at the DOD and civilian agencies, including positions considered Critical Acquisition Positions (CAP). She was a member of the Acquisition Professional Community (APC) at the DOD. She has extensive experience in pre and post contract and assistance awards.

Ms. Freeman began her career in 1989 with the Department of the Army, Contract Appeals Division as a government contracts paralegal. She moved to the Department of Navy, Office of Naval Research where she served two tours from 1992 to 1997 as a contracting officer, where she awarded contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, and from 2001 to 2005 as a senior procurement analyst. From 1997 to 2001 she was with the Department of Transportation as a procurement analyst at the U.S. Coast Guard and as a branch chief at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). While at FTA, she developed the FTA “Virtual Procurement Office”. From 2005 to 2008 she served as the Deputy Director, Office of Small Business Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2008, Ms. Freeman became the first socio-economic program manager at the former Defense Business Transformation Agency, where she established and oversaw small business policy, procedures and initiatives.

 

From 2009 until joining ASPR, Ms. Freeman served as a senior procurement analyst with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) where she was responsible for policy impacting small business, commercial items and other transactions authority. Ms. Freeman has drafted regulations for both the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). She chaired the FAR Small Business Committee, an interagency committee consisting of civilian and DOD agencies that were established pursuant to OMB Memo dated March 2, 2007. Under her leadership, the committee initiated the regulations for the Woman-Owned Small Business Program, Small Business Parity, HUB Zone Revisions, and the Small Disadvantaged Business Self-Certification of Subcontractors. She chaired the DFARS Small Business Committee, and co-chaired the DFARS Environmental Committee. All of these committees drafted proposed, interim and final rules resulting in regulations for the acquisition community that were promulgated on legislation, statutes, Executive Orders, agency need, mission and operational readiness.

Ms. Freeman attended Howard University where she majored in Political Science. She holds an M.S., in Management with a concentration in Procurement and Contract Management from the University of Maryland University College and an M.S.A., in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She holds a B.S. in Business and Management from the University of Maryland University College. She taught for 8 years as an adjunct professor at Strayer University’s Business Department teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses.

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  • This page last reviewed: August 21, 2017