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Office of Acquisition and Grants Management

Rod Benson, Director

Daniel Kane, Acting Deputy Director 


Acquisition Support and Policy Staff - Norbert Szymanski, Director

Acquisition and Grants Group - Ed Hughes, Director
Division of Information Technology Contracts - Derrick Heard, Director
Division of Beneficiary Support Contracts - Mary Jones, Director
Division of Support Contracts - Carol Sevel, Director
Division of Research Contracts and Grants - William Tate, Director

Medicare Contracts Group - Director, Pam Collins
Division of Medicare Contracts - Linda Hook, Director
Division of Medicare Support Contracts - Leisa Bodway, Director
Division of Quality Contracts - Brian Hebbel, Director


Functional Statement

  • Serves as the Agency's Head of the Contracting Activity. Plans, organizes, coordinates and manages the activities required to maintain an agency-wide acquisition program.
  • Serves as the Agency's Chief Grants Management Official, with responsibility for all CMS discretionary grants.
  • Ensures the effective management of the Agency's acquisition and grant resources.
  • Serves as the lead for developing and overseeing the Agency's acquisition planning efforts.
  • Develops policy and procedures for use by acquisition staff and internal CMS staff necessary to maintain efficient and effective acquisition and grant programs.
  • Advises and assists the Administrator, senior staff, and Agency components on acquisition and grant related issues.
  • Plans, develops, and interprets comprehensive policies, procedures, regulations, and directives for CMS acquisition functions.
  • Represents CMS at departmental acquisition and grant forums and functions, such as the Executive Council on Acquisition and the Executive Council for Grants Administration Policy.
  • Serves as the CMS contact point with HHS and other Federal agencies relative to grant and cooperative agreement policy matters.
  • Coordinates and/or conducts training for contracts and grant personnel, as well as project officers in CMS components.
  • Develops agency-specific procurement guidelines for the utilization of small and disadvantaged business concerns in achieving an equitable percentage of CMS' contracting requirements.
  • Provides cost/price analyses and evaluations required for the review, negotiation, award, administration, and closeout of grants and contracts. Provides support for field audit capability during the pre-award and closeout phases of contract and grant activities.
  • Develops and maintains the OAGM automated procurement management system. Manages procurement information activities (i.e., collecting, reporting, and analyzing procurement data).

Biography of Rod Benson [PDF, 59KB]

Photo of Rod Benson [ZIP, 1875KB]
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