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Michael McFarland

Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary

Mr. Michael McFarland is the Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition in the Office of Acquisition, Division of Acquisition in the Department of Health and Human Services. 

As ADAS, he develops Department-wide Acquisition policies and publishes and maintains the HHS Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR), provides technical assistance to the Department’s OPDIVS and STAFFDIVs and evaluates effectiveness of HHS acquisition programs and processes.

Mr. McFarland is also the Director of the Office of Acquisition Business Systems where he is responsible for implementing Department-wide policies governing the development and management of business systems that support the acquisition community, and managing HHS-wide acquisition business systems.  He played a lead role in the development of HHS Accelerate, an innovative acquisition system that uses block chain, artificial intelligence and other emerging technology to deliver value to HHS acquisition workforce.


Prior to joining HHS Mr. McFarland was the Deputy Director of the IT Schedule 70 Contract Operations providing operational oversight and guidance to 150 Contracting 1102s responsible for awarding and administering over 5000 IT Schedule contracts with annual business volume exceeding $15 Billion.  Before that Mr. McFarland was the Director of the Office of Non-MAS Acquisition Operations within the GSA Federal Acquisition Service, Information Technology Category (ITC).  In this role Mr. McFarland oversaw a team of experienced acquisition professionals responsible for managing procurement vehicles like the Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant, Alliant 2, VETS and 8a STARS; Cloud Computing contract vehicles; strategic software acquisitions; security services contracts; and Government Wide Telecommunications contracts Networks and EIS. 

Previous to GSA Mr. McFarland worked for 21 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture doing Department-wide information technology acquisitions.