David A. Grant

GovConRx Advisor
Partner, Potomac Ridge Consulting

Dave Grant is a senior executive with over 34 years of experience in procurement, acquisition, program management, and leadership with 18 years in the Senior Executive Service. He served at Department of Homeland Security as FEMA’s Associate Administrator for Mission Support and as FEMA’s Chief Procurement Officer. Prior to that Dave served as Chief, Agency-Wide Shared Services (AWSS) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and as IRS Director, Office of Procurement. He is seen as an experienced leader of organizations across multiple Departments as well as representing the Agency with OMB, the Administration, Capitol Hill and Industry. He is an experienced leader of large complex multi-functional organizations, program management, acquisition planning, budgetary formulation and management, program lifecycle management, strategic planning and measurement of outcomes.

Dave served as the Associate Administrator for Mission Support and Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) and was responsible for Agency-wide integrated support operations consisting of:  Procurement, Information Technology, Human Capital, Financial Management, Real Property and Facility Management, Asset Management, Privacy, and Security. For much of 2017, Mr. Grant served as the FEMA’s Acting Deputy Administrator. In this role, he was leading the operation of the Agency during transition of Administration and Departmental leadership and continuing of operations for critical Agency programs.  He led FEMA’s internal operations and Disaster oversight while maintaining agency continuity in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Agency’s State, Local, Territorial and Tribal partners during one of the Agency’s most historic hurricane seasons.

Prior to becoming the Associate Administrator for Mission Support, Dave served as the FEMA Chief Procurement Officer. In this role he led an organization of over 200 personnel dedicated to providing a full range of acquisition services and business solutions to all FEMA programs, partners, and stakeholders. Dave led multi-billion-dollar procurement initiatives in support of both steady-state and disaster activities and operations for FEMA.

Prior to his appointment as the FEMA Chief Procurement Officer, Dave served as Chief, Agency-Wide Shared Services (AWSS) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) where he provided oversight and direction to key operational and administrative divisions in support of IRS tax administration. He oversaw a staff of approximately 3,000 employees and managed a budget exceeding $3 billion in support of more than 100,000 IRS employees. His organization consisted of five operating divisions providing services for Procurement, Real Estate and Facilities Management (REFM), Employee Support Services (ESS), Physical Security & Emergency Preparedness (PS&EP), and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). 

Prior to his appointment as Chief, AWSS, Dave served as the IRS Director, Office of Procurement, where he led a staff of more than 500 and managed the nationwide procurement program with an annual spending of approximately $2 billion and administration of contracts worth $15 billion.

Prior to his tenure with the IRS, he began as Department of the Army intern and held positions of increasing responsibility as a Contracting Officer with the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), primarily supporting the digital replacement for the Tri-Service Tactical (TRI-TAC) signal system providing echelon above corps tactical command, control, and communications capabilities. 

Dave is a graduate of James Madison University and a recipient of numerous awards such as the Presidential Rank Award (meritorious), Treasury and DHS Secretarial awards, IRS Commissioner awards, and FEMA Administrator awards.

In January 2018, David Grant started a consulting firm - Potomac Ridge Consulting, LLC - with Greg Giddens, another GovConRx Advisory Board member. Potomac Ridge Consulting provides Acquisition, Program Management and Strategic guidance to firms across the federal spectrum.