Supporting the mission through acquisition and financial assistance services throughout NOAA
AGO Leadership Team
The Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO) provides high-value services to NOAA Line and Staff Offices, compliant with laws and regulations, on time, and at the best value to the government through the planning, solicitation, award, administration, and closeout of nearly 25,000 acquisition and financial assistance transactions annually. NOAA’s ability to accomplish its mission and achieve its goals depends significantly on AGO’s ability to process over $2.5 billion annually in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. AGO is managed by:
FY 2020 Summary
Over 23,726 acquisition transactions were executed to obligate $1.7 billion and manage 4,824 active contracts. In addition, AGO executed over 4,100 financial assistance transactions to award $1.52 billion and manage over 3,450 active grants. NOAA also successfully executed over 10,000 closeout actions.
NOAA advocates for small business awards, accomplishing approximately 49 percent overall small business achievement for the year. AGO also continued to place emphasis on NOAA’s two key strategic sourcing initiatives: NOAALink program and ProTech Acquisition Initiative to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
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Enable the NOAA mission through premier acquisition and financial assistance solutions.
Valued as strategic business advisors advancing the NOAA mission through strong partnerships with clients and internal and external stakeholders.
Inclusion: Strive to create a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, and can contribute fully to the organization's success.
Innovation: Constantly engage with our clients and industry to bring cutting-edge technology and solutions to address NOAA’s complex requirements.
Integrity: Conduct ourselves with the highest degree of fiduciary responsibility, ethics, and fairness.
Excellence: Consistently deliver a superior experience and high quality outcomes for our clients and the American people.
The AGO provides the full range of acquisition support services, including acquisition planning, contract award, and contract administration, for NOAA Offices in accordance with applicable procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures. AGO staff serve as business advisers to NOAA Line and Staff Offices in all acquisition matters to efficiently and effectively deliver the capabilities needed to support the unique missions of NOAA.
The AGO acquisition divisions and the clients they support are:
Corporate Services Acquisition
The Corporate Services Acquisition Division (CSAD), based in Silver Spring, MD, is responsible for the award and management of strategically sourced vehicles for use by the other acquisition divisions. Roughly 26.3% of NOAA dollars are awarded via NOAA’s two Strategic Sourcing Vehicles, NOAALink which provides IT infrastructure planning and acquisition services, and ProTech which provides professional and technical services, in support of NOAA’s four domains: Satellite, Fisheries, Weather, and Oceans.
The CSAD Director is Michael Conroy.
Satellite and Information Acquisition
The Satellite and Information Acquisition Division (SIAD), based in Silver Spring, MD, is responsible for developing and executing contracts for the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) across the United States and the Pacific Islands.
The Eastern Acquisition Division (EAD), based in Kansas City, MO, and Norfolk, VA, provides acquisition support to the National Weather Service (NWS) Headquarters Office, NWS Eastern and Central Regions, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Headquarters, NMFS Northeast and Southeast Offices, National Ocean Service (NOS) Headquarter Offices and NOS Offices east of the Mississippi.
The Western Acquisition Division (WAD), based in Boulder, CO, and Seattle, WA, provides acquisition support to NMFS, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), NOS, and NWS offices across the United States and the Pacific Islands.
AGO Financial Assistance
The Grants Management Division (GMD), based in Silver Spring, MD, awards, monitors, and closes out financial assistance awards to meet the mission of NOAA and other DOC bureaus. In addition, GMD ensures compliance with all audit-related requirements for grants. Guidance and assistance are provided to all levels of NOAA and DOC bureaus on financial assistance policies, procedures, and administrative guidelines involving financial assistance management.