Shaffer new deputy director of acquisition
FORT LEE, Va. (May 25, 2017) – Michael G. Shaffer is the new deputy director of acquisition management for the Defense Commissary Agency effective April 30.
The announcement came from Larry Hahn, director of acquisition management. Shaffer previously served as enterprise acquisition division chief and will continue to provide oversight to this division until the agency selects his replacement.
Shaffer follows Richard Deiter, who left the agency in December 2016 for an assignment at the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia. He had served more than two years as deputy director of acquisition management.
"Mike has been a key member of the DeCA acquisition community for many years," Hahn said. "His long history of dedication to his customers and the commissary patrons has provided him with a broad base of knowledge that will serve him well in leading the acquisition community in his new position."
In addition to serving as the deputy director of acquisition management, Shaffer has secondary oversight of the resale contracting division and primary oversight of DeCA's overseas contracting operations and its IT contracting operation.
For the past five years, he was chief of the enterprise acquisition division, where he managed three procurement branches supporting a wide array of requirements for areas such as DeCA's business transformation, new commissary construction and rehabilitation, architect engineering, logistics, commissary support services, worldwide operational supplies, revenue generating agreements and emergency support.
Shaffer came to DeCA in 2002, serving first as a procurement analyst for three years and later as the chief of the revenue, supplies and headquarters support branch from 2005 to 2012.
Before DeCA, Shaffer served eight years in Washington D.C., with the Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) contracting directorate, the first four as a contract specialist and the balance as a procurement analyst.
During his tenure as a contracting specialist with NAVSEA, Shaffer spent one year with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy's Research Development and Acquisition office in Arlington, Virginia. There, he reviewed acquisition documents submitted from three Navy system commands prior to service-level approval. Shaffer also served on the Navy inspection team for two of these system commands, assessing contract compliance and performance management for the commands' procurement offices.
Later, after returning to NAVSEA, Shaffer was promoted to procurement analyst, where he reviewed high-dollar acquisitions for the Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers as well as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding contracting offices. During this assignment he was acknowledged for recommending a cost-saving commercial alternative to a piece of military shipboard equipment later adopted by the Navy.
Shaffer entered federal service in 1994 after graduating from Frostburg State University with a business administration degree with a concentration in marketing.
Before college he served four years in the Navy from 1987 to 1991, his last job as a petty officer third class assigned at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia as a lead storekeeper aboard the Resolute AFDM-10, a floating dry dock used for repair and maintenance of submarines. His duties included supervising two storekeepers as well as procuring, receiving, storing and issuing inventories of repair parts and other supplies while maintaining the financial ledger for those inventories and also the equipment rental budget.
His most recent awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award (2016), runner-up selection in the DeCA Director's Innovation Challenge (2011) and various Special Act Awards. He was also selected Navy Petty Officer of the Quarter (1991).
"In my 'former life' I've worked a number of shelf stocking jobs at a variety of retailers to include Costco, Be-Lo Food Stores, County Market, Wilson's Grocery, Food Lion and the Walter Reed Commissary (stocking shelves at night for a commercial contractor)," Shaffer said. "This work made me appreciate what I did later and still do today as a part of the acquisition directorate.
"My daily focus has been and will remain to support key DeCA functions like store operations, business transformation and the sales directorate," he added, "procuring contracts that save the agency millions of dollars, improve our internal business processes and result in a better shopping experience for our patrons."
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Kevin L. Robinson
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