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Jay M. Bergman

Jay Bergman, former USAID Contracting and Agreement Officer with over 35 years of acquisition and assistance experience in the U.S. and overseas.  Since retiring from USAID in 2000, Mr. Bergman remains engaged as a consultant providing expert acquisition and assistance services to USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Office of Transitions Initiative (OTI), Office of Food for Peace, Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) and Bureau for Food Security (BFS), as well as a number of USAID partner organizations.  Mr. Bergman serves as a Senior Trainer for USAID’s Agreement and Contracting Officer Representative (AOR/COR) courses.

Experience (Full-Time)

Supervisory Grants/Agreement Specialist, 09/2000 – 12/2007 Macfadden Associates, Inc.; 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1500; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Serve as Leader of the Grants Unit providing A&A support to the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA); supervise staff of nine professionals; negotiate and execute subcontracts.

Office Director/Regional Contracting Officer, 10/1995 – 06/2000 U.S. Agency for International Development; Regional Center for Southern Africa; Gaborone, Botswana

Chief of Regional Contracting Office responsible for five client Missions; Regional Contracting Officer (unlimited warrant); supervised two U.S. direct-hire employees, two U.S. Personal Services Contractors, and 6 Foreign Service Nationals; member of Mission senior management team, Management Control and Review Committee, and Mission appraisal committees.

Special Assistant to Director, 11/1993 – 10/1995 U.S. Agency for International Development; Office of Procurement; Washington, DC 20523

Primary responsibility was backstopping field-based Contracting Officers; developed and maintained Office budget; various other duties as assigned.

Branch Chief and Contract/Grant Officer, 10/1986 – 11/1993 U.S. Agency for International Development; Office of Procurement; Washington, DC 20523

As Branch Chief, was responsible for supervising regular staff of three-five professional contract specialists and one clerical employee, and for providing training to new employees. As Contract/Grant Officer (unlimited warrant), was responsible for providing contract/grant services to the technical offices under my cognizance, and for the work produced by my staff.  Responsible to higher-level management within the Office of Procurement for reports, analyses, management initiatives, resolution of audit reports, etc.

Contract/Grant Negotiator, 10/1979 – 10/1986 U.S. Agency for International Development; Office of Procurement; Washington, DC 20523

Responsible for all phases of acquisition (contracts) and assistance (grants, cooperative agreements) from post-design planning through solicitation, negotiation, and award, and post-award contract administration and close-out. Acted as Branch Chief and, prior to 1984, Contract/Grant Officer in absence of regular Branch Chief. Worked independently, and, as Senior Negotiator beginning in May 1983, provided training and guidance to journeyman-level negotiators.

Contract Administrator, 09/1977 – 09/1979 Defense Logistics Agency; Defense Contract Administration Services Management Area – Springfield; 240 Route 22; Springfield, NJ 07081

Responsible for all phases of post-award contract administration, including issuance and definitization of change orders, spare parts orders, and delivery orders under Basic Ordering Agreements.

Experience (Short-Term)

06/2012 – Present Weidemann Associates, Inc.; 1129 20th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC  20037

Under a part-time temporary employee arrangement, provide procurement support to the USAID Bureau for Food Security, Office of Agricultural Research and Productivity.

06/2012 – Present U.S. Agency for International Development; Office of Transition Initiatives (DCHA/OTI); Washington, DC 20523

Under a part-time Personal Services Contract, serve as Senior Management Advisor on Acquisition and Assistance issues to USAID Office of Transition Initiatives Program Office

01/2012 – 05/2012 Solloway & Associates; 8230 Georgia Avenue; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Under a labor-hour consultancy, reviewed sub-awards issued by recipient of USAID cooperative agreement, and re-wrote the sub-awards as sub-grants or contracts (as appropriate) to comply with all federal and USAID rules and regulations.

01/2012 – 12/2012 Macfadden Associates, Inc.; 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1500; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Under a part-time intermittent employee arrangement, served as Senior Grants Advisor for USAID Office of Food for Peace Emergency Food Security Program (competitive grants program).

04/2010 – 01/2012 Macfadden Associates, Inc.; 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1500; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Under a part-time intermittent employee arrangement, served as Grants Team Leader for USAID Office of Food for Peace Emergency Food Security Program (competitive grants program).

01/2011 – 11/2011 The QED Group, LLC; 1250 I Street, N.W., Suite 1100; Washington, DC 20005

Under a part-time temporary employee arrangement, developed a draft USAID child safeguarding policy and code of conduct for international development and humanitarian assistance activities, and served as an advisor to the USAID Child Safeguarding Working Group.

09/2010 – 05/2012 The QED Group, LLC; 1250 I Street, N.W., Suite 1100; Washington, DC 20005

Under a time-and-materials consultancy and subsequently a part-time temporary employee arrangement, provided Program Office support to the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives.

08/2009 – Present International Resources Group; 1211 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 700; Washington, DC 20036

Under a time-and-materials consultancy, provided two-week certification training to USAID technical and program staff in Washington and multiple countries regarding their roles as Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) and Agreement Officer’s Representatives (AORs).

05/2009 – 12/2012 John Snow, Inc.; 1616 North Fort Meyer Drive, 11th Floor; Arlington, VA 22209

Under a time and-materials consultancy, provided A&A advice for the USAID | DELIVER project on an as-needed basis.

01/2008 – 12/2012 Macfadden Associates, Inc.; 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1500; Silver Spring, MD 20910

Under a part-time intermittent employee arrangement, served as Senior Grants Advisor for USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

01/2010 – 07/2010 The QED Group, LLC; 1250 I Street, N.W., Suite 1100; Washington, DC 20005

Under a time-and-materials consultancy, analyzed past and current procurement mechanisms used by the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), as well as potential changes and/or new mechanisms for the future.

06/2009 – 03/2010 American Red Cross; 2025 E Street, N.W.; Washington, DC 20006

Under a time-and-materials consultancy, reviewed the relationship between American Red Cross and the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), made recommendations for strengthening and improving that relationship, and developed tools to enable American Red Cross to quickly assess whether to seek OFDA funding and the best response options for OFDA funding.

07/2008 – 01/2009 The QED Group, LLC; 1250 I Street, N.W., Suite 1100; Washington, DC 20005

Under a time-and-materials consultancy for an institutional IQC contractor, co-developed a “Grants under Contracts” manual for USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (DCHA/OTI) personnel.

10/2007 – 12/2010 USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA); 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 7th Floor Washington, DC 20523

Under a time-and-materials purchase order, was responsible for creating, updating, and maintaining USAID Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) award templates.

10/2005 – 10/2006 The QED Group, LLC; 1250 I Street, N.W., Suite 1100; Washington, DC 20005

Under an institutional contract for the USAID Office of Microenterprise Development, continued and expanded the work begun for Emerging Markets Group (see next consultancy listed below).

06/2005 – 07/2005 Emerging Markets Group, Ltd.; 1001 G Street, N.W. Suite 900 West,Washington DC 20001

Under and institutional contract for the USAID Office of Microenterprise Development, prepared cost comparison between 8 for-profit and 8 non-profits for implementing standardized micro-enterprise development project; developed chart outlining differences between various types of contracts and grants/cooperative agreements; and drafted discussion paper on legal/regulatory/policy differences between for-profits and non-profits and between contracts and grants/cooperative agreements.

09/2003 – 12/2003 U.S. Agency for International Development; Office of Acquisition and Assistance; Washington, DC 20523

Prepared checklists for grants and cooperative agreements with Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and Public International Organizations (PIOs) to be used by Agreement Officers/Negotiators and Cognizant Technical Officers (CTOs) from Activity Planning through to award/activity close-out; prepared guidance on developing independent government cost estimates.

Education

City University of New York

College of Staten Island

715 Ocean Terrace

Staten Island, NY 10301

A.A. Degree: Awarded June 1974

B.S. Degree: Awarded with Honors June 1977

Major: Economics

Minors: Geography, Mathematics, Psychology