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Robert Miller

Robert Miller, retired in 2013 as Grants Unit Manager for USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).  His USAID experience in acquisition and assistance exceeds fifteen years supporting USAID programs overseas and USAID Headquarters.  Mr. Miller provides consultant services in business development and acquisition and assistance support and serves as a Senior Trainer for USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance sponsored Basic Assistance Course for USAID employees worldwide.

Experience

Consultant, Mar 2013 –  Present, Macfadden, Washington, DC

Organizational support for the reorganization of the existing unit with USAID’s Overseas Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) for grants.  Provision of subject matter expert services in support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) grant award and administration activities.

Senior Trainer, Mar 2013 –  Present, Suntiva, Fall Church, VA

Serve as subject matter expert (SME) supporting training courses for Basic Acquisition for USAID employees.  Course includes USAID-specific assistance guidelines as they relate to Agreement Officer and Agreement Officer Representative duties under acquisition and assistance (A&A) instruments and the developmental impacts. Training provided serves as an essential element advancing core business competencies of newly employed USAID staff to be become eligible for an assistance warrant.

Senior Trainer, Mar 2013 – Present, ClaroKC, Silver Spring, VA

Provide Senior Trainer services in support of a training course designed for organizations that have receive or expect to receive USAID funded grants and cooperative agreements entitled, Essential Assistance.  Course is focused on post award rules and regulations, implementation procedures and compliance matters, all geared from the perspective of a USAID recipient.

Supervisor Grants Unit Lead, 2009-2013, USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Macfadden, Washington, DC

Supervisory Grants Unit Lead for the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).  Directly supervise 10 multi-national staff Senior Grants Specialists, 11 Grants Specialists and one Senior Auditor.  The Grants Unit conducts pre-award surveys of potential new Recipients, negotiates and prepares final awards for all OFDA grants, cooperative agreements, fixed obligation grants, interagency agreements and United Nations awards.  These awards are the U.S. government’s response to international disasters.  As such, this is a fast-paced environment, where quality control and speed are essential in meeting OFDA’s mandate of saving lives and alleviating human suffering.  Many awards are conducted in remote locations where USAID has no presence and the Grants Unit is called upon to resolve many unusual issues.  This office also provides technical advice on assistance instruments, Notwithstanding authority, OFAC Licenses, waivers and interpretations on the Automated Directive System, Codified Federal Regulations and OMB Circulars to OFDA staff.

Senior Grants Specialist, 2003 – 2009, USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Macfadden, Washington, DC

Senior Grants Officer for the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance’s (OFDA) Grants Unit.  In fiscal year 2008 alone wrote 72 Agreements obligating more than $92 million in emergency disaster assistance.  Act as lead Grants Officer for United Nations (UN) and Inter-Agency Agreements, as well as Agreements with Fairfax and Los Angeles County Fire and Rescue Departments, which provide emergency search and rescue in response to international natural disasters (tsunamis, earthquakes, etc.).  Responsible for pre-award and post-award aspects of OFDA’s grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, for U.S. foreign humanitarian and disaster assistance programs.  Mentor new and less experienced staff.

Supervisory Contracting Specialist, 1999 – 2003, USAID/Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Directed the work of five local staff in the preparation, negotiation and management of grants, contracts and modifications of all varieties of USAID awards.  Reviewed proposals for reasonableness and allow-ability, and negotiated awards.  Prepared acquisition, assistance, and interagency documents in conformance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR), Contract Information Bulletin (CIBs), Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the USAID Automated Directive System (ADS) and other relevant guidance.  Supervised the preparation of Memoranda of Negotiation, Award Data Sheets and various USAID reports.  Performed and supervised all post-award administration functions, including audit resolution and closeout.

Supervisory Financial Analyst and Certifying Officer, 1996 – 1999, USAID Regional Center for Southern Africa (RCSA), Gaborone, Botswana

Supervised and trained six local staff in the processing of all contractor/recipient vouchers and certified payments using electronic certification system.  Supervised and certified the payrolls for US direct hire, local-hire, and contractor staff.  Tracked all financial activities for USAID’s Angola aid program, and provided financial management advice to staff based in Angola.  Performed Strategic Objective and activity-level financial analysis for, and served as member of, assigned development sector teams. Responsibilities also included oversight of the cashier operation, monthly cash counts, installation of a payroll system in the Botswana and South Africa Missions and trained staff in its operation.

Team Leader, 1995 – 1996, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Contracts Financial Reconciliation, Bradson Corporation, Crystal City, VA

Supervised 10 financial analysts conducting reconciliation of problematic FMS contracts in an effort to close them.  Reconciliation involved working with numerous federal contract repositories as most contracts were between five and ten years old.  Acted as liaison between U.S. Navy and foreign country military organizations that purchased U.S. military goods and services.  Prepared various reconciliation status reports for U.S. Navy FMS contracting office.

U.S. Air Force Congressional Liaison, Office of the Secretary, 1991 – 1994, The Pentagon

Planned and implemented logistical, security and administrative planning for, and escorted numerous members of the President’s cabinet and U.S. Congressional leadership on overseas trips.  Trained other military staff on protocols in working with cabinet and congressional members.  Also analyzed proposed Congressional Appropriation Bills and Committee Report language for impact assessment on U.S. Air Force mission.  Supervised the preparation of 160 Congressional hearing transcripts for the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff and other Air Force leaders.  This included White House policy review on policy statements, witness transcripts and Congressional record inserts.  Coordinated the preparation of over one thousand annual Replies to constituent inquiries submitted to the Air Force by members of Congress.

Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA), 1985 – 1991, Office of the Controller

Supervised all administrative support activities for Controller function including budget tables and other financial planning documents and a sensitive/secure computer facility.  Formulated five annual Economic Impact Assessments measuring the Defense Nuclear Agency’s impact on the economy of Albuquerque, NM.  Assisted in the preparation of the Defense Nuclear Agency annual budget.

Office of Military Cooperation, Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force Central Command, 1984 – 1985, American Embassy, Khartoum, Sudan

Responsible for various aspects of U.S. foreign military sales program to   Sudan.  Performed liaison with Sudanese military on U.S. weapons and training.  Screened Sudanese military candidates for training in the U.S. and prepared training documents.  Also responsible for arranging all in-bound and out-bound U.S. Air Force cargo shipments into Sudan.  Provided support to low profile Central Command U.S. military teams located inside and outside Khartoum, Sudan.

Various other assignments with the U.S. Air Force, 1968 – 1984, including:

  • Headquarters Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, NM. – Published operational test reports on proposed new weapons systems before introduction into the Air Force inventory.
  • 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon (Madrid), Spain – Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, Central Command.
  • 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn Air Base, Germany – Provided support in a sensitive communications facility.
  • 351st Strategic Missile Wing, Minuteman Nuclear Missiles, Whiteman Air Force Base, MO – Provided administrative support in missile engineering office.

Education

MPA – Government, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

MA (double major)  –  Management & Computer Resource Information Systems,

Webster University, St. Louis, MO

BA –  Public Administration, The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM