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Our Mission

The Office of Acquisition and Grants (OAG) is responsible for the SSA-wide acquisition and grants programs in support of the Agency mission and strategic goals. OAG directs the business management aspects of these activities, and develops and implements applicable policies, procedures, and directives.

The Office of Acquisition and Grants (OAG) is the principal procurement office of SSA. Seth Binstock is the Associate Commissioner for Acquisition and Grants. Cathy A. Bella is the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Acquisition and Grants.

The Office of the Associate Commissioner has overall responsibility for the award and administration of contracts and grants for SSA.

The Office of Information Technology Acquisition, directed by Christian Hellie, is responsible for acquisition of information technology products and related services.

The Office of Operations Contracts, directed by Jane Quinn, is responsible for acquisition of facilities services and acquisition of all other non-IT products and services.

The Office of Acquisition Support, directed by Allyson Stokes, provides acquisition policy and cost analysis audit support to OAG. This office also administers the purchase card program.

Regional Contracting Officers are responsible for the acquisition needs specific to the SSA field offices in their regions.


Important Alerts

Informal Informational Guidance


CONTRACTORS – This guidance will apply in the event there is a funding lapse on October 1, 2015:

Medical Experts/Vocational Experts and Verbatim Hearing Recorders – Previously scheduled Office of Disability Adjudication and Review hearings will proceed. You should report to your scheduled hearings.

Medical Consultant Contractors – You should continue to work according to your usual schedule.

Other Contractors - If your contract is funded through a date later than September 30, 2015, you are required to continue contract performance until the date your contract's funding ends, unless notified otherwise by an SSA Contracting Officer.

If SSA has funded your contract only through September 30, 2015, you will receive guidance/direction from your SSA Contracting Officer on whether contract performance is deemed essential and will continue. When SSA makes this decision, an SSA Contracting Officer will notify you.

You can determine the date your contract's funding ends by looking at the most recent contract document adding funds to the contract. The funding document may be a Standard Form (SF) 1449, an SF 30 or an OF 347. Your contract's funding ends on the earliest date of: 1) the period of performance; or, 2) the date identified as the funded through date. Your contract may not have a funded through date. If your contract does not have a "funded through" date, you may assume SSA has funded your contract until the end of the period of performance.

SSA's contracting officers are the only Agency personnel authorized to give direction relating to continuing performance of SSA contracts during any shutdown (COTRs are authorized to give technical guidance but are not authorized to provide direction on whether contract performance should continue.) Contractor employees should not follow Agency guidance issued to SSA employees, but should contact their employer.

Please check this site periodically for additional guidance.

If you have any questions about your contract, you may call SSA's Office of Acquisition and Grants.

GRANTEES – You should continue performance of your grant until notified otherwise.

Seth Binstock
Associate Commissioner
Acquisition and Grants
Social Security Administration
(410) 965-9538

Message from Acting Commissioner Colvin to SSA Contractors
"Employing People with Disabilities"

SSA Vendor Repository

This document provides instructions on how vendors can submit information to be included in the newly created SSA vendor database. This database will be used for COTR market research.

System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is a Federal Government-owned and -operated free website that consolidates the capabilities in CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS.

There is no charge for registration in SAM.

Attention - Prime Contractors and Small Business Subcontractors

On July 11, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum M-12-16, "Providing Prompt Payment to Small Business Subcontractors," to further the goal established in OMB's September 14, 2011 Memorandum M-11-32, "Accelerated Payments to Small Business for Goods and Services."

Memorandum M-12-16 (as extended on July 11, 2013 by OMB Memorandum M-13-15, “Extension of Policy to Provide Accelerated Payment to Small Business Subcontractors”) established a policy for Federal agencies to accelerate payments to all prime contractors allowing them to accelerate payments to their small business subcontractors. Consistent with Memorandum M-11-32, the goal was to make payments to all prime contractors quickly upon receipt of a proper invoice and required documentation.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) now requires agencies to: take measures to ensure prime contractors pay small business subcontractors on an accelerated timetable to the maximum extent practicable upon receipt of accelerated payments from the Government; and include FAR clause 52.232-40, "Providing Accelerated Payments to Small Business Subcontractors," in all solicitations and contracts.  The clause requires:

Prime contractors to make accelerated payments to their small business subcontractors to the maximum extent practicable upon receipt of accelerated payments from the Government, and prior to when such payments are required under the contract or subcontract after receipt of a proper invoice and other required documentation. 

Additionally, prime contractors are to include this clause in all subcontracts with small business concerns.

NOTE: This acceleration does not provide any new rights under the Prompt Payment Act (PPA) and does not affect the application of the Prompt Payment Act's (PPA) late-payment interest penalty provisions.  Under the PPA, when an agency does not pay the contractor the amount due by "the required payment date", it triggers an interest penalty. This acceleration does not modify the "required payment date" and does not otherwise modify the operation of the interest penalty.

Please direct questions to the Office of Acquisition and Grants, Division of Acquisition Policy and Purchase Card Administration at (410) 965-9478.


Baltimore Headquarters Mailing Addresses

We welcome your business. Should you wish to send any advertisements or other literature concerning the products or services you offer, please use one of the following address formats:

Mailings related to acquisition of information technology products and related services

SSA Office of Acquisition and Grants
Attention: OITA
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

Mailings related to small and disadvantaged business utilization

SSA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

Mailings related to acquisition of construction & facilities services, or other types of products and services not related to information technology

SSA Office of Acquisition and Grants
Attention: OOC
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

Mailings related to Grants

SSA Office of Acquisition and Grants
Attention: Grants Management
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

Regional Office Mailing Addresses

REGION I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Rm. 1975
Boston, Massachusetts 02203

Contact: Pam Dutcher - (617) 565-2845


REGION II: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Federal Building, Rm. 40-160
26 Federal Plaza 
New York, New York 10278 

Contact: Andrew Argiro  - (212) 264-2766


REGION III: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia

Social Security Administration
Mid-Atlantic Social Security Center
300 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Contact:  Linda Seidle - (215) 597-9143 or Jim McDermott - (215) 597-2702 OAG/RMT-7th Floor


REGION IV: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Sam Nunn Federal Bldg.
Suite 22T64
61 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Contact:  Rickie Bowens - (404) 562-1433


REGION V: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Social Security Administration
Regional Contracting Office
600 West Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Contact: Babafemi Littlejohn, (312) 575-4148


REGION VI: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Suite 550
1301 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Contact: Linda Washeck - (214) 767-3233 


REGION VII: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska 

Rm. 409
Richard Bolling Federal Office Building
601 East 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Contact: Cynthia Ragland- (816) 936-5535


REGION VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Rm. 1052
Federal Office Building
1961 Stout Street
Denver, Colorado 80294

Contact: Lisa Walker - (303) 844-7344


REGION IX: Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Trust Territory of Pacific Islands American Samoa 

Frank Hagel Federal Building
1221 Nevin Avenue, FMT, R6
Richmond, California 94801

Contact: Renata Terry - (510) 970-8355


REGION X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Suite 2900, M/S 3022
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104-7075

Contact: Linda Shaw - (206) 615-2166


Special Program Contacts

ServiceContactPhone #
Agency Specific Acquisition Policies & ProceduresAllyson Stokes(410) 965-9478
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Sharon Hall (410) 965-9558
Grants/Cooperative Agreements Audrey Adams
Dionne Mitchell
(410) 965-9469
(410) 965-9534
Purchase Card ProgramPat Gaydos(410) 965-9514
Strategic SourcingAllyson Stokes(410) 965-9478
Unsolicited ProposalsSharon Hall (410) 965-9558

Headquarters Contracting Officer Phone Directory

Headquarters Contracting Officer Phone Directory
(Revised 10/8/2015)
Hellie, ChristianSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-9511
Fain, KathrynContract Specialist(410) 965-4853
VacantSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-9459
Cooney, KatieLead Contract Specialist(410) 965-9476
Brady, AmandaPurchasing Agent(410) 965-3709
Cornelia, KatiePurchasing Agent(410) 966-7511
Day, EricaContract Specialist(410) 965-9512
Failing, DennisContract Specialist(410) 966-8192
Holzman, RalphContract Specialist(410) 965-9261
Shanklin, GregContract Specialist(410) 965-9517
Shaw, LindaContract Specialist(206) 615-2166
Tubman, MicheleContract Specialist(410) 965-9463
Twigg, RogerPurchasing Agent(410) 965-6820
Quinn, JaneSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-9494
Tracht, JoeieLead Contract Specialist(410) 965-9862
Bolt, RickContract Specialist(410) 966-8765
Gahagan, SeanPurchasing Agent(410) 594-2032
Lee, AngelaContract Specialist(212) 264-3529
Williams, De'ShellePurchasing Agent(410) 965-3697
Williams, SherrieContract Specialist(410) 965-9540
Gay, SyreetaSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-9510
Muniz, KevinLead Contract Specialist(410) 966-3297
Ely, TimothyContract Specialist(410) 965-1094
Hemming, TerryContract Specialist(410) 965-0527
Kloman, MelissaContract Specialist(410) 965-9515
Nkwantabisa, UrsulaProcurement Analyst(866) 331-2261
Papas, MollyContract Specialist(410) 965-2605
Speca, JoeContract Specialist(410) 965-9487
Brennan, ChristopherDivision Director(410) 966-0392
Monch, BrendaLead Contract Specialist(410) 965-9521
Adams, AudreyGrants Management Specialist(410) 965-9469
Driscoll, CherylGrants Management Specialist(410) 965-9939
Marko, ScottContract Specialist(410) 965-9488
Medeiros, KatherineContract Specialist(410) 965-1067
Mitchell, DionneGrants Management Specialist(410) 965-9534
Owens, WandaContract Specialist(410) 965-8095
Saunders, TonyaGrants Management Specialist(410) 965-9501
Shaney, AdriannaContract Specialist(410) 965-2566
Office Fax Number(s): 410) 965-9560; (410) 966-5982

Andrews, John T.Supervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-3468
Patterson, DenitaSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 966-4666
Argiro, AndrewLead Contract Specialist(212) 264-2766
Applewhaite, LucreciaContract Specialist(404) 562-5762
Bailey, KiaContract Specialist(410) 965-7417
Bowens, RickieContract Specialist(404) 562-1433
Carter, ShannonPurchasing Agent(410) 966-7492
Dutcher, PamelaContract Specialist(617) 565-2845
Otlin, DonaldPurchasing Agent(718) 557-5184
Seidle, LindaContract Specialist(215) 597-9143
Skiest, StefaniePurchasing Agent(410) 965-1615
Washeck, LindaContract Specialist(214) 767-3233
Williams, Carolyn W.Contract Specialist(410) 966-8106
VacantSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-9459
Easter, DerekLead Contract Specialist(410) 965-8083
Frey, SeanContract Specialist(410) 966-9446
Karbeling, BradleyContract Specialist(410) 965-9505
McDermott, JamesContract Specialist(215) 597-2702
Mulherin, ThomasPurchasing Agent(410) 965-3706
Sneeringer, LarryContract Specialist(410) 965-3369
Taylor, KristinContract Specialist(410) 965-9547
Taylor, Nicole D.Contract Specialist(410) 965-8668
Tucci, DenaContract Specialist(410) 597-1959
Walker, DanielSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-4188
Walker, LisaLead Contract Specialist(303) 844-7344
Anderson, JamekaPurchasing Agent(410) 965-9533
Freeman, AmintaContract Specialist(212) 264-1467
Harrison, StephaniePurchasing Agent(410) 966-7538
Kloman, RyanPurchasing Agent(212) 264-7291
Lawrence-Wilson, DeborahContract Specialist(410) 965-9532
Lobl, JoannaContract Specialist(410) 965-6476
Monahan, LisaPurchasing Agent(410) 965-2575
Pinney, ScottPurchasing Agent(410) 965-9486
Pishioneri, MelissaContract Specialist(410) 965-9522
Sims, BethanyPurchasing Agent(410) 965-2375
Norris, ValerieSupervisory Contract Specialist(410) 965-2644
Littlejohn, BabafemiLead Contract Specialist(312) 575-4148
Crowley, TerryContract Specialist(816) 936-5538
Goldstein, EricPurchasing Agent(410) 965-2581
Harkless, DarnellPurchasing Agent(410) 965-6764
Keck, MarilynContract Specialist(816) 936-5537
Lee, RubyPurchasing Agent(510) 970-4079
Lettich, KevinPurchasing Agent(410) 965-9588
Norris, RobynPurchasing Agent(410) 966-7597
Papas, EmilyPurchasing Agent(410) 965-9490
Ragland, CynthiaContract Specialist(816) 936-5535
Terry, RenataContract Specialist(510) 970-8355
Young, EricaPurchasing Agent(410) 965-2593
Office Fax Number(s): 410) 966-9310