Robert Coen
Deputy Program Director, NITAAC, National Institutes of Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services


As the Deputy Program Director of one of the largest government-wide acquisition offices in the Federal Government, Robert Coen brings over a decade of experience in program management, contracts administration and business development to the NIH’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC).

Designated an Executive Agent by the Office of Management and Budget, NITAAC is the program office for three government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACS) valued at over $46 billion. These contracts enable any federal buyer to quickly and easily procure information technology (IT) products, services and solutions in support of their agency missions.

Mr. Coen directs a staff of 45 employees responsible for all aspects of the three GWACs: contracts administration, IT systems and support, customer training, the Customer Support Center, contract holder relations, program outreach, business development and finance. During Robert’s tenure, NITAAC has become known for its innovative online ordering systems, superior customer support and ability to deliver acquisition excellence to its customers.

Mr. Coen has extensive knowledge of federal contracting regulations and the acquisition process, and currently holds a Level 3 Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC-3) in Contracting from the Federal Acquisition Institute. Prior to joining NIH, he worked as both a Procurement Analyst and Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. He also served as an International Trade Consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Coen is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he earned a B.S. in Economics.