Bridget Gauer


“Acting” Director,
NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center

Ms. Bridget Gauer joined the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) as the Deputy Director in June 2015. With the departure of the Director, Ms. Gauer is currently serving as the Acting Director of NITAAC. As such she is setting the strategic vision for the NIH GWAC program, which consists of three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) valued at $60 billion. These contracts have an average annual spend of $5 billion.

Ms. Gauer came to NITAAC with over 20 years of acquisition experience. She has served in leadership positions throughout government. Most recently she served as the Chief Contracting Officer for the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of contracts and the Acting Director for the Acquisition Program Support Division within the Acquisition management, Contracts, and Grants office. Prior to joining HHS, Ms. Gauer served as the chief of contracts for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Ms. Gauer supported many organizations including the Department of Homeland Security under the Chief Procurement Officer and both contracting and major programs at the Transportation Security Administration.

Ms. Gauer has been the recipient of numerous Government awards and honors, including the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council Award for her efforts with federal intern programs, U.S Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and is a U.S. Army James Carroll excellence in management award recipient. Ms. Gauer is FAC-C Level III certified in Contracting and Level II FAC P/PM. She has a M.B.A. and M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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