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Chief Procurement Officer Elliott B. Branch Confirmation Resolution of 1999
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Chairman Linda W Cropp at the request of the Mayor


Chairman Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Government Relations.

To confirm the Mayoral appointment of Mr. Elliott B. Branch as the Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Chief Procurement Officer Elliott B. Branch Confirmation Resolution of 1999".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Elliott B. Branch
3830 Brighton Court
Alexandria, Virginia 22305

as the Chief Procurement Officer, established by section 105e of the District of Columbia Procurement Practices Act of 1985, effective April 12, 1997 (D.C. Law 11-259; D.C. Code, section 1-1181.5e), to serve for one 5-year term.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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Elliott B. Branch

3830 Brighton Court
Alexandria, Virginia 22305
Phone: 703.548.3868 (h)
703.602.2385 (w)
703.582.1932 (voice mail)

Objective: A senior position in Industry or Government where I can implement business practices that increase the organization's value to its stakeholders.

Summary Qualifications: Over twenty years of experience conceiving, planning, and executing solutions to complex business problems involving long-term, multi-million dollar commitments of public sector resources. Challenges ranged from the settlement of multi-million dollar claims submitted to the Government by a major industrial concern to the conception and implementation of electronic commerce solutions across the enterprise.


  • Organizational change agent
  • Strategic thinker and planner
  • Expert analytical and negotiating skills
  • "Informed buyer" of information technology
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong communication and relationship skills

Change Agent: Streamlined the Navy procurement process by eliminating unnecessary regulations... implemented real-time delivery of policy changes through the use of Web technology. Reduced Navy procurement regulations by 50% while delivering policy updates in 48 hours versus 30 days.

Strategic Planning: Reshaped an organization that focused on policy and compliance into a communications clearinghouse with a strong consulting component significantly increased the use of the organization's products and services while absorbing a decrease in staffing of over 15%.

Negotiation: Lead a Government team that settled almost $500 million in claims submitted by a major industrial supplier. Worked with the supplier to restructure private financing arrangements while claims were in negotiation. . . claims were settled for approximately 1/3 of the submitted value while preserving a valued member of the U.S. industrial base.

Information Technology & Project Management: Conceived, developed, managed, and implemented a $200 million portfolio of electronic commerce initiatives across the Department of the Navy that resulted in doubling of the number of procurement transactions being conducted in a paper-less environment within one year's time.

Communication: Instituted a series of outreach initiatives that put senior Navy procurement leaders in direct contact with the government and industry workforce on a regular basis to address issues of mutual concern.

Work History:

Department of the Navy, Washington, DC Project Executive Officer, Acquisition Related Business Systems, 1997-Present — Responsible for the formulation and execution of a $200 million multi-year effort to transform the Navy's acquisition system from a paper based system into one that makes robust use of electronic commerce technologies and methods.

Department of the Navy, Washington, DC Executive Director, Acquisition and Business Management, 1994-Present — Senior Career Civilian responsible for policy and oversight of contract operations of a worldwide, multi-billion procurement operation.

Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington DC, 1986-1994 — Held a wide variety of supervisory and management positions pertaining to the acquisition of major weapons systems from the shipbuilding and defense electronics industries.

Independent Information Technology Consultant, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Washington, DC, 1984-1989 — Designed, developed, implemented, and supported the information technology infrastructure to support the organization's operational and administrative requirements, including the development of custom software applications.

Naval Air Systems Command, Washington DC, 1980-1986 — Progressed from intern to Contracting Officer while handling a broad spectrum of contracting assignments pertaining to the acquisition of major weapons systems from the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

Navy Regional Contracting Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1978-1980 — Served as a Navy Contracting Intern.


University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA, BS, Economics, 1978


1998, David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award
1996, Presidential Rank Award — Meritorious Executive
1995, Vice Presidential Hammer Award for Reinventing Government

References available upon request

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