Nick Nayak, Chief Procurement Officer at DHS, is leaving the department. (Gannett Government Media Corp)
Nick Nayak, chief procurement officer at the Homeland Security Department, is leaving his post in July, according to published accounts.
Nayak has held the post for three and a half years.
“Nayak, 49, actually lasted longer than most federal CPOs, who typically come and go after about two years,” wrote Jill Aitoro in the Washington Business Journal. “He managed to kick off a number of pretty effective improvements to the department's approach to procurement during his tenure, establishing the first strategic plan, including specific initiatives and performance metrics for contracting professionals.”
Nayak plans a short break before looking for private-sector work, according to reports.
Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, said in a statement to Federal Times that Nayak’s departure was a big loss to DHS.
“He has been among the most forward thinking leaders in federal acquisition, a good friend to all who care about the future of the acquisition system and workforce, and one who has walked the walk of partnership, even when doing so was unpopular,” Soloway said.
Federal Times staff writer Andy Medici contributed to this report.