CMS Leadership

Office of Acquisition & Grants Management

Derrick Heard

Director

Derrick L. Heard is the Director for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management (OAGM) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As the Director, he is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and managing all activities required to support the CMS mission requirements and maintain an agency-wide acquisition program—totaling $7- 9 billion annually.

Mr. Heard has 33 years of experience in Federal Government procurement and has worked at CMS for 21 of those years. He previously served as the Deputy Director of OAGM, Director of the Information Technology Contracts Group (ITCG) within OAGM, and as a Division Director within OAGM that provided CMS with procurement support for IT services. Before joining CMS, Mr. Heard served as a Contracting Officer for the Internal Revenue Service and was an intern in procurement and acquisition for the Department of the Army at the Pentagon.

Mr. Heard holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Webster University and an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Maryland University College. He also completed the Department of the Army’s Contracting and Acquisition Civilian Career Intern Program, received the designation of Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), completed the Grants Management Certification Program (GMCP), and completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Program.

Phone
410-786-2545
Baltimore

Donald Knode

Acting Deputy Director

Donald Knode currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management (OAGM) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS.  As the Acting Deputy Director, he is responsible for working collaboratively with the Acting Director of OAGM to award and administer all CMS contracts and discretionary grants that are subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and established grant guidelines. 

Mr. Knode has over 36 years of experience in federal government procurement, and has worked at CMS for more than 15 years.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Knode has served in several acquisition leadership positions at CMS.  In his role as the Senior Technical Advisor in OAGM, he led several strategic projects and initiatives to improve and transform acquisition at CMS, and as the Director of the IT Contracts Group, he led the acquisition of over $2.4 billion annually for Information Technology (IT) products and services.  Before joining CMS, he served as the Operations Group Director for the Defense Contract Management Agency – Maryland and also was an intern with the U.S. Department of Air Force.

Mr. Knode holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Baltimore and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Towson State University.  In addition, Mr. Knode completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society Program.

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