GovConRx Senior Advisor
Greg Rothwell has over 45 years of successful public and private sector experience, including a 34-year career in the federal acquisition community. He served in ten different agencies, including most recently the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Treasury. He was responsible for standing up and growing some of the Government’s largest procurement programs. He brings a deep knowledge of government procurement processes and procedures and a keen understanding of how the government prefers to work with the private sector.
Greg formerly served as the first Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the Department of Homeland Security from 2003 until 2006 and was responsible for the DHS nationwide acquisition program overseeing over 900 procurement professionals in eight procurement offices that obligated over $15 billion annually. At DHS, Greg recognized the critical role of the private sector in supporting DHS and insisted that in order to be successful, his acquisition organization had to be creative, responsive and customer focused.
Greg’s DHS responsibilities included overseeing the Department’s $20 billion grants program; serving on the DHS Joint Requirements Council, the Investment Review Board, and the Department’s Management Committee; creating and chairing the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council and the Grants Management Council; creating and establishing the Department’s Office of Procurement Operations and establishing the EAGLE and FirstSource programs within the Department.
Prior to DHS, Greg served 1990 to 1999 at Department of Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He was the first Assistant Commissioner for Procurement and a senior career executive responsible for all IRS procurement nationwide. He is recognized as the one of the champions of the IRS TIPSS IT procurement program and a pioneer in partnering with the private sector.
Greg was also the senior-most career executive at the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. He held procurement leadership positions within the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service, the Office of the Secretary and the Bureau of Reclamation. He began his career as a contact negotiator with the Department of Defense and worked at both the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and the Army Electronics Command in Philadelphia.
Greg received many awards during his government career including the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2005 and the Rank of Meritorious Executive in both 1994 and 2000, five IRS Commissioner Awards, the highest recognition given at the Internal Revenue Service, four Hammer Awards, and three Federal 100 awards.
From 2007 until 2016, Greg provided strategic acquisition and programmatic guidance to private sector clients focusing on Homeland Security and other federal agency mission areas.
A native of Salina, Kansas, Greg holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and Business Administration and English (cum laude) from Marymount College of Kansas and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Denver.