DHS' chief procurement officer to step down at the end of the month
- By Chris Riotta
- Jul 07, 2021
The Department of Homeland Security's chief procurement officer announced her retirement last week after serving over 40 years in federal service and having worked at the agency since it began operations in 2003.
Soraya Correa confirmed in an email to FCW on Wednesday afternoon that she would be retiring from her post effective July 31. Correa has served as the department's senior procurement executive since 2015, overseeing its contracting workforce of nearly 1,400 individuals while assisting in the development of major acquisition programs and strategies.
Correa described her departure from the agency as a "bittersweet moment" in an email sent to staff last week, adding: "The time is right for me and my family."
"When I started working for the federal government in October 1980 as a GS-4 clerk typist in construction contracts, I never imagined that I would spend the next 40+ years in federal service working at a variety of agencies, serving so many critical missions and working alongside such dedicated individuals," Correa wrote in the email first obtained by Federal News Network.
A recognized leader in federal acquisition, Correa was a Federal 100 Award winner in 2010 and received the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service in 2018. The department's Procurement Innovation Lab, which Correa helped launch after joining DHS, has served as a model for other federal agencies seeking to adopt emerging acquisition strategies since 2016.
Chris Riotta is a staff writer at FCW covering government procurement and technology policy. Chris joined FCW after covering U.S. politics for three years at The Independent. He earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as 2021 class president.