Government Contracting Committee

Government Contracting Committee

Carlen Capenos serves as the Director of the Office of Small Business  for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). She is  responsible for ensuring small businesses are provided with maximum  opportunities to participate at both the prime contract and subcontract levels.  In fiscal year 2021, DISA awarded more than $1.6 billion in prime contracts  to small businesses.  Before this, she was the Chief of the Acquisition Resources Branch for  DISA’s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO).  She led and managed two teams providing contracting services to various  customers throughout DISA and the Department of Defense. She was a  working Contracting Officer with an Unlimited Warrant and was the  Contracting Officer for the $7.5B Systems Engineering, Technology and  Innovation (SETI) multiple award contract vehicle. SETI won the  Department of Defense’s Vanguard’s Verdure Award. The Verdure Award  recognizes the small business team that best demonstrated industrial  competitiveness and innovative solutions that balance the development of efficient buying methods and utilization  of small business.  

Previously, she served as the Chief of the Secure Environment Contracting Branch at the Real Property Services  Field Office for the Baltimore District Corps of Engineers. In five years, she and her branch awarded $5B in  contracts. The highlight of this was the successful awards of the $1.5B Utah Data Center and the $650M High  Performance Computing Center projects.  

Additionally, Carlen spent six months on a detail as the Deputy Chief of the Construction Division for the Baltimore  District. She has also been the Deputy for Small Business and spent a year in the Contracting Division on the Civil  Works Team.  

Carlen worked for ten years for the Air Force at RAF Lakenheath, England, Los Angeles Air Force Base, McGuire  Air Force Base, NJ and Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. She is level III certified in Contracting. She served as  the Mission Manager for the Emergency Response Team for Debris Removal and deployed as the Contract  Specialist to support Hurricane Gustav Relief. She is a graduate of the North Atlantic Division’s Executive  Leadership Program, graduated as a fellow in the Excellence in Government Leadership Development Program 

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