Bill McNally is the Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer at NASA. He directs NASA's procurement functions throughout the Agency, providing strategic policy, leadership, and direction. He guides and oversees NASA's procurement activities in every area from programs studying the Earth to missions going into our solar system. He represents NASA procurement to the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government, industry, and international organizations. McNally was appointed as the Assistant Administrator for Procurement in September 2007.
McNally joined NASA in October 2005 as special procurement advisor in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. In this position, he provided strategic direction and contract management advice for all elements of the directorate's portfolio, which included the development of the Ares and Orion vehicles.
McNally was with the Air Force until he retired in 2003 at which time he joined industry. Most recently, he provided consulting advice to NASA as part of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study. He was a senior acquisition manager at two companies where he provided consulting advice and training to Federal agencies on Performance Based Acquisition and acquisition advice to the Pentagon Renovation Program.
During his 26 year military career, McNally was involved in many facets of acquisition. These included positions as a contract administrator and industrial specialist for the Atlas Space Program, as a contracting officer and manager for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and as the Director of Technology Contracts at the Strategic Defense Initiative Office. As a Commander of a Defense Plant Office he oversaw the contract performance and business operations of a major defense company. He was the Chief of Air Force Contracting Policy and the Military Deputy in the Secretary of Defense's Acquisition Reform Office. Mr. McNally shared his procurement expertise as a professor at the Defense Systems Management College and as the Air Force Element Commander at the Defense Acquisition University.
McNally holds a Level III certification in Contracting. He is both a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and a Fellow in the National Contract Management Association. His decorations include the NASA Exceptional Service medal, the Air Force Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and numerous Joint and Air Force Commendations Medals.