Blanket Purchase Agreement(BPA) Program Branch
NIH Office of Small Business Programs
Ms. Carter has had a stellar Federal government career as a collaborator, innovator, and solutions-oriented leader specializing in acquisition support, small business advocacy, and outreach/strategic partnering. On a regular basis, she provides sound advice to program customers on acquisition related matters. She served as the liaison for NIH Blanket Purchase Agreement Office at the monthly Small Business Vendor Outreach Seminars for Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), to educate and mentor more than 40 small business owners at each Seminar. Her core competencies and professional strengths include project management, team collaboration, process improvement and customer service.
She serves as the Procurement Analyst for the National Institutes of Health Blanket Purchase Agreement where she reviews and negotiates monthly, more than 600 NIH-Wide and restricted blanket purchase agreements involving annual renewals as well as new applications for small and large businesses in support of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health. As a regular part of her oversight and management duties, she conducts analyses on high volume items to determine if NIH has acquiring the best possible pricing. As a result of her negotiation skills with vendors, she is able to consistently achieve lower pricing or higher discounts resulting in financial and management benefit to NIH.
As a Small Business Specialist at the National Institutes of Health, Ms. Carter researched and interpreted contract policy in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 19 and the Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulations (HHSAR) in ensuring that the HHS acquisition workforce activities meet or exceed the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) goals. In this role, she managed and provided expert advice for the HHS Small Business Review System (SBRS). Given her expertise and willingness to be a major contributor, she served as a Troubleshooter to handle system problems such as unlocking accounts and retrieving documents. On a collaborative basis, she has worked with the NIH Institutes and Centers, most notably the National Institute on Drug Abuse to help fulfill their mission and succeed in reaching their small business goals. As a result, the two awards were made.
In addition to her procurement responsibilities, she has managed and provided oversight for eight (8) committees in successfully planning and executing the NIH Annual Small Business Industry Day for 500 small business owners. Among the participants were 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. In addition, numerous HBCU representatives participated because of Ms. Carter’s special outreach and solid relationships with HBCUs. Worked with HBCUs through the NIH Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Contracting Initiative “Path to Excellence and Innovation Project.” Her expertise in managing the events process, leading the team, tracking process, staying with budgetary limitations keeping on target is well known.
Ms. Carter has been the recipient of multiple Honors and Awards such as the NIH Merit Award, NIH Director’s Award and Certificates of Appreciation from various internal and external organizations.
In 2003, Ms. Carter received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of Maryland University College.