US Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center

Colleen O'Keefe

Business Director

Published May 2, 2019

Colleen O’Keefe serves as the business director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville and is senior advisor to the commander on policies, strategic plans and actions with oversight of Resource Management, Business Practices, Human Capital Management, Strategic Planning, Quality Management, and Continuous Process Improvement functions.

She provides overall direction and guidance for the development of near- and long-term strategies and methods for institutionalization and sustainment as well as coordinates, integrates, and leads the efforts associated with programs in a broad array of disciplines (i.e., engineering, construction, resource management, and project management).

Since 2014, O’Keefe served as the Center’s Contracting chief directing more than 200 contracting officers and specialists providing high quality, cutting edge innovative acquisition solutions for the Center’s $2 billion programs.

Prior to joining the Center, O’Keefe was the first Regional Contracting Chief of the Transatlantic Division encompassing Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East, providing advice on complex contracting issues and oversees the contingency contracting operations.

O’Keefe began working for USACE in 1992 and served six years with the Baltimore District, which included work on the Pentagon Renovation Project and support of the 249th Engineer Battalion. 

She served eight years with Savannah District working with the force projection platforms of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Stewart, Georgia, as well as Air Force and Army installations and lake/power plant offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. 

She served as Contracting Officer for the $80 million Fort Stewart Modular Barracks – the fastest military construction project since World War II. She returned to the Baltimore District in 2005 where she oversaw a branch of 30 serving traditional USACE civil and military customers as well as the Washington Aqueduct and Department of Defense with service contracts. 

She was part of the team which created the innovative Early Contractor Involvement contract tool to help USACE meet the BRAC 2005 execution deadlines. She was appointed in 2007 as the Deputy Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting at the Winchester PARC Office serving as the Special Competition Advocate for Justifications and Approvals and Ombudsman for Fair Opportunities on Indefinite Delivery Contracts. 

In December of 2008 she deployed to Iraq as the Gulf Region Division Contracting Chief, the Senior Contract professional for USACE in Iraq.  She oversaw more than $2 billion worth of construction projects and professional and life support services.  She also oversaw the transition from GRD to the Transatlantic Division and in 2009 she was selected to serve as the first Regional Contracting Chief for TAD.  In 2011 she deployed to Afghanistan to support the contingency mission there.

O’Keefe was the Army’s Outstanding Contingency Contracting Officer for 2009.  She is a Certified Professional Contract Manager through the National Contract Management Association and a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.  She is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and attended Army Management Staff College in 2000.  O’Keefe is DAWIA certified at Level I in both Program Management and Life Cycle Logistics as well as Level III in Contracting.

She has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing and Television Production, and an Associates Degree in Digital Technology.