Mr. Keith J. O’Neill

Head of the Contracting Activity

U.S. Coast Guard

Keith J.  O’Neill currently serves as the Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) for the United States Coast Guard. In this capacity, he has responsibility for all contracting functions within the agency, including functional responsibility for over 500 civilian and military personnel throughout the United States and abroad. The U.S. Coast Guard spends approximately $3.5 billion each year through more than 40,000 procurement transactions.

Mr. O’Neill has more than 25 years of accomplished acquisition experience with expertise in the areas of contract operations, procurement policy, small business advocacy and leadership. 

Prior to his current position, Mr. O’Neill served as the HCA and Associate Director at the Department of the Interior (DOI), Interior Business Center Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD), a non-appropriated assisted acquisition office that supports over 35 federal agencies. As the HCA, Mr. O’Neill oversaw an organization of 200 federal employees in multiple locations that executed over 9,000 actions, obligated over $2 billion, and generated over $65 million in revenue annually.  

Additionally, Mr. O’Neill was the Chief of the Procurement Policy and Oversight Division (CG-9131) at the U.S. Coast Guard where he was responsible for oversight of acquisition plans, competition and small business advocacy, cost and pricing, internal controls and oversight, purchase card management and liaison to, at the time, 48 contracting offices.

In past positions, he helped establish the contracting and procurement office at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as the Senior Contracting Officer and then as both the Chief of the Acquisition Division and HCA. In addition, Mr. O’Neill served as a Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer and Senior Procurement Policy Analyst within the Department of Transportation (DOT), where he assisted with major acquisitions and served as competitive sourcing coordinator. Finally, Mr. O’Neill served as an Economist and Market Analyst with the United States Postal Service (USPS). 

Mr. O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from George Mason University (GMU) and a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University (GWU). He maintains a Level 3 Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting.