William Sharp Jr.

Chief Contracting Officer for Infrastructure Office of Contracting and Procurement Government of the District of Columbia

Bill Sharp has returned to the District of Columbia’s Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) as the Chief Contracting Officer for Infrastructure, after stints at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and in the Federal government.

Mr. Sharp brings over 30 years of procurement, academic and leadership experience from both the private and public sectors.  His public sector work includes serving as the Assistant Inspector General for Management and Support for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), an independent federal oversight agency, and as the Procurement Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of Procurement and Materials.

Prior to these positions, Mr. Sharp spent 7 years with the District of Columbia Government, concluding his first tenure with the District as Commodity Manager for Information Technology and Homeland Security. He is also a veteran of the United States Army, serving as an intelligence analyst in the Army Security Agency.

In addition to his work in the public sector, Bill worked for a number of years in the private sector, first for a large corporation, and then leading his own consulting practice, which focused primarily on government contracts and corporate transactional matters and business operations. In that capacity, he provided government contracts and business consulting and management services for businesses in various fields, especially international and high-tech projects.

Bill also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies, teaching the Public-Private Partnerships and Contract Management graduate course for the Master’s degree in Public Leadership.  In the course, he spent a considerable segment focusing on risk management, drawing both on academic theories and his considerable experience dealing with many different types of procurement risks in the various positions he has held, to provide examples of effective and ineffective approaches to managing risk.

Mr. Sharp holds a Juris Doctor from the American University, Washington College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Russian language from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the GW Center for Excellence in Public Leadership in Washington, DC.