Jack O. Salmon

Mr. Salmon is the Director of the Eastern Acquisition Division (EAD) of NOAA's Acquisition and Grants Office. He is a native of Hampton Roads, but lived and worked in the DC metro area for a number of years after graduating from Old Dominion University. He has been married to his wife Wanda for over 15 years (who also has worked in the field of federal acquisition for over 32 years) and they have one son Austin.

Mr. Salmon came to NOAA in 2002 as the Director,  Eastern Region Acquisition and is currently the longest active Head Contracting Officer in NOAA. Prior to his career with the federal government, Mr. Salmon worked in private industry for Wang Laboratories in Bethesda, MD as part of their federal contracting operation. He began his federal career many years ago with the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC as a member of their first Acquisition Management Intern Program. 

While in Washington Mr. Salmon worked for a variety of acquisition offices such as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, DOT/Office of the Secretary, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA and United States Coast Guard, USCG. In addition to his time with Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington; Mr. Salmon worked for several years with the USCG Facilities Design and Construction Center Atlantic, specializing in A/E and Construction contracting where he received the Cowart Plaque from the Society of American Military Engineers. Mr. Salmon's last position with the USCG prior to coming to NOAA was as the Chief of Emergency and Hazardous Response Contracting for the Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic supporting the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. During his tenure with MLCLANT Mr. Salmon received numerous Meritorious Service Commendations for support during the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks as well as many natural disasters. Mr. Salmon has a broad contracting background covering all aspects of federal acquisition both in operations and policy.

Mr. Salmon is also a past graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and has received several awards for innovations in acquisition while with NOAA including the Administrator's Award and Bronze Medal.