Small Business Staff

Staff Profiles

Mr. Hale and Ms. Colbert are the Small Business Officers for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO). The role of the Small Business Officer is to advise AGO’s management and staff on matters relating to the development, evaluation and implementation of Federal and Commerce small business procurement program, policies and regulations. The Small Business Officer’s also ensure that NOAA works to attain small business goals including goals in the small business socioeconomic categories, to the extent feasible, while meeting NOAA’s mission requirements.

Natalie A. Colbert, NOAA AGO Small Business Officer

Photo of Ms. Natalie ColbertMs. Colbert started her career at GSA/FSS in the December 1990 as a Contracting Specialist/Officer. In 2009, Ms. Colbert transferred to NOAA as a Contracting Officer/Team Lead. In 2016, Ms. Colbert transitioned to the Small Business Officer role, supporting NOAA’s management and acquisition staff. Ms. Colbert’s background covers various types of Federal acquisitions. She has experience and knowledge conducting extensive market research seeking out small businesses, as well as knowledge of small business programs and policies.  Ms. Colbert graduated from Strayer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Jeffrey D. Hale NOAA AGO Small Business Officer

Photo of Mr. Jeffrey HaleMr. Hale began his service with NOAA in 2001 as a contractor working for a Disadvantaged, Woman and Veteran Owned Small Business. As a contractor, he served with the National Geodetic Survey until he was hired by the Government in 2004. Mr. Hale continued his career with the National Geodetic Survey through 2009, serving as the contracting program manager while also working closely with AGO and receiving his Contracting Officer’s warrant through the Delegated Procurement Authority Program. In 2009, Mr. Hale transferred to the Department of Agriculture in Raleigh, North Carolina where he served as the Contracting Officer, Leasing Officer, and Grants & Agreements Specialist for the state. Mr. Hale then moved to the Small Business Administration in 2011 where he served as the Procurement Center Representative, Commercial Marketing Representative, Size Specialist, and Certificate of Competency Specialist. In 2013, Mr. Hale re-joined NOAA as the Small Business Officer in the Acquisition and Grants Office. Mr. Hale’s background covers all aspects of Federal acquisition, as well as intricate knowledge of small business programs and policies.  Mr. Hale graduated from Ohio University in 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Geography.

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NOAA Small Business Program

1325 East-West Highway SOU6
Silver Spring Metro Center Building 2 (SSMC2)
11th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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