​​Byron McCollum
Small Business Program Manager
Western Area Power Administration
U.S. Department of Energy

Byron McCollum is a retired United States Air Force Major who started his Air Force career as a Missile Launch Officer at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. During his military career, Byron served at Vandenberg Air Force Base as Missile Crew Member Instructor before transitioning into the procurement career field. Byron has over 29 years of contracting experience which includes working for LTV Corporation as an Education with Industry (EWI student), Price Analyst at Wright-Labs and System Contract Manager for the B-1B Program Office, Contract and Advisory and Assistance Service Contract Manager, Chief Special Contracts, Branch Chief Human Resources, Chief Operational Contracting and Deputy Section Chief for Special Contract.

Byron began his tenure with the Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), Desert Southwest Regional Office in 2006. During his time at WAPA he served at the Desert Southwest Regional Office’s Procurement Manager. In this role, Byron served as a supervisory contracting officer overseeing that acquisition of over $30M in construction, services, supplies, and architect and engineering services. In 2015, Byron transitioned to his current role as a Corporate Service Office Procurement Analyst. Byron serves as a Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting Point of Contact, and Site Acquisition Career Manager (SACM), and Western Area Power Administration’s Small Business Program Specialist. Prior to this appointment, Byron served as WAPA’s Procurement Manager for over eight years. In this role, Byron served as a supervisory contracting officer overseeing that acquisition of over $30M in construction, services, supplies and architect and engineering services.

Byron has held Contract Warrants in the United States Department of Defense, Air Force Material Commands, United States Department of the Army, and United States Department of Energy. Byron also served as Joint Contracting Officer Chief in support of Task Force Falcon, Operation Guardian, Kosovo.

Byron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master’s in Science in Human Resources and Management Development from Chapman College.

Byron enjoys spending time playing with his grandkids, coaching High School basketball and growing over 35 fruit trees.  Byron is also an active member of the Phoenix Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

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