Kamala M. Tiwarri
Fort Washington, MD, 20744
Professional in Legal/ Contracts Management with extensive experience and strong interest in full-lifecycle contracts management. Capable of providing legal prospective and provide supporting research. Able to organize and manage projects with minimal supervision. Skills include:
Oversight of full-lifecycle contracts administration/management
Adherence to compliance and due diligence requirements & negotiations
Development of contracts documentation and tracking systems
Concentration in International & Comparative Law
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD (2000)
Bachelor of Arts
Criminology and Criminal Justice
University Of Maryland, College Park, MD (1994)
USPS OIG - Sr. Information Technology Procurement Specialist [Contract Position via DYSIS]
Location: Rosslyn, VA
This position facilitates development and implementation of information technology (IT) capabilities planning and fulfillment strategies to deliver the most efficient, effective, and secure IT solutions practical to meet the needs of the USPS Office of Inspector General. The supplier works with stakeholders (both leadership and subject matter experts) and applies IT management fundamentals, as well as strategic planning and contract management, to ensure IT initiatives support current and future agency needs.
Help ensure enterprise IT strategies, plans, and activities align with the agency’s business goals.
Develop multi year sourcing plans and oversees creation and execution of strategic sourcing initiatives.
Participate in IT strategic planning, savings tracking, supplier development, and service improvements.
Identify opportunities to improve spend analytics data and insights, use of eSourcing, other IT sourcing processes, contract management, and compliance with USPS OIG procurement regulations.
Work with key stakeholders, directors, and managers to determine the agency’s IT product and service requirements and whether they should be fulfilled via in house or contracted efforts or a mix of both.
Help develop source selection solicitation documents including statements of work, statements of objectives, requests for information, and other information needed for contractors to understand the agency’s requirements.
Conduct market research to establish technical requirements and identify vendors and contractors.
Assist Contracting Officer Representatives in providing technical oversight and guidance or interpretation of technical requirements to assist project participants, including vendors and contractors, in understanding technical requirements.
Facilitate technical reviews to ensure statements of work and statements of objectives have complete and accurate technical requirements, to establish sound technical review criteria, and to establish the scope within which all parties to each contract must work.
Develop pre established sets of criteria to determine which contractors offer the best value for the agency, and supports panels evaluating contract proposals and bids against those criteria.
Work closely with project teams and contractors to ensure products and services satisfy the agency’s requirements in terms of quality, timeliness, completeness, and cost; coordinates, tracks, reviews, and accepts or rejects deliverables; and certifies funding for contracting actions.
Prepare government cost estimates, conducts cost benefit analyses, forecasts budget requirements, and recommends funding actions; recommends funds de obligation when appropriate.
Helps ensure all technical issues relating to projects and contracts are managed effectively, documents project actions, and maintains relevant records.
Work hand in hand with Contract Officers to resolve any contract related issues.
Tracks and reports delays, and ensures project teams and contractors correct all defects and omissions.
Suggest and initiate necessary contract modifications, and determines whether new work is within the scope of the project and contract or the scope should be modified.
Advises Contract Officers of any need to issue change orders, develop estimates for equitable adjustments, or assist in evaluating contractor claims.
Perform technical reviews of contractors’ proposed changes.
Provide technical information for projects and decisions.
Conduct project and contract close out activities, to include verifying completion of all deliverables, and reviewing and storing records used during the effort; and forwards relevant documentation to Contract Officers upon contract close out.
Influences agency policy and guidelines related to selection, development, implementation, and use of IT.
Fosters shared infrastructure, applications, and processes to eliminate unnecessary duplication, ensure alignment with agency business and IT strategies, reduce costs, and improve information flow.
Help ensure projects comply with enterprise configuration management and architectural constructs.
Assist in developing measures to evaluate performance and makes recommendations for program improvement.
Identify and resolve unique issues where no policy exists, taking innovative actions as appropriate.
Fannie Mae (Project Assignment through Aerotek- September 2014- August 2017)
Senior Contracts Management Associate-
This was a project through Aerotek/Allegis to provide senior level contract management.
Primary skills for this project include but are not limited to the following management services to Fannie Mae:
Contract Management/Administration, Review, and Negotiation
Key Job Functions & Duties:
• Negotiate and execute contracts, statements of work and/or amendments for
consulting services with contingent workforce suppliers;
• Develop less complex Requests for Information (RFI) and Requests for Proposals
(RFP) for competitive bidding (Quick Bids), and communicate terms to prospective
• Develop supplier selection criteria and work with key stakeholders in rating
• Evaluate supplier responses, mitigate risks and make final recommendation to key
Tasley Pharmaceuticals (Contract Assignment via RHI)
June 2014, Rockville, MD
This Project involved providing legal research and the creation of boilerplate, defensible, compliant contract/agreement templates, including General T's & C's, Customer Contracts, Vendor Agreements, Purchase Agreements, Strategic Partner Agreements, NDA's and Outside Counsel Guidelines.
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Contract Position via Peter San Legal Staffing)
Senior Associate, Contracts and Procurement Services September 2013- May 2014
As a Senior Associate in this newly created department I was responsible for the following:
Assisting operations and program staff (requestors/buyers) with the purchase requisition process, including: confirming budget availability, source of funding and proper coding; providing market pricing information in support of price negotiations; helping to properly document how contract pricing was derived; assisting with writing scopes of work and deliverables when requested and linking payment schedules to deliverables when appropriate; providing consultative services to requestors, subject matter experts and vendors; assisting in the determination of the appropriate contractual and/or purchasing vehicle to use for each purchase request, in accordance with Pew policy and procedures; and evaluating requisition packages for completeness and proper pre-approvals and sign-offs.
Facilitating the vendor selection and due diligence process, including: deploying an established list of preferred vendors by service-type and related performance evaluations to help requestors with the vendor selection process; developing strategic sourcing plans in consultation with requestors when asked; developing proposal solicitation strategies and managing voluntary RFP processes; and coordinating the distribution and/or collection of vendor due diligence information, including but not limited to self-certification forms and domestic and international tax identification documents.
Participating in the negotiation of legal terms and conditions and pricing upon request, including: assisting with gathering comparable market pricing information and negotiating best price to ensure quality goods and services are being purchased for a reasonable price.
Creating contract packages, including: creating complete, accurate and properly coded contract agreements, purchase orders and related fee and expense line items; performing quality assurance checks; facilitating the review, approval and execution of final contract documents by authorized Pew and vendor signers; properly archiving approved documents; ensuring Pew’s information systems contain complete and accurate vendor, procurement, contracting and coding information; and sending contracts to designated vendors.
Consistently monitoring key contract dates and terms and the contract closeout process, including: assisting with resolution of issues involving contract terms and conditions, deliverables and payments; generating monthly contract aging and other reports to facilitate monitoring and collaborating with requestor to determine if contract should be closed or amended; soliciting requestor confirmation that all deliverables have been received and all invoices paid; and completing contract closeout checklists and securing requestors’ approval to close contracts and/or purchase orders and rescind any remaining encumbrances.
Actively participate in special projects, as assigned, which may include project coordination,
project management, inter and intra-departmental collaboration, research, analysis and
writing; and developing solutions and resolving issues based upon abstract thinking and in-
depth analysis, collaborating with colleagues and other staff to determine a resolution
The Nature Conservancy (Contract Position via Sparks)
Contracts Manager 09/2012-11 /2012 Arlington, VA
Reviewed, edited and drafted, and prepared for legal review, moderate to complex non-routine contractual instruments for TIS staff including Requests for Proposals (RFPs), statements of work, contracts, contract amendments and extensions, and other related items.
Maintained excellent knowledge of TNC corporate policies and procedures, and worked to identify needed improvements to established policies in keeping with the underlying principles.
Interfaced with grants coordinator, philanthropy coordinator and other departments on behalf of the TIS staff to formulate and disseminate best practices with regard to procurement, contracting, grants, and donations.
Analyzed and identified issues in preparation for collaboration with legal staff with regard to complex contract negotiations, and works with legal staff to develop strategies to work the issues to resolution.
Used my independent judgment and creativity to resolve contract issues in keeping with the organizational hierarchy of authority.
Created and maintained reference materials, training materials and provides training and guidance to TIS staff regarding contracts/grants/donations work flow process.
Streamlined and systematized contracts work flow.
Maintained and reviewed a central repository (both electronic and hard-copy) of all TIS legal documents including contracts, grants, donations, RFPs, delegation of authority, etc.
Interfaced with business unit management teams, project or product managers, mid-to senior level TIS management, and vendor/supplier legal department.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Senior Subcontracts Administrator (Contract Position via Aerotek)
12/ 2011 – 06/2012 McLean, VA
My responsibilities included but were not limited to the following:
Provided strategy advice, counsel, and recommendations to staff and potential subcontractors on systems and integration procurement issues.
Supported and facilitate proposal process and RFP drafting and review.
Assisted with the identification and formulation of teaming strategies with Fortune 500 software and hardware providers and their integration into proposals and project delivery.
Reviewed proposal and RFP/RFQ’s for compliance and accuracy.
Supported new business development initiatives.
Negotiated and administer subcontracts and teaming and non-disclosure agreements within the company. Ensure compliance with Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) and self-governance requirements.
Grant Thornton, LLC 2/ 2011- 5/ 2011
Senior Associate (Contracts Manager) Alexandria, VA
In this role as Senior Contracts Manager I was responsible for supporting the Grant Thornton, Global Public Sector (GPS) business unit and all other business units within the company involving State and Local market from pre-award and post award contracts.
*I was primarily responsible for leading and conducting proposal preparation, contract negotiation and the administration of major state and local contracts and subcontracts in accordance with company policies and procedures, applicable laws, and customer requirements.
Other Responsibilities included:
Provided advice to project teams on contract management and policy compliance matters.
Served as the subject matter expert on State and Local contracts and subcontract agreements.
Provided advice on complex requirements of the Requests for Proposals, contracts, and subcontracts, and providing continual review to ensure that all terms and conditions are met while identifying areas of risk.
Negotiated and finalized contract and subcontract documents with contracting officers and other contracting representatives to ensure consistency with the solicitation and proposal.
Prepared and disseminated information regarding contract status, compliance, and modifications.
Developed and integrated contract management tools, templates, and processes for company wide engagements.
Ceridian Corporation 12/2008-11/2010
Government Contracts Manager Arlington, VA
"Cradle to Grave" administration responsibility of all Ceridian federal, state and local government and public sector contracts for non-personal services, including Ceridian's GSA HR/EEO and MOBIS contracts.
Acted as liaison with all areas of Ceridian's business to ensure compliance with GSA requirements as well as requirements of contracts issued pursuant to the FAR.
* Assisted with proposal preparation/drafting and review for successful re-bid/WIN of the largest EAP contract ever awarded by DOD administered through DOI.
* Performed all duties of Small Business Liaison Officer in absence of this position being filled at Ceridian
Worked on developing and maintaining a subcontractor tracking and reporting system within Ceridian’s available systems.
Worked with various departments within Ceridian including Finance, Sales, and Human Resources to gather data and develop processes for keeping data up to date and compliant.
Maintained compliance with federal requirements on all major contracts awarded under the FAR and private sector contracts that have embedded federal requirements.
Maintained an active leadership role in all public sector submissions responding to Request for Proposals issued under both FAR and individual agency criteria, ensuring that Ceridian will be compliant with all requirements.
Responsible for tracking and coordinating billing, and for issuance and collection of invoices for stand alone services and/or one time events e.g., Performance Learning Training
Assisted with updating annual registrations for Central Contractor Registration and GSA Advantage.
I2/Choicepoint Government Solutions 4/2008 – 7/2008
Contracts Manager Tyson’s Corner, VA
This position was a contract position supporting Choicepoint/I2 in Tyson’s Corner, VA.
Provided support Choice Point Government Services (CGS) Business Unit by participating in the issuance and review of contracts, NDAs, Request for Offers, state and local agreements, modifications and compliance documentation;
Advised the CGS Personnel on what contract form should be used, negotiations, and what, if any, additional information or documentation will be required from the Client to satisfy legal requirements;
Reviewed and analyzed contracts submitted to CGS or modified by contracting party;
Reviewed flow down provisions provided in federal and state agreements; assessed whether changes proposed by the other party is acceptable; conferred as necessary with attorney and /or the Assistant Vice President of Contracts responsible for business unit when necessary on questions relating to the review and acceptability of contract provisions; determined whether attorney should participate in contract review or process; reviewed and approved purchase orders for CGS;
Ensured that purchase orders comply with the GSA Schedule, CMAS, DISO or other schedules;
Reviewed and determined if there were potential pricing issues; determined if GSA Authorization letter or additional documentation was required before approval;
Processed purchase orders in accordance with the requirements of Contract Policy;
Ensured that the Contract Policy was being implemented through CGS; responded to CGS personnel in a timely manner as required by Contract Policy;
Reported non-compliance of Contract Policy to management;
Informed parties when credentialing was necessary; worked with CGS personnel and customers in a professional manner.
MAXIMUS, Inc. McLean, VA 9/2007 – 3/2008
Contracts Manager McLean, VA
Cradle-to-grave contracts administration, including the monitoring of all contract requirements and deliverables to ensure company and client contractual requirements are being accomplished;
Ensured appropriate use and negotiation of non disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, licensing agreements, memorandum of understanding, licenses and other agreements; reviewed solicitations,
Prepared risk assessments for management review and discussion; Prepared subcontract RFQs
Ensured contract review, approval and execution in accordance with corporate policy; served as primary interface with Client for negotiation and contract administration, with focus on contract compliance, change order management, and adherence to contract terms & conditions in support of attaining segment business & profit goals;
Provided post-award analysis and briefing to performance team regarding contractual obligations, including reporting and other regulatory compliance issues; coordinated and monitored submission of deliverables and other required contractual documentation;
Drafted and negotiated subcontracts, ensuring compliance with prime contract terms & conditions, including flow-down requirements; maintained formal contract records and correspondence file involving proposal submission, contract and subcontract negotiations, subcontract and contract administration;
Group 1 Software Inc.-A Division of Pitney Bowes 2/2006 - 9/2007
Senior Legal Analyst Lanham, MD
Reviewed contracts for compliance issues, revenue recognition, and conflict of interest searches;
Assisted Senior Counsel with the preparation and review of RFPs for Customers from various
backgrounds including Governmental, State and Local entities;
Drafted and negotiated agreements such as, master licensing agreements, statements of work, professional services agreements, delegation, assignment/assumption, value added reseller agreements, OEM, confidentiality and various other contractual instruments pertaining to software licensing for G1 and Pitney Bowes software/hardware products;
Assisted Senior Counsel and Director of Contracts with preparing addendums, orders and amendments to current customer contracts in order to fulfill requirements of a large sales force and ultimately the customer or end user;