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OER's Kelley Retires After More than 28 Years

Gary Kelley, who served NIH in senior contracts positions for more than 28 years, retired from the federal government on Jan. 12.

He began his federal career at NASA, where he was cited by President Richard Nixon as one of the individuals who contributed to America landing men on the moon and returning them safely to Earth. When the Apollo program ended in 1972, Kelley left NASA to work with the Division of Technological Applications in the heart institute at NIH. After heading the contracts office in NIDR, he moved to the cancer institute where he headed the contracts sections supporting NCI's Division of Cancer Control and then NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment.

Gary Kelley

In 1984, he was selected director, Division of Procurement in OD where he implemented what was one of the first decentralized and automated procurement initiatives in the federal government, DELPRO. Kelley then served as assistant director, associate director, deputy director and then acting director of the Office of Contracts and Grants in OD. He was cited by then Vice President Gore as one who made government work better and cost less.

Last year, he moved to the Office of Extramural Research, where he worked with Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) and extramural scientist administrator training programs.

Kelley worked extensively with kids through youth sports programs in Montgomery County. Along with his many coaching and leadership activities, he was commissioner of the Rockville Football League, and was cofounder and first president of the Montgomery Youth Lacrosse Association.


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