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Mr. John M. Tenaglia

Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition

John M. Tenaglia, Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition at the Defense Health Agency (DHA)Mr. Tenaglia currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition at the Defense Health Agency (DHA).  Appointed on August 7, 2017 and serving as DHA’s Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA), he has oversight and coordination responsibility for the Agency’s acquisition workforce supporting health information technology, medical and other services, medical research of pharmaceuticals, and medical devices in support of the Military Health System (MHS).  He is responsible for the award and administration of contracts valued at more than $13 billion (annually) including TRICARE that satisfy DHA’s mission to provide a medically ready force and a ready medical force for the Department of Defense.  Prior to his current assignment at DHA, Mr. Tenaglia served as the Deputy Director for Contract Policy and International Contracting in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP).

Tenaglia was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1988 and retired from active duty in 2008. His Air Force tours of duty include: Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota as an ICBM Missile Combat Crew Member, Instructor, and Evaluator; Honeywell Space Systems Division as an Education with Industry student; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio as a Contracts Manager and Executive Officer to the Director of Contracting for Aeronautical Systems Center; the National Reconnaissance Office as a Contracting Officer and Contracting Policy Staff Officer; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi as Commander of the 81st Contracting Squadron; the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (Contracting), Pentagon, as a Contracting Staff Officer; the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Legislative Liaison, Pentagon, as a Legislative Liaison; and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, as a Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs. Following his retirement from active duty, Tenaglia served as a Senior Procurement Analyst in OUSD AT&L, DPAP.

Tenaglia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University and a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Mr. Tenaglia has been admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2012. He has been a career member of the Senior Executive Service since 2014.

Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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