Karen Shelton Waters became TSA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Acquisition in March 2012.
As the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Acquisition, Waters is responsible for the development of the contracting workforce and acquisition policy. She reviews contract awards, investments, interagency agreements and other transactions. TSA's acquisitions include technology, operational contracting, leasing, construction, research and development, grants and other types of financial assistance.
Waters joined TSA in 2009 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator/Chief Administrative Officer with the Office of Finance and Administration where she was responsible for developing and implementing administrative service programs, property management and real estate services for the agency. She also provided oversight and management of approximately $300 million in contracts and ensured the efficient and effective use of resources.
Prior to joining TSA, Waters served as the Director of the Administrative Services Division for the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service from September 2002 to August 2009. She also served as Branch Chief for the USDA, Food and Safety Inspection Service from December 2000 to September 2002 and as a Procurement Analyst for the Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from October 1998 to December 2000.
Waters holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University and completed programs at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA. She received a Master's Certificate in Contracting from George Washington University.
She is a member of the Federal Executive Institutes Alumni Association, the African American Federal Executives Association and the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals.