Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award



Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Richard Dool

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Scott Strawn

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Lawrence Davenport


Federal procurement specialists have a unique and powerful role in how the United States government spends money. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the impact internal and external influences have on the decision-making process of federal procurement specialists. A mixed-methods research study was conducted using an electronic survey questionnaire to collect quantitative data and video interviews to collect qualitative data. The sample included individuals who held a Federal Acquisitions Certification in Contracting and worked for non-Department of Defense federal agencies. The quantitative findings found that internal and external influences impact federal procurement specialists, but the effects those influences had on the decision-making process of a specialist varied. Findings from the qualitative interviews supported the quantitative results and provided a deeper understanding of the decision-making aspect of each influence related to the identification and position level of the procurement specialist. The findings indicated that federal procurement specialists hold a significant role in shaping federal acquisitions and that federal agencies should consider these impacts when implementing policy and training.

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