Jerry Zimmer retired from the Department of Energy in 2007 after serving 34 years with DOE and its predecessor agencies (Atomic Energy Commission & Energy Research and Development Administration). Throughout his entire career, Jerry worked in the procurement arena comprised of both acquisition (contracting) and financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements). Jerry started his career in the Chicago Operations Offices (CH) serving in various capacities. Originally he was a Contract Specialist administering university research awards and later negotiating and administering Management and Operating (M&O;) contracts for several DOE National Laboratories.
As a Contracting Officer, he supervised a staff responsible for both acquisition and financial assistance awards. Later he was a Division Director responsible for developing policy for CH’s five M&O; Laboratories, including the performance-based contracting aspects.
In 1999, Jerry was selected as the Procurement Director of DOE’s Golden Field Office (GO) in Golden CO. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing the procurement policies and procedures for GO’s portfolio of energy efficiency and energy conservation awards. These awards covered university, commercial and state/local government’s recipients.
Since retiring, Jerry has been an instructor for Financial Assistance and Acquisition courses with two commercial educational organizations and has also consulted with various organizations during their proposal development to DOE solicitations. Jerry has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. While serving in the Army after his undergraduate degree, Jerry was an artillery Fire Direction Control Specialist in Vietnam.