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Scott Barr, a senior vice president at Booz Allen, brings years of expertise in driving major transformation programs for large-scale clients and is helping drive change initiatives within the firm.
Scott Barr has more than 20 years of experience in transformation management and strategy consulting for the Department of Defense, civil government agencies, and commercial and healthcare organizations. Scott’s background is in organizational design and transformation, large-scale process improvement, and organizational change management. In his current role in Chief Transformation Office, Scott partners with leaders across the business and other industry luminaries to lead the firm’s data and analytics program, drive major change efforts, and lead transformational firm initiatives.
Prior to taking on his current role, Scott’s work focused on the Military Health System (MHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For MHS, Scott and his teams helped lead the implementation of patient safety and high-reliability principles as part of a process and cultural transformation that aims to improve care for military service members and their beneficiaries.
As part of this effort, Scott’s teams designed a new operating model for the future state of MHS healthcare delivery, enabling the system to transform into a highly reliable and collaborative learning organization. He and his teams also lead major efforts on care transformation and quality for the Defense Health Agency Clinical Support Division. In addition, Scott leads an effort focused on large-scale public health programs to increase the health of the U.S. service population and support Navy fleet readiness.
Previously, Scott was a vice president in Booz Allen’s Navy market and led the firm’s Norfolk office serving defense, intelligence, and civil agencies. Scott developed the Mid-Atlantic strategy and organizational analysis practice for the firm and helped grow the Norfolk office from 350 to more than 700 employees. In this role, he led critical engagements, including reengineering business and financial auditing processes for the Navy Reserve, improving Navy readiness programs, and leading strategy and analytics programs for the Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center.
Scott led firmwide functional skill development programs including leadership of the firm’s functional communities. He also designed and implemented recruiting and retention programs that increased headcount and employee retention across the defense and intelligence business for the firm.
Before joining Booz Allen, Scott worked for American Management Systems as a business analyst implementing financial solutions for intelligence and military clients.
Scott has a B.S. in management from Susquehanna University, an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and a CMAP degree from Georgetown University. Scott is an adjunct professor in the Change Management Advanced Practitioner Program (CMAP) at Georgetown University and serves on the board and executive committee for the United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, providing support and assistance to military personnel and their families.
Scott also has a strong ambition to advance thought leadership and academic pursuits. He is currently enrolled in a leadership program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In recent years, Scott has published thought pieces discussing machine learning in the health environment, healthcare readiness in the government environment, and has facilitated panel discussions on veteran care initiatives.
What is your approach to your clients’ future needs? I want to be the integrator of government and commercial best practices for them. I want to be the firm they go to for access to industry experts and the latest insights. Just recently, we hosted an innovation event at our office. I invited experts from our firm and other organizations. We brought in industry leaders and facilitated demonstrations, discussions, and conversations with clients. We want to be the centerpiece for where our clients get access to leading best practices because we have experts from across disciplines. This is a community of learners and leaders.
What is a great piece of business advice you’ve been given in your career? I’ve been told to consider all perspectives and take the longer-term view. We should keep the goal in mind. We can get wrapped up in thinking that the near-term milestone is the