Willard "Dan" Blalock, Esq.
Chief Operating Officer
Debarment Solutions Institute, LLC
Willard Blalock (Dan) is an owner and COO, Chief Operating Office at Debarment Solutions Institute, LLC (DSI).
As Deputy Director of the Department of the Navy Acquisition Integrity Office (AIO) from 2005 to 2011, Dan supported the Navy Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO) managing an office that functioned as the primary organization to deter, detect, and protect the Navy from acquisition fraud. He joined the DSI team as a Professional Services Provider in 2012.
AIO’s responsibilities included suspension and debarment, assistance to the Department of Justice on Civil FCA investigations and litigation, managing administrative investigations, including voluntary and mandatory disclosure programs, and coordination of remedies. While Deputy Director at Navy AIO, Dan served as the Chair of the President’s Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee under the Office of Management and Budget from September of 2008 to his retirement in May 2011. As Chair, Dan managed the coordination and implementation of suspension and debarment activities of all federal Executive Branch departments and agencies, both civilian and military, for contracts, grants, loans, and other federal assistance. Dan served as Navy's representative to the ABA Suspension and Debarment Committee, the Debarment, Suspension, Business Ethics Committee of the Defense Acquisition Regulatory Council, and has conducted training for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and TJAGSA.
Prior to serving as Deputy Director of AIO, Dan was Counsel to the Navy’s Procurement Integrity Office (PIO) from 2001 to 2005. PIO managed the suspension and debarment and coordination of remedies functions for the Navy prior to the creation of AIO in 2005. From 1995 to 2001, Dan was an Associate Counsel at NAVCOMPT, practicing fiscal law and bankruptcy litigation while also managing the legislative functions of the Navy Office of General Counsel. From 1987 to 1995, Dan was an Associate Counsel at the Naval Air Systems Command, where he supervised a team of attorneys supporting the Program Executive Office for Cruise Missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. From 1983 to 1987, Dan was Co-Counsel of the Navy’s Special Programs Division responsible for intelligence oversight and legal advice to an organization supporting the Navy, Defense, and National Intelligence Community. From 1977 to 1983, Dan was a trial attorney in the Navy Litigation Division representing the Navy in contract dispute litigation before the Board of Contracts Appeal and federal courts.
Prior to his employment with the Office of the General Counsel, Dan was a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. Dan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from George Washington University Law School.