Frederick J. (Jay) Stefany

Frederick J. (Jay) Stefany serves as acting assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) (Acting) as of Jan. 20, 2021, having served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs since April 2018. In this role, he is responsible for executive oversight of all naval shipbuilding programs, major ship conversions, and the modernization and disposal of inservice ships. He is also responsible for executive oversight of cost, schedule and performance of surface ship, submarine, and Marine Corps combat systems, electronic warfare systems, shipboard radars, and Navy missile defense programs.

Previously, Stefany served as executive director, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Sealift Office, Program Executive Office, Ships. He provided executive leadership to 200 personnel and oversaw one of the broadest acquisition portfolios in the Navy, including more than $30 billion in complex shipbuilding procurements. His responsibilities spanned four major program offices: LPD 17 Program (PMS 317), Amphibious Warfare Program (PMS 377), Strategic and Theater Sealift Program (PMS 385), and the Auxiliary Ships / Small Boats and Crafts Program (PMS 325).

Additionally, he oversaw several active major programs, to include LHA 6, LPD 17, EPF, ESB, T-AKE, T-AO(X), and Heavy Icebreaker ship classes, as well as ship-to-shore connectors, landing craft, research ships, and service craft boats.

Stefany entered the Senior Executive Service in March 2012, and has been in Civil Service for more than 27 years. Serving in a variety of key leadership positions throughout his career, including program manager and deputy program manager for the LPD 17 class Amphibious Transport Dock ship program (2004-2012). During his tenure, the first six ships of the San Antonio class were delivered and construction started on four additional hulls. He also assumed responsibilities for management of the initial concept work on a replacement for the Navy’s Command & Control Ships and later, the replacement for the LSD 41 and 49 class ships.

Previous assignments include director of Naval and Commercial Construction (2002-2004), responsible for oversight of the Navy’s portfolio of Amphibious, Auxiliary and Special Mission ships and craft for the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RD&A); assistant program manager in PMS 377 for LCAC (2000-2002) and for Amphibious Ship Combat / C4I Systems (1998-2000); and project engineer for both the LHD 5-7 (1992-1998) and LHD 1-4 (1987-1991) ship acquisition programs as PMS 377 delivered LHD 1-6 and LSD 52 to the Fleet.

Stefany received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1985, and his master of science degree in management from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida (National Capital Campus), in 1998. He is also a 1996 graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course.

During his distinguished federal service career, Stefany has received the Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Award and two Navy Civilian Superior Service Awards.

Last Updated: 22 January 2021

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