It is the first week of March and with spring right around the corner, the blog is taking a break from the “Thirteen Thoughts for 2013” to focus on the Coalition for Government Procurement’s 2013 Spring Calendar of Events. We are committed to “continuing the dialogue” with procurement leaders across the Federal Government on challenges, issues and opportunities to improve the procurement system. Given the current budgetary challenges, it is more important than ever that government and industry work together toward common sense procurement policies and procedures that deliver best value outcomes for customer agencies, taxpayers through sound business opportunities for the private sector.
Our 2013 Spring Calendar of events provides members the ability to meet and engage directly with key government stakeholders. On March 27ththe Furniture Committee will travel to Philadelphia for a meeting with the Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWAC) and to attend the IWAC’s Evergreen Recognition Ceremony honoring green contracting efforts. On March 28th, Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner of GSA’s Public Building Service (PBS) will speak to our Federal Buildings Committee on PBS’s acquisition management priorities. All members are invited to attend the Federal Buildings Committee Meeting. Please contact Roy Dicharry at [email protected] for additional information regarding attendance on the 28th. These two committee meetings are representative of our efforts to constantly and consistently provide high quality committee meetings that address members’ needs and interests. The committee meetings provide a wonderful opportunity for dialogue with our government partners.
On April 17th, the Coalition will hold our Spring Conference “Continuing the Dialogue: Strategic Acquisition—An Opportunity for Federal Efficiency and Commercial Business. The Conference agenda can be found here. Our participants include a cross section of key government customers and policy leaders. The Spring Conference will be highlighted by Joe Jordan, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, moderating a panel discussion on strategic acquisition with Elliot Branch, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Navy, Daniel Clever, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, US Department of Homeland Security, Iris Cooper, Executive Director of Acquisition Operation, US Department of Veterans Affairs, and Tom Sharpe, FAS Commissioner, GSA.
The Spring Conference will also include our ever popular “Rogers” session on Recent Developments in Government Contracts Case Law and Regulation. Jonathan Aronie of Sheppard Mullin, David Dowd of Mayer Brown, and Jack Horan of McKenna Long & Aldridge will be presenting the “Rogers.” For the first time the Spring Conference will also host breakout sessions with key government procurement officials. These sessions afford members the opportunity for wide ranging dialogue on key procurement program/policy developments and business opportunities. The breakout sessions will include DHS Programs and Priorities, Schedules Modernization—What’s Next?, GWACs, OASIS, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, NASA SEWP, and Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiatives. Registration and sponsorship information can be found here.
On May 22nd the Coalition will host Acting Administrator, Dan Tangherlini for a GSA Business Roundtable focusing on the new mission and priorities he envisions for GSA in 2013 and beyond. We look forward to continuing the dialogue regarding GSA’s mission and priorities in delivering best value solutions to customer agencies and the taxpayer. More details on the roundtable will be announced in the coming weeks.
On June 20th the Coalition’s Healthcare Committee will travel to Chicago to meet with the VA’s National Acquisition Center (NAC) leadership. This meeting will be the first of its kind in Chicago, bringing Coalition members together with NAC’s leadership to discuss issues of mutual concern. For more information on this meeting, please contact Carolyn Alston at [email protected].
Finally, the Coalition is excited to announce that our MAS Legal Training Course for In-house Counsel has been approved by the Virginia State Bar for six hours of Continuing Legal Education credit. We will be holding the MAS Legal Training Course for In-house Counsel on Thursday, June 27. To register go here.