The cherry blossoms are starting to bloom, and it is finally beginning to feel like Spring here in the Nation’s Capital. As we move into April, I am very excited about the many events that the Coalition for Government Procurement will be hosting for our members on the latest issues in Federal procurement. This week’s blog will focus on some of these upcoming events and trainings. I look forward to seeing you there! 

The Legislative and Market Dynamics Breakfast Forum 

Date: April 2, 2019 

Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern 

Location: CGI Federal’s Innovation Center (1000 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201) 

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda! 

Registration Link: Click here to register! Or RSVP to Jason Baccus ( 

Details: The Coalition is very happy to announce that our previously scheduled Legislative Analysis and Market Dynamics Breakfast Forum, which was cancelled due to snow in February, has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, April 2, at CGI Federal’s Innovation center in Arlington, Virginia.   

Ray Bjorklund, President, BirchGrove Consulting LLC, will provide attendees with an overview of market dynamics, including topline estimates of contractor-addressable spend for remainder of 2019, the effect of perennial fiscal dynamics on performance of our acquisition system, and some predictions about 2020 and where we are in the overall process. 

Jon Etherton, President, Etherton and Associates, Inc., will provide participants with an acquisition-focused legislative update regarding our newly elected Congress, as well as what a Democratic House may mean for your company’s bottom line. 

Alex Rouse, Program Director, Professional Services Program at the General Services Administration (GSA), will provide a briefing on GSA’s efforts to consolidate Special Item Number (SIN) language. 

While this breakfast forum is complimentaryyou must still RSVP to attend! Please RSVP to Jason Baccus ( and we look forward to seeing you there! 

Coalition Member Reception at the NAC Industry Days 

Date: April 3, 2019 

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Central 

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel (5440 N River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018, Room: O’Hare I) 

To RSVP, please contact Jason Baccus at 

Details: The Coalition would like to invite our healthcare members to a reception on April 3rd at the VA National Acquisition Center (NAC) Industry Day! The networking reception will be at the Crown Plaza hotel (Rosemont) on Wednesday April 3rd after the educational sessions. 
We will kick off the event with remarks from Coalition President, Roger Waldron, and Greg Madden of Orlaithe Consulting. Roger and Greg will share their thoughts on the highlights and opportunities presented during day 1 of the NAC Industry Days. 

The networking reception will begin at 5:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza hotel (Rosemont) in the O’Hare I room. To RSVP to attend, please contact Jason Baccus at We’re looking forward to seeing you there! 

2019 Spring Healthcare Forum 

Date: April 10, 2019 

Time: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

Location: McDermott Will & Emery (500 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001) 

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda! 

Registration Link: Click here to register! 

Details: The Coalition will be hosting our annual Spring Healthcare Forum on Wednesday, April 10 at McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Washington, D.C. office.  

This is a must attend event for DHA and VA contractors and will provide the opportunity to dialogue with the VA further about its supply chain strategy for the MSPV program, pharmaceuticals, and the future of VA acquisition. 

The morning will kick off with a networking breakfast and remarks from former Congressman Jeff Miller, Senior Legislative Advisor for McDermott Will & Emery, who will provide an outlook on the legislative agenda of the new Congress. Following this discussion, Karen Brazell, Principal Executive Director for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction and Chief Acquisition Officer for the VA, will provide opening Keynote Remarks, followed by two superb Panel discussions that will focus on the latest acquisition strategies and contracting programs that support our nation’s warfighters and veterans. 

The first Panel, titled, The State of VA Procurement, will feature speakers Rick Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, VHA; Angela Billups, Executive Director Office of Acquisition and Logistics, VA; Tom Leney, Associate Executive Director, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA; and Ruby Harvey, Executive Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, VA. 

During the second Panel discussion, titled, DHA ProcurementJohn Tenaglia, Deputy Assistant Director for Acquisition, DHA will provide an update on the latest initiatives underway at DHA. Before breaking for a networking lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Business Intelligence Sessions, which will provide an interactive and informative dialogue with Federal experts and leaders in procurement. You will be able to choose from the following sessions: 

#1: DLA/VA Shared Services   

  • Jaime Friedel, Director, Procurement Directorate B, Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA 
  • Nora Steigerwalt, Medical Supply Chain Director of Customer Operations, DLA 

#2: Pharmaceuticals   

  • David Bobb, Pharmacy Operations Division, DHA 

#3: Clinical Input for Requirements Development  

  • Tammy Czarnecki, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Health for Administrative Operations, VHA 
  • Spencer Roberts, Director, Procurement and Logistics Office, VHA 

After lunch, we will again offer Business Intelligence Sessions, providing attendees with additional opportunities to engage in the following sessions: 

#1: All Things MSPV  

  • Jaime Friedel, Director, Procurement Directorate B, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA 
  • Rick Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, VHA 
  • Anna Zinser, Contracting Officer, VHA 
  • Dave Barber, Senior Contracting Officer, Strategic Acquisition Center, VA 

#2: Update on Drug Pricing Oversight   

  • Sam Dewey, Counsel, McDermott Will & Emery, (formerly Chief Investigator and Counsel to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging) 

The e-Commerce Forum 

Date: April 23, 2019 

Time: 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Location: CGI Innovation Center 1000 N Glebe Rd Arlington, VA 22201 

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda! 

Registration Link: Click here to register! 

Details: Due to the overwhelming popularity of our e-Commerce Forum last April, the Coalition is very excited to announce its return this year! During the Forum, which will take place on Tuesday, April 23, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with leading government, industry, and legal experts on GSA’s Phase II Report and its implications for the Federal market.  

Below are some of the leading procurement experts that attendees will hear from during the day: 

  • Laura Stanton – Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology at GSA 
  • Jeff Koses – Senior Procurement Executive at GSA 
  • Mark Lee – Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Compliance at GSA 
  • Mathew Blum – Associate Administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) 

This is a pivotal moment in the history of Federal procurement. The implementation of Section 846 embodies the most consequential procurement policy changes in a generation. The Coalition’s e-Commerce Forum provides a unique opportunity to engage with leading experts and stakeholders from across the procurement community on this important topic.  To register to attend, click here 

2019 Spring Training Conference 

Date: May 16, 2019 

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Eastern 

Location: Fairview Park Marriott (3111 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042) 

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda! 

Registration Link: Click here to register! 

Details: The Coalition will host its annual Spring Training Conference, titled, The Federal Marketplace Initiative, on Thursday, May 16, at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia. Emily Murphy, GSA Administrator, and Major General Cameron Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, have been invited to provide our opening Keynote address, “Strategic Vision Opportunities.” 

Afterwards, there will be a series of panel discussions focused on:  

The Federal Marketplace Initiative 

  • Crystal Philcox, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Enterprise Strategy Management, GSA  
  • Stephanie Shutt, MAS Program Management Office, GSA  
  • Laura Stanton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management for the Office of the Information Technology Category, GSA  
  • Judith ZawatskyAssistant Commissioner for Office of Systems Management, GSA 

Acquisition Panel 

  • Matthew Beebe, Director of Acquisition, DLA 
  • Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS  
  • Phil Christy, Acting Principal Executive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, VA  
  • Tom HowderAssistant Commissioner for the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, GSA 

Lunch with Tom Davis 

  • Tom Davis, Former U.S. Congressman and Partner, Holland & Knight 

After lunch, we have the return of the always popular, “Rogers Awards,” with Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin; Jason Workmaster, Member, Miller & Chevalier Chartered; David Dowd, Partner, Mayer Brown; and Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Moring.  

In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Business Intelligence Sessions, which will provide an interactive and informative dialogue with Federal experts and leaders in procurement. We have invited more than 20 such leaders to participate in the following eight sessions that you can choose from: 

  • Information Technology  
  • Professional Services 
  • Acquisition Centers 
  • VA Acquisition Management 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • FedMall 
  • OTAs 
  • VA Federal Supply Schedules 

As always, the Conference will conclude with a networking reception to allow members to further engage with their peers and the day’s speakers.   

Should you have questions about any of the events on the Coalition’s Spring calendar, please contact Jason Baccus at