Even though the Coalition is currently focused on our May 16th Spring Training Conference: The Future of Acquisition Shared Services and Interagency Contracting, where Emily Murphy will serve as our keynote speaker, we have numerous exciting events and trainings over the span of the next couple months you should know about and attend.  The first of these events will be exclusively for Premier Members and above (Executive Member, Strategic Partner, and Keystone) where we will hold a Legislative and Budget Analysis Breakfast Forum on May 23rd from 8:30 – 11:30AM EST at a still to be determined location.  We will have Jon Etherton of Etherton and Associates, Inc. provide an update on acquisition related legislation and Ray Bjorklund of Birch Grove Consulting present a deep dive into the budget.  Joining them to discuss the upcoming mid-term elections as well as answer other legislative questions, is the Honorable Thomas M. Davis III, Former Member of Congress (VA), Former Chair of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, and currently with Deloitte Services.

On Wednesday, May 30th from 12:00-1:00 PM EST, the Coalition will host Part II of our webinar series with Baker Tilly, Federal Market Access – the Value Proposition, which will focus on the current patient access environment in the federal market and highlight its importance to successful overall market access strategy for manufacturers.  Participants will learn how these systems differ from other payers, discuss spillover opportunities, explore outcomes based contracting opportunities, and understand the unique value of this segment from a patient access and revenue perspective. Topics to be addressed will include: VA/DoD Health System Overview; Federal Segment Value Proposition; The Importance of Establishing a Strategic Plan; Supplemental Contracting Best Practices; and Government Portfolio Management (SPAP, non-FSS contract administration, etc.).

Wrapping up an event-packed May, we turn to June and kick things up another notch starting on June 6th with our Cyber Forum: Q4 Pipeline and Requirements Update.  This event is being hosted by immixGroup in Tysons from 8:30AM – 12:30PM and will include cyber expert Bob Metzger from Rogers Joseph O’Donnell discussing What Contractors Need to Know About the Latest Cyber Guidelines.  Additionally, Michael Wright from Baker Tilly will be presenting Leveraging DFAR Requirements: Safeguarding Your Ability to Win.  To conclude the day, we expect to hear a Federal Market Update: Q4 Cyber Pipeline from GSA.

On June 11th and June 12th, both at Baker Tilly in Tysons, the Coalition will be hosting our two most highly recommended training courses, MAS Basic Training – The Nuts & Bolts (June 11) and General Services Administration (GSA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule Contracting for In-House Counsel (June 12).  Do you need to better understand management and compliance of the Price Reduction Clause or need help navigating the Price Negotiation Process?  Are you leveraging the GSA Electronic Tools and have all the keys to understanding the Task Order Competition?  Need advice on the GSA Audit Process?  You should attend our MAS Basic Training, an intensive, one-day training workshop that teaches the basics of utilizing the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.  The in-house counsel course is a “must attend” for lawyers and corporate officials with significant contract management and compliance responsibilities in companies that have GSA and/or VA Schedule contracts.  After successfully completing this course, you will be able to understand GSA/VA’s most favored customer pricing policy and major requirements of the government solicitation, current audit/oversight procedures, current GSA Schedule Price Negotiation Priorities, how the GSA Schedule can impact your company’s bottom line, plus, be able to advise your in-house clients regarding topics such as disclosure of company records; establishing management and compliance processes; establishing ethics programs and mandatory disclosure; avoiding penalties; and identifying resources to assist with continuing legal support of your internal GSA/VA Schedule programs.

On June 19th at the CGI Innovation Center in Ballston, the Coalition will be hosting an Assisted Acquisition Services Forum that will feature speakers from the GSA Office of Assisted Acquisitions. Tom Howder, the GSA Assistant Commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services, has been invited to speak at the event along with representatives from AAS Regional Offices, AAS FEDSIM, and Government customers.

Finally, I’ll leave you with happy summer thoughts: mark your calendars for August 22nd for the 6th Annual Joe Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament out at Whiskey Creek in Ijamsville, MD!  As you may recall from previous years, the tournament proceeds will support the Coalition’s endowment for a qualified veteran concentrating their studies in the field of US Government procurement and pursuing the JD/LLM degree or the interdisciplinary Masters degree at The George Washington University.  We hope to see you very soon at one of our upcoming events or trainings! Registration will be opening soon.