During the Presidential Transition, the Coalition has provided its members with timely and informative opportunities detailing the latest developments in procurement policy and operations, addressing what change means for customer agencies, industry partners, and the American people. This May, the Coalition will host two superb events: a healthcare forum and the annual spring conference. Attendees will hear from, and interact with, many of the senior procurement leaders and experts from both government and industry.

Healthcare Forum, May 2

Healthcare Priorities in the Trump Administration

On May 2, the Coalition will host its third annual Healthcare Forum entitled, Healthcare Priorities in the Trump Administration. We are excited to announce Michael Missal, VA Inspector General, has been confirmed to speak on The Role of the IG in Healthcare Procurement.

There will be multiple breakout sessions focusing on DHA pharmacy operations, health IT, and VA procurement operations. The Coalition is particularly pleased to announce that Colonel Alex Zotomayor, Director of the Medical Supply Chain at DLA, will be leading our breakout session on DLA medical logistics support. We have a panel discussion focusing on health IT and have invited GSA and the VA, in addition to DHA, to participate.  Attendees also will hear the latest regarding the VA’s Strategic Acquisition Center’s MSPV program.

This is a “must-attend” event for DHA and VA contractors, as participants will learn about the DHA’s next steps for its acquisition operations.  Dr. Barclay Butler, the Component Acquisition Executive, will address DHA procurement operations and information technology modernization.  Pharmaceutical companies will hear the latest updates regarding DHA Pharmacy operations from Captain Edward C. Norton, Acting Chief of Pharmacy Operations at DHA. Captain Norton will cover a wide-range of topics, including the rebate program and the new pharmaceutical contracts supporting retail and mail order.

To access the current agenda for the Forum, please click here.

2017 Spring Training Conference, May 11

The First 112 Days: The FAR, E-Commerce, and New Acquisition Priorities

On May 11, the Coalition will host its annual Spring Training Conference entitled, The First 112 Days: The FAR, E-Commerce, and New Acquisition Priorities. We are inviting Administration leaders to address critical issues in government innovation. As was reported recently, President Trump’s Office of American Innovation (OAI) “will make recommendations to the President on policies and plans that improve Government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future, and spur job creation.”  OAI will likely be the key organization addressing the series of executive orders regarding regulatory reform and government reorganization.  The Coalition is hoping to add to our community’s understanding of what challenges and changes are on the horizon.

In addition, Deidre Lee, Chair of the Section 809 Acquisition Advisory Panel, former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator, and former Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, will be our lunchtime speaker. The Section 809 Panel was established by Congress to review applicable acquisition regulations for the Department of Defense to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the defense procurement process. The Panel is focusing on procurement policy areas that directly impact Coalition members.  Those topics cover commercial item contracting; multiple award IDIQ (MAIDIQ) contracting, including GWACs and MACs; and regulatory/acquisition streamlining.  In particular, the role and utility of MAIDIQ contracting has been of keen interest.

Last fall, the Coalition was privileged to address the panel’s inaugural meeting.  Since then, we have continued to meet with the Panel’s working groups on commercial item contracting and IDIQs.  The Spring Conference continues the dialogue, as there will be a guided solution “post-it note session,” to provide the Section 809 Panel with feedback and recommendations to improve DoD acquisition.

Back by popular demand is the Legal Panel, featuring Jonathan Aronie, Partner at Sheppard Mullin, Jason Workmaster, of Counsel at Covington and Burling, and David Dowd, Partner at Mayer Brown. This panel will be awarding its coveted “Rogers” legal awards. There will be a budget panel addressing the President’s proposed budget package, along with a Congressional Panel focusing on the Hill’s acquisition reform agenda for 2017.

Finally, during the afternoon, attendees can choose from six break-out sessions featuring numerous government procurement experts, with a special focus on Senior Procurement Executives and GSA’s key procurement programs.

The Coalition would like to thank Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. for their generous Title Sponsorship of the 2017 Spring Conference.

To access the current agenda for the Conference, please click here.

These events reflect the Coalition’s continued commitment to providing our members with the latest information pertaining to the procurement community.

I look forward to seeing you all there!