As the melting snow yields to the beginning of the cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C., my mind wanders to thoughts of the Coalition’s Spring agenda that lies ahead. As we move into April, I am excited about the many opportunities that the Coalition will be hosting for 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.

e-Commerce Forum, The $50 Billion e-Commerce Question: Section 846 Implementation Plan – Next Steps

Date: April 3, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM – 12:15 PM EDT

Location: The CGI Innovation Center (1000 N Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22201)

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda!

Registration Link: Click here to register!

Details: The Coalition is very excited that, in just a few short days, we will be hosting our e-Commerce Forum, The $50 Billion e-Commerce Question: Section 846 Implementation Plan – Next Steps. During the Forum next Tuesday, April 3, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with leading government, industry, and legal experts on the recently released Commercial Platform Plan and its implications for the Federal market. I am very pleased that we will begin the day hearing from Alan Thomas, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, who will provide opening Keynote remarks, followed by our two superb Panel discussions – the Implementation of Section 846 Panel and the Legal Compliance and Policy Considerations Panel – and our Industry Perspective on Implementation Q&A Session. Below are some of the leading procurement experts that attendees will hear from during the day:

  • Laura Stanton – Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Strategy Management 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)
  • Jonathan Aronie, Sheppard Mullin
  • Angela Styles, Bracewell
  • Jon Etherton, Etherton & Associates

This is a pivotal moment in the history of Federal procurement. Section 846, and its subsequent implementation, embodies the most consequential procurement policy changes in a generation. Your participation in this event is important, and it will have a significant impact on the government market for years to come. The Coalition’s e-Commerce Forum provides a unique opportunity to engage with leading experts and stakeholders from across the procurement community all in the same day.

The 4th Annual Healthcare Forum

Date: April 11, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: McDermott Will & Emery LLP (500 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Agenda: Click here for the full agenda!

Registration Link:  SOLD OUT

Details: The Coalition will be hosting our Fourth Annual Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, April 11. The event will focus on the latest developments in the Federal Healthcare Marketplace and should be considered a must attend event for DHA and VA contractors.  Attendees will learn about the latest updates regarding an array of topics critical to your Federal business, including an outlook on the legislative landscape for healthcare, DHA’s forecasted direction in the coming year, the ongoing efforts to reorganize the VA, and the VA’s fair and reasonable pricing initiative. In addition, attendees will be able to choose between multiple breakout sessions that will cover topics such as health IT, pharmaceuticals, and the medical/surgical prime vendor program. Below are a few of the speakers that attendees will hear from during the day:

  • Guy Kiyokawa – Deputy Director, Defense Health Agency
  • Tom Leney – Director Small & Veteran Business Programs, VA
  • Keith Nakasone – Deputy Assistant Commissioner, IT Category, GSA
  • John Tenaglia – Head of Contracting, Defense Health Agency
  • David Bobb – Chief of Pharmacy Operations, Defense Health Agency
  • Dan Keefe – Medical Director of Supply Operations, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Rick Lemmon – Acting Chief Procurement and Logistics Office, VHA
  • Jaime Friedel – Procurement Director, SAC

If you are a contracting officer, a compliance officer, in business development, or a Federal market manager in the healthcare industry, you need to register today as space is limited!

The Coalition would like to extend its deepest thanks to AvKARE for their generous Title Sponsorship of the of the Healthcare Forum.

2018 Spring Training Conference, The Future of Acquisition Shared Services and Interagency Contracting

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Location: Fairview Park Marriot (3111 Fairview Park Drive Falls Church, VA 22042)

Agenda: Click here for the full draft agenda!

Registration Link: Click here to register!

Details: The Coalition for Government Procurement will host its annual Spring Training Conference, titled, The Future of Acquisition Shared Services and Interagency Contracting, on Wednesday, May 16th. I am particularly pleased to announce that Emily Murphy, Administrator, General Services Administration, will be providing our morning Keynote Address, “Expanding on GSA’s Four Priorities.”

Prior to the Keynote, Ray Bjorklund, Birchgrove Consulting, and Bill Gormley, The Gormley Group, will be providing a thorough Market Overview. Afterwards, there will be a series of panel discussions focused on:

Mission Imperative to Meet the FAS Vision:
Dave Zvenyach, Assistant Commissioner for Systems Management, GSA (invited)
Stephanie Shutt, Director MAS Program Management Office, GSA (invited)
Alex Rouse, Professional Services Program Executive, GSA (invited)
Joanne Collins-Smee, Deputy Commissioner and Director, Technology Transformation Services, GSA (invited)

Post-it Notes Session: Industry Input on GSA Goals

4th Quarter Spending Strategies
Elliot Branch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Procurement, Department of Navy (invited)
Jose Arietta, Senior Procurement Executive, HHS (invited)
Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS (invited)
Eldred Jackson, Associate Director, Office of Procurement Operations, VA (invited)

Save Your Appetite: Lawyers for Lunch 
Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Jason Workmaster, Of Counsel, Covington and Burling
David Dowd, Partner, Mayer Brown
Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Moring

After lunch, we have a panel discussing  Feedback from Conversations with the Customer Agencies, with the following speakers: Erv Koehler, Assistant Commissioner for Customer Accounts and Stakeholder Engagement, GSA (invited); Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner for the Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, GSA (invited); Kay Ely, Assistant Commissioner for the IT Category (invited); and Chris Hamm, Director of FEDSIM, GSA (invited).

In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Business Intelligence Sessions, which extend beyond the traditional breakout sessions to provide an interactive, collaborative, and informative dialogue with Federal experts and leaders in procurement. We have invited over 20 of these such leaders to discuss the following eight sessions that you can choose from:

  • Information Technology
  • Professional Services
  • General Products 
  • Healthcare 
  • IT Modernization
  • FedMall
  • Healthcare
  • DHS

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

The Coalition would like to extend its deepest thanks to Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc for their generous Title Sponsorship of the of the 2018 Spring Conference.

Should you have questions about any of the events on the Coalition’s Spring calendar please contact Jason Baccus at jasonbaccus@thecgp.org.