The Coalition for Government Procurement is the single most effective voice for commercial service and product companies selling in the federal market. For more than 40 years, the Coalition has brought together public and private sector procurement leaders to work towards the mutual goal of common sense acquisition. Members have access to the latest federal compliance and policy information, which serves as the foundation of a successful government business.

News

DLA Releases 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has released its Strategic Plan for 2021-2026 which identifies the most critical priorities for the agency and will transform their business processes over the next five years. The top priority is Warfighter First. DLA is also focused on supporting its Whole of Government mission. For more on DLA’s objectives, see the Strategic Plan.
 

President Biden Announces First Made in America Office Director

On April 27, President Biden announced that Celeste Drake will serve as the first Director of the new Made in America Office. The office was established in the “Made in America” Executive Order (EO) issued in January. Federal agencies are to submit any waivers to domestic preference laws to the Made in America Office at OMB for approval. The EO is designed to boost US manufacturing and jobs.
 

President Nominates Robin Carnahan for GSA Administrator

On April 7, President Biden announced his intent nominate Robin Carnahan as GSA Administrator.  Robin Carnahan previously served as Secretary of State of Missouri and from 2016-2020 led the State and Local Government Practice at 18F at GSA.  In 2017, she was named one of the Federal government’s “Top Women in Tech.”

 

On March 11, the American Relief Plan of 2021 was signed by the President. Among the provisions in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, is an extension for Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Section 3610 allows the Government to reimburse contractors for paid leave if contractors are unable to work, but should be kept in a ready state. Section 3610 is now extended through September 30, 2021.

GSA Senior Leadership Picks Announced

On January 20, the Biden Administration announced senior leadership picks for the General Services Administration (GSA). Katy Kale was appointed to the post of Deputy Administrator, and will serve as the acting head of GSA until an Administrator is appointed and confirmed by the Senate. Sonny Hashmi has been selected to serve as Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). Read more here.

Administration Announces VA Leadership Roles

The Biden Administration announced several people who will serve in acting positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) until Biden’s appointees are confirmed and sworn in. Dat Tran will serve as Acting VA Secretary. Denis McDonough has received the nomination for VA Secretary and is awaiting Senate confirmation. Read more here.

Coalition Submits CMMC Comments

The Coalition submitted comments on the Interim Rule in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements. Click here to read the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events & Meetings

  • May 19-20 – Virtual Spring Training Conference

The Coalition is pleased to announce that registration is officially open for our 2021 Spring Training Conference – The Biden Administration’s Priorities and the Role of Acquisition. The virtual training conference will be held on May 19-20, 2021. Similar to our 2020 virtual Fall Training Conference, the Spring event will combine sessions from our general conference and our healthcare forum with only one registration necessary to attend.

As indicated by the title, this year’s conference offers multiple sessions that cover four of the Biden Administration’s top priorities, including the COVID-19 response, Sustainability, Made in America and Domestic Sourcing, and increased opportunities for Small Businesses to stimulate the economy. Popular sessions from past conferences will also make a return, including both the Legal and the “Healthcare Legal” panels. We are excited to confirm that the conference will feature a “one-on-one” discussion with the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Sonny Hashmi, moderated by Federal News Network’s Executive Editor Jason Miller.

We have invited speakers from GSA, the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to participate in the conference.  Procurement programs and initiatives like GSA’s BIC MAC, the partnership between the VA and the Defense Logistics Agency, IT Modernization and Cybersecurity requirements for all contractors will also be on the agenda.

The full draft agenda can be viewed here. The registration link can be found here. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Matt Cahill at mattcahill@thecgp.org

Click here to register.

 

  • TBD – Webinar: CIO-SP4: Is Your Business Equipped to Compete?
CIO-SP4 may be one of the most significant opportunities for both small and large government contractors, particularly those in the healthcare space. The Coalition is pleased to host Cy Alba and Meghan Leemon of PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group on April 8, 2021 as they dissect the potential impacts of CIO-SP4 for the government contracting community.

Key takeaways include:

  • Key requirements and differences from the draft RFP;
  • CTAs under CIO-SP4;
  • Past performance use for teams, subs, and JVs;
  • Off-ramp provisions restricting growth of M&A activity;
  • and Moving from a CIO-SP4 small to a large CIO-SP4 and back again.

 

PART 3: OASIS Is Built to Last

Four weeks ago, this blog focused on how the proposed BIC MAC program essentially duplicates the MAS program. Two weeks ago, Part 2 of this blog series focused on adding cost reimbursement...

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