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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to register.
- TBD – Webinar: CIO-SP4: Is Your Business Equipped to Compete?
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.
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...
As April comes to an end, the Spring Training Conference draws closer, with only a few weeks left before the opening date. The Coalition is excited to bring our members this two-day virtual...
Two weeks ago, Part 1 of this blog series focused, in part, on how BIC MAC duplicates the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program. Part 1 included a “table of features” which outlined the significant...