Summer has arrived, but we aren’t going on vacation! There are several upcoming events and trainings we hope to see you at over the next couple months. But first, one postponed event to mention. We were originally scheduled to have our Don’t Get Burned This Summer: Compliance Training for Labor Requirements on June 16th; however, many members requested we hold this event in late summer/early fall as, according to the FAR Council’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule is to be released in August 2016. Be on the lookout for an updated September or October date for this rescheduled training. In the interim, please mark your calendars for the following:
SeaPort-e Working Group – June 13
The Coalition has formed a working group under the GWAC/MAC Committee to respond to the recently issued SeaPort-e Request for Information. The SeaPort-e multiple award contract will expire in April 2019 and the Navy is looking to develop a new acquisition strategy for the contract. The first meeting of the Working Group will be on Monday, June 13. Responses to the RFI are due on July 1. Members who would like to join the SeaPort-e Working Group or learn more about our activities, please contact Sean Nulty.
What Contractors Need to Know about Cybersecurity – June 29
Coalition members are invited to join the Pricing and Regulatory Compliance Oversight (PRCO) Committee on June 29 for a discussion on What Contractors Need to Know about Current and Upcoming Cybersecurity Requirements. Bob Metzger, Partner with Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, will discuss the current state of cybersecurity regulations and compliance requirements. Federal Computer Week selected Bob as a 2016 “Federal 100” awardee, saying that “he was at the forefront of the convergence of the supply chain and cybersecurity” and that “his work continues to influence the strategies of federal entities and companies alike.” Additionally, Michael Wright, Senior Manager at Baker Tilly, will speak about recommendations for complying with the current and expected requirements. Michael works with the firm’s Technology Risk Services team and over the past 15 years, he has performed project risk reviews, IT risk assessments and audits, IT governance assessments, and application control reviews for a variety of clients across industries. He brings relevant subject matter expertise on cybersecurity and the management of large scale IT projects.
This meeting will take place at 10:00am at Baker Tilly’s office in Tysons, VA. To RSVP for the June 29th meeting, please send an email to Jason Baccus.
GSA/VA Schedule Training for In-House Counsel – July 14
This class is a “must attend” for lawyers and corporate officials with significant contract management and compliance responsibilities in companies that have GSA Schedule contracts. Navigating the $50 billion GSA Schedule contracting program correctly can provide huge market success. The contracts provisions must be accurately understood, managed, and monitored to assure that your commercial enterprise realizes anticipated profits. Failure to do so can result in significant monetary, administrative, civil and even criminal penalties. This seminar will provide information and tools to help you understand the GSA/VA Schedule contracting program and provide insightful advice to your in-house clients and business partners.
This all day course is taught by Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement; Phil Seckman, Partner, Dentons; and Jason Workmaster, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP. It should be attended by In-house counsel for current GSA/VA Schedule contractors (or companies considering becoming a GSA/VA Schedule contractor), government attorneys that advise clients who evaluate or buy against Schedule contracts, outside counsel interested in learning more about GSA/VA Schedule contracting, Compliance Officers, non-lawyers with extensive MAS experience, Contract Managers and Contracting Officers.
After attending this seminar, you will:
- Earn 6 hours VA CLE!
- Understand GSA/VA’s most favored customer pricing policy and major requirements of the government solicitation
- Understand current audit/oversight procedures
- Understand current GSA Schedule Price Negotiation Priorities
- Understand how the GSA Schedule can impact your company bottom line
Plus, you’ll be comfortable advising your in-house clients regarding:
- Disclosure of company records
- Establishing management and compliance processes
- Establishing ethics programs and mandatory disclosure
- Avoiding penalties
- Identifying resources to assist with continuing legal support of your internal GSA/VA Schedule programs
To register for the GSA/VA Schedule Training for In-House Counsel course, please click here!
4th Annual Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament – August 24th
This charity tournament is to honor our good friend and colleague, Joe Caggiano, who was not only a 23-year veteran of the federal contracting marketplace but a naval veteran as well. Once again, this year’s tournament proceeds are going to 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. Joe would be so proud of this endowment as we encourage the next generation of skilled professionals to lead this critically important sector of the US economy.
This year’s tournament will once again be held at the beautiful Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD. We have several exciting sponsorships available including title sponsors, beverage cart sponsors, hole sponsors, and many more with all budgets in mind. Please click here to review sponsorship opportunities and contact Matt Cahill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-315-1054 with any questions or commitments. Registration will open next week and we look forward to your support!