Myth-buster’s Countdown—One Month to Go
As the nights grow colder and the leaves change hue, it is now just a little over a month away from the Excellence in Partnership (EIPs) Celebration and Fall Training Conference. We are very excited to once again bring the procurement community together to honor excellence in acquisition at the EIPs! Just as important, the Fall Training Conference will bring together program managers and acquisition professionals from government and industry for a dialogue on key procurement policies, procedures, programs and opportunities in the next Administration. It will be a day-long Myth Busters forum for the entire procurement community!
It all begins with the EIPs Celebration on the evening of November 16th at the Westin Tysons Corner. The EIPs honor federal and contractor organizations, programs, and acquisition professionals who have made significant strides in promoting and utilizing multiple award contracting vehicles and supporting the evolving needs of government. One of the highlights will be the Coalition’s annual silent auction, raising funds to support the Coalition’s endowment for veterans enrolled in GW’s Law school or a Master’s degree program with a focus in government contracting.
The following morning at the same venue, the Coalition will kick off our day-long Fall Training Conference titled The 45th President’s Acquisition Agenda: What It Means To Your Business. We have an outstanding agenda that includes over 30 government speakers and numerous industry experts who will participate as keynotes, panelists, and breakout presenters.
With the election over and the Presidential transition underway, the focus of the conference will be the new Administration and what it means for acquisition policy and operations. Rob Burton, partner at Crowell and Moring and former Deputy OFPP Administrator, will lead a panel presentation focusing on the key mechanics of the Presidential transitions, identifying key players in the transition, and analyzing the acquisition policy and operational priorities of the next President.
One panel I’m especially looking forward to is Acquisition Policy: If I Knew Then What I Know Now, which will include insights from Dr. Steve Kelman, Deidre Lee, Jim Williams, Dan Tangherlini, and Angela Styles. It’s not often you get to hear from three former OFPP Administrators and two GSA Administrators on one panel.
Always popular, the afternoon will consist of nine different Myth-Busters Breakout sessions. Of high interest will be the breakout sessions covering GSA’s government-wide contracting programs, including ITS, Professional Services, and Global Supplies and Services. Additional breakout sessions address the impact of the Kingdomware decision, the Transactional Data Rule, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, including the National Acquisition Center (NAC), Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC), and Veterans Health Administration.