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2020 All Member Fall Training Conference: Focusing On The Business Of Government

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing colors, and registration is officially open for The Coalition’s 2020 All Member Fall Training Conference: Focusing On The Business Of Government.  This virtual training event will take place on November 17 -18, where we will combine our traditional conference with our normally separate Healthcare Procurement Training Conference for a two-day all member event that requires only one registration.  Please take a minute to review our DRAFT agenda as we are proud of the wide variety of topics available and speakers participating.  Click HERE to register, and contact Matt Cahill at if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

Day One

We are happy to confirm that Tom Davis, current Partner at Holland & Knight and former 14 year Member of Congress (VA), will be our Keynote Speaker both days!  While his overall discussions will be about What Happened This Election And What Does It Mean? – his remarks on the second day will dive deeper into what the election results mean for the healthcare industry.

One of the highlights of any Coalition Training Conference is the legal panel that presents “The Rogers” – a parody of the Oscars focused on Legal developments in government contracting.  Your hosts for this year’s Rogers will once again be Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin; Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Moring; David Dowd, Partner, Mayer Brown; and Jason Workmaster, Member, Miller & Chevalier.  Look for an equally educational and entertaining Healthcare Legal Panel on day two that includes Jonathan, along with James Kim, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; Joy Sturm, Partner, Hogan Lovells; and Stephen Ruscus, Partner, Morgan Lewis.

After a break for lunch, day one will continue in the afternoon with a panel on Section 889, Cyber and Supply Chain Issues, which will feature confirmed panelist Samantha Clark, Special Counsel, Covington & Burling and Kim Herrington, Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting.  Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA, and Kelley Artz, Senior Leader for Supply Chain Risk Management, GSA, have also been invited.

We will then shift to our Policy Panel to get a better understanding of the perspective from the Hill.  Tim Cooke, Executive Director, Center for Procurement Advocacy will serve as moderator and confirmed panelists include Tom Sisti, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Coalition for Government Procurement and Jon Etherton, President, Etherton & Associates.  Andrew Hunter, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Karen Thornton, Acquisition Counsel, House Armed Services Committee, have also been invited.

On day one, we are pleased to offer a panel on GSA Systems and Consolidation Update before we head into individual Business Intelligence Sessions (breakouts).  Our invited speakers for this session will be Judith Zawatsky, Assistant Commissioner for Systems Management, GSA, and Stephanie Shutt, Director MAS PMO, GSA.

We will closeout day one with a wide variety of Business Intelligence Sessions to choose from, including

Office ProductsIndustrial ProductsFurnitureServicesITDLA MSPV and ECAT ProgramsVA ResearchVA Pharmaceuticals; and the Non-Expendable Equipment Program.  Choose your favorite session to attend “live” so you can take advantage of the Q&A time, and then listen to the other recorded sessions at your leisure.

Day Two

As noted above, day two will kick off with a compelling keynote by Tom Davis, current Partner at Holland & Knight and former Member of Congress (VA), who will be discussing What Happened This Election And What Does It Mean?  Tom’s remarks on this day will dive deeper into what the election results mean for the healthcare industry.  The keynote will be followed by the DoD and VA Partnership Panel, where Matthew Beebe, Acquisition Director, DLA, and Dr. Barclay Butler, Assistant Director for Management and the Component Acquisition Executive, DHA have been invited; and Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA, has confirmed.

Next, you’ll have the power to choose between two options as we leverage our virtual event environment to offer mo­­re content choices than ever before.  The first option is a VA Logistics and Procurement Panel where Deborah Kramer, Acting Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Support Services, VHA, has been invited, and Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Procurement and Logistics, VHA, and Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA, have been confirmed.  Your other option is to listen in to the GSA Leadership Panel where Tom Howder, Deputy Commissioner, FAS; Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner for the IT Category, FAS; and Bob Noonan, Assistant Commissioner for General Supplies and Services, are all invited.  Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner for the Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, FAS, and Erv Koehler, Assistant Commissioner for Customer and Stakeholder Engagement, have also been invited to attend.

After a brief lunch period, we will pick up again with a short session on the VA Mission Act and Community Care Network, where we have invited Dr. Mark Upton, Assistant Acting Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, VHA, to share his thoughts.

As noted above, we will hold a Healthcare Legal Panel before diving into numerous Business Intelligence Session options, including VA MSPV ProgramVA Federal Supply SchedulesProsthetics and BiologicsDoD and DLA PharmaceuticalsGAO HealthcareNational Contract ServiceUpdate from the SSACGWAC/MAC; and Global Supply/4PL.  Once again, we recommend you choose your most interesting session to attend “live” so you are able to take advantage of the Q&A time, and then listen to the other recorded sessions at your leisure.

Excellence in Partnership Awards

We are pleased to announce the Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Awards will continue in 2020­­ and the awardees will be announced and recognized during the two day virtual event.  The EIP Awards honor individuals and organizations in the acquisition community who have made significant contributions to the procurement system by delivering best value and meeting agency missions. Historically, these awards have recognized individuals, organizations, and contractors involved in procurement with GSA, VA, DOD, DHS, and other government agencies.

This year’s category awards include:

  • Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award  
    • Presented to an individual in the contracting community (government or industry) for demonstrating a life-long commitment to advancing “common sense in government procurement.”
  • Acquisition Excellence Award  
    • Presented to an organization or individual (government or contractor) for outstanding performance in meeting the mission-critical needs of a Federal agency through a government contract.
  • Excellence in Innovation Award  
    • Presented to an organization or individual (government or contractor) for creating innovative solutions and/or an innovative process for a Federal agency that improves and facilitates mission performance.
  • Advocating for Veterans Award  
    • Presented to an organization or individual (government or contractor) for promoting and executing a successful program that supports veterans.

Click here to submit your nomination for a 2020 EIP Award. If you have questions or need assistance regarding the EIP Awards, please contact Michael Hanafin at

We hope that you will join us for our 2020 Virtual All Member Fall Training Conference: Focusing On The Business Of Government – don’t forget to register today!

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