It is already mid-October, which means the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Annual Fall Training Conference – Expectations for Fiscal Year 2023 – is less than five weeks away! Please do consider registering to join us in person on November 16-17 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia, or virtually via Pathable as we live stream every session. This year’s conference highlights the expectations for Federal procurement policies and programs across the government in the new fiscal year. We know you will benefit from hearing timely updates and future developments affecting the procurement community from our speakers and panels that will be comprised of executives and acquisition experts in both government and industry.
Day One – Governmentwide Focus
On November 16, sessions will include a governmentwide focus. Please note this is a departure from previous years where our first day has traditionally had a healthcare focus. Tom Davis, former Congressman and current Holland & Knight Partner, will serve as our morning Keynote and provide analysis of the election results, detailing what happened and what these results mean for the Federal government.
Following Congressman Davis’ remarks, the morning panels will begin with the return of the popular “Rogers Awards,” which will cover recent procurement-related legal matters. Next up is the Acquisition Policy Expectations session, which features an interagency panel of Procurement Executives, including Angela Billups, Executive Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, VA; Paul Courtney, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS; Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA; and John Tenaglia, Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC), DoD.
During the networking lunch, we have invited GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Sonny Hashmi to deliver a Keynote Address on his vision for FAS in the new fiscal year and thoughts on customer service for both industry and agency partners.
After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to decide to hear from a panel of GSA FAS Assistant Commissioners on their expectations for FAS procurement programs, or a panel on cybersecurity policies that impact both customer agencies and industry. As always, participants will have various Business Intelligence Panel options to choose from, with sessions that include acquisition system updates, the cloud marketplace, e-commerce, expectations from the Hill, the latest developments on contract vehicles such as SEWP, OASIS+, Alliant, and CIO-SP, and more. Representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Administration (SBA), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have all been invited to participate. The full day one draft agenda can be viewed here.
As noted above, day two of the conference will focus specifically on healthcare procurement, with the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and VA sharing their initiatives for fiscal year 2023. Michael Parrish, VA Principal Executive and Chief Acquisition Officer, has been invited to deliver the morning Keynote Address on the VA’s acquisition priorities and programs. Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA and Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Procurement and Logistics, VHA will follow up the keynote during the Expectations for VA Logistics and Procurement Panel. Participants can then look forward to learning from agency executives and industry leaders during the Expectations for DHA, DLA, and VA Policy and Healthcare Legal Panels. We are fortunate to have Moshe Schwartz, President of Etherton and Associates, wrap up the networking lunch by providing his insights on the healthcare supply chain and legislation. The afternoon Business Intelligent Panels will dive into a number of topics, such as the medical supply chain, pharmaceutical programs, and DLA and VA Medical Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) programs. For additional details, view the full agenda for day two here.
Ask the PMO – Stop by to ask your questions in person!
We are thrilled to share that the very popular ‘Ask the PMO’ table will return at the Fall Training Conference. Ask the PMO, which debuted at the 2022 Spring Training Conference, gives attendees the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Program Managers from GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule Program Management Office and the VA’s Federal Supply Schedule (FSS). Attendees can schedule one-on-one meetings throughout the day to ask questions and have their concerns addressed. On November 16, Stephanie Shutt, MAS PMO Director, Steve Sizemore, MAS PMO Deputy Director, and Stacy Lowe, IT Schedule 70 Contracting Officer will be available at the table. On November 17, the VA FSS program will be available to answer member questions. Bob Satterfield, Chief of Services, and Deborah Zuckswerth, Chief of Med Surg B of VA FSS will be present. We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to get their GSA and VA Schedules questions answered and to say hello to their government colleagues who are participating.
Networking Breakfast and Reception
Please join us for an hour each morning for breakfast and networking, and then make sure to stick around at the conclusion of the afternoon breakout sessions as both days will end with an in-person networking reception to allow for participants to connect with one another and continue their discussions on key acquisition topics from the day.
Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities
Register for the Fall Training Conference here. As a friendly reminder, Keystone Members receive unlimited complimentary registrations; Executive Members receive five complimentary registrations; and Premier Members receive two complimentary registrations.
Additionally, this is a fantastic opportunity to help support the Coalition while also getting name and brand recognition for your company. We have a wide variety of sponsorships available for all budgets and would truly appreciate your support!
Thank you to our current sponsors for Day 1: Raytheon, Gold Sponsor; Sheppard Mullin, Silver Sponsor; and The Center for Procurement Advocacy, Lunch Sponsor. Thank you also to our day two sponsor: AvKARE, Title Sponsor.
If you need assistance with event registration or have sponsorship questions or commitments, please contact Matt Cahill, Vice President of Membership & Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-315-1054.