As promised in last week’s FAR & Beyond blog, the Coalition is pleased to share the draft agenda for the 2023 Spring Training Conference – Procurement Watchwords for 2023! The two-day training conference will take place on May 2-3 in Falls Church, Virginia. This year’s Spring Conference focuses on four major procurement “watchword” themes that will serve as driving forces for the acquisition system and government operations over the course of the year: Market Continuity, Cybersecurity, Supply Chain Security, and Sustainability. Government and industry leaders will share how these watchwords play a major role in shaping procurement policies and programs. We have invited a wide range of agencies to participate in this year’s Spring Training Conference, including DoD, GSA, VA, OMB, CISA, EPA, NASA, FDA, DHA, and DLA. Keep reading to learn more about the lineup of sessions you can look forward to attending on both days!
May 2 – Governmentwide Focus
Consistent with this year’s theme, we have compiled panels throughout the day focused on the four procurement watchwords. Some of the highlights on the governmentwide day include:
Market Continuity – We have invited leadership from GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) to share priorities and initiatives from each of their offices. During the FAS Executive Panel, attendees will hear FAS Assistant Commissioners discuss GSA’s continued efforts regarding a number of different procurement programs and how they are moving forward.
Cybersecurity – The Cybersecurity Panel features invited government officials from multiple agencies, including DoD and GSA. During the panel, these officials will address recent developments for multiple cybersecurity measures during the conference, such as the release of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) DFARs rule and FedRAMP authorization.
Supply Chain Security – The third panel of the day focuses on Supply Chain Security, and we have invited both government and industry subject matter experts to address supply chain-focused policies, programs, and regulations that will impact the procurement system. Topics covered during the panel include the Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management (C-SCRM) program, the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Defense Production Act, Made in America, and Buy American laws.
Sustainability – The first day’s general sessions will wrap up with a highly informative Sustainability Panel. We have invited government agencies, such as the EPA, to cover sustainability-related programs and policies, such as the FAR proposed rule regarding disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk, the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program, and federal high-performance green buildings.
Following the general sessions, you will not want to miss out on a vast selection of afternoon Market Continuity Panels that will offer a deep-dive into specific agency and governmentwide topics and initiatives, such as:
- NASA SEWP VI
- Alliant 3
- Other Transaction Authorities
- GSA Schedules
- GSA’s Office of the Future
- NITAAC Contracting
- Assisted Acquisition Services
- GSA Global Supplies and Services
- Congressional Updates
May 3 – Healthcare Focus
Once again, we have put together multiple sessions that highlight the four watchwords, specifically focused on healthcare procurement.
Market Continuity – In the morning, we have invited VA leadership to participate in back-to-back panels to discuss their ongoing efforts to provide support to veterans and VA healthcare facilities. The first panel invites leaders from the VA’s Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction (OALC). Following this panel, we will hear from the Veteran Health Administration (VHA) on their organization’s initiatives.
Sustainability – During our lunch break, we look forward to hearing an update on how sustainability requirements, such as the greenhouse gas disclosures proposed rule, will specifically impact federal healthcare contractors in the present and future.
Cyber and Supply Chain Security – In the afternoon, government and industry experts from multiple agencies, including DLA, NIH, FDA, and the VA, have been invited to participate on the Cyber and Supply Chain Security Panel focused on healthcare technology systems and efforts to strengthen the medical supply chain.
Be sure to check out the draft agenda to learn about the afternoon’s Market Continuity Panels, which will provide the latest in-depth information on agency programs, such as:
- Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Program
- VA Pharmacy Benefit Management Services
- Medical Device Cybersecurity
- DHA and DLA Pharmaceutical Prime Vendors
- DLA MSPV and ECAT Programs
- VA Prosthetics
We hope that you are as excited as we are about two full days of networking with the acquisition community and learning from procurement leaders across the government and industry!
As always, we would like to thank our current sponsors for their continued support of the Coalition and the Spring Training Conference. Our sponsors include:
- Platinum Sponsors: AvKARE and McKesson
- Silver Sponsor: Sheppard Mullin
- Coffee & Networking Sponsor: SAIC
Sponsorships Still Available!
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Be sure to check out our new Sponsorship Prospectus, which highlights a variety of Premier and Auxiliary sponsorship opportunities that are still available for your organization at the conference!