With 2022 nearing its midway point, the Coalition for Government Procurement is pleased to share exciting events, news, and developments coming soon for our members. Last week’s blog highlighted a jam-packed schedule of upcoming committee meetings and webinars in May and June, all leading up to our annual Spring Training Conference – The Federal Customer Experience on June 15-16 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia. This two-day conference features guest speakers and panelists from Federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Human and Health Services, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Defense, as well as multiple industry experts. Day one of the conference will have a healthcare focus, while day two will cover Governmentwide topics.

The conference offers both in-person and virtual attendance, and we encourage you to register for this highly informative training event if you have not yet done so. The format will offer both in-person and virtual attendance. For those needing overnight lodging, rooms may be booked in the Coalition’s room block at the Fairview Park Marriott by clicking here.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Spring Training Conference remain available.  At this time, we acknowledge and thank sponsors already committed. Our day one sponsors include Title Sponsor, AvKARE, and Gold Sponsor and Lunch Sponsor, Medical Place. Our day two sponsors include SAIC and The Gormley Group as Silver Sponsors.  Please contact Matt Cahill with sponsorship questions or commitments at mcahill@thecgp.org.

Excellence in Partnership Awards

During the Spring Training Conference, we will take time to honor the recipients of the 2021 Excellence in Partnership (EIP) awards. The EIP Awards acknowledge those in the contracting community from both Government and industry who make significant contributions to the acquisition system. Thanks to the nominations from our members, we have the opportunity to recognize highly deserving individuals for their work in “advancing common sense in Government procurement.” The 2021 EIP Awards feature the return of the Coalition’s highest honor, The Common Sense in Government Procurement Award, which was last awarded in 2016. This honor will be presented to an individual who has dedicated their career to improving the operation and management of the Federal acquisition system over the years to ensure that it delivers best value for agencies and citizens. We hope that you will join us in congratulating the 2021 EIP Award honorees at the conference!

2021 Year in Review

We are happy to share with you that the Coalition’s 2021 Year in Review is now available! The Year in Review highlights the Coalition’s priorities, goals, activities, and accomplishments in a calendar year. One of the Coalition’s top priorities for 2021 was educating members on changing acquisition policies while welcoming a new Administration into office. We were able to deliver the latest information on the transition through our continued partnerships with Government agencies, in committee meetings, and through the 2021 Spring Training Conference – The Biden Administration’s Priorities and the Role of Acquisition. We also worked to provide members with timely information about other important as, such as cybersecurity, supply chain sourcing, GSA programs, and healthcare for our veterans and service members. A highlight of 2021 for the Coalition was hosting the Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in August. It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces and enjoy a nice day out on the course, as well as a reception in the clubhouse to wrap up the day. So too, it was gratifying to resume the contribution of tournament proceeds to the Coalition for Government Procurement Endowed Scholarship Fund at The George Washington University (more on this worthy fundraiser below).

Coming Soon

A New Small Business Feature in the Friday Flash

As you know, each week, we deliver the Friday Flash newsletter to our members. Through the Friday Flash, we aim to give a comprehensive look into the most recent developments in Government procurement and policy that affect organizations across a number of sectors. We continuously seek effective ways to include the most valuable resources that will be of interest to the readers of the Friday Flash, and for that reason, we are excited to announce a new column in the newsletter, entitled “A View from Main Street.” This column will focus on issues related to small business programs and policies. We hope that it will be not only of high interest to our small business members, but also of value to companies of all sizes that are looking to learn more about these policies and how to team with small businesses to support Federal missions. Please be on the lookout for this feature in upcoming editions of the Friday Flash.

The 2022 Federal Market Report

Another resource that we deliver annually to Coalition members is the Federal Market Report. This report provides insights into contract compliance, as well as in-depth trends on the Schedule Program, blanket purchase agreements, Governmentwide acquisition vehicles, the Federal healthcare market, and more. The Fiscal Year 2021 Federal Market Report will be available to our members in June and will include a specific section on Federal contracts supporting the Federal Government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this resource once it is available.  In addition, please feel free to reach out to us with topic ideas for future reports.

Registration for the Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament

Lastly, as we look forward to the Summer, the Coalition already has begun planning for the annual Joseph P. Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament. For several years, the Coalition has had the privilege of hosting this tournament which honors the life of our beloved friend and colleague, Joe Caggiano, a 23-year Federal contracting expert and a distinguished Navy veteran. As a result of the generous support from sponsors and participants of the tournament, we have raised over $135,000 for The Coalition for Government Procurement Endowed Scholarship Fund at The George Washington University. This scholarship provides financial support to veterans concentrating their studies in the field of U.S. Government Procurement while pursuing a law or master’s degree at The George Washington University. We look forward to having you join us at the 2022 tournament!