Autumn is officially here, which means the Coalition’s Annual Fall Training Conference is quickly approaching! We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Fall Training Conference – Expectations for Fiscal Year 2023, is open for registration. This hybrid two-day conference will be held on November 16-17 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia, with virtual attendance available, as well. This year’s conference highlights the expectations for Federal procurement policies and programs across the government in the new fiscal year. Join us to hear about the latest updates and future developments affecting the procurement community from government executives and acquisition experts.

On November 16, sessions will include a governmentwide focus. 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 been invited to participate. We are excited to share that this year’s conference will open with a Keynote Address from Tom Davis, former Congressman and current Holland & Knight Partner, who will 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 sharing their respective agency’s outlook for fiscal year 2023. 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 government 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. The full day one draft agenda can be viewed here.

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’s Keynote Address on the department’s acquisition priorities and programs. Participants can look forward to learning from agency executives and industry leaders throughout the day during the Expectations for VA Logistics and Procurement, 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, DLA and VA Medical Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) programs, and prosthetics. For additional details, view the full agenda for day two here.

Ask the PMO

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. We have invited VA FSS Leadership to participate on day two.

Make sure to stick around at the end of the conference, 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 topics of the day.

Register for the Fall Training Conference here. For questions about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Matt Cahill, Vice President of Membership & Marketing, at mcahill@thecgp.org. We look forward to seeing you in November for another informative and successful conference!