The Coalition for Government Procurement (the Coalition) would like to thank our 2012 Fall Training Conference speakers for “continuing the dialogue” regarding government-wide contracting, GSA schedules and upcoming   procurement initiatives.  The Fall Training Conference reflected the best in “Myth-Busting” with government and industry engaging in thoughtful conversations addressing key procurement policies, programs and procedures.   By continuing the dialogue, government and industry can better work together for a more efficient and effective procurement system that delivers best value for the American taxpayer.

The Coalition thanks Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini for providing the closing address updating the attendees on his review of GSA’s operations.    The Coalition thanks Acting FAS Commissioner Mary Davie for the opening the Conference with her remarks highlighting progress on FAS’s key initiatives.   The Coalition also extends our thanks to all our speakers:

Brian Friel, Federal Business Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Mark Day, Director, Office of Strategic Programs, GSA

Robert Coen, Acting Program Director, NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) GWAC Program, NIH

Darlene Coen, Deputy Program Manager, NASA SEWP

Jeffrey Koses, Director of Acquisition Operations

Shalloy Castle-Higgins, Director, Greater Southwest Acquisition Center

Susan Labman, Director, Integrated Workplace Acquisition

Gerri Watson, Director, Management Services Acquisition Center

Kay Ely, Director, Information Technology Acquisition Center

Jon Etherton, President and Owner, Etherton & Associates Inc.

Ray Bjorklund, Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer, Deltek

Elizabeth Ferrell, Partner, McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP

Robert Levinson, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Steven L. Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, George Washington School of Law

David Drabkin, Director, Acquisition Policy, Northrop Grumman

Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Todd Richards, Acting Deputy Director, OASIS Program Management Office

Tiffany Hixson, Regional Commissioner, FAS

David Dowd, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

John Horan, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Daniel Gordon, Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies, The George Washington University School of Law

Keith Colella, Director of Small Projects & Reimbursable Services, PBS

Nancy Goode, Nancy Goode, Director of GSA’s Center for Acquisition Support

Dyad Searcy, Division Director, Financial and Business Solutions (FABS)/Acting Director for Center for Innovative Acquisition Development  

Warren Blankenship, Division Director, Office of IT Schedule Operations

Angela Jones, Supervisory, Contracting Officer, Branch Chief

Keith Machen, Director, e-Commerce Division

Tim Dempsey, Chief, Systems, MAS Program Office

Houston Taylor, Assistant Commissioner, Acquisition Management

Robert Bourne, Director, MAS Program Division

Mark Lee, Policy Branch Chief, MAS Program Office

Judith Nelson, Chief, Special Programs Branch, MAS Program Office

Thank you to all who attended the Training Conference.  The Coalition appreciates and values your support!  We are committed to delivering great service to our members and I have been extremely pleased at the positive feedback regarding this year’s conference.

Thank you as well to the Coalition Committee Chairs, Board of Advisors and Board of Directors for your support for the conference and all our effort through the year.  Finally, I would like to express a special thank you to Bill Gormley and the entire Coalition staff for putting together the 2012 Training Conference.  I am extremely fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated group; colleagues who believe in the Coalition’s mission of supporting common sense in government procurement!