While 2020 has certainly been a challenging year in many respects, the Coalition has continued to bring together public and private sector procurement leaders to work towards the mutual goal of common-sense acquisition. In fact, despite not holding any in-person events since March, the Coalition has provided more content to our members than ever before by leveraging our technology platforms to deliver extensive webinar presentations (24), committee meetings (25), and weekly newsletters (2 per week).  I specifically want to highlight our past webinars and alert you to upcoming events, including our Fall Training Conference and Fall Healthcare Procurement Training Conference, which will take place after the election and are going virtual.

Our success, however, could not be achieved without you, and for this reason, we acknowledge and thank you for your participation.  Because we stand ready to serve you during this challenging time, we ask that you reach out to us with any ideas or suggestions for future events and training that would meet your needs.

2020 Webinars Year to Date

Up to this point, the Coalition has held 24 webinars in 2020, and we envision many more anticipated for the rest of the year.  Set forth below is a listing of those webinars held thus far, and I especially want to thank all the presenters for their time and expertise – we greatly appreciate it!  As a friendly reminder, you can access all the audio recordings and slides for these webinars by logging into the Member Portal on our website.

  • 1/8 – Procurement Collusion Strike Force (David Douglass, Jonathan Aronie, and Robert Magielnicki – Sheppard Mullin)
  • 1/22 – False Claims Act (Paul Hurst, Kendall Enyard, and Mike Navarre – Steptoe)
  • 1/30 – SAM.gov (Salomeh Ghorbani and Katherine Rollins – GSA’s Integrated Award Environment)
  • 2/5 – Section 889 (Jonathan Aronie – Sheppard Mullin; Michael Thompson – GSA)
  • 2/26 – TAA Updates: Acetris v. United States (Stephen Ruscus and Donna Lee Yesner – Morgan, Lewis and Bockius)
  • 3/4 – Prepare For ASTRO Launch: Draft RFP Insight (Jeff Clayton and Leo Alvarez – Baker Tilly)
  • 3/19 – Part 1 of the Coalition’s COVID-19 Federal Contractors’ Survival Guide (Jonathan Aronie, Anne Perry, and Ryan Roberts – Sheppard Mullin)
  • 3/24 – Defense Production Act: What Contractors Need to Know (David S. Black and Eric S. Crusius – Holland & Knight LLP)
  • 3/25 – Bid Protest Update for Commercial Contractors (Seth Locke and Alexander Canizares – Perkins Coie)
  • 3/27 – Is Your Business “Essential” and Who Decides (Marcia Madsen, David Dowd, Luke Levasseur, Donald Falk, and Andrew Tauber – Mayer Brown)
  • 4/2 – Part Two of the Federal Contractor’s COVID-19 Survival Guide (Jonathan Aronie, Anne Perry, Ryan Roberts, Townsend Bourne, and Denise Giraudo – Sheppard Mullin)
  • 4/7 – The New Normal of Government Contracting – How to Keep Performing and Mitigate Business Risks During a Pandemic (Jason Workmaster, Erin Sweeney, and Preston Pugh – Miller & Chevalier)
  • 4/8 – Key Provisions Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Jonathan Meyer and Nikole Snyder – Sheppard Mullin)
  • 4/9 – Small Business Lending Aspects of the Stimulus Bill, Including Size Eligibility and Affiliation Rules for SBA Loans (Ken Dodds – Live Oak Bank; Chris Nagel – Holland & Knight)
  • 4/16 – The Shifting Shape of the COVID-19 Response for Commercial Companies (Marcia Madsen, David Dowd, Luke Levasseur, and Donald Falk – Mayer Brown)
  • 4/22 – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Guidelines (Jon Williams and Anna Wright – PilieroMazza)
  • 5/7 – Federal Contracting During the Global Pandemic – Key Issues for Pharma Companies (Joy Sturm, Allison Pugsley, and Ryan Harrigan – Hogan Lovells)
  • 6/10 – Prepping for Billions – 2020 Fiscal Year Fourth Quarter Opportunities (Cameron Leuthy – Bloomberg Government; Brian Friel – BD Squared)
  • 6/18 – Audits, Oversight, and Enforcement (Jason Workmaster – Miller & Chevalier)
  • 6/25 – Trends in Domestic Preference Regulations and Enforcement (Sheila Armstrong and Katelyn Hilferty – Morgan Lewis LLP; Courtney Black and Michael Tomaselli – Ernst & Young LLP)
  • 7/2 – Top Challenges Facing Federal Agencies COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Response Efforts and How Contractors Can Prepare for Inspector General Audits and Investigations (Lorraine Campos, Tully McLaughlin, and Lyndsay Gorton – Crowell & Moring LLP)
  • 7/9 – VA FSS Pharmaceutical Pricing Overview (Allison Pugsley and Ryan Harrigan – Hogan Lovells)
  • 7/16 – Obtaining and Administering a Federal Supply Schedule Contract Vehicle with VA (Greg Madden and Hannah Zerphey – Orlaithe Consulting)
  • 7/23 – Interim FAR Rule Covering Part B of Section 889 (Jonathan Aronie and Ryan Roberts – Sheppard Mullin)

Upcoming Events

As for events on the horizon, please join us for our final webinar in July (7/30) on the Cybersecurity Landscape as we host Townsend Bourne and Nikole Snyder from Sheppard Mullin.  They will be discussing recent developments as well as key regulations and standards relating to data security and management of the federal supply chain.  Keep an eye out, as we expect to add several more webinars in August in addition to a currently planned CIO-SP4 webinar with Baker Tilly on the calendar for August 27th.

This Fall

You may recall that the Coalition traditionally holds back-to-back live conferences in the Fall.  In light of the current health emergency, we have decided to move forward with our two annual Fall Conferences in a virtual environment.  Please mark your calendars for our Fall Healthcare Procurement Training Conference on November 17th (healthcare members) and our Fall Training Conference on November 18th (all members).  We will also be recognizing acquisition excellence and innovation again this year through our annual Excellence in Partnership (EIP) Awards!  Please note that our conference dates differ from our originally announced October dates when we had planned for in-person events.  With having newfound flexibility of not being bound to hotel space, we are choosing to move these important conferences and the EIPs after the election to maximize the relevance and information provided to you.

We will be sharing more information on these events in the near future, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide timely acquisition related information from government and industry in an updated format that will allow safe participation nationwide.  The Coalition exists to serve its members, and we hope the foregoing evidences our efforts to fulfill that mission.