The Coalition hopes everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!  July 4th reminds me that it is time to start thinking about the Coalition’s annual fundraiser, the Wounded Veterans Fund Golf Tournament.  This year’s tournament will be held on August 29th at Whiskey Creek Golf Course (back by popular demand).

Due to the generous support from our members, last year we were able to donate over $10,000  to two organizations that assist returning veterans:  Operation Second Chance and Hope For The Warriors.  Coincidently, I was thumbing through the July 5th Wall Street Journalwhen I came upon an article focusing on the leading role military wives have volunteering to assist veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  The article features, in part, Robin Kelleher and Shannon Maxwell, military wives who co-founded Hope For The Warriors.  Coincidence or not, the article reinforces the importance of this year’s Golf Tournament and making it an even bigger success!

Golf Tournament to Benefit the Wounded Veterans Fund, August 29

Please take a moment to consider sponsorships or round up a foursome today. The “Title Sponsorship”, only one available, is $5,000.  The sponsorship includes eight playing spots among other valuable marketing opportunities and additional golf vouchers.  However, the Lunch & Reception sponsorships are already sold out!   The Coalition thanks our Lunch & Reception Sponsors, Bridgeborn Inc. and Cachendo, a Globecomm Company, for their support.   We also thank Corporate Care, Dynanet, and our Keystone Members for their participation.  But there are still many sponsorship opportunities available, including two Beverage Sponsorships for $1,500 each.  Finally, please give special attention to the HONOR AMERICANS Hole Sponsorship, which will pair you and two playing partners with a disabled veteran golfer.  Even if you can’t play, you can support this great event with a Hole Sponsorship for just $350.  Please consider doing this right now.  For the full list of sponsorship opportunities and to register to play, visit us at 2012 CGP Golf Tournament.

The Future of Multiple Award Contracting, July 18

On July 18th  the Coalition launches the GWAC, MAC and Enterprise Contracts Committee with a forum on “The Future of Multiple Award Contracting.”  The Coalition thanks Bloomberg for its support of the forum.  Accounting for over $200 billion in annual federal purchases of services and products, multiple award contracts are central to the federal procurement system.  The Forum will have the latest information regarding key contracting, market and policy trends in the world of multiple award contracting.

Market, Statutory & Regulatory Panel

The first panel discussion during the event will focus on the key market, statutory and regulatory forces shaping multiple award contracting.

Featured Speakers:

David Drabkin, Director, Acquisition Policy, Northrop Grumman

Jon Etherton, President, Etherton and Associates

Brian Friel, Federal Business Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Tom Sisti, Director and Chief Legislative Counsel, SAP

Topics covered-

  • What are prospects for further statutory, regulatory or other policy changes?  
  • How is the budget impacting these contracts? 
  • Why and how were multiple award contracts authorized and implemented?  
  • How are the current policies and procedures governing multiple award contracts working?  What are the key policy/operational challenges? 
  • What does OMB’s business case memorandum mean for government and industry? 

Acquisition Leadership Panel

The second panel will feature a Myth-Busters conversation with key government acquisition leaders regarding major GWACs, MACs and Enterprise contracting vehicles.

Featured Speakers:

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

Jeff Koses, Director, Office of Acquisition Operations, GSA FAS

Mike Smith, Director, Strategic Sourcing Program Office, DHS

Casey Kelly, Director, FAS Enterprise Government Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Center, GSA

Elliott Branch, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), US Navy [Invited]

Joanne Woytek, Program Manager/CoTR, NASA SEWP [Invited]

Topics covered-

  • Are there key purchasing trends that are shaping the current market? 
  • What are key trends regarding volume, competition and requirements at the task order level?  
  • What are the key management and procurement issues facing these contracting vehicles? 
  • How are these leaders responding to the budgetary challenges facing the federal government? 
  • How do customer agencies select the right MAC or GWAC? 
  • What will OASIS bring to the market? What does OASIS mean for government customers and industry?
  • How do these contract vehicles deliver greater flexibility for customer agencies dealing with fiscal constraints? 
  • How are these contracting vehicles addressing and accessing small businesses? 
  • What are the strategic goals, performance measures for these contracting vehicles? 

Who should come? Business Development staff; Contracting and other Acquisition Professionals; Program/Contract Vehicle Managers and In-house Counsel.

We look forward to seeing you on July 18th for a thoughtful and engaging dialogue on “The Future of Multiple Award Contracting!” Register now!