2023 Federal Acquisition Conference Agenda

June 22, 2023

*pending ethics approval

Networking Lunch
12:00 p.m.

   Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:45 p.m.

David Berteau, President & CEO, PSC
Ann-Marie Johnson, VP, Federal Market Engagement, CGI Federal


5th Annual PSC Business Forecast Scorecard & Acquisition Policy Survey
12:50 p.m.
The fifth edition of PSC’s annual Federal Business Forecast Scorecard will examine and rank procurement forecasts from 60+ federal agencies and sub-components. Why do forecasts matter? Federal contractors rely on procurement forecasts to conduct business planning activities and better meet the needs of government. Walk away with key takeaways from this year's scorecard including agencies with top marks, where there is room for improvement, and more.

Sebastian Herrick, Sr. Associate for Public Policy, PSC

1:00 p.m.

Honorable Gabe Camarillo, Under Secretary of the Army

  Panel: Trends in Contract Vehicles: BICs, Multi-Award Contracts and Agency IDIQs

1:30 p.m.
Multi-year, multi-agency contracts (e.g., OASIS+, Alliant 3) offer streamlined vendor selection and support category management objectives across the government. However, government customers are increasingly choosing agency-specific IDIQs (e.g., T4NG2) to address contract requirements.  How do agencies decide on their best vehicles to secure needed solutions while fulfilling government priorities? What are the pros and cons of each type of acquisition vehicle, in the agencies’ eyes? How should a company interpret these trends – and position itself to succeed?

Todd Anthony, Chief Procurement Officer, IRS 
Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, GSA 
Stacy McQuage, Contracts Deputy Division Director ebusiness / SeaPort Deputy Program Manager, NAVSEA
Jeffrey S. Thomas, Director, Acquisition and Grants Office, NOAA 
Mark Youman, Senior Vice President, ICF (moderator)

  Networking Break
2:20 p.m.


Panel: A Day in the Life of a Federal Government Contracting Officer: Partnerships, Best Practices, and Major Decision Points 
2:40 p.m.
Companies often share their concerns about federal acquisition but rarely receive information about what keeps contracting officers up at night. With critical understaffing at several agencies, contracting officers are frequently overtasked and under pressure to ensure fair competition under tight deadlines. What major decision points give contracting officers pause? What factors are considered to maintain transparency and consistency in solicitations and how are these factors applied when assessing industry teaming agreements? How can companies better approach contracting officers as colleagues and partners as we work together toward mission success?

Phillip Lee, Agreements Officer, Defense Innovation Unit
Kameke Mitchell,
Chief of Contracts, Commercial Space Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
Sharon Roberts,
Associate Director (acting), Acquisition Services Directorate, Interior Business Center, Department of the Interior
Monica Taylor
, Sr Innovation Coach, PIL, DHS
Dorice Kenely, Public Policy Manager, Amazon Web Services (moderator)

  Networking Break
3:30 p.m.

Panel: Scorecards & Self-Assessments: Evaluation Trends in the Federal Marketplace 
3:50 p.m.
Scorecards and self-assessments have become ubiquitous during the proposal process for several large, multi-year, multi-award contract vehicles. In some cases, a bid must reflect a perfect (or near-perfect) score to even be considered by the agency, a situation which some companies believe is “a numbers game” that has little relationship to the solutions being offered.  How do agency officials think about these self-assessments? Why are they used in some cases but not in others? What is lost – or gained – by using scorecards, and how should industry best approach this type of evaluation method?

Nancy Andrews, Program Executive Officer for Combat and Mission Support and Senior Services Manager for Services, U.S. Air Force
Jim Ghiloni, IDIQ Labs Group Manager, GSA/FEDSIM
Adam Spacht, Director, Compliance and Internal Control Service Strategic Acquisition Center, VA
Kitty Klaus, Vice President of Contracts, Easy Dynamics (moderator)


Armchair Discussion
4:40 p.m.

Nathan Tash
, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition and Business Services and Acquisition Executive, FAA
Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, OFPP*


Wrap-up and Closing remarks
5:10 p.m.

Stephanie Kostro, Executive Vice President for Policy, PSC

  Networking Reception
5:15 p.m.