Federal Acquisition Conference Agenda


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:00 a.m.

Welcome

  • David J. Berteau, PSC President & CEO 
8:10 a.m.

Section 809 Panel
Dr. Terry Raney, a Section 809 Panel Commissioner, will provide an update on the Panel’s recently released Volume 2 Report, with a focus on the Panel’s recommendations for changes to services contracting and what’s ahead as the panel works to simplify and enhance acquisition.

  • Terry Raney, Section 809 Commissioner
8:40 a.m.

Defense Acquisition Spotlight
Ken Brennan will discuss the evolving policies and ongoing implementation of initiatives intended to improve the Defense Department's acquisition of services. 

  • Ken Brennan, Deputy Director, Services Acquisition, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), DOD 
9:10 a.m.

Civilian Acquisition Spotlight
Tiffany Hixson, Federal Professional Services Category Executive and Assistant Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, will discuss the latest developments related to federal Category Management initiatives, GSA’s schedules program, and other initiatives to enhance agencies’ buying of professional services. 

  • Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Services & Human Capital Categories, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration 
 9:40 a.m.

Networking Break

10:10 a.m.

2018 Acquisition Policy Survey Release
PSC and Grant Thornton will release their 9th biennial Acquisition Policy Survey, giving attendees an exclusive first look at the findings of the 2018 survey, highlighting how workforce, budgets, industry communication and other factors are shaping acquisition outcomes. 

  • Alan Chvotkin, EVP & Counsel, PSC
  • Eric Heffernan, Principal, Public Sector, Grant Thornton
 10:40 a.m.

Panel of Acquisition Experts

  •  Ken Brennan, Deputy Director, Services Acquisition, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), DOD
  • Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Services & Human Capital Categories, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration 
  • Lesley Field, Acting Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), OMB
  • Moderator: Alan Chvotkin, EVP & Counsel, PSC
11:10 a.m. 

Keynote
OFPP Acting Administrator Lesley Field will keynote the conference with an overview of key OMB initiatives to improve federal acquisition and the role acquisition will play in achieving the administration’s objectives, including the President’s Management Agenda, agency reorganization and government reform plans, and pending regulatory changes. 

  • Lesley Field, Acting Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), OMB  
 11:40 a.m. Adjourn