Industry leaders discussed where the market is headed.
More than 150 attendees participated in PSC’s entirely virtual 2021 Federal Acquisition Conference, exploring trends shaping acquisition policies and the ongoing government services industry with special regard givento how the government and industry work together to drive mission success. Check out the featured sessions, speakers and topics covered below!
The virtual conference opened with remarks from PSC Executive Vice President for Policy Stephanie Sanok Kostro, who gave a budget briefing and highlightedwhat industry is seeing across federal agencies regarding how government is acquiring contract services. She provided insights into how recent executive orders and large contract vehicles (e.g., CIO-SP4,Services MAC)are evolving the federal marketplace.
Attendees then heard keynote remarks from Jason Miller, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.Miller outlined the Biden-Harris Administration’s approach to leveraging acquisition as a catalyst to advance the President’s Build Back Better policy priorities. Focus areas include the return-to-workplace and post-re-entry plans for federal employees and contractors, implementing updated cybersecurity requirements, climate change actions, "Made in America” goals, and advancing social justice and equity for underserved communities.
Apanel of U.S. Government acquisition professionals convened to discussGovernment-Wide Contract Vehicles and Driving the Next Cycle of Acquisition Success. The panel included:
Stephanie Kostro, PSC’s Executive Vice President for Policy, provided a brief wrap-up and summary of the conference, which then split into three break-out sessions where attendees could network in small groups and meet with at least one featured government leader:
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Biden Administration Official Calls for Increased Federal Contracting, Details Return-To-Work Posture
Washington Business Journal – June 22, 2021
“President Biden wants the federal government to procure a lot more,” Miller said as part of his remarks at the Professional Services Council’s Federal Acquisition Conference. “The president has directed his team to ensure that our government’s buying power should help to shape outcomes and strengthen the country and deliver results for all Americans. We refer to this as leveraging federal procurement as a catalyst to address our most pressing priorities.”
Pentagon CMMC Review Aims to Address Small Biz Cost Concerns, ‘Restore Trust’ in Assessment Processes
Federal News Network – June 24, 2021
DHS Applied for TMF Funding for Four Projects, CIO Hysen Says
FedScoop – June 23, 2021
DOD’s Salazar: Changes to Pentagon Cyber Certification Will Help Small Businesses, Clarify Policy
Inside Cybersecurity – June 23, 2021
Pentagon to Unveil New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for Defense Contractors
JDsupra.com – 6/10/19
The New Way Security Factors into Acquisitions
As GSA Consolidates Buying Schedules, Special Item Numbers are Due for Cuts
FCW.com – 6/13/19
Stephanie Shutt: GSA Eyes Consolidation of Special Item Numbers
Executivegov.com – 6/14/19
The 2020 NDAA Takes up a Common Cause: Acquisition Reform
Fedscoop.com – 6/13/19
DoD Briefing Slides on 'Securing the Supply Chain'
InsideDefense.com – 6/13/19 (subscription)
DoD to Streamline Cyber Acquisition With New Certification Model
Meritalk.com – 6/13/19
DOD Says 'Security is an allowable cost' in Shift Toward New Cyber Certification
Insidedefense.com – 6/13/19
Pentagon says 'security is an allowable cost' in shift to cyber certification
InsideCybersecurity.com – 6/14/19 (subscription)
DoD Unveils Plans for Contractor Cybersecurity Standards
Fedscoop.com – 6/14/19
DoD Official Says Cyber Is An Allowable Contractor Cost
Law360.com - 6/14/19
Why DoD’s decision to make cybersecurity an ‘allowable cost’ matters
FederalNewsNetwork.com – 6/17/19