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Honorable Gabe Camarillo
Under Secretary of the Army
The Honorable Gabe Camarillo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 3, 2022 and sworn in as the 35th Under Secretary of the Army on February 8, 2022. As the Under Secretary of the Army, Mr. Camarillo serves as the Army’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Management Officer, helping oversee a budget of more than $170 billion and sharing responsibility for the manning, training, and equipping of more than 970,000 Soldiers across the active, Guard, and Reserve components. Mr. Camarillo is also responsible for the Army’s enterprise management and business operations as well as budget development and execution.
Associate Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, OFPP
Mathew Blum is the Associate Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he manages a branch that is responsible for the development of policies, regulations, legislation, and associated workforce tools to support federal procurement activities. His branch supports management of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, the Acquisition Innovation Advocates Council, the Cost Accounting Standards Board, the Procurement Policy and Attorneys Roundtable, and the AbilityOne Team. Prior to his work at OMB, Mr. Blum was a law clerk at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Mr. Blum serves as a member on GW Law’s Government Contracts Advisory Board and is a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow. He has published articles on a variety of procurement policy issues and is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars. Mr. Blum lectures at GW in is personal capacity, not in connection with his official duties at OMB.
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition and Business Services and Acquisition Executive, FAA
Mr. Tash has been with the Federal government for over 25 years in various positions. He started his career as a procurement law staff attorney in the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel. From there, he moved to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). At OFPP, Mr. Tash worked on such projects as the FAR Part 15 rewrite (for which he received the Vice-President’s Hammer award) and the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act. Prior to leaving OFPP, Mr. Tash was appointed a Deputy Associate Administrator for Procurement Innovation. Upon returning to the FAA, Mr. Tash has worked in a number of positions and offices as both a certified Program Manager and a Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant. He has served as a manager on the ATOP, ERAM, ATCOTS, and Technical Training programs. Prior to his current position, Mr. Tash was the Assistant Chief Counsel for Acquisition and Fiscal Law in the Chief Counsel’s Office. Currently, Mr. Tash serves as the FAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition and Business Services and is the FAA’s Acquisition Executive.
Program Executive Officer for Combat and Mission Support and Senior Services Manager for Services, U.S. Air Force
Ms. Andrews provides leadership in the acquisition of Air Force services and is responsible for a portfolio of more than $164 billion in existing and planned contracts across the Air Force. She provides oversight for acquisition planning, competitive selection processes and performance-based acquisition, and ensures deployment of proper management controls for service acquisitions and advises the Senior Acquisition Executive on all matters related to service providers. She has served in a wide variety of contracting assignments for Space and Missile Systems Center, National Reconnaissance Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Electronics Systems Center, and Air Force Sustainment Center.
Chief Procurement Officer, IRS
Todd Anthony is the Chief Procurement Officer for the Internal Revenue Service, where he provides executive leadership and direction in all matters relating to procurement programs in support of the Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Departmental Offices, and Information Technology requirements for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He oversees a $3.275B contract portfolio and manages a staff of approximately 425 who are geographically dispersed. Todd is both an Excellence in Government and American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) fellow.
IDIQ Labs Group Manager, GSA/FEDSIM
Jim Ghiloni is a thought leader with more than 17 years of experience in federal government managing large-scale, complex programs and acquisitions. Jim is the “Father” of the Alliant and OASIS contracts. Jim has deep expertise in the areas of Business Development, Program Management, Customer Relations, and Federal Acquisition. His unique blend of acquisition and program knowledge as well as his varied and successful experience managing multiple enterprise procurements provide Jim with a keen strategic understanding of both Industry and Government and the intersection of the two.
Sr. Associate for Public Policy, PSC
Sebastian Herrick serves as Senior Associate, Public Policy, where he provides cross-association support for the Professional Services Council and its member organizations. Sebastian was previously Policy and Program Analyst for the Government Relations department of AECOM, a leading engineering and infrastructure firm. Prior to AECOM, Sebastian served as Chief Analyst for ASC Echo, a boutique political and media data firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Sebastian interned for two congressional offices and graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He is proudly from Golden, Colorado.
Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, GSA
Ms. Hixson serves as the assistant commissioner for the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, FAS’ Northwest-Arctic regional commissioner, and governmentwide professional services category executive. In these roles, Ms. Hixson is responsible for strategic leadership and management of FAS’s $50 billion portfolio of professional services, human capital services, and charge card management programs and contracts; support to FAS’ federal agency customers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; as well as category management for the government’s $90 billion professional services spend.
Public Policy Manager, Amazon Web Services
Ms. Dorice Kenely has over 20 years of experience in Federal Government acquisitions as an Agency Program Coordinator for the Purchase Card Program, Contract Specialist, Grants Officer, Contracting Officer and Procurement Analyst. During her career, Dorice has awarded contracts, grants and cooperative agreements for a variety of goods and services to include research and development efforts. Dorice’s career has afforded her the opportunity to utilize all contract types and participate in every phase of contracting from pre-solicitation to close out. Ms. Kenely has written, implemented and assessed agency- and branch-level procurement policy in the Executive and Judiciary branches, respectively. As an active participant on the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) and a contributor on multiple Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) teams, Dorice has also written policy for the FAR.
Vice President of Contracts, Easy Dynamics
Kitty is currently the Vice President, Contracts at Easy Dynamics Corporation and is responsible for the mitigation of risk through the development and administration of contracts supporting Easy Dynamics’ commercial and government projects and the implementation of compliance programs. She develops programs to maximize use of IDIQ vehicles resulting in company growth through increased revenue generation and operational efficiencies. Outreach is critical to business growth and Kitty participates in organizations to further enhance knowledge of Government Procurement processes that may have an impact on how we conduct business in the Government marketplace. Kitty co-chairs the Professional Services Council Vision Acquisition Trends Outlook which delivers a detailed analysis of the impact of current federal procurement policy.
Agreements Officer, Defense Innovation Unit
Mr. Lee serves as the cognizant Agreements Officer for the Human Systems Portfolio within the Defense Innovation Unit since August 2021. In his current role at DIU he executes all cradle to grave OTA (10 USC 4022) actions and provides acquisition expertise for both standard procurement instruments and other transactions, including production and support services. Mr. Lee has previously served as the Chief of the Execution and Analysis Division within the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Defense Counterintelligence Agency, managed the Navy’s FFRDC contract and other R&D Contracting Officer efforts at the Office of Naval Research, operational contracting with the USMC, and post-award with the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Contracts Deputy Division Director ebusiness / SeaPort Deputy Program Manager, NAVSEA
Ms. Stacy McQuage is currently the NAVSEA Contracts Deputy Director eBusiness Operations and Seaport Deputy Program Manager for the Navy’s SeaPort Program. Seaport is the Navy’s mandatory for consideration contracting vehicle to acquire Engineering and Program Management support services. Her primary responsibilities include technical and budgetary oversight of the SeaPort Portal as well as the management of the SeaPort Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Contracts (MACs), executed from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren.
Chief of Contracts, Commercial Space Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
Ms. Kameke Mitchell is a passionate contract management leader. She currently serves as the Chief of Contracts for the Space Systems Command, Commercial Space Office. The office is the focal point for the procurement of commercial space related services. She brings demonstrated experience of cultivating growth and innovation throughout the acquisition life cycle. Ms. Mitchell has led teams responsible for acquisitions with portfolios valued at over $160B. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Mitchell held contracting positions in support of major weapon systems, combat information systems, networks, and legacy IT business systems. In addition, Ms. Mitchell worked passionately on acquisition policy reform, specifically with initiatives that focused on Competition in the Defense Industrial Base as well as leading the 2022 rewrite of the DoD Source Selection Procedures, while serving as a policy analyst at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Defense Pricing and Contracting.
Associate Director (acting), Acquisition Services Directorate, Interior Business Center, Department of the Interior
Director, Compliance and Internal Control Service Strategic Acquisition Center, VA
Adam M. Spacht, CFCM is the Director of the Compliance and Internal Control Service at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC). He has been working in this position since November 2020 and he is responsible for managing the procurement and contracting oversight and internal control system for all of the SAC acquisitions. He is responsible for providing internal quality control and assurance reviews to ensure policy adherence, performance measurements, and appropriate contract risk management for all SAC acquisitions, which includes a contract portfolio valued in excess of $120 Billion. Adam also oversees the organization’s internal contract performance reviews and audits, assists contracting staff with strategy regulatory interpretation and application, and provides comprehensive training and development to the SAC workforce and the SAC’s customer organizations.
Sr Innovation Coach, PIL, DHS
Monica Taylor is a Senior Innovation Coach within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL). The PIL is a virtual lab that provides a “safe space” for acquisition teams to test innovative techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of procurements. This is done by lowering entry barriers for innovative and non-traditional contractors, shortening the time-to- award, encouraging competition, and increasing the likelihood of successful mission outcomes. Monica works directly with procurement teams within DHS and external federal agencies, assisting teams in determining the contract method and strategy to be used while implementing procurement innovation techniques. Monica provides training through events such as PIL Boot Camps, PIL Webinars, speaking engagements, and more. Monica serves as the industry liaison for external PIL trainings, planning the overall industry outreach, and represents PIL on many cross-agency and external efforts.
Jeffrey S. Thomas
Director, Acquisition and Grants Office, NOAA
Mr. Thomas is the Director, Acquisition and Grants for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has been serving in this position since 2017 and is responsible for leadership and oversight of NOAA’s procurement and financial assistance program with annual obligations of roughly $4.5B and a total portfolio of over $20B. He also oversees NOAA’s strategic sourcing program, including its Professional and Technical Services (PROTECH, and NOAA Mission Information Technology Services (NMITS). Over his 35 year career, Mr. Thomas has served in a variety of acquisition related positions, including Associate Director, Acquisition Policy, Oversight and Business Strategies and Acquisition Career Manager at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and a number of acquisition and contracting positions with the Federal Highway Administration.
Senior Vice President, ICF
Mark Youman is a Senior Vice President at ICF and leads the firm’s Strategic Contract Vehicle Program Management Office. In this role he coordinates ICF business development, service offerings and partners to provide professional services and technology solutions through government-wide and agency-specific contracts. He works across ICF’s market and service areas to provide innovative solutions to customers, grow ICF’s market share and revenue, and provide growth opportunities for ICF’s staff. Mr. Youman has over 25 years of management and technology services experience covering federal, state, insurance, and health care organizations.
*pending ethics approval