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2020 Federal Acquisition Conference Speakers
The Honorable Michael Wooten
Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Dr. Michael Eric Wooten is the 15th Administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Immediately prior to his Senate confirmation, Dr. Wooten served as a senior adviser for acquisitions at the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office. Previously at Education, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education with the Trump administration. He also served as the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia government. Additionally, Dr. Wooten served as a professor of contract management at the Defense Acquisition University. He is a veteran of Afghanistan and was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at the rank of major after 20 years of service. He holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Science degree in contract management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and master’s degrees from George Washington University and Norwich University.
The Honorable Kevin Fahey
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, U.S. Department of Defense
The Honorable Fahey currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD(A)). In this position, he advises the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Department of Defense Acquisition System, acquisition program management, and the development of strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare, command and control, and business systems.
William G. Roets
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Procurement, NASA
Roets shares responsibility for providing executive senior leadership and direction to the Office of Procurement by planning, coordinating, reviewing, evaluating, and ensuring the timeliness and effectiveness of the full spectrum of NASA procurement activities. He also serves as the Agency's Procurement Ombudsman and Competition Advocate. From 2015 to 2018, Roets served as Director of the Contract and Grant Policy Division at the NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement. In this position, he directed the development of NASA procurement policies and procedures; oversaw Agency-wide contract pricing procedures and strategies; and administered the Agency procurement and Contracting Officer Representative programs.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement), U.S. Army
Rebecca (Becky) Weirick is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Procurement, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Washington, D.C. Her responsibilities include all aspects of procurement relating to the acquisition of life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapon systems and equipment. This encompasses research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition. She leads a highly skilled staff of contracting professionals who support soldiers through contracting for operational support and provides contingency contracting support to the geographic combatant commanders. As the Functional Career Representative for Contracting, she oversees the recruitment, training, certification and professional development of the 8,000+ Army military and civilian contracting workforce, worldwide, who execute programs worth more than $100 billion annually.
Associate Administrator for the Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), Chief Acquisition Officer, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Jessica Salmoiraghi provides strategic policy making guidance on a wide variety of issues including personal and real property, travel and transportation, information technology, regulatory information and use of federal advisory committees. Ms. Salmoiraghi comes to GSA from the American Council of Engineering Companies, where she served as Director of Federal Agencies and International Programs. As Director, she focused on federal and international procurement issues that affected engineering firms. Previously, Salmoiraghi served as the Director, Federal Relations and Counsel at the American Institute of Architects where she drove the Institute’s advocacy and outreach efforts before the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. She also led activities focused on improving federal contracting for small, medium and large businesses.
Director and Chief Acquisition Officer, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, Bureau for Management, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Mark A. Walther serves as the Senior Procurement Executive, Chief Acquisition Officer, and Director for the Management Bureau’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA). He leads several hundred contracting and agreement professionals around the world to advance acquisition and assistance (A&A) reforms and initiatives critical to the implementation of the Agency's foreign assistance development goals and impacts.
Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council
Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. He has been at PSC since 2001.