Nominations Open for CMS Reverse Industry Day Industry Participants
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked the Professional Services Council and the National Contract Management Association, Woodlawn Chapter for help planning their Reverse Industry Day event tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2020, which will be held virtually.
We are looking for participants with experience doing business with CMS. Please read this entire message for information on how you can become involved.
In a Reverse Industry Day, the audience is the government workforce (Contracting Officers, Contract Specialist, Program Managers, Contracting Officer Representatives and other acquisition workforce personnel) and industry representatives are the presenters. The theme of the Reverse Industry Day is to provide CMS with industry views on best practices in the Pre-Award and Post-Award processes involving CMS procurements and to let CMS know what CMS can do to make improvements.
This is NOT an opportunity to complain about a past procurement or to market your company to government attendees. This is NOT an event that is widely open to industry.
Industry speakers are the only outside CMS attendees, but it is likely that the session will be able to be viewed remotely. With the current COVID-19 situation facing our nation, the session will be held via a webinar.
If you or your company would like to participate, please review the draft agenda below that includes titles and descriptions of each session. Next, determine which session best aligns with your expertise. Then, nominate individuals (either you or others from your company) using this form. Make sure that you provide the name of the session the nominee is best suited to address and include a description as to why that individual is a good participant on that topic. We are looking for potential panelists.
Please submit nominations to Sebastian Herrick, Senior Associate for Public Policy, preferably via this form no later than 5:00pm ET on Friday, May 29, 2020, to allow time to assemble a consolidated PSC response to CMS. We anticipate a large response from interested PSC member companies and NCMA Woodlawn participants and we cannot guarantee that your nominees will be selected. CMS is not accepting nominations directly.
Industry panel shall discuss their view on best practices they have experienced and/or desire concerning engaging/meeting with Industry on procurement matters at CMS generally such as; CMS market research approaches, contract vehicles used, forming teaming agreements and solutions prior to final RFP release; solicitation structure, evaluation process, evaluation criteria, discussions/negotiations, and various types of competitions (IE: FAR Part 8, 15, 16, commercial competitions)…CMS would also like to understand what Industry thinks the CMS Acquisition community can make improvements on and how as it relates to pre-award. The session should also weave in recent COVID-19 pre-award industry adjustments such as working remotely on proposal requirements.
Industry panel shall discuss their view on best practices they have experienced and/or desire concerning managing the multitude of federal staff involved in requirements direction, requirements management process, understanding what a successful deliverable definition is, overall performance management, scope creep and when to inform the COR/CO, access to systems and CMS facilities, when and how to suggest ideas for improvement that require a contract modification, and overall contract management. Topics can also include the importance of a successful contract kickoff meeting and CPARS ratings. CMS would also like to understand what Industry thinks the CMS Acquisition community can make improvements on and how as it relates to post-award. The session should also weave in recent COVID-19 post-award industry adjustments such as working remotely during contract performance.
Roles and Time Expectations:
The panelists are expected to support the development of any group PowerPoint slides, prepare remarks and/or scenarios, represent industry views, share best practices, and validate lessons learned about the specific panel topics. All speakers will be expected to participate in planning calls. In addition, participants will be asked to participate in a practice session in advance of the event with CMS personnel.
Final selections will be made by CMS and previous CMS Reverse Industry Day participants are exempt from this session.
If you have any questions, please let me or Sebastian Herrick know.