April Monthly Speaker Series

Friday, April 5, 2013
Fueling Government's Engine: GWACs and Small Business
Presenters: 

Robert Coen, Acting Director, CIO-SP3, Small Business and ECS III GWAC Program, NITAAC

Lesley Field, Deputy Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget

Christopher Fornecker, Acting Director, Center for Government-wide Acquisition Contracts, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

Jim Ghiloni, Director, OASIS Program Management Office, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

Chris Dorobek, Founder, Publisher and Editor, DorobekINSIDER (Moderator)

The Administration is committed to unleash America’s entrepreneurial growth by supporting small businesses. That’s why government buyers are adopting powerful tools like Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) to cut the red tape and engage with small business easily.

Coupling competition with streamlined contracting is saving Federal agencies dollars while increasing innovation from small, entrepreneurial businesses. Agency buyers and government contractors alike benefit from the partnership, and diverse GWACs are available with different offerings.

This briefing will take a 360 degree view of small business GWACs, and make sense of the choices agencies have right now.

This panel will center their discussions on:

GSA small business contracting 101

  • 8(a), STARS II, Alliant Small Business and VETS
  • Marketing and finding small business suppliers through GSA
  • Impact of GSA's OASIS opportunity

Emerging contracts and their impact on agencies and small businesses

  • NITAAC’s CIO-SP3/ECSIII
  • NITAAC's CIO-CS

Extending the impact through teaming

  • Small businesses
  • Large businesses

AFFIRM will grant Continuous Education Units (CEUs) for eligible attendees.

Date and Location:

Friday, April 5, 2013
11:30am - 1:30pm

The Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Metro: McPherson Square(Orange & Blue)
Parking: Self parking and valet parking are both provided by the hotel for a discounted rate. The hotel strongly urges guests to valet park as the self parking garage fills up very quickly.
(map and driving directions)

Costs

Government Attendees
  • Government Subscribers - included in subscription; log in to register and reserve your seat
  • Government Member Pre-Registered (before 4/4, 12pm) - $20
  • Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 4/4, 12pm) - $25
  • Government Member Walk-in - $30
  • Government Non-member Walk-in - $35
Industry Attendees
  • Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 4/4, 12pm) - $70
  • Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 4/4, 12pm) - $90
  • Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
  • Industry Non-member Walk-in - $100


SPEAKERS

Robert Coen Robert Coen

Acting Director, CIO-SP3, Small Business and ECS III GWAC Program, NITAAC

As the Acting Director of The NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), Mr. Coen sets the strategic vision for this NIH GWAC program, which consists of three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) valued at $50 billion. These contract vehicles – CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business and ECS III – enable any Federal Agency to quickly and easily procure information technology (IT) products, services and solutions in support of their agency missions. The goal of the NITAAC program is to be the preeminent “go-to” provider of quality IT products and services to the federal government, enabling agencies to accomplish their missions through the use of innovative government-wide acquisition contracts in an efficient and economical manner.

Leley Field Lesley Field

Deputy Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget

Ms.Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President, and served as Acting Administrator from September 2008 through November 2009 and again in 2012. Prior to joining OMB, she served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as a contracting officer and policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary.

Christopher Fornecker Christopher Fornecker

Acting Director, Center for Government-wide Acquisition Contracts, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

Mr. Fornecker is the Acting Director, Center for Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACS),which manages contracts such as Alliant, Alliant Small Business, 8(a) STARS II, and VETS. He manages a federal staff of 37 people located primarily in Kansas City (Small Business GWACS) and San Diego (Enterprise GWACS. More information about GSA’s GWAC Program can be found at gsa.gov/gwacs. Prior to joining the Federal Acquisition Service he was the Chief of the Acquisition Systems Division in GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy from November 2007 to June 2012. He led an information technology program management office responsible for managing the eight systems that are part of the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE) eGov Initiative, and two other government-wide systems: USA Spending, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Jim Ghiloni Jim Ghiloni

Director, OASIS Program Management Office, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

Mr.Ghiloni is the Acting Director of the Center for Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Programs at the GSA. The Center for GWAC Programs resides within the Office of GWAC and IT Schedule Programs portfolio in the Office of Integrated Technology Solutions (ITS) within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Center assures that necessary and proper GWACs are developed, maintained, and overseen in order to successfully meet the mission needs of GSA’s federal agency customers. Mr. Ghiloni also acts as the Alliant Program Manager, responsible for overseeing the procurement of the Alliant and Alliant-Small Business GWACs.

Chris Dorobek Chris Dorobek

DorobekINSIDER

Chris Dorobek is the founder, editor and publisher of the DorobekINSIDER blog, which is part of GovLoop, the knowledge network for government. Previously, he was the anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s afternoon drive program and he served as the Internet evangelist of FederalNewsRadio.com. And he served as the editor in chief of Federal Computer Week. In 2010, he was the first working journalist to be recognized with Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award. His mission can be summed up in five words: Help the government operate better.

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