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Mark Your Calendar for these Great First Quarter Training Webinars

Start the new Fiscal Year off strong with line up of professional services and human capital related Office Hours and Category Spotlight webinars.


Office Hours: HCaTS and the HR Schedule 

Date: October 11, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET)

Register:  Registration Link

Need training, talent development solutions, employee performance management or anything else to ensure your workforce is skilled and trained? Learn more about GSA's range of acquisition solutions that can accommodate any simple or complex requirement through the entire human-capital life cycle. The human-capital life cycle consists of the phases an employee experiences from the recruitment process through departure. It connects all facets of human-capital management, and provides a practical, systemic, and dynamic approach tied to the needs of the business and its customers.

GSA offers a wide variety of human resources and administrative services. GSA also provides access to IT support systems that cover all aspects of the HR process. GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 738 X, Human Capital Management and Administrative Support Services, will make it easier for customers to identify specific HR service providers with experience in each of the human-capital life cycles while leveraging a vendor pool that can help you meet socio economic goals. Human Capital and Training Services (HCaTS) and HCaTS Small Business (SB) are governmentwide multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide flexible, contracting vehicle for both customers and vendors using FAR 16.505 ordering procedures.

Join us to learn more about the ins and outs of these human capital solutions. Registration Link.

About Office Hours: Our monthly Office Hours webinars are designed to answer your questions about professional-services acquisitions and to help you find the right solution for complex requirements. Each Office Hours webinar is an open-forum session connecting federal Contracting Officers and other federal contracting professionals with GSA experts. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP! 


Spotlight: Could the New Micro Thresholds have Revolutionary Effects?

One of the first changes during the procurement reform era of the 1990s was the introduction of a “micro-purchase” authority in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1995. Since that time, the micro-purchase limit has been raised to $10k, making it practical, for the first time, to use micro-purchases to buy services, and not just products. This has the potential to be revolutionary for the procurement system.

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET)

Who: Dr. Steven Kelman Professor of Public Management Harvard University

How: Registration

Dr. Steven Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the author of many books and articles on the policymaking process and on improving the management of government organizations. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget and played a lead role in the Clinton administration government reform efforts. In 2010 he was awarded the Gaus Prize by the American Political Science Association for a lifetime of distinguish scholarship in public administration. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He writes a weekly blog called The Lectern, which is regularly one of the most downloaded links on the FCW.com site. He has taught himself fluent Swedish and has written in Swedish for Dagens Nyheter, as well as doing US election commentary for TV4 and Sveriges Radio.

About Spotlights: The “Spotlight” webinars are designed to share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract closeout, and improve acquisition through inter-agency collaboration. These webinars and shared resources support the governmentwide category management initiatives to make smarter and more efficient buying decisions. All webinars are open to the federal acquisition workforce and most offer Certified Learning Points. In addition, webinars are recorded and posted on the Acquisition Gateway. 


Office Hours: OASIS On-Ramps

Date: November 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. ET)

RegisterRegistration Link

Over the next approximately 12 months, GSA’s OASIS program will be On-Ramping industry partners to the OASIS Small Business and OASIS Unrestricted contracts. The goal of the On-Ramps are to ensure that federal agencies have access to flexible, vibrant, and experienced Pools of best-in-class industry partners to meet your mission requirements. Join us for this important conversation about the OASIS On-Ramps and how they will impact federal agencies using this contract. Registration Link.

About Office Hours: Our monthly Office Hours webinars are designed to answer your questions about professional-services acquisitions and to help you find the right solution for complex requirements. Each Office Hours webinar is an open-forum session connecting federal Contracting Officers and other federal contracting professionals with GSA experts. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP!


Spotlight Webinar: Discovery Market Research Tool

Discovery is a market research tool for services contracts managed by GSA. The tool allows users to search by NAICs, PSC, contract, keyword, or vendor in order to conduct their market research. They can compare contracts, view vendors awarded under a contract vehicle, and see contract history for contracts and vendors alike. Discovery aims to help users easily answer the questions: who’s available to do the work and under what contract vehicle? Check it out for yourself in this demonstration.

When: Thursday, November 29, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET)

Who: Jill Akridge Product Owner of Discovery GSA, Professional Services, Category Management

How: Registration

Jill Akridge is a project manager for the General Services Administration. Having held many roles in the Federal Government, she has experience in data analysis, project and product management, and user research, which has helped her shape Discovery into the tool it is today. Jill routinely looks for ways to simplify different phases of the acquisition process and hopes Discovery will be a useful tool for the acquisition workforce.

About Spotlights: The “Spotlight” webinars are designed to share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract closeout, and improve acquisition through inter-agency collaboration. These webinars and shared resources support the governmentwide category management initiatives to make smarter and more efficient buying decisions. All webinars are open to the federal acquisition workforce and most offer Certified Learning Points. In addition, webinars are recorded and posted on the Acquisition Gateway. 


Office Hours: Effective Market Research 101 -Tool Demos

Date: December 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. ET)

Register: Registration

Join us for the first of a two-part series on how to effectively perform market research when listed with a requirement using GSA tools and resources. This session will cover GSA eLibrary, eBuy, GSA Advantage and the Acquisition Gateway to provide insight on the resources you need for your acquisition. Perform effective market research by using these GSA eTools together! Join our monthly Office Hours to learn more. Registration Link.

About Office Hours: Our monthly Office Hours webinars are designed to answer your questions about professional-services acquisitions and to help you find the right solution for complex requirements. Each Office Hours webinar is an open-forum session connecting federal Contracting Officers and other federal contracting professionals with GSA experts. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP!


Spotlight Webinar: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Commercial Management

Of course, you care about the bottom line. But do you have any sense of how much money you are losing through under-performing contracts and commercial relationships? Research has shown that the public sector can generate over 9% improvement to their bottom line if they tackle the commercial issues that commonly undermine contract performance. This session will highlight how the Australian, UK, and Canadian governments are all capturing cost savings and increased value from their Category Management projects - in ways which can be replicated in the US. The focus will be on ten pitfalls in the contracting process that are most likely costing you money – and damaging the quality of your commercial relationships. The first step towards addressing the challenge is awareness. By attending this session, you will have started the journey.

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019 

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET)

Who: Jim Bergman

How: Registration

In addition to managing a training and advisory firm, Mr. Bergman serves as Vice President at IACCM, a not-for-profit professional association which enables members to achieve world-class standards in their contracting and relationship management process and skills. With over 43,000 members across 175 countries, IACCM is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets. Jim is a commercial contract professional with global experience spanning the USA, Latin America, UK, Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, India, SE Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. He has worked on a wide range of direct and indirect spend categories in numerous sectors, both public and private, developing a deep knowledge of services, goods and technology procurement and sales. His experience includes commercial roles in category management, strategic sourcing, contracting and supplier relationship management. Jim’s audiences and clients have included over 7,000 commercial professionals and attorneys from over 1,000 corporations and public-sector entities.

About Spotlights: The “Spotlight” webinars are designed to share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract closeout, and improve acquisition through inter-agency collaboration. These webinars and shared resources support the governmentwide category management initiatives to make smarter and more efficient buying decisions. All webinars are open to the federal acquisition workforce and most offer Certified Learning Points. In addition, webinars are recorded and posted on the Acquisition Gateway.

Questions? Contact professionalservices@gsa.gov

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