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Spotlight Webinars Shine Light on Sound Acquisition Practices

The governmentwide Professional Services Category (PSC) will be shining a “spotlight” on several hot topics in the coming months through a series of interactive webinars. The “Spotlight” webinars are designed to share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract close-out, 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 offer Certified Learning Points. In addition, webinars are recorded and posted on the Acquisition Gateway.


March 29: Successful Requirements Development

Successful Requirements Development will provide the participant an understanding and working knowledge of the importance of requirements development as well as the three main forms these requirements take:  Statement of Objectives (SOO), Statement of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statement (PWS). 

When:  Thursday, March 29, 2018; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT)
Who:  Carole Green, Procurement Analyst, Professor of Contract Management, Defense Acquisition University
HowRegistration

Mrs. Green is a Professor of Contract Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). She has more than 31 years of experience, 28 of which are directly related to source selections as described in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15.  Mrs. Green was a member of the Army Contracting Command (ACC) Headquarters Source Selection Community of Practice and in that role authored portions of the Army Source Selection Supplement (AS3) to the Department of Defense (DoD) Source Selection Procedures. Mrs. Green has a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Athens State University and a Master of Acquisition Management from American Graduate University.  

April 19: Organizational Conflict of Interest 101

The Organizational Conflict of Interest 101 webinar is designed to take the confusion and fear out of organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). During this session:

  • learn the basic principles regarding OCI
  • discover best practices
  • explore the details about the contracting officer’s two primary duties
  • identify conflicts and resolve conflict and
  • understand the gap between case law with the tenets it created and the guidance in the FAR Statement (PWS). 

When:  Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT)
Who:  Evelyn Lyon, Senior Attorney, NASA
HowRegistration

Ms. D. Evelyn (Eve) Lyon is a Senior Attorney at NASA.  She was the NASA legal representative to the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (DARC)  were she was actively involved with the implementation of Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA) and was the Legal Advisor to the FASA team drafting Part 12 of the FAR, the coverage pertaining to commercial items. Until December 2003, Ms. Lyon was the chair of the Commercial Products/Practices Committee to the DARC. Ms. Lyon currently is assigned to the FAR team responsible for the rewrite of 9.5.  

April 26: Organizational Conflict of Interest 202

Did you know 20% of the published decisions by GAO involved organizational conflicts of interest (OCI)?   While the number decreased in 2017, OCI remains a popular ground to challenge an award decision. This webinar helps the contracting community combat this trend. During the webinar, NASA Senior Attorney Evelyn Lyon will explain the type of advanced planning and decisions contracting officers should make and the types of OCI provisions and clauses contracting officers should use. She will also address when waivers should be used and then this waiver may not be a silver bullet. 

When:  Thursday, April 26, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT
Who:  Evelyn Lyon, Senior Attorney, NASA
HowRegistration

Ms. D. Evelyn (Eve) Lyon is a Senior Attorney at NASA. She was the NASA legal representative to the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (DARC)  were she was actively involved with the implementation of Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 (FASA) and was the Legal Advisor to the FASA team drafting Part 12 of the FAR, the coverage pertaining to commercial items. Until December 2003, Ms. Lyon was the chair of the Commercial Products/Practices Committee to the DARC. Ms. Lyon currently is assigned to the FAR team responsible for the rewrite of 9.5.  

May 17: GSA SmartPay3

GSA SmartPay® is the world’s largest government charge card program, with 3.4 million accounts across 560 customer agencies, organizations, and Native American tribal governments. Since program inception in 1998, GSA SmartPay has enabled $488 billion in total spend through 1.67 billion transactions, generating over $3.67 billion in agency refunds. In September 2017. GSA announced that Citibank, N.A. and U.S. Bank were awarded contracts for GSA SmartPay® 3, the next generation of the SmartPay purchase, travel, fleet, and integrated charge card services program. During this webinar David Shea, Director of GSA's Center for Charge Card Management,  will present an overview of the GSA SmartPay Program, detail current GSA SmartPay 2 statistics, provide an overview of the newly awarded GSA SmartPay 3 contract and its new product and service offerings, share best practices for card use for contract payments and professional services, and share some myth-busting facts about the GSA SmartPay Program and card use. The intended audience for this presentation is Contracting Officers/ Specialists, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about GSA SmartPay payment solutions.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT)
Who:  David Shea, Director,  GSA's Center for Charge Card Management
HowRegistration

David Shea, Director of GSA's Center for Charge Card Management (CCCM), will present an overview of the GSA SmartPay Program, detail current GSA SmartPay 2 statistics, provide an overview of the newly awarded GSA SmartPay 3 contract and its new product and service offerings, share best practices for card use for contract payments and professional services, and share some myth-busting facts about the GSA SmartPay Program and card use. The intended audience for this presentation is Contracting Officers/ Specialists, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about GSA SmartPay payment solutions.

Questions: Contact Maureen Duckworth at maureen.duckworth@gsa.gov

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