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Start FY 2018 Off Strong with Training for Federal Workforce and Industry

 Start the new fiscal year off strong with these Professional Services and Human Capital related training webinars in October.

The GSA MAS Program: Buying Services Through GSA Schedules
This course is designed for federal ordering agencies that require GSA Schedule services

Date:    Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time:   10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Instructor:   Senior Contracting Officer Brad deMers
Registration:  Federal Employees must login and register through FAITAS.

The GSA Schedules program offers a vast array of services and products, and offers a streamlined way to acquire these services. This course provides ordering activities with valuable information about the services available through GSA Schedules, how to find them, and the procedures and requirements that apply when ordering these cost-effective service solutions. This webinar is approximately three-to-four (3-4) hours. Earn 4.0 CLP credits. For more information click here.

Professional Services Office Hours:  HCaTS and the Human Capital Schedule
For federal acquisition professionals only

Date:  Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time:   11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Presenter:   JoAnn Lee, HCaTS Program Manager
Registration: Click here to register

For federal acquisition professionals only. Earn 1 CLP for this overview session of GSA’s human capital acquisition solutions that can accommodate any simple or complex requirement through the entire human capital life cycle. 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 socioeconomic 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 two human capital solutions.

Professional Services Category Spotlight: Lessons Learned from Reverse Industry Days
For federal acquisition professionals only

Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST 
Registration: Click here to register.

Ken Brennan, Department of Defense, DPAP, Deputy Director, Services Acquisition
Nina Ferraro Department of Homeland Security, Acting Deputy Chief Procurement Officer
Millisa Gary, GSA, Procurement Ombudsman
Mitch Winans, IRS, Special Assistant to the Chief Procurement Officer

Throughout the month of October, the government-wide Professional Services Category will be shining a “spotlight” on supplier relationship management (SRM), an industry best practice that is gaining momentum by the federal government. The spotlight includes a webinar on reverse industry days (RID) and a series of articles from SRM specialists at federal agencies across government, including overviews, a Government Accounting Office case, and a detailed breakdown of a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reverse industry day. The SRM webinar will take an in-depth look at reverse industry days. RID are a unique format for industry-government interaction, launched by DHS’ Procurement Innovation Lab, that has caught the attention of the acquisition workforce and industry alike. Fiscal year 2017 has seen these RIDs widely adopted across government. During this 90 minute webinar, speakers from DOD, DHS, IRS and GSA, will share what they have learned from hosting a RID and how they plan to use that information to strengthen their industry relationships and improve their acquisition processes in the future. The webinar is open to federal acquisition professionals only. Questions? Contact Maureen Duckworth at maureen.duckworth@gsa.gov

OASIS Delegation of Procurement Authority Training
For federal acquisition professionals only

Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET 
Registration:  Click here to register

OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB) are multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services. Before issuing task orders using OASIS or OASIS SB, Federal Contracting Officers (COs) must complete training and receive a Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA). Training will cover: basic contract information, scope, ordering process, roles & responsibilities, and resources. The course is designed for 1102-Series Contracting Officers, Contract Specialists (CSs), Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs), and Contract Review Officials. This is a two (2) CLP credit course.

Human Capital and Training Solution (HCaTS) DPA Training
For federal acquisition professionals only

Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:   1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET 
Registration: Click here to register

The HCaTS contracts provide federal agencies with a reliable, flexible, fast and efficient way to obtain best value solutions for their complex human capital and training service requirements. HCaTS Unrestricted and HCaTS Small Business offer the flexibility to use all contract types and provide pricing at the task order level (i.e., Fixed-Price (all types), Cost-Reimbursement (all types), Time-and-Materials, and Labor-Hour). There are two ways to access HCaTS: Direct Acquisition: GSA issues a Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) to the customer agency Ordering Contracting Officer (OCO) who performs the acquisition; or Assisted Acquisition: OPM performs the acquisition on behalf of the customer agency and provides post-award support, as negotiated with the customer. An Inter-Agency Agreement is required.

Industry Partner Briefing: Identity Protections Services - Requirements for Offer/SIN Submission
For industry partners only

Date:  Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:   1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenter:   Kathy Jocoy, Professional Services Schedule Program Manager
Registration: Click here to register

With the increased demand for identity protection services and the evolving needs of our customer agencies, GSA’s Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories (PSHC) has redefined Special Item Number (SIN) 520-20 as its official Data Breach Response and Identity Protection Services (IPS) SIN on the Professional Services Schedule (PSS). SIN 520-20 is currently defined as Comprehensive Protection Solutions, providing customized solutions that integrate credit monitoring services, risk assessment and mitigation services, independent risk analysis, and data breach analysis.

Redefining the SIN allows industry to provide current state-of-the-art identity protection services (identity monitoring and notification of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI), identity theft insurance and identity restoration services, and protection (safeguard) of the confidentiality of PII and PHI) while allowing ordering agencies the ability to meet their individual requirements. Join this session to learn more about requirements vendors will need to meet and how to submit offers for this SIN. 



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