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Click the link below for the Powerpoint slides from the Section 889 Industry Engagement Meeting from 11/6/19


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GSA is hosting an industry engagement event to highlight how section 889 of Title VII of the NDAA for FY 2019(Pub. L. 115-232)(hereinafter Sec. 889) will affect GSA’s business and supply chain. Toward that end, GSA invites industry partners and associations to join in a broad based dialogue.  

Date: The public meeting will be held on November 6, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Address: The meeting will be held in the Department of Interior (DOI) Auditorium at 1849 C St., NW, Washington, DC 20240. There is no virtual attendance for this meeting.

Registration: To ensure adequate room accommodations and to facilitate security screening and entry to the DOI Auditorium, individuals wishing to attend the public meeting must register by November 5, 2019. Registration is free and based on space availability. Early registration is recommended because, registration will close once the capacity for the DOI Auditorium has been reached.  GSA will share the agenda and list of presenters prior to the meeting. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to speak during the engagement event.

Members of the press must also RSVP to press@gsa.gov by November 1, 2019.

Registration Link: GSA Section 889 Industry Engagement Meeting Registration


Day of: Registration check-in will begin at 8 a.m., EDT, on November 6, 2019, with the meeting starting promptly at 9 a.m. EDT.  Information on getting to the DOI building can be found on https://www.doi.gov/interiormuseum/Plan-a-Visit. Attendees must  present a valid form of government-issued photo identification. There is no food or drink allowed in the DOI Auditorium. There is no parking available at DOI; however, there is public parking available nearby.

Background: GSA is seeking to build industry awareness of the statutory language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, Title VII, Section 889, and hear different perspectives on the business impact on GSA and its supply chain. This meeting is NOT part of the FAR Rule-Making process.  Rather it is specifically focused on GSA contractors and on the GSA mission.  

GSA invites industry representatives, including representatives from the leasing, construction, IT, and professional services community, to share their thoughts.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts.  

GSA is particularly interested in the following questions:

  • If (a)(1)(B) of Section 889 prohibits use by an entity of covered telecommunications equipment or services at any tier, including use that is unrelated to the performance of any GSA contract:
    • How would this impact your business, and therefore GSA’s mission?
    • What are some of the challenges involved in identifying covered equipment?
    • How would your industry likely be impacted and how will this affect GSA’s competition?  
    • Would this impact your plans to do future business with the GSA?
    • What is your anticipated cost for compliance with this prohibition?
    • How long would it take to remove covered equipment from all levels of your supply chain on GSA contracts?
    • Are there specific use cases in the supply chain where it would not be feasible to remove the covered equipment?
  • How does GSA make industry more aware of the prohibition?

Format: GSA intends to conduct a very brief overview of the Sec. 889 prohibition and the threat it is protecting against.  This presentation will be followed by a discussion by a panel comprised of industry experts and a GSA moderator addressing, among other things, the questions in Section A above. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to engage in discussions at the end of the panel discussion.A copy of the agenda will be posted, on this page, prior to the date of the meeting.

Special accommodations: The public meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Request for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Zachary.Marks@gsa.gov by October 25, 2019.


Federal Moderator – Michael Thompson, Senior Procurement Analyst

Small Business Association Representative - Ann SullivanPresident, Madison Services Group

IT  Industry Representative – Rob ArnoldCEO, Threat Sketch

Leasing Representative. - Norman Dong, Managing Director, FD Stonewater

Construction  Representative  - Derek HoffineOperations Manager, Hensel Phelps

Legal Representative - Jonathan AroniePartner, Sheppard Mullin

Professional Services Representative  – David  DrabkinDirector , Dixon Hughes Goodman Government Contracting Advisory Services




9:00 – 9:02: Ombudsman Welcome 

9:02 – 9:10: Introduction

9:10 – 9:30: Presentation – Section 889 Overview 

9:30 – 10:55: Panel Discussion and Audience Participation 

10:55 – 11:00: Ombudsman Close


For Further Information Contact:  Mr. Michael Thompson, Michael.Thompson@gsa.gov or Mr. Zachary Marks, Zachary.Marks@gsa.gov


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