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    les yamagata
    Hello, I think that my last entry was perhaps four years ago.  It feels like a lifetime has passed.  There have been many changes, challenges, but also successes which I will elucidate below.   
     
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    Last Activity: 6/8/2018 11:56 AM
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    Hello - There is an important campaign taking place within the "halls of GSA."  We are embarking on an important "slam" to tell others about the Acquisition Gateway, both within FAS/GSA and the acquisition workforce in other agencies.  The principles of Category Management and the Gateway work in concert with one another to effectuate effective contracting spend through analytics, a taxonomy comprising 17 category hallways, and tools which can be used by program/contracting officials within Government.  This will reduce contract proliferation, develop better spend/budget decisions, and fost
     
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    Last Activity: 11/15/2015 9:55 AM
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    Hello - This is an update to the previous blog posting.  Through the tremendous assistance of Jackie Sullo, Director of the Acquisition Operations Division at GSA and former Vice-President of NCMA, we have been able to secure Don Shannon as our instructor for the National Education Seminar on Contract Disputes, Changes and Terminations.  He is a wonderful and excellent instructor and inaugurated this new training at NCMA National Congress in Dallas this year.  It is wonderful that we have acquired one of the best trainers to discuss this complex topic for our NES, slated for 18 November.
     
     
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    Hello - I had a great time facilitating the combined Government-Industry Panel on Industry Day at Los Angeles Air Force Base, which was held on 18 June 2015.  The prepared questions and those questions posed by the audience were very thoughtful and also, very candid.  The panelists did an outstanding job.
     
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    Last Activity: 6/26/2015 10:55 AM
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    Hello and Happy Sunday, I am still on a "cloud of elation" as we successfully completed the first (and certainly not the last) Acquisition Forum and Industry Day held 17-18 June at LAAFB.  For the attendees, I hope that it was insightful, entertaining and informative.  I have to admit, I was a little exhausted, working as emcee, presenter, and helping to lend a hand to my wonderful colleagues in adjusting to last minute changes and various machinations occurring during the "11th hour." 
     
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    Last Activity: 6/21/2015 5:15 PM
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    Hello - I hope that everyone is doing well.  First, let me apologize for not blogging sooner.  I was selected as the Deputy Regional Commissioner in December 2014, so my breadth of responsibilities has increased dramatically and exponentially.  In addition to changes affecting me and the front office, there has been another change directly affecting the AAS Portfolio.  In April 2015, Mr. Stephen Durrett, a seasoned contracting officer, has temporarily taken over as Acting AAS Director for Region 9 as a detail.  He has a wide breadth of contracting and project management experience.
     
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    Last Activity: 6/12/2015 6:20 PM
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    les yamagata
    Hello, It's been awhile since I had an opportunity to post a blog on this site and let you know what's been happening in the world of the Pacific Rim Region, Assisted Acquisition Services Division.  All of the PMs are working their requirements diligently and coordinating their efforts with the contracting officers and financial managers during the last remaining weeks of the fiscal year.  As in our recent years, we have optimized resources, enhanced our proaction, and established cut off dates, so we can ensure that we can deliver what we've promised to our clients. 
     
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    Last Activity: 9/11/2013 10:11 PM
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    Happy Monday - Part of the importance of effective project management within the milieu of Federal contracting consists of proper funds management.  This includes timely (or even streamlining) close out of orders/contracts and return of funds to our clients.  When new leadership came on board, we endeavored to make this a priority.  We had a "wave"/30-challenge back in October 2012, which resulted in almost all old orders being closed out and millions of dollars returned to clients. 
     
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    Last Activity: 6/24/2013 9:35 AM
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    Update:  We had a WebEx this afternoon which lasted nearly two hours which provided a comprehensive overview of the NITCP and the implementation of the Reverse Auction Tool.  My special thanks to Teresa Carrington, Director of the NITCP and her staff for a very insightful meeting and discussion.  We had close to 40 participants representing Financial Management, CAR, AAS, and AOD.  It was even more special because several PBS associates attended the event.  So, it was truly an enterprise-wide discussion. 
     
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    Last Activity: 6/20/2013 11:35 PM
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    Hello - I would like to welcome our members and guests to my first blog posting on the GSA Interact Site.   As part of my efforts to increase collaboration, foster cross-pollination of skills and best practices, promote "real-time" information and exemplify my commitment to transparency, I thought that this could be best accomplished by leveraging technology specifically through this site.  To this end, we have created this Region 9 AAS page within the Interact family.    
     
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    Last Activity: 6/7/2013 10:23 AM
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