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2018 PSHC Symposium Presentations Now Available

Thank you for attending the 2018 GSA Professional Services and Human Capital Categories Symposium, June 25-26, 2018. The presentation from the general sessions on June 25 are shared below. If you have any questions, contact professionalservices@gsa.gov

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PSHC Symposium Agenda    

Government-wide Human Capital Category Initiatives

Government-wide category executives will provide an overview of the Human Capital category strategic plan, major initiatives, and key performance indicators. Indu Garg, Government-wide Category Executive

Government-wide Professional Services Category Initiatives

Government-wide category executives will provide an overview of the Professional Services category strategic plans, major initiatives, and key performance indicators. Tiffany Hixson, Government-wdie Category Executive
Mastering Multiple Award Schedule Contract Administration

Maintaining your professional services and human capital contracts can be challenging and daunting. From reporting requirements to solicitation updates, GSA contract holders have to keep up with a lot of information to continue to provide the services federal agencies need. During this session, designed for our industry partners, you will get a quick glimpse at what you need to do to maintain your contract including modifications, digital certificates, SAM registration, sales reporting, and subcontracting reporting.

Bounce Quarry, Senior Contracting Officer 
OASIS Unresticted and OASIS Small Business Strategic Level Overview for the Next 5 Years

It is hard to believe, but GSA's OASIS contracts are nearly five years old. So, what's next for OASIS U and OASIS SB? This course will outline what OASIS is up to and our plans for the next five years.

Clint McCoy, OASIS CPRM Systems Program Manager


Grace Parker, OASIS Contracting Opereations Team Lead

Understanding Best in Class Contracts and Spend Under Management

BIC and SUM are two metrics the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) uses to measure if the Federal Government is meeting the goals of category management to buy smarter and more like a single enterprise. During this session, you will learn more about the professional services and human capital BIC contracts, including HCaTS and OASIS, and how agencies can move their spend from the current open market (or Tier 0 spend) to contracts that meet defined criteria for management and data-sharing maturity, and therefore help agencies buy the same kinds of goods and services through best value solutions.

Geri Haworth, Professional Services Cateogry Manager


Adam Soderholm, Professional Services Category Program Manager

Supplier Relationship Management: Developing a Collaborative Partnership

Over the past year, GSA’s Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories and the government-wide Professional Services Category (PSC) has launched a proactive Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) program to develop long-term, collaborative partnerships with industry partners. The goal is to build more collaborative relationships that will ultimately result in more qualified suppliers participating in procurements to provide key professional services federal agencies use to accomplish their mission. Learn how the SRM program is effecting change in category strategy, informing the digital development and communicating best practices to the federal acquisition workforce.

Zachary Lerner, Professional Services Category Supplier Relationship Manager
GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contractor Assessments, Common Compliance Challenges & Navigating an Audit

GSA conducts a Contract Assessments at least every five years on each contract. What does this mean, to you, the Contractor? What are they looking for? GSA Office of Inspector General conducts audits every year. Should you worry? What is expected of the Contractor? What are the auditors looking for? Then what? These two processes will be described and discussed during this session.

Michael Williams, Master Industrial Operations Analyst

Denise Blue, Senior Contracting Officer

Multiple Award Schedule Initiatives: Professional Service Schedule and Human Capital Schedule

GSA's MAS provides federal, state, and local government buyers access to more than 11 million commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing. In the past few years, the PSS and the Human Capital Schedule 738X have undergone some significant changes to make buying professional services and human capital solutions easier and more efficient. And more changes are always in the works. Join us for this class to get an update on steps GSA has taken to help agencies buy smarter and faster through our Schedules.

Nichol West, Professional Services Schedule Program Manager

Robert Woodside, Deputy Director, GSA Northeast & Carribbean Supply and Acquisition Center

Digital Tools: Acquisition Gateway, CALC, Discovery and Steps to Performance Based Acquisition

GSA's Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories has built and maintained numerous digital tools that support market research, IGCE development, and performance-based acquisition for federal agencies and industry. During this session, one of our product owners will demo tools designed to help agencies share sound acquisition practices, from requirements development and market research to service delivery and contract close-out.

Jill Akridge, Acquisition Application Product Manager
How to Leverage Your Government Contract

To be successful under the GSA Schedules program and other GSA contracts, companies should be prepared to take necessary steps to be productive in a highly competitive marketplace. During this session, you will become familiar with some of the resources available to industry to help them succeed in providing the services that federal agencies need. Representatives from industry and federal agencies will show you how to identify target markets, find contacts within those target agencies, show how your business can help them focus on their mission, utilize limited budgets, streamline transactions, lower costs, maintain control and minimize risks.

Steve Sizemore, Director, Direct Client Support Division, FAS

Lisa Norgren, Senior Contracting Officer

Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTS) Initiatives

The HCaTS and HCaTS Small Business (SB) solutions are Government-wide, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide reliable, flexible, fast, and efficient ways to obtain best-value customized solutions for human capital management and training requirements. During this session, HCaTS program manager, JoAnn Lee, and representatives from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will provide an overview of how thiscontract is helping federal agencies with their training needs and what new initiatives are planned to build a robust industry-base and increase use across government.

Jo-Ann Lee, HCaTS Program Manager, GSA

James R. McPherson, Deputy Associate Directory, Training and Management Assistance, OPM



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