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2019 Acquisition Excellence

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:30AM to
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 5:00PM EDT
Venue Address: 
Grand Hyatt DC
1000 H Street, NW
Washington , DC 20001
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:30AM to
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 5:00PM EDT
2019-03-12 07:30:00 2019-04-21 17:00:00 America/New_York 2019 Acquisition Excellence See more details at: Grand Hyatt DC, 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC
Venue Address: 
Grand Hyatt DC
1000 H Street, NW
Washington , DC 20001

Event Details

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The “Big Bang” of acquisition innovation is gaining power as it spreads government-wide, from bottom to top and side to side. The most expansive explosion of transformational change in 25 years just keeps growing, motivated by mission-driven urgency. Government needs to buy faster at the cutting-edge of technology. The pressure’s on to shrink lead times, shorten delivery cycles, and flex to innovators’ needs.

Acquiring obsolete, or soon to be dated, technology no longer is good enough. Agencies need to buy tomorrow’s solutions today using streamlined and expanded procurement authorities. Industry and inventors are leading the exponential solution innovations, so government is finding ways to engage new suppliers with new business models. The government workforce is gaining new skills to buy digital technology, discovering how to work alongside ‘bots, employ artificial intelligence, and protect supply chain integrity. Leading program and procurement professionals are working toward a future of embracing risk and managing it, building deep market and supplier intelligence, communicating continuously and collaboratively with industry, reducing the total cost of owning and maintaining what they purchase, and brokering new kinds of relationships with nontraditional suppliers.

This is Acquisition Innovation in Action, our theme for the Acquisition Excellence 2019 Conference. We’ve moved past introducing innovation. It’s time to explain how it’s succeeding and spreading.

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Confirmed Speakers:

Combiz R. Abdolrahimi, Esq., Emerging Technologies & Innovation Leader, Government & Public Services, Deloitte
Steven Brady, Chief of the Enterprise Innovation Support, U.S. Air Force
Ed Burrows, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Program Manager, General Services Administration
Greg Capella, Deputy Director, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), U.S. Department of Commerce
Eric Cho, Project Lead, Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Phillip W. Christy, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction
Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Rita C. CreelAssociate Director, Software Engineering Institute, CERT Division, Carnegie Mellon University
Tim Denning, Senior Director for Business Development, Information Management Solutions Group (IMSG), DSA, Inc.
Matt Devost, CEO & Co-Founder, OODA LLC
Angela DonahooInnovation Group Manager, FEDSIM, General Services Administration
Greg Giddens, Partner, Potomac Ridge Consulting
Michelle Dufty, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Sonatype
Jenn Gustetic, Program Executive, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Major General Cameron G. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Virginia Huth, Director, Office of General Services Acquisition Policy, Workforce & Integrity, General Services Administration
Dan Jenkin, Vice President and Solutions Architect, Macro Solutions
Mark R. Junda, Procurement Service Director, VA Technology Acquisition Center
Florence N. Kasule, Digital Service Acquisition Strategist, United States Digital Service
Anne Laurent, Principal, The Agile Mind Thought Leadership Consulting Founder, The Acquisition Innovators Hub
Ricky L. Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Veterans Health Administration
Michael Levy, Counsel & Contract Manager, NORC at the University of Chicago
Brent Maravilla, Acquisition Strategist, U.S. Digital Service, Executive Office of the President
Jarah Meador PhD, Director of Open Innovation, Office of Products and Programs, Director of &, General Services Administration
Walter McDonald, Director, Information Technology Program Services (ITPS), U.S. Department of Education
Michael McFarland, Director, Acquisition Business Systems, Division of Acquisition, Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Benjamin McMartin, Chief, Acquisition Management Office, US Army CCDC - Ground Vehicle Systems Center
Alan Monico, Procurement Analyst, Office of the Procurement Executive, Department of the Treasury
Major Matthew K. Nelson, Chief, Agile Acquisition Branch, Kessel Run
Ryan M. Novak, Senior Acquisition Principal, The Center for Acquisition Management Sciences (CAMS), The MITRE Corporation
Scott PalmerDirector of Procurement, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Vince "Swath" Pecoraro, Director of Agile Contracting, AFWERX
John Petkosek, Program Manager, BMNT
Crystal PhilcoxAssistant Commissioner for Enterprise Strategy Management, FAS, General Services Administration
Ali Pourghassemi, Industry Liaison, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Kimberly Purlia, Managing Partner, Gen8Solutions
Stephen Rice, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security
Stacy Barley RiggsDirector, Category Management Government-wide PMO, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
David Rothzeid, Maj, USAF, Director of Acquisition Pathways, Defense Innovation Unit
Tim Shaughnessy, Program Analyst, Internal Revenue Service
Gary Shiffman, President & CEO, Giant Oak, Inc.
David A. Shive, Chief Information Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
Iain Skeete, Director of Strategic Contracting, National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL)
Harrison Smith, Chief Procurement Officer (Acting), Internal Revenue Service Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
Ben Solomon, Founder and Managing Partner, Fed Tech
Eric Steinberg, Procurement Analyst, Office of the Procurement Executive, Department of the Treasury
Shenice Stephens, Division Chief, Office of Ventures and Innovation (OVI) at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Jonathan Trimble, Section Chief, Technology Innovation Section, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Information Management Division
 Trevor Wagner, Testing and Reengineering Lead, Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), Department of Homeland Security
Tammy White, Sr. Analyst, General Services Administration (Contractor), Principal, Potomac Haven Inc.
Charlie Williams, President, C Williams LLC and Commissioner, Section 809 Panel
Mitchell D. Winans, Special Assistant, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Internal Revenue Service
Eliana Zavala, Management Analyst, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, United States Office of Management and Budget


Emily W. Murphy
Alan R. Shaffer
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
James H. Smith
Acquisition Executive Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L)

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Keynote Address: Administrator Emily Murphy, General Services Administration


Keynote Address: Alan R. Shaffer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition & Sustainment
Keynote Address: James H. SmithAcquisition Executive, Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L)