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Acquisition Excellence 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 7:30AM-5PM EDT
Venue Address: 
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington , DC 20001
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 7:30AM-5PM EDT
2020-07-21 07:30:00 2020-07-21 17:00:00 America/New_York Acquisition Excellence 2020 See more details at: https://www.actiac.org/events/acquisition-excellence-2020 Marriott Marquis , 901 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Venue Address: 
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington , DC 20001
Training Fees:

IAC Member Registration Fee: $395
IAC Member Group Registration Fee - 3 or more: $375
IAC Onsite Registration Fee: $450
Non-member Registration Fee: $550
Government Registration Fee: $150
Government Group Registration Fee - 3 or more: $125

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Event Details

Overview

Thank you for visiting our event page to register for Acquisition Excellence. Like many of you, we are deeply concerned about the current outbreak associated with Coronavirus COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution for everyone’s safety, we have decided to reschedule our Acquisition Excellence 2020 conference (currently scheduled for March 31st) to a date this summer. Please stay tuned for more details on the new date for this important event.

Please visit our ACT-IAC Coronavirus Resource Center to help keep you abreast of the status of upcoming ACT-IAC events and to view information provided to us by government agencies.

If you have any specific concerns or questions, please feel free to send an email to events@actiac.org and we’ll be happy to address your issue/concern. We appreciate your patience and support during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for being a valued contributor to the ACT-IAC community and for continuing to help us make a positive difference in the federal technology community.


The most expansive explosion of innovative activity in federal acquisition in a quarter of a century is continuing to gain power as it spreads across the government, bottom to top, and side to side. Last year’s theme was “Acquisition Innovation in Action.” This year we are building on that theme as we share the expanding successes and initiatives across the government. The theme of this year’s Acquisition Excellence (AE) Conference is Surging Successes in Acquisition Innovation.  Successes are mounting and the best initiatives are being adopted and adapted across wide expanses of government from Civilian to Defense to the Intelligence Community. The surge is being driven to greater height and broader scope by: 

•    mission driven urgency
•    aggressive goals for shorter lead times
•    shorter delivery schedules 
•    greater agility and flexibility in procurement processes
•    a desire to modernize Information Technology at the speed of change by using streamlined, expanded authorities
•    engaging new suppliers with new technology and business models
•    building new workforce skills to buy digital technologies
•    working with “bots” and Artificial Intelligence to speed work and shift the workforce to higher value activities
•    protecting the integrity of supply chains
•    managing rather than avoiding risk

The impact of successful acquisition innovation is truly remarkable, and the opportunities continue to multiply. AE will focus on innovations that can improve every step of the acquisition process. The success of those innovations will build organizations dedicated to brokering new kinds of relationships between government and industry so we can bring the right solutions to meet the government’s requirements

AE will present examples from the Institute for Innovation project, including the “Periodic Table of Acquisition Innovations” sponsored by OFPP, an online tool providing access to successful acquisition innovation case studies for adoption, work of the acquisition innovation advocates and procurement innovation labs, implementation of legislative initiatives designed to improve acquisition, and initiatives of workforce insurgents determined to deliver on mission needs. AE will be a  celebration of the best offerings from this innovative activity.  Join the fun and create your own! Register today! 

Agenda

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM                                                Registration Opens
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Opening Remarks

 

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM


8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presentation
Emily W. Murphy, Administrator, GSA

Keynote Presentation
Christina Monaco, Chief Ventures Officer National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Office of Ventures and Innovation 
Alex Loehr, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 
 
9:15 AM- 9:45 AM Exhibit Hall Open
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Workshop Session 1
  Federal Acquisition Security Council – National Security Event Simulation 
  Improving CPARS Performance Data Collection and Use – Challenges and Goals - Potential Industry Roles
  Innovation Is the Mission: Leveraging Private Investment in Public Procurement
  Turbocharging the Acquisition Workforce
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Workshop Session 2
  Acquisition Friction Fighters: An Interactive Workshop to Leverage Proven Practices for Delivering Contract Services at the Speed of Relevancy
  Innovating Requirements Development
  Lightning Round Practicum - Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Digital Services
  The Originals
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation:
Dr. Michael Wooten, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy at Executive Office of the President (invited)

Keynote Presentation: Buying Like a VC 
Harrison Smith, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Internal Revenue Service  (invited) 
 
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Exhibit Hall Open
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Plenary Panel: “The Future of Contracting”

Moderator: Dave Wennergren, CEO, ACT-IAC

Panelists:  
Steve Maier, President, Management Concepts (invited)
David Berteau, President, Professional Services Council (invited)
Kraig Conrad, CEO, National Contract Management Association (invited)

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Workshop Session 3
  Afternoon Lightning Round
  Artificial Intelligence Applications in Procurement
  OTA Mythology
  450 contracts, $140M, 12 days: The Why and How of Air Force Pitch Days

Speakers

Jose Arrieta, Chief Information Officer, HHS
Steven Babitch, Head of AI Portfolio, Technology Transformation Service, GSA 
Stephany Bellomo, Principle Engineer, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
D. Wes Bennett Jr., Director, Contracts Management Office, DARPA
Angela Billups, Ph.D., Executive Director and Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Department of Veterans Affairs
Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator, The Office Of Federal Procurement Policy, OMB (Invited)
Adam Bouffard, Contract Analyst Lead and Group Leader, MITRE
Katrina Brisbon, Assistant Administrator, Contracting & Procurement, Head of the Contracting Activity, DHS/TSA (Invited)
Ken Buck, Adjunct Professor in Acquisition Management, University of Virginia
John Cattaneo, Principal, Capgemini Government Solutions
Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government
Elizabeth Chirico, Acquisition Innovation Lead, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement)
Josh Cohen, Contracting Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs’ Technology Acquisition Center
Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS
Mike Derrios, Head of Contracting/Senior Procurement Executive, U.S. Coast Guard (Invited)
Jonathan Evans, Product Manager - Professional Services Category, GSA
Lesley Field, Deputy Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (Invited)
Ben FitzGerald, Partner, Lupa
David Harden, Partner and Co-Founder, DualTech Ventures
Sonny Hashmi, Managing Director Public Sector, BOX, Inc.
Jon Johnson, Principal, ConningtonSnow, LLC
Florence Kasule, Digital Service Acquisition Strategist, United States Digital Service, OMB (Invited)
Jason Kattman, Branch Chief, Procurement Operations Division, USDA
Jason Keplinger, Chief Technology Officer, T-Rex Solutions LLC
Jason Knudson, CEO, Vyzva Lab
Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA
Steve Krauss, Advisor to the Deputy Administrator, GSA
Dolores Kuchina-Musina, Contracts Manager, Acumen Solutions, Inc.
John S. Major, Jr., Regional Vice President, Midwest Operations, Achates Power
Stephanie Mango, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader, CGI Federal
Brent Maravilla, Rebellion Defense, Formerly of US Digital Service
John Marshall, Founder and CEO, Shared Services Leadership Coalition
Rachael Martin,  Mission Chief for Intelligent Business Automation, JAIC, DOD (Invited)
Benjamin McMartin, Esq., Managing Partner, Public Spend Forum
Michele Moss, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Al Muñoz, Director, Special Projects, GSA
Joanie F. Newhart, Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, OFPP, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (Invited)
Brandon Pender, Director of External Business Development, U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center
David Rothzeid, Maj, ABMS Program Element Monitor (PEM), USAF 
Gissa Sateri, Account Executive, REI Systems
Brian Serra, Contracting Officer, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Orlando
Tim Shaughnessy, Senior Program Analyst, IRS (Invited)
Scott Simpson, Innovation Coach, Procurement Innovation Lab, DHS 
Mike Smith, Executive VP, GovConRx LLC
Stan Soloway, President & CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC
Melissa Starinsky, Director, Office of Acquisition & Grants Management, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS (Invited)
Lorna Tedder, Lead/Principal DoD Program Management & Agile Acquisition SME, MITRE 
Bob Tuohy, Former Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Technology International (ATI)
Trevor Wagner, Testing and Reengineering Lead, Procurement Innovation Lab, DHS
Mitch Winans, Special Assistant, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, IRS 
David Vennegrund, Director of Data and Analytics, GDIT 
Kevin Youel Page, ACT-IAC Acquisition Community of Interest Industry Chair and Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting
Eliana Zavala, Management Analyst, OMB (Invited)
Lisa Zellers, Technical Director, Redhorse Corporation

Workshop Session Abstracts

Workshop Session One - 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Federal Acquisition Security Council – National Security Event Simulation

Establishing robust Federal acquisition and supply chain processes are integral to protecting U.S. national security interests. As innovative, dynamic technologies advance and globalization serves an increasingly large role in how the U.S. Government procures goods and services, Federal agencies must proactively and effectively integrate supply chain risk management (SCRM) within their processes and procedures. This session will simulate a tabletop exercise focused on a “rip and replace” scenario where a specific software (Software X) has been identified as a bad actor and Federal agencies must remove the product as mandated by the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC). This simulation will highlight several challenges the Federal acquisition and vendor community may encounter in the event of a rip and replace scenario, including:

  • Effective communications within a typical supply chain consisting of stakeholders such as: Federal executives, Federal acquisition personnel, large and small businesses, and the additional complexity associated with the relationships among prime contractors, subcontractors, and software suppliers
  • Understanding and complying with the current legislative and regulatory requirements along with the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder within the impacted supply chain
  • Identifying High-Value Assets (HVAs) and determining a prioritization process for addressing the impacted systems
  • Assessing, procuring, and implementing a replacement product 


During the simulation, audience members will have a unique opportunity to watch and interact with our “actors” who have recently served or currently serve as a: Federal Department Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Large or Small Business Contractor, or Software Vendor, and have experience in SCRM and the challenges this scenario presents to the Federal acquisition community. During this session, we encourage the audience to participate by sharing real-time responses to a diverse set of questions posed throughout the simulation or by providing written feedback we will gather upon completion of the session. 

Learning Objectives:
•    Increase overall understanding of SCRM to include recent history and legislation put in place to address supply chain risk, as well as better understand how stakeholders are implementing this legislation and other regulatory requirements
•    Gain insights into the complexity of managing Federal contracts impacted by a rip and replace scenario
•    Assess how Federal acquisition processes and procedures integrate with SCRM best practices
•    Identify how agencies can incorporate best practices to address potential FASC requests to streamline resulting acquisition processes
•    Explore the acquisition impact of FASC requests as it pertains to rip and replace scenarios
•    Identify next steps acquisition personnel and contractors can take to efficiently and effectively address FASC requests and proactively manage supply chain risk

Acquisition Community of Interest (COI) Supply Chain Due Diligence Project Sponsor: Bill Zielinski, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) within the Federal Acquisition Services (FAS) at the General Services Administration (GSA)

Acquisition COI Supply Chain Due Diligence Project Lead: Juli Dixon, ACT-IAC Acquisition COI Industry Vice-Chair and Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Tabletop Exercise Facilitator: Kevin Youel Page, ACT-IAC Acquisition Community of Interest Industry Chair and Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting

Presenter: Michele Moss, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton 

Tabletop Exercise Actors: 
•    CIO Role: Sonny Hashmi, Managing Director Public Sector, BOX, Inc., Former Chief Information Officer of GSA
•    CPO Role: Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
•    Small Business Role: Lisa Zellers, Technical Director, Redhorse Corporation
•    Large Business Role: John Cattaneo, Principal, Capgemini Government Solutions
•    Software Vendor Role: Jon Johnson, Principal, ConningtonSnow, LLC

Improving CPARS Performance Data Collection and Use – Challenges and Goals - Potential Industry Roles 

In the future, the Government wants to change how it utilizes CPARS past performance data, not just for source selections, but throughout all acquisition lifecycle phases.  The Government is seeking ways to be able to effectively search, find, analyze and rank contractor performance using CPARS, and to use that data to make informed decisions.  

Current Federal Government initiatives are underway to modernize the collection and use of CPARS performance data to achieve more reliable, relevant and actionable contractor performance-based data.  These initiatives are driven by two key goals:

1.    More efficient CPARS data input: More focus on relevance and quality of data/processes reducing acquisition workforce burdens 
2.    More effective CPARS data output: Better access to, and use of, relevant and actionable CPARS performance data 
  
This panel will share perspectives on current initiatives underway, some involving industry partnerships, to improve the collection and use of CPARS past performance data.  The panel will also address some of the challenges related to CPARS and areas where both Government and industry can work together to overcome.

Learning Objectives:
•    Learn about Government initiatives to improve CPARS data collection and use
•    Understand how these initiatives will impact most federal contractors
•    Explore roles industry can play to help Government address CPARS challenges 

Panelists:
Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, OMB (Invited)
Katrina Brisbon, Assistant Administrator, Contracting & Procurement, Head of the Contracting Activity, DHS/TSA (Invited)
Mike Smith, Executive VP, GovConRx LLC
Melissa Starinsky, Director, Office of Acquisition & Grants Management, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS (Invited)

Innovation Is the Mission: Leveraging Private Investment in Public Procurement

In an environment of public sector resource constraints, opportunities to leverage private sector investment, technology, and expertise become critical. A recent report informed by current and former Federal leaders and experts in investment, budget, and acquisition policy identifies strategies for Federal agencies on how to incentivize private sector capital investment.  This session will discuss options and recommendations for revising budget and acquisition processes that can enhance systematic engagement with industry around investment, and to encourage responsible longer-term capital planning by government. 

Learning Objectives:
• Understand opportunities for new ways that government can access private sector investment
• Identify budget and acquisition reforms that can help government make more effective use of capital for modernization

Moderator:  Dan Chenok, Executive Director, Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government

Panelists:
Ken Buck, Adjunct Professor in Acquisition Management, University of Virginia
Stephanie Mango, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader, CGI Federal
John Marshall, Founder and CEO, Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Turbocharging the Acquisition Workforce 

Change is coming to the acquisition workforce, just as surely as it is coming to other parts of an agency’s mission space. This is true in part because acquisition professionals need different skills and knowledge to help their respective agencies buy digital services and procure technologies for continued modernization efforts. Further, the environment that acquisition professionals face is also changing the nature of the work itself. The jobs of the acquisition workforce will quickly change in ways that aren’t easy to forecast.  Rather than being disrupted, we have an opportunity to be the disrupters.
What impact will technologies like RPA and the use of bots have on the job 1102s do? How will the shape and profile of the acquisition workforce be different five or ten years from now than it is today? How are acquisition professionals’ training and career paths being evolved to meet these needs and challenges? What do you need to be thinking about and doing to ensure you have maximum authority and autonomy over your own career path and goals?
Come to this session to hear our speakers talk about these subjects and learn about the following:

Learning Objectives:
• How technologies like RPA/bots are changing the nature of 1102 work -- not by eliminating jobs, but by freeing up contracting professionals to do higher-value work 
• What 1102 professionals need to do to prepare themselves to work in a technology-assisted environment
• Ways agencies are working to make the acquisition profession attractive from both a recruitment and a retention perspective
• How the need for new skills such as data analytics and market intelligence are reshaping the overall profile of the workforce they are looking to build
• What is being done at a government-wide level to effect transformation of the acquisition workforce 
• What impact this is having on the training, development and career progression (e.g. DITAP) that acquisition professionals will follow in the coming years

Moderator: Lesley Field, Deputy Administrator, OFPP, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (Invited)
 
Panelists:
Angela Billups, Ph.D., Executive Director and Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Department of Veterans Affairs
Mike Derrios, Head of Contracting/Senior Procurement Executive, U.S. Coast Guard (Invited)
Joanie Newhart, Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, OFPP, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (Invited)
Mitch Winans, Special Assistant, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, IRS 

Workshop Session 2 - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Acquisition Friction Fighters: An Interactive Workshop to Leverage Proven Practices for Delivering Contract Services at the Speed of Relevancy 

Partake in this highly collaborative session with acquisition community members from government and industry where you will contribute your subject matter expertise during an immersive challenge using the Periodic Table of Acquisition Innovations. This knowledge management portal includes tested strategies, samples, and other artifacts of agile modern business practices that users can adopt or adapt in lieu of aging process-driven methods developed for an era gone by. The portal is designed to help users take advantage of flexible business practices with demonstrated results ranging from accelerated time to award, reduced delivery time to improved customer satisfaction, cost savings and/or reduced barriers to entry.

Engage with agency acquisition practitioners who have used the portal to support adoption of proven innovations at their agencies and explore how the portal can help with your projects. The session will conclude with participants making recommendations based on the immersive conversation to members of the project team who have developed the portal.  

Learning Objectives:
• Increase working knowledge of flexible business practices you can apply in your next acquisitions
• Strengthen network of acquisition friction fighters with Acquisition Innovation Advocates, Industry Liaisons, and other pioneers
• Contribute to the future state of the Periodic Table of Acquisition Innovations

Moderator: Eliana Zavala, Management Analyst, OMB (Invited)

Panelists:
Adam Bouffard, Contract Analyst Lead and Group Leader, MITRE
Josh Cohen, Contracting Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs’ Technology Acquisition Center
Gissa Sateri, Account Executive, REI Systems
Trevor Wagner, Testing and Reengineering Lead, Procurement Innovation Lab, DHS

Innovating Requirements Development 

Driving the transformation of the federal enterprise through innovation is central to improving American’s lives and restoring faith in government. High quality requirements development is fundamental to the overall success of a project. The federal government can leverage techniques that have already been successfully employed by industry and commercial organizations. This session will focus on innovative solutions that have been used to generate valuable and accurate requirements.  Those sharing insights will represent the CIO community, Acquisition Executives, Industry leaders who has worked with federal agencies on requirements development.  

Learning Objectives:
• Learn how to apply innovative requirement development techniques from specific case study examples that have been done and used in the Federal government to your agency
• Obtain valuable lessons learned that have yielded successful outcomes
• Understand the steps and processes in defining, analyzing and developing strong, well-defined technical requirements that can be tailored to different methodologies (i.e., agile) 
• Case Study - Innovative requirements development techniques applied in federal government projects
• Best practices for requirements development
• Apply lessons learned at your own organization

Moderator: Jason Keplinger,  Chief Technology Officer, T-Rex Solutions LLC
  
Panelists: 

Stephany Bellomo, Principle Engineer, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Jonathan Evans, Product Manager - Professional Services Category, GSA

Lightning Round Practicum - Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Digital Services
Listen to practitioners about the “What, Why and How” they procured these technologies and services. Robotic process automation (RPA) and Digital Services are buzz words that many within the acquisition field are hearing about and will be responsible for procuring. What are these services, their benefits and how do you procure and manage them? This panel focuses on the perspectives and lessons learned from Government acquisition professionals. 

Learning Objectives: 
• Learn from Government acquisition professionals on their decisions to incorporate these services into their agencies
• Understand the different procurement decisions and methods made to leverage these technologies
• Gain insight into Government challenges rolling out these services to different stakeholders

Moderator: Florence Kasule, Digital Service Acquisition Strategist, United States Digital Service, OMB (Invited)

Panelists:
Wes Bennett, Director, DARPA
Jason Kattman, Branch Chief, Procurement Operations Division, USDA

The Originals: Before it was cool to innovate in Federal Acquisition, there were pioneers that risked their careers to change the culture. These are their stories.

Pitch Days, Hackathons, Other Transactions, Organic Agile Software Fabs, Prize Challenges and more. Today’s Acquisition landscape is markedly different from five years ago. But before these activities came into the mainstream, they were championed in small pockets of innovation, by courageous and dynamic change agents, who risked it all to disrupt the behemoth that is Federal Acquisition. This panel is about those personalities. The ones who were told, “that’s not possible” and pushed through. Hear from past and current acquisition leaders who continue to drive change in their respective organizations.

Learning Objectives: 
• Understand the diverse ways that Agencies are publicizing, soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding efforts for new technology
• Learn how pockets of innovation across multiple agencies came to be, and how some nearly didn’t
• Understand the cultural barriers to innovating acquisition in the Federal context
• Learn techniques for fostering an environment for innovation adoption in acquisition

Moderator: Benjamin McMartin, Esq., Managing Partner, Public Spend Forum

Panelists:            
Ben FitzGerald, Partner, Lupa
David Harden, Partner and Co-Founder, DualTech Ventures
Jason Knudson, CEO, Vyzva Lab
Brandon Pender, Director of External Business Development, U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center
David Rothzeid, Maj, ABMS Program Element Monitor (PEM), USAF   
Lorna Tedder, Lead/Principal DoD Program Management & Agile Acquisition SME, MITRE 

Workshop Session 3 - 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Afternoon Lightning Round - Three Topics 
Moderator:
Steve Krauss, Advisor to the Deputy Administrator, GSA

Through the Looking Glass – Acquisition Viewed Through a Different Lens
Innovation in federal acquisition is often accomplished by taking a different view of process elements we are already familiar with. Market research, customer service, and data analysis have been integral components of federal acquisition for as long as the FAR has been around. But some agencies are creating radically different outcomes by “changing the lens” they use to examine or manage these otherwise-familiar functions.

Speaker: Mitch Winans, Special Assistant, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, IRS
 

Co-Development of Procurement Requirements – A Different Take on Market Research
What if, instead of developing procurement requirements for vendors, an agency could use human-centered design techniques to work collaboratively with industry and design requirements with vendors? USDS and GSA have each been experimenting with this concept in recent years. Come hear what they have found, what they’ve been able to accomplish, and what promise may lie in the opportunity for agencies to conduct market research through a more immersive strategy … as well as what agencies will need to do to avoid pitfalls and mitigate risks that might crop up through this approach.

Speakers: 
Brent Maravilla, Rebellion Defense, Formerly of US Digital Service
Al Muñoz, Director, Special Projects, GSA
 

“Data-driven” … What Does that Mean for Acquisition?
Agencies increasingly strive to base their decisions and strategies upon solid data, and new statutes and regulations such as the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act have added to this momentum. In this session, hear novel examples of how agencies are utilizing data to govern or drive acquisition strategies and processes; these range from using big data and pattern recognition to uncover hidden opportunities, to the application of data to make better decisions throughout the process.

Speakers
Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA
Jose Arrieta, Chief Information Officer, HHS


Artificial Intelligence Applications in Procurement

Because of the difficulty of the existing government acquisition process, changes to it is difficult and slow. Contracts is in the heart of government dealings with industry partners, so government needs to modernize this cumbersome, manually intensive contract management and approval processes to achieve the following benefits:
• Administer government contactor obligations accurately and efficiently 
• Identify any risky contracts terms, clauses, and conditions
• Save taxpayer money by improving efficiency of government services
• Speed up the completion of manual tasks
• Improve contract risk management

Implementing the use of AI technology, government organizations can evolve from their traditionally inefficient contract processes to smart, automated total contract lifecycle management that gives them more control over their budget expenditures.

Learning Objectives: 
• Demonstrate how an AI platform as part of the procurement process can improve  cost control, manage risk, and effectively access data  
• Explore ways that AI and technology insertion can help ease the government procurement complexity and ensure that solutions are built based on user needs
• Understand how AI can reduce the need for manual reviews and individual data extractions by 80%, generating a significant reduction in costs
• Learn how AI is more effective in data analytics and procurement forecasting

Moderator: David Vennegrund, Director of Data and Analytics, GDIT 
  
Panelists: 
Steven Babitch, Head of AI Portfolio, Technology Transformation Service, GSA 
Elizabeth Chirico, Acquisition Innovation Lead, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement)
Rachael Martin,  Mission Chief for Intelligent Business Automation, JAIC, DOD (Invited)
Tim Shaughnessy, Senior Program Analyst, IRS (Invited)
Scott Simpson, Innovation Coach, Procurement Innovation Lab, DHS 

Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Mythology: Hype vs. Reality; Perspectives from Government and Industry

Other Transaction Authorities have dramatically changed the landscape of Federal Acquisition, lowering the barriers of entry for new technology providers, reducing procurement lead times, and transitioning technology at the speed of relevance, or so we’re told. The flip side of this story is a lack of competent and informed acquisition professionals, nonexistent training programs, and increasingly diverse set of processes and policies. So, what is the reality behind the hype and sensationalism? This panel focuses on the perspectives of Industry and Government practitioners who live these “Other” Authorities every day. 

Learning Objectives: 
• Learn from Industry and Government experiences in executing under the Other Transaction Authorities
• Gain insight on industry hurdles to identifying and bidding under OTA
• Gain insight into Government challenges in training personnel and gaining authority to execute
• Learn the top benefits and drawbacks to working under the Other Transaction Authorities, and perspectives for their expansion

Moderator: Stan Soloway, President & CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

Panelists:
D. Wes Bennett Jr., Director, Contracts Management Office, DARPA
Dolores Kuchina-Musina, Contracts Manager, Acumen Solutions, Inc.
John S. Major, Jr., Regional Vice President, Midwest Operations, Achates Power
Brian Serra, Contracting Officer, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Orlando
Bob Tuohy, Former Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Technology International (ATI)

Keynote

Harrison Smith
Deputy Chief Procurement Officer
Dr. Michael Eric Wooten
Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy
Emily W. Murphy
Emily W. Murphy
Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
Alex Loehr
Alex Loehr
Deputy Chief Technology Officer

FAQs

Who is Coordinating/Sponsoring the Event?

The event is organized by ACT-IAC (American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council). ACT-IAC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology.  ACT-IAC provides an objective, ethical and trusted forum where government and industry communicate, collaborate, and learn.

When is AE 2020?

March 31, 2020

Where is AE 2020 Being Held This Year?

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 

What is the Dress Policy?

The AE dress code is business.

Will Press be in Attendance?

ACT-IAC’s operating principles require that the organization and all of its activities be conducted in a manner that is objective, vendor-neutral, and transparent.  In accordance with these principles, the general assumption governing ACT-IAC activities is that they shall be open to the press unless an exception is specifically made in advance or, in some cases, on-the-spot due to a speaker request, or other unforeseen circumstances. For more information about the Press Policy for this event, please contact the ACT-IAC Office, 703.208.4800.

Who will be in Charge of Handling Media for the Event?

ACT-IAC professional staff work with the media for the event. Please contact John Lee, Director of Public Relations, if you would like to participate as a member of the media.

What Media Outlets do you Expect?

The following media outlets typically participate in ACT-IAC events:
•    DorobekInsider
•    Federal Computer Week (FCW)
•    Federal News Radio
•    Federal Times
•    FedScoop
•    FedTech Magazine
•    FierceGovernmentIT
•    Government Computer News (GCN)
•    Government Matters
•    Government Executive/NextGov
•    MeriTalk
•    POLITICO
•    U.S. News and World Report
•    Washington Executive, Inc.
•    Washington Technology

Will I earn Training Credits?

Attendees of AE 2020 are eligible for 8 CLPs (Continuous Learning Points)
 
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before March 10, 2020, will receive a full refund. Registration fees are non-refundable after March 10, 2020.  Substitutions can be made at no charge. No shows will be charged the full registration fee. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to membersupport@actiac.org; request for cancellations will not be accepted via telephone.

 

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If you are interested in sponsoring Acquisition Excellence 2020, please contact Carol Miller, cmiller@actiac.org

 

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