Administrator Roth Serves as Featured Guest Speaker at Philadelphia's NeoCon East Expo

NeoCon East, the premier design expo and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast, held its 13th annual event in October at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth served as a featured guest speaker at NeoCon East, focusing her remarks on how GSA and its federal partners are innovating the acquisition process.

NeoCon East hosts the largest concentration of products and services under GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule (MAS) Program.  This year’s conference focused on the interior-design, architectural and facilities-management industries, with special emphasis on the federal design community.  It featured the best in products and services across a spectrum of markets including workplace, healthcare, education, and especially government.  New this year, NeoCon East was co-located with AIA Philadelphia’s Design on the Delaware Conference.

Administrator Roth spoke to NeoCon East attendees about innovating the acquisition process stating, “The time has come for government to act as one and buy as one…this will minimize acquisition redundancy and align the government’s demand for products and services with the market’s supply capabilities.”

At this year’s conference, GSA highlighted our Total Workplace Furniture & Information Technology (FIT) program, focused on transforming the federal government to a 21st century workplace.  FIT allows agencies to lease furniture over a 5-year term and lease information technology over a 3-year term, easing the burden of costs while giving agencies the furniture and technology they need to build a more efficient government.

Mid-Atlantic FIT experts along with our manufacturing vendors showcased FIT program products.  Administrator Roth described the FIT program as “an exciting program that is, quite literally, changing the way government works… [by] giving agencies the latest furniture to create a more efficient and effective workplace.”  GSA offered a training track of classes which included a FIT workshop, purchasing green products, advanced furniture procurement, an e-tools overview, and the basics of property disposal.

GSA also held a Quality Partnership Council (QPC) Meeting during the week of NeoCon East with speakers discussing topics such as Small Business Mentor Protégé Program, planning for federal sustainability, reducing the federal footprint, Total Workplace Program, a furniture brief from the Department of Navy Strategic Sourcing Program Management Office, and a question and answer panel made up of leadership from GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center.  The QPC meeting had over 130 attendees from federal agencies, industry partners, and GSA.

Registration to visit the NeoCon East show floor is always free to government employees.  If you were unable to attend this year’s NeoCon East conference and would like more information about GSA’s FIT program, please contact GSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Workplace Executive Nancy Sebastiano.  You can also contact IWAC.BD@gsa.gov to learn more about GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule (MAS) Program.

NeoCon East is the most efficient and effective way to see thousands of products on the GSA MAS Program all under one roof.  The exhibitor list boasts the largest concentration of products and services on the GSA schedule, making it the most cost-effective method to source products for government projects.  The show offers a range of networking opportunities with design and facilities professionals from both the federal government and private sectors.  

Make your plans now to attend next year’s NeoCon East conference!


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Last Reviewed 2015-12-15