FAST2021: Define, Procure, Deliver!
GSA Federal Acquisition Service Training Conference
June 15 - 17 2021 | 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET Daily | Virtual Conference
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|Time||Session Title||Session Description|
|12:30 p.m.||Keynote: Making it Easier; Adding Value to the Buyer/Seller Experience||Sonny Hashmi, FAS Commissioner, Opening Remarks.|
|12:50 p.m.||Leveraging RPA to Transform Federal Acquisition||Learn from Region 2 Commissioner Jeff Lau, how GSA's Federal Acquisition Service is leveraging emerging technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to transform the Federal acquisition landscape in support of its Acquisition Workforce, Federal Partners and Industry Partners.|
|1:20 p.m.||Building Your Independent Cost Estimate: That Was Easy!||GSA’s IGCE and CALC tools provide a structured approach to building estimates with easily imported labor rates, giving buyers a foundation for evaluating and negotiating offers. Join this session to learn how to use these tools and how they help improve market research.|
|1:35 p.m.||Category Analytics Dashboards: Data to Decision||Dive into federal procurement transactional data to get the insights you need to improve category performance. Our category analyst will lead you through the Quick Decisions Dashboard, Acquisition Analytics, and the Operational Reporting Workbench; all designed to help data drive category decision-making.|
|2:15 p.m.||Using Industry Insights to Help Define Requirements||Early and effective communication between agency and industry is key to ensuring the government understands market trends, industry understands what is needed, and requirements are clear and result in the best solution/outcome. At this session, GSA’s acquisition experts share and discuss best practices, examples and impacts from integrating industry perspectives; and how to improve the process.|
|2:45 p.m.||Category Management Basics for Acquisition Professionals||Category management is a strategic approach to managing supply and demand in the federal marketplace. This ‘whole of government’ approach is reducing contract duplication, optimizing spend, providing visibility into prices paid, and driving efficiencies. At this session GSA category experts will share: an overview of the foundational principles; a guide to Best-in-Class contracts; and the benefits and tools available to acquisition professionals today.|
|3:00 p.m.||MAS Program Updates||Join this session for updates on recent changes and critical components related to the MAS solicitation process; and its impacts on offerors, MAS contractors, and buyers.|
|3:30 p.m.||Market Research As a Service (MRAS)||Did you know GSA provides free market research assistance for buyers looking for qualified suppliers? Join GSA’s market research experts for an overview of the free value-added options available, from rapid response to an RFI-ready market report.|
|3:45 p.m.||CSAW: Just the Right Tool for Your Next Services Buy||The Civilian Services Acquisition Workshop (CSAW) is a facilitated requirements development workshop built around a specific acquisition and its multi-functional integrated project team. Discover how a SAW helps agencies understand performance-based acquisition, collaboratively develop requirements, and develop a roadmap for successfully executing the buy.|
|Time||Session Title||Session Description|
|12:30 p.m.||Keynote: Acquisition Expertise Delivered||Chris Bennethum and Chris Hamm will share insights on how GSA Assisted Acquisition Services deliver acquisition expertise.|
|1:05 p.m.||Innovative Acquisitions||GSA is committed to promoting innovation in acquisition. The session will explore some of the results of two innovative authorities for program pilots: Commercial Solutions Offerings (CSO) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) CSOs enable you to competitively buy innovative commercial items, tech and services using a streamlined process and simplified terms. SBIRs encourage domestic small businesses to explore their R&D potential, providing incentives for them to gain from its commercialization. Join GSA’s acquisition experts to discover how to take advantage of these innovative approaches.|
|1:35 p.m.||DEFEND and Cybersecurity Critical Incident Support||This session will explain the structure of the DEFEND task orders and program offerings (in support of DHS CISA Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program), including the "Critical Incident Support" task. Join this session to discover how to use this program and get fast access to critical cybersecurity tools.|
|2:05 p.m.||Requisition Trends: GSA Global Supply and Retail Operations||GSA’s Global Supply wholesale requisition and Retail Operations retail supply distribution offer fast, easy, safe, and compliant gov-to-gov transfers for a broad range of products and services. At this session, supply experts will discuss program enhancements to shorten delivery times and modernize and streamline its contracting approach.|
|2:30 p.m.||SAM.gov Modernization Updates||The system formerly known as beta.SAM is now SAM.gov, offering a single login to navigate the federal award lifecycle. Join this session to discover what you need to know about the latest update.|
|3:00 p.m.||Selecting and Prioritizing Evaluation Criteria||The objectives of the supplier selection process are to reduce risk, maximize value to the buyer and end user, and develop strong long-term relationships between buyers and suppliers. The evaluation and selection criteria for an acquisition are key to successfully connecting with the right qualified supplier. At this session you will learn how to define and prioritize evaluation criteria.|
|3:30 p.m.||Using Oral Presentations in Source Selection||Oral presentations create an opportunity for interactive dialogue between buyers and prospective sellers. And having technical staff respond to a series of questions, scenarios, and/or exercises, help buyers determine how well the seller understands and is responding to their technical requirements. Join GSA acquisition experts as they share the benefits and best practices of oral presentations; and how to incorporate them into your next source selection.|
|3:45 p.m.||Artificial Intelligence for Past Performance: Commercial AI Solutions for CPARS||Did you know that the Department of Homeland Security is leading a government-wide effort to improve the ability of contracting officers to access relevant information from CPARS using artificial intelligence? During this session, Polly Hall and Scott Simpson from the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab, will provide an overview of the project, demonstrate the five current commercial prototypes, and answer questions about the systems and how you can get involved to ensure these capabilities are appropriately developed and deployed into the hands of federal contracting officers!|
|Time||Session Title||Session Description|
|12:30 p.m.||Modernizing and Simplifying the Buyer/Seller Journey||Erv Koehler and Crystal Philcox present the Federal Marketplace Strategy impact on the Buyer/Seller Journey|
|1:05 p.m.||The A – Z of Emerging Tech: A Fireside Chat||Join Allen Hill, GSA’s Telecom Services Director and Dave Zvenyach, GSA’s Technology Transformation Service Director for an informal conversation on using modern methods and tech to deliver easily accessible, user-centered digital government services.|
|1:35 p.m.||Electrifying the Fleet & How Telematics Can Help||The drive to a Zero-Emission Federal Fleet is key to helping address the climate crisis. This session will highlight the GSA’s zero-emission vehicle and infrastructure offerings; and how GSA is using telematics to optimize operations.|
|1:50 p.m.||The Advantage! of Buying Green||Buying green is easy using GSA Advantage! Environmental Aisle and green solutions with Global Supply. At this session you will learn what types of green solutions are available, how to buy them, and how to track your green spend.|
|2:15 p.m.||GSA Workforce Mobility Assessment Tool||GSA has built a Workforce Mobility Assessment tool to help Agency CIOs understand and baseline their ability to serve their employees as a remote and/or hybrid workforce. Join this session to discover how CIOs can use this data to improve their employee experience and support productivity in this new environment.|
|2:45 p.m.||Supply Chain Security: From Reactive to Resilient||GSA has implemented risk mitigation strategies to ensure its acquisition vehicles remain a safe, trusted, and compliant source of supply. Join this session to learn about the Vendor Risk Tool and other innovative tools and policies that are building resilience into GSA’s supply chain.|
|3:00 p.m.||De-Risking Gov Tech: Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes||Join GSA’s 18F as they walk participants through the ‘De-Risking Government Technology Field Guide’; sharing a compilation of best practices helping agencies on their path to modernizing technology.|
|3:30 p.m.||Professional Services BIC MAC: GSA’s New Services IDIQ||The state of the services marketplace is changing. The OASIS ordering period expires in 2024 and there is limited access to Best-in-Class services contracts beyond the state of today. Join GSA’s Professional Services experts as they share lessons learned from GSA’s OASIS and GWAC solutions; and how they are using stakeholder feedback to design the next BIC MAC.|
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