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for GSA’s FAST2022 Virtual Conference: “Data to Insights, Insights to Action, Action to Impact” on June 21-23, 1 p.m - 4:30 p.m ET. Engage with experts across government and industry to discover a path to successful acquisitions that will ensure you meet your mission. Use the menu below to view the full lineup of presenters.

Time (ET) Presenter Session
1:00 Bill Toth
FAS Assistant Commissioner, Customer & Stakeholder Engagement
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Sonny Hashmi
GSA FAS Commissioner

1:15 Kelly Seacrist
Government-wide Category Management PMO;
Agency Engagement Lead
Using Category Management Principles to Improve How the Government Buys
Learn about actions agencies can take today to improve government spending and leverage the government’s buying power using some of category management best practices. This scenario-based session will walk you through acquisition planning; and demonstrate how CM supports opportunities for socio-economic equity in procurement.
1:45 Brad Powers
FAS Digital Innovation Division Director
The Digital Journey and the Tools to Get You There
Join us for a guided tour of and discover how to easily access market intelligence, compare contract information, develop cost estimates and more; and you get a bonus preview of upcoming enhancements.
2:00 Miatta Myers
FAS 18F Acquisition Agilist
Agile Acquisition
This scenario-based session provides an overview of the agile approach to software development; and demonstrates the business value agile delivers. Join the discussion and discover some best practices learned along the way.
2:30 BREAK
2:45 Kevan Kivlan
FAS Regional CASE Director
Kristy Wilbur
FAS Market Research Analyst
Tiffany Shabanian
FAS Market Research Analyst
Jen Krook
FAS Market Research Analyst
Advancements in Market Research
Comprehensive market research is at the heart of better buying. GSA’s Market Research As a Service team of analysts describes how they are using technology to enhance market insights and improve the experience.
3:00 Sandra Schmidt
DHS PIL Director
Trevor Wagner
DHS Acquisition Innovation Advocate
David Jablonski
PIL Coach
Tapping into Procurement Innovations
Join DHS' Procurement Innovation team and explore innovative techniques that shorten time to award, improve competition, reduce barriers to non-traditional vendors, and improve mission outcomes.
3:30 Michael D’Alessandro
FAS Customer Service Director Branch Chief
Jonathan Evans
CSAW Program Manager
Shauna Weatherly
FAS Procurement Analyst
Pro Tips for Clear Requirements and Performance Standards
Join the GSA team in a discussion on tips and tricks for writing requirements that industry understands, the government can measure performance on, and that cultivate mission success.
3:45 Dan Bare
Department of Commerce Program Management Director
J.C. Schulte
USDA Program Manager
Talent Management for Program Managers
Discuss strategies to attract, train and retain the new generation of program managers across the federal workforce.

Time (ET) Presenter Session
1:00 Bill Toth
FAS CASE Assistant Commissioner
1:05 Bill Toth
FAS CASE Assistant Commissioner
Charlotte Phelan
FAS Office of Enterprise Strategy Management Assistant Commissioner
1:15 Moderator:
Gio Onwuchekwa
IT Category Contract Operations Strategic Advisor
Andrea Brandon
DOI Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Budget, Finance, Grants & Acquisition
Shanna Webbers
FDIC Deputy Director for Acquisition Services
Digitizing Procurement
A panel of senior executives discuss ways to use artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics, to automate and simplify processes for your teams to meet sourcing demands, boost productivity, optimize costs and improve decision-making
1:45 Scott Eberle
FAS Professional Services Advisor
Professional Services: Getting to the Final Frontier
From dedicated launches to rideshares, GSA’s Integrated Space Launch Services make getting to space easier. Join this session for a launch services overview and best practices for accessing the offering.
2:00 Moderator:
Roger Waldron
Coalition for Government Procurement President
Mike Pullen
CGI Federal, Strategic Operations Vice President
Kathryn Klaus
Easy Dynamics Corps, Contracts Vice President
Ellis Khan
Miles Khantracting LLC, CEO
Industry Insights into Building Better Requirements
Clear requirements are key to the success of any procurement. Join the discussion as a panel of industry experts share their perspectives on steps and approaches agencies can take, using real-world examples to improve how requirements are defined.
2:30 BREAK
2:45 Birgit Smeltzer
FAS IT Category Software Division, Acting Director
Skip Jentsch
FAS IT Category, Cloud Products Manager
Eric Matyko
FAS IT Category, IT Specialist
Take Control of Cloud Expenditures Using Consumption-based Cloud Pricing
GSA explains how government agencies may approach contracting for cloud computing that is billed on a consumption basis. Hear about the new GSA marketplace cloud BPA that provides quick access to secure multi-cloud products and services including Cloud Smart/Security Smart solutions.
3:15 Mark Hopson
18F Acting Director
Take 5: FAR-based Impact
Understanding what problem you are trying to solve and what challenges you need to overcome are the first steps to better requirements. Join this lightning talk highlighting how to verify needs and outcomes under a FAR-based procurement.
3:20 Michael Palmer
FAS Professional Services Advisor
Cracking the Code: Demystifying NAICS and PSC codes
This interactive session explores code differences and research tips/techniques; explaining why selecting the appropriate codes are important in building an acquisition strategy.
3:35 Michael Bloom
GSA Sustainability and Green Buildings Program Advisor
Julie Volny
FAS Policy & Compliance Program Analyst
Melissa Minor
FAS Procurement Analyst
Paul Shahriari
Ecomedes Founder & Chief Innovation Officer
Sustainable Procurement Made Simple
Join a panel of GSA and industry experts and as they discuss the basics of environmentally-
responsible purchasing in the federal government; featuring tools you can use throughout the buying lifecycle.
4:05 Jarah Meador
Open Innovation Director
Take 5: Non-FAR Impact
Sometimes big problems require non-traditional solutions. Join this lightning talk on how to design and facilitate prize competitions that result in high levels of collaboration and breakthrough solutions.

Time (ET) Presenter Session
1:00 Bill Toth
FAS CASE Assistant Commissioner
1:05 Penny Grout
Acting GSA Regional Administrator,
Rocky Mountain Region
Keynote: Access to Opportunities
1:15 Joanie Newhart
OFPP Associate Administrator for Acquisition
Building Our Best Acquisition Workforce
OFPP shares its strategy for investing in the acquisition workforce as it adapts to changes in the business of federal procurement.
1:45 Ryan Connell
DCMA Commercial Items Group Team Lead
Scott Pace
DCMA Mechanical Engineer
Partnering for Success with the DCMA Commercial Item Group (CIG)
DCMA shares acquisition insights for integrating leading edge commercial products and services within DOD, to streamline buying & selling times while ensuring fair and reasonable pricing.
2:00 Jim Ghiloni
FAS IDIQ Lab Innovation Sector Group Manager
Innovations in IDIQ Contracting
Learn more about innovative approaches, lessons learned and best practices in multiple-award IDIQ contracts from the team that awarded GSA's ASTRO contract.
2:30 BREAK
2:45 Scott Simpson
DHS PIL Digital Transformation Lead
Trevor Wagner
DHS PIL Senior Contract Consultant
AI for Market Research
The DHS PIL demos new technology being piloted to infuse AI into the market research process.
3:15 Kristen Wilson
GW CM PMO Deputy Director
Smarter Buying Decisions
Discover how to leverage category data and insights to improve acquisition outcomes.
3:30 Moderator:
Allen Hill
IT Category Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Rosa Underwood
FAS IT Category, IT Specialist
Nnake Nweke
FAS IT Category, Supply Chain Risk Management Division Director
Sustaining C-SCRM and Zero Trust
Some agencies have made initial forays into implementing C-SCRM and Zero Trust practices; but what happens next? How can you tell if your approach is working? This session provides an overview of this evolving approach to effectively managing risk; and shares suggestions for how agencies can use data and metrics to determine if their programs are generating the desired outcomes.
4:00 Joe Niewiadomski
GSA Fleet, Short Term Rental Branch Chief
Easy Access to Short Term Rental of Vehicles & Equipment
Find out how GSA can provide vital vehicle equipment rentals during national disasters and emergencies with short notice.

Note: This is a three-day training event. Participants can choose to attend individual days or all three days. In order to receive full CLP credit, however, participants would need to attend each day of the conference.

Last Reviewed: 2022-05-27