June 20, 2024 Day 1

12:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks
David Berteau
President and CEO, PSC
Jeff Shen2
Jeff Shen
President, Red Team Consulting
1:10 p.m.
Federal Business Forecast Scorecard
Sebastian Herrick
Director, Procurement Policy, PSC
1:15 p.m.
Opening Keynote
Nicole Evans
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Department of the Treasury
2:00 p.m.
Unpacking the Bill: An Armchair Chat on the FY25 NDAA

Every year, the National Defense Authorization Act – the annual bill that authorizes appropriations for the Department of Defense, nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy, and many of federal government activities – includes provisions that can fundamentally change how certain departments and agencies contract for cutting-edge capabilities. This armchair chat will explore those critical acquisition provisions within the House-passed FY2025 NDAA and their implications for the defense industrial base and competition. How can companies best approach the "Valley of Death” – that often-difficult transition from initial technological development and prototypes to full-scale production or provision of services? Which key acquisition issues still require attention and action to strengthen federal procurement processes and ensure a robust, competitive industrial base? How does bill address acquisition of services and solutions, especially sustainment , training, and logistics activities? This session is essential for industry professionals looking to stay informed and proactive in the evolving acquisition landscape.

Tim Brennan
Vice President, Government Relations, PSC
2:30 p.m.
Networking Break
2:50 p.m.
Purchasing Technology: Keeping Pace with Innovation

As the U.S. Government races to harness the potential of game-changing technologies—like artificial intelligence—it is also important to ensure fairness and security in this rapidly evolving federal marketplace. How can Government officials manage the explosive progress of AI in federal acquisitions while also providing room for its growth? How is the Government laying a solid policy foundation to guide AI development and use? How should the private sector highlight the “art of the possible” in terms of securing systems and data that support innovation for their federal customers? And what strategies is the government using to ensure the timely procurement of emerging technologies?

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Bonnie Evangelista
Acting Deputy, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office for Acquisition Directorate, DOD
Geoff Sage
Director, Office of Procurement, Enterprise Service and Analysis Division, NASA
Udaya Patnaik
Chief Innovation Strategist, Office of Information Technology Category, GSA
Kenely (1)
Dorice Kenely
Policy Manager, Amazon Web Services (moderator)
3:40 p.m.
Networking Break
4:00 p.m.
Mythbusters: Where Are We Now, and Where Should We Go?

Collaborative, productive communications among Government procurement officials and industry partners are often stymied by misconceptions of, or old approaches to, “dos,” “don’ts,” and timelines associated with procurement practices and / or vendor relationships. What should industry engagement look like across the full acquisition lifecycle? What is required by the FAR, and what has become general practice – but isn’t necessarily required? How can the Government most effectively communicate with industry to reduce the risk of protests, and what practical activities and engagements can involve industry in better acquisition approaches? This panel will address myths regarding: common misconceptions that can unnecessarily hinder procurement flexibilities (e.g., role of market research, impact on set-aside programs or socio-economic groups); facts and examples to help overcome such misconceptions; and strategies for improving cooperation and engagement --- and by extension, acquisition outcomes.

Trevor Wagner
Director of The Lab, Department of Commerce
Katrina Brisbon
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions, HHS
Jaclyn Rubino
Executive Director, Strategic Programs Division, DHS
Ashley J. Lewis
Specialist Executive, Deloitte (moderator)
4:50 p.m.
Closing Keynote
Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall
Secretary of the Air Force
5:20 p.m.
Wrap-up and Summary
5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception


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 The 2024 PSC Federal Acquisition Conference is where all stakeholders in the acquisition ecosystem—whether a federal program official, federal contracting officer, a prime contractor, or a sub-tier contractor—bring their  own strengths to the federal market.


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