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2019 Government Contracting Conference

Confronting the Challenges
Facing Today’s Government Contracting Community

October 3, 2019

Over 200 attendees from government, industry, and academia attended the inaugural Government Contracting Conference co-hosted by George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting and Defense Acquisition University. The theme was “Confronting the Challenges Facing Today’s Government Contracting Community” and the conference featured three keynote fireside chats with Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord; Leidos CEO and Chairman Roger Krone; and Congressman Denver Riggleman (R-VA), a former GovCon CEO. In addition, there were four panels with senior government, industry, and academic experts examining critical issues in government contracting: new approaches to Federal contracting; intellectual property and supply chain security; small business policy trends; and workforce challenges for government and industry. The discussion was fascinating throughout the day and the feedback from attendees was extremely positive. Check out the media stories coming out of the conference and video from each of the keynotes and panels below! Please plan to join us in Fall 2020 for next year’s conference!

Post-Conference Media Reports

School of Business: Government Contracting Conference Highlights Continuing Challenges and Need for Increased Government, Industry, and Academic Collaboration, Robert Appel, October 21, 2019

Inside Defense: Section 809 panel chair warns against ‘abuse’ of other transaction agreements, Justin Doubleday
October 3, 2019

Inside Defense: Lord says key acquisition reforms near completion, Tony Bertuca, October 4, 2019

Washington Technology: Leidos CEO shares insights on his commercial strategy

 

Government Contracting Conference — Media Buzz

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George Mason University, Defense Acquisition University to Host Government Contracting Conference on Oct. 3rd; Featuring Wash100 Awardees Roger Krone, Hon. Ellen Lord, William McCormick, GovConWire, September 30, 2019

WashingtonExec
"GMU Conference Aims to Become Go-To Event for GovCon Community," WashingtonExec, September 24, 2019

FNN
"GMU’s Dr. Jerry McGinn: Happy warrior for contracting and acquisition learning," by Tom Temin, Federal News Network, August 6, 2019

Welcome & Introduction

Welcome & Introduction

VIDEORECORDING LINK

Maury Peiperl, Ph.D.
Dean, George Mason University School of Business
Biography

Jerry McGinn, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Government Contracting
Biography

Jim Woolsey
President, Defense Acquisition University
Biography

 

Industry Fireside Chat

Industry

VIDEORECORDING LINK

Roger Krone
Chief Executive Officer, Leidos
Biography

John Hillen
Chief Executive Officer, EverWatch Solutions and Chairman, Advisory Board, Center for Government Contracting
Biography

 

New Approaches in Federal Contracting

Panel 1

VIDEORECORDING LINK

Diane Sidebottom
Learning Director, Defense Acquisition University (moderator)
Biography

Chris Hetz
Director of Acquisitions, Defense Innovation Unit
Biography

Alan Thomas
Commissioner, General Services Administration
Biography

David Drabkin
Former Chairman, Section 809 Panel & Director of GovCon Consulting, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Biography

Stephen Rodriguez
Founder and Partner, One Defense
Biography

 

The Perspective from the Hill

Tom Temin and Denver Riggleman

VIDEORECORDING LINK

Tom Temin
Anchor of the Federal Drive, Federal News Network (moderator)
Biography

The Honorable Denver Riggleman (R-VA)
Representative, 8th District of Virginia, US House of Representatives and former GovCon CEO
Biography

 

Intellectual Property and Supply Chain Security

Panel 2 Speakers

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James Hasik
Senior Fellow, Center for Government Contracting (moderator)
Biography

The Honorable Bruce Jette
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology
Biography

Chris Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, Govini
Biography

Katie Arrington
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition for Cyber
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Vicki Allums
Learning Director for Intellectual Property, Defense Acquisition University
Biography

 

Government Keynote Fireside Chat

Government

VIDEORECORDING LINK

The Honorable Ellen Lord
Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Biography

Jerry McGinn, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Government Contracting
Biography

 

Small Business Policy Trends, in partnership with the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum

 Panel 3

VIDEORECORDING LINK

Craig Reed
Chief Growth Officer, Serco NA & Senior Fellow and Board Member, Center for Government Contracting
Biography

Bed Edson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VariQ
Biography

Soraya Correa
Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security
Biography

Dolly Oberoi
Chief Executive Officer, C2 Technologies
Biography

 

Workforce Challenges for Government and Business

Panel 4

VIDEORECORDING LINK

Marjorie Censer
Editor, Inside Defense (moderator)
Biography

Garry Shafovaloff
Deputy Director, DoD Human Capital Initiatives
Biography

Lesley Field
Acting Administration, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
Biography

Josh Jackson
Executive Vice President General Manager, Solutions & Technology Group, SAIC
Biography

Richard Klimoski, Ph.D.
Professor of Management, School of Business
Biography

 

About the Co-Hosts

Center for Government Contracting at the Mason School of Business

A nexus for government, industry, and academia
to explore issues in government contracting

Defense Acquisition University

Providing a full range of basic, intermediate, and advanced certification training,
assignment-specific training, applied research, and
continuous learning opportunities

 

Conference Sponsors

 

ARRAY

  CohnReznick

  Cordia

  Evans

Govini

Leidos

LexisNexis

LMI 

 

 Media Partners

 

FCEDA

 

FNN

  WashingtonExec

 

Industry Partners

NoVa Chamber

PTAC

  SECAF