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Fall Government Contracting Conference: Innovation that Sticks: Accelerating Culture Change in Contracting and the Workforce
Save the Date - NOV 3 & Registration Open
Join us on November 3 to discuss
- Strategies to create a culture of innovation
- Embracing new and old innovative contracting authorities
- Recruiting, training, and retaining an innovative workforce
This annual conference facilitates dialogue across all levels of the government contracting community as well as promotes solutions through legislative, policy, and regulatory changes.
Center Update for July & August 2021
Improving Defense Exportability
This is a notice with a bonus:
- a link to the latest Center White Paper by Frank Kenlon, former Acting Director, International Cooperation, in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L); and
- an invitation to a Webinar discussion to explore this subject.
This event focuses on the little-understood topic of defense exportability. Defense exportability comprises the various levels of capability and technology in U.S. defense systems exported to other nations. Establishing those levels of specific technical capability in defense systems exported to partners and allies has been, and continues to be, a byzantine process. Frank concludes that it is time for DoD to pursue a “Go Big” approach that makes defense exportability “a requirement” rather than “an option” in the defense acquisition system to help facilitate long-term national security and defense goals.
Center Update for June 2021
Busy Year for Center Webinars
In case you missed any of our 2021 events, or would like to refresh your notes of any discussions, the Center Webinars, Podcasts, and Virtual Networking Events page is your golden ticket. From Additive Manufacturing and and HASC views of Supply Chain Vulnerabilities, Mentor-Protégé to Cybersecurity, this is a rich data source on subjects of interest to the government contracting community. Feel free to view.
Planning for Fall hybrid events, especially the next Government Contracting Conference are well underway. Check back for exciting updates next week.
The Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University’s School of Business has been awarded four studies to conduct finance research for the Office of Defense Pricing and Contracting within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.
These studies are part of a DoD effort with universities to undertake independent research to better understand the finance dynamics in the defense marketplace. Mason will examine free cash flow in the defense sector, the impact of cash flow by contract type and financing, financing and its impact on small businesses, and government accounting system requirements as a barrier to the commercial sector’s willingness to do business with the federal government. These studies will contribute to the first comprehensive analysis of the department’s finance policies in over thirty years. The research will be performed over eight months, beginning in June 2021. [Press Release]
The Center has released two White Papers: Building Industrial Resilience with a Little Help from Our Friends: Adapting DoD Acquisition Processes to Facilitate Allied and Partner Engagement, Jerry McGinn, executive director; and What Future for Remote Work in Federal Contracting?, James Hasik, senior fellow. Also announced is the appointment of Steven Lee as Affiliate Faculty of the Center. [full announcement]
Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center, received his first Wash100 Award during a visit to GMU by Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award. They were joined by Maury Peiperl, Dean of the School of Business. Jim recognized Jerry for his "leadership and insight into the critical issues impacting the GovCOn industry and the defense[-industrial base (DIB) that relates to the reshoring process, domestic production and our nation's M&A activities in important markets.
The Center for Government Contracting has appointed twelve new Affiliated Faculty and fourteen new Advisory Board members. The Center is expanding its network of faculty conducting research in government contracting across George Mason University and the country. Center Executive Director Jerry McGinn noted, “We are extremely pleased to add these prominent business, law, and engineering faculty members to our Center because their important work reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the challenges facing the government contracting community. We are excited to form this community of practice to systematically address the business, policy, and regulatory issues facing government and industry every day.”
The latest Board appointments represent an inclusive approach seeking a full range of companies—from small, mid-tier, and prime companies—who deliver a wide range of products and services throughout the federal government. Board members serve as ideators for Executive Director Jerry McGinn “by providing insights and connections for Center research and events, connecting School of Business faculty and students to the GovCon community through Accounting, Program, and Student Engagement Board Committees, and providing support to the Center’s operation.”
[Press Release, March 16, 2021]
Wow, what a year. COVID has deeply impacted all of us this year and I profoundly hope that we can vanquish it early in the New Year. Our work at the Center, meanwhile, continued throughout the pandemic and remained centered around our three lines of effort: research, education and training, and collaboration. My background overseeing the Defense Production Act in the Department of Defense helped to position the Center to conduct timely research and commentary on the COVID response, some of which we describe below.
To highlight just a few of our other initiatives, we published numerous commentary pieces; expanded our White Paper series; and held events on COVID, Intellectual Property as it pertains to government contracting, cybersecurity, and budgetary challenges for the government contracting community. We also held our annual Government Contracting conference, which we co-hosted with Defense Acquisition University, although this year it was virtual and in three modules in early October, November, and December. It was an outstanding event that we look forward to holding in person in the coming years.
Fondest wishes to all for a joyful Christmas and Holiday season and I look forward to seeing many of you (hopefully in person soon!) in the New Year!
Center Report - COVID-19: Federal Contracting Response and Industry Impact
We are excited to release our latest COVID-19 report: COVID-19: Federal Contracting Response and Industry Impact
This report provides an in-depth look at actions since March. It is organized into four parts: (1) the federal response; (2) industry impact; (3) contract tools and authorities; and (4) an overview of Operation Warp Speed and supply chains.
Center Announces New White Papers on Intellectual Property & the DoD Budget Process
These papers are timely and informative. Jim Hasik’s focused analysis of pricing the federal acquisition of intellectual property rights comes up with some surprising results, and Eric Lofgren’s ambitious proposal for refocusing Department of Defense budgets toward mission-driven objectives is truly thought-provoking. We very much look forward to feedback from across the community and ideas for future topics.
No. 4. The Value of Intellectual Property in Government Procurement Auctions – [PDF]
James Hasik, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Government Contracting
No. 5. The DoD Budget Process: The Next Frontier of Acquisition Reform – [PDF]
Fellow, Center for Government Contracting
For complete information, see the White Papers page on this website.
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