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Facilitating a Paradigm Shift: An Acquisition Playbook for the Information Age. The Center for Government Contracting today announced the launch of a year-long research project to identify Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition best practices in an effort to improve the way the government and commercial companies work together. For additional information, here is a Press Release and an introductory Video.

DefenseNewsCenter Executive Director Jerry McGinn's Commentary, "Where is defense M&A policy headed? Here’s some advice for the new administration" discusses how, "Lockheed Martin’s proposed purchase of Aerojet Rocketdyne is either critical for strengthening or catastrophic to the health of the defense-industrial base" depending on who you listen to. [March 30, 2021]

Law 360 logo"DOD Tech Outreach Undermined By Contracting Barriers" by Daniel Wilson. Center Senior Research Fellow Eric Lofgren said, "Part of the problem is the DOD's rigid budgeting process, whereby acquisition programs, in addition to the multiple years they often take to establish, are usually expected to have clearly defined long-term plans and outputs". [03/23/21]

Army ALT magazine logo "A Deeper Dive" by Michael Bold in Army ALT Magazine reported on the Center for Government Contracting Playbook Study. Center Executive Director Jerry McGinn was quoted, "If you're reforming something for 50 years, then there's something fundamentally wrong". [March 19, 2021]

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WEBINAR: Measuring R&D Productivity — Perspectives on Trends and Policies

April 22, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST

See Events page for complete information.

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WEBINAR: New Priorities in Federal Spending

April 15, 2021

This is the first of a three-part Webinar Series on New Directions in Federal Spending & Contracting. The April 15 session includes a webinar and a virtual networking session for attendees. For complete information, here are the links you need:

Webinar Series Website | Registration

 

Center Update for March 2021

Here is the latest summary of Research, Education & Training, and Collaboration efforts by the Center. This update is provided as a PDF and as an email that can be shared. For ongoing updates, Join our Email List.

 

WEBINAR: Increasing Speed and Flexibility in DoD Budgeting — Going from Ideas to Implementation

March 23, 2021

Video recordings for both panels are now available. See our Webinars page.

 

New Affiliated Faculty and Board Appointments

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]

 

Center Update for February 2021

Here is the latest summary of Research, Education & Training, and Collaboration efforts by the Center. This update is provided as a PDF and as an email that can be shared. For ongoing updates, Join our Email List.

 

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Jerry McGinn a Wash100 2021 Awardee

Congratulations to Center Executive Director Jerry McGinn for being named a Wash100 Awardee. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic's organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement, and vision. Visitors to wash100.com can sign in and vote for the executives they believe will have the greatest impact on government contracting in the coming year.

A Look Back -- Our Second Program Year

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!

 

Fall 2020 Conference Logo: Government Contracting in a Changed World

Conference Host Logos: Center for Government Contracting and Defense Acquisition University

Fall 2020 Conference

Videorecordings Are Ready for You!

Links to the videorecordings on all of the Conference Modules -- Resiliency, Acquisition Procurement, and Operations -- are available on the Conference page of this website.
 

Managing Obsolescence: New DoD Instruction for a Chronic Problem

Webinar, December 2, 2020

Post-Webinar Resource Links

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ms. Ellen Lord, signed out DoD Instruction (DoDI) 4245.15, DoD DMSMS Management Instruction, on November 5, 2020. This is first DoD-wide policy on obsolescence/DMSMS since 1974 (!) and looks to “establish and implement risk-based, proactive DMSMS management throughout the life cycle of all DoD items.” This was a timely discussion about the new DoDI and its implications for the entire government contracting community! See our Events page for complete information.

 

Center Update for November 2020

Here is the latest summary of Research, Education & Training, and Collaboration efforts by the Center. This update is provided as a PDF and as an email that can be shared. For ongoing updates, Join our Email List.

 

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.

 

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Government Procurement Operations

November 5, 2020 | Webinar Videorecording Link

The Center is pleased to provide this videorecording of the discussion on intellectual property (IP) in today’s government contracting marketplace. Center Senior Fellow James Hasik brought together a stellar group for this webinar: Richard Gray, Shay Assad, Bill Elkington, and Kelly Kyes.

 

Center Updates for September & October 2020

The Center is happy to share program activities for the months of September and October. Yes, it has been that busy and we would not have it any other way. The 2nd Annual Government Contracting Conference is going well!

  • September Update, as a PDF and as an email link that can be shared.
  • October Update, as a PDF and as an email link that can also be shared.

 

Fall 2020 Conference Logo: Government Contracting in a Changed World

Conference Host Logos: Center for Government Contracting and Defense Acquisition University

Fall 2020 Conference

Videorecordings Are Ready for You!

Links to the videorecordings on Resiliency and Acquisition &Procurement are available on the Conference Website.

Operations, the third and final module of the 2020 Conference module, will be held on December 8. Agenda topics include:

  • A Plenary on Operations in a Changed Environment
  • A Panel on Contract Performance, and
  • A Panel on Implications of a Remote Contracting Workforce for Government and Business

See the Conference website for updates on speakers.

 

Center Update for August 2020

Here is the latest summary of Research, Education & Training, and Collaboration efforts by the Center. This update is provided as a PDF and as an email that can be shared. For ongoing updates, Join our Email List.

 

The DoD Budget Process: The Next Frontier of Acquisition Reform

Webinar Videorecording

On August 19, 2020, Bob Daigle, Bill Greenwalt and Katharina McFarland provided a frank and open conversation about a constructive proposal by Eric Lofgren, Center Fellow, to address the next frontier of acquisition reform: The DoD budget process.

Considering their expertise in this area, and their willingness to share during a discussion of 1 and a half hours, the Center could not have asked for more:

  • Bob Daigle now Director of Strategy at Rebellion Defense, a technology startup, was Director of the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office responsible for overseeing the Planning-Programming-Budgeting-Execution Process. He also served as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee.

  • Bill Greenwalt, a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and an advisor and consultant to a number of government and private sector organizations, is an expert in defense innovation, acquisition, industrial base and public management issues and served in senior positions at the Pentagon as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, in Congress on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and in the defense industry.

  • Katharina (Katrina) McFarland, with over 30 years of government service, is widely recognized as a leading subject-matter expert on government procurement. She served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology). She is also an accredited Materials, Mechanical, Civil and Electronics Engineer.

 

OTAs & Everything Else

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On August 11, 2020, the Center co-hosted a Special Edition of the Acquisition Talk Podcast series hosted by Eric Lofgren on breaking down barriers to entry in government contracting. Eric, also a Fellow at the Center for Government Contracting, interviewed procurement expert Benjamin McMartin of the Public Spend Forum on the past, present, and future of contracting using Other Transactions Authority. Here is a link to the Webinar Recording. And here is a link to view Center Webinars.

 

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]

Eric Lofgren
Fellow, Center for Government Contracting

For complete information, see the White Papers page on this website.

 

Center Update for July 2020

July was a busy month for the Center, which we are happy to share in an Update for July. This Center Update is provided as a PDF and as a email link that can be shared.

 

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