Better Procurement | 2023 Working Group Breakfast Summit

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Federal regulations and agency policies can slow down the procurement processes. This stops an organization from being able to utilize the newest technologies.  How can an organization deliver goods and services faster, more accurately, and with more predictable outcomes while following the needed guidelines? Tune in to this session to hear the challenges and successes of operating within the parameters of an organization’s requirements.


Many organizations have budgets that expire at the end of the fiscal year. This can cause a rush to utilize the funds and may lead to choosing low-quality projects at the year’s end. In fact, spending in the last week of the year is 4.9 times higher than the rest of the year, according to the American Economic Review! How can an agency insure that their funds are being used in the best ways possible? There have been recent studies on the performance of machine learning and various data analytics practices helping organizations to limit their risks when choosing a project. By analyzing workforce, costs, financial health, influence, supply chains, past performance, and other factors, automated tools can help managers focus their resources on potential risks that might have been buried in large, diverse data.


Listen in as Federal government leaders discuss how ML can be implemented in their source selection processes and where they see the future of source selection heading!


Federal leaders have discussed the challenges and successes of abiding organizational requirements as well as the abilities of ML in source selection. But, what if the problem lies within their own organization? A silo-style workflow may inhibit procurement as departments focus on their own goals, instead of the organization at large. Panelists will discuss how to break down silos, centralized Vendor Management, and address changing regulations quickly.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Charlotte Phelan
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Strategy Management, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration


Nigel Allicock
Acquisitions Analyst, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Dept of Homeland Security


Steven Brand
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Resource Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy (Pending Agency Approval)


Katrina Brisbon
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Pending Agency Approval)


Bonnie Evangelista
Tradewind Execution Lead, Chief Digital Artificial Intelligence Office, U.S. Department of Defense (Pending Agency Approval)


Meikle Paschal Jr
Program Manager, Robotic Process Automation, Office of Information Technology, U.S. Dept of Homeland Security


Craig Gravitz
Director, Project Accelerator Transition Innovation Office, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (Pending Agency Approval)


Col Debra Daniels

Vice Procurement Services Executive & Deputy Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Department of Defense


Scott Simpson
Digital Transformation Lead, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Pending Agency Approval)


David Gill
Procurement Data Scientist, Internal Revenue Service (Pending Agency Approval)


Phil Christy
Deputy Exeuctive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction, U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (Pending Agency Approval)


Kevin Donovan
Director, Acquisition Operations Division, Program Accountability and Risk Management Office, U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (Pending Agency Approval)


Jaime Gracia
Director for Strategic Enterprise Programs, Bureau of Administration, U.S. Department of State


Juliet Felent
Senior Procurement Executive, Director, Procurement Department, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation


Cheryl Thornton-Cameron
Director, Office of Acquisition Operations, Office of the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition, U.S. General Services Administration (Pending Agency Approval)


Michael Capovilla
Contracting Officer and Team Leader, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Invited)

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Thu, Feb 16, 2023, 7:30am - 11:45am

Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
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