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CXO Tech Forum: Acquisition Innovation

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The Observation Deck at CEB Tower

1201 Wilson Boulevard, Ste 214

Arlington, VA 22209

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Explore ways to improve the federal and defense technology acquisition cycle through collaboration, shared agency service consolidation, other transaction authorities, open feedback loops and more. Join contract and acquisition experts from various agencies in an interactive panel format.

When: June 20, 2019

Time: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: The Observation Deck Box Office entrance is located directly across the street from the Rosslyn Metro, which is at 1850 North Moore Street.


7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Sunrise Breakfast Views

8:30 - 8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:35 - 9:05 a.m. Fireside Chat: Defense Acquisition

How is the U.S. Navy acquiring the best platforms, systems and technology to operate around the globe in defense of our Nation? Hear from the top Navy acquisition executive about what’s changing and still considered the biggest hurdle in the process.

  • James "Hondo" Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition

9:05 - 9:35 a.m. Panel Discussion: Health Tech Acquisition

Health care agencies have adopted industry best practices and onboarded new emerging technologies to improve patient services. Government leaders will discuss how they have adapted and improved acquisition practices to keep pace.

  • Oki Mek, Chief Technology Officer, Division of Acquisition, HHS

  • Shannon Sartin, Executive Director of U.S. Digital Service at HHS

  • Todd Simpson, Chief Product Officer, HHS

9:35 - 10:05 a.m. Panel Discussion: GSA

From acquisition vehicles to Centers of Excellence, GSA has covered a lot of ground in exploring different avenues for federal government services and system acquisition. What’s working, trending, or changing?

  • Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi, Acquisitions Lead for the Centers of Excellence, GSA

  • Dan Pomeroy, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Information Integrity and Access, GSA

10:05 - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Fast Tracking Acquisition

Hear some of the latest methods and success stories for how agencies are incorporating accelerators, education opportunities, user experience and fast prototyping approaches to improve missions.

  • Ashley Owens, 18F Director of Acquisition, GSA

  • Traci Walker, Director of Digital Service Procurement, USDS*

  • Meagan Metzger, Founder & CEO, Dcode

10:45 - 10:55 a.m. Industry Perspective

10:55 - 11:25 a.m. Panel Discussion: Strategic Sourcing

Strategic Sourcing involves the establishment or modification of acquisition vehicles to better address Federal Government procurement needs and/or more effectively leverage spend, market position, market knowledge (e.g., price benchmarks), and capabilities (e.g., IT integration) in contract terms and conditions.

  • Michael Conroy, Deputy Director, Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division, NOAA

  • Johnston Williamson, Director, Engineering Service, Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics, VA

11:25 - 11:55 a.m. Fireside Chat: Federal Acquisition

How are the largest agencies acquiring the best IT goods and services to support our Nation? Hear from the longest serving administrator about the acquisition Myth-Busting Campaign, what’s changing and still considered the biggest hurdle in the federal acquisition process.

  • Lesley Field, Deputy Administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, OMB

11:55 a.m.- noon Closing Remarks

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