Keynote Speaker

Alan Thomas – Commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service

Alan B. Thomas Jr. was sworn in as Commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service on June 26, 2017. In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions that save taxpayer dollars and enable federal agencies to accomplish their missions as efficiently as possible. Thomas comes to GSA with more than 20 years of experience in both industry and government.


Panel Discussion: Types of Contract Vehicles

William McCabe – CFO to the Assistant Secretary for Administration Director, Financial Management and Procurement, Program Support Center

Mr. William McCabe is the Chief Financial Officer and Director, Financial Management and Procurement Portfolio for the Program Support Center (PSC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise that helps to strengthen PSC’s efforts to provide services more efficiently and effectively. Prior to joining PSC, Mr. McCabe served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Keith Nakasone – Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Acquisition Management, within the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Mr. Keith Nakasone is the new Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Acquisition Management, within the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.


Joanne Woytek – Program Manager for the NASA SEWP Program

Ms. Joanne Woytek is the Program Manager for the NASA SEWP Program, a premier Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) providing Federal Agencies access to the latest in Information & Communication Technology product solutions. From SEWP’s inception, twenty-five years ago, through to the present, Ms. Woytek continues to be the key figure in the continuing evolution of the program, and in the management of strategic direction, day-to-day operations, and planning of the SEWP program. Ms. Woytek is a 40-year veteran to Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt Maryland and is in her eighteenth year as Program Manager.


Threase Baker – President, ABBTECH Professional Resources, Inc.

Threase joined ABBTECH in 2001 and has more than twenty-five years’ of experience in all areas of the staffing industry with particular emphasis on corporate recruiting, executive placement and staff augmentation. Her customer focus includes both the government and private sector. Prior to her current role at ABBTECH, Threase worked as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System project manager which provided vital perspectives on the Information Technology (IT) industry and process.


Panel Discussion: Meet the GovCon Media

Aaron Gregg – Reporter, Washington Post

Aaron is a business reporter with the Washington Post focusing on government contractors and the federal market. He came to the Post by way of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. Before that he interned with the employment policy and statistics unit of the United Nations International Labour Organization and worked as a database researcher for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering lobbying in the State Capitol.


Marjorie Censer – Editor and Reporter, Inside Defense

Marjorie Censer is Inside Defense’s editor. She previously worked at the Washington Post and its local business publication Capital Business, covering defense industry reshaping, the increased scrutiny of contractors following the Edward Snowden case and the challenges of canceling military programs. From 2007 to 2010, she was managing editor of Inside the Army. She also previously worked as defense editor at POLITICO and as a staff writer at the Carroll County Times and the Princeton Packet. A Fairfax native, she graduated from Princeton University.


Jason Miller – Executive Editor and Reporter, Federal News Radio

Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with FederalNewsRadio 1500 AM and—an all-news multi-media organization focused specifically on covering the federal government and its contractors. As executive editor, Jason directs the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of technology, procurement, finance and human resources. As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, cloud, mobile computing and acquisition policies and programs.


Billy Mitchell – Managing Editor, Fedscoop

Billy Mitchell is FedScoop’s managing editor, covering innovation, emerging tech and the comings and goings of the top decision-makers in the federal IT community. In addition to managing and producing FedScoop’s daily coverage, Mitchell reports on the issues central to CIOs, technologists and contractors across the federal space. Prior to joining FedScoop in 2014, Mitchell embedded himself in Washington, D.C.’s tech startup scene for a year as a reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno.


John Verrico – Chief of Media Relations for the DHS’s Science & Technology Directorate

Mr. John Verrico is the Immediate-Past President of the National Association of Government Communicators, a non-profit focusing on professional development and networking for communication-related professionals in federal, state and local government agencies. Currently serving as the Chief of Media Relations for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate, John has more than 36 years of experience as a public affairs professional in federal and state government agencies, working extensively in media, community and employee relations.


Topic: Small Business Update

Traci Rowland Shepps – CPA, Partner, Cordia Partners

Traci Rowland Shepps is a Partner at Cordia Partners providing consulting and advisory services to government contractors and various other professional services organizations. Traci has over twenty years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, compliance, system design and implementation, and system and process optimization. Combining a strong accounting and consulting background with business systems experience, Traci specializes in providing accounting support, system design, and business process implementation and optimization.


Brigitta Scott – CPA, Principal, Cordia Partners

Brigitta Scott is a Principal at Cordia Partners providing accounting outsourcing and advisory services to government contractors and various other professional services organizations. Brigitta has over twenty-five years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, compliance, internal audit, and internal controls, with extensive expertise in GAAP, FAR, and CAS. Brigitta’s experience with accounting department management, revenue recognition, cost allowability, forward pricing, internal controls, and risk management provides her clients with the industry leading expertise and compliance best practices needed for their successful growth.


Topic: 2018 NDAA: Where is Acquisition Reform Headed

Robert Burton – Partner, Crowell and Moring LLP

Robert A. Burton is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a nationally-recognized federal procurement attorney, an expert witness on government contracts issues in federal court and arbitration proceedings, and a leader who assists government contractors with navigating the complex and rule-driven procurement process. He represents a wide range of companies that conduct business with the federal government, from large defense contractors and systems integrators to small businesses.


Topic: Federal Market Intelligence

Kim Harwell – President, GovPurchase

Kim is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of National Bid Network (NBN) and its subsidiary GovPurchase. Harwell is a consummate entrepreneur.  He maintains more than thirty years of business and technological expertise in the government, telecommunications, and marketing fields.  Kim has founded and led organizations that have generated an aggregate of several billions of dollars in revenue. Kim regularly writes articles for United States Cyber Security Magazine, and has written articles for numerous other publications.


Topic: Bid Protests and FAR Update

Barbara Kinosky – Managing Partner, Centre Law and Consulting

Barbara Kinosky is the Managing Partner of Centre Law and Consulting and has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of federal government contracting. Barbara is a nationally known expert on GSA and VA Schedules and the Service Contract Act, and she has served as an expert witness for federal government contracting cases. She has a proven track record of solving complex issues for clients by providing strategic and business savvy advice. Barbara was named a top attorney for federal contracting by Smart CEO magazine in 2010, 2012 and 2015.


Topic: Legal Compliance

David WarnerPartner, Centre Law and Consulting

David Warner heads Centre’s litigation, audit, and investigation practices. He is a seasoned counselor and advocate with more than twenty years of experience in the resolution and litigation of complex business and employment disputes before state and federal courts and agencies. His practice is particularly focused on the government contractor, nonprofit, and hospitality industries.



Topic: GSA and VA Schedule Updates

Maureen JamiesonExecutive Director of Consulting, Centre Law and Consulting

Maureen Jamieson has more than twenty-five years of experience managing federal contracts. Maureen is highly experienced in solving client pricing problems and implementing effective pricing strategies for placing products and services on GSA Schedule contracts. Maureen also frequently works with clients on effective selling and marketing strategies in the federal market space and is highly skilled as a federal contracts capture or proposal manager.



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