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On June 9, the Professional Services Council (PSC) released its 2016 Acquisition Policy Survey. This biennial survey, conducted jointly by PSC and member firm Grant Thornton Public Sector since 2002, is the only report of its kind, capturing opinions and insights on the current and future state of federal acquisition from interviews with 80 senior federal acquisition executives.  

This webinar roundtable will discuss key findings in six core areas: 
  • Workforce – While there were positive trends in workforce capability, workforce development and hiring persist as key issues as seasoned personnel retire. Gaps in workforce capacity and confidence are also lingering issues.
  • Budget – Despite ongoing budget uncertainty and related challenges, the acquisition community is strongly committed to “getting the job done.” However, they are experiencing strain from diminishing resources and increased demand.
  • Communication & Collaboration – Federal acquisition leadership has emphasized the importance of communication and collaboration between government and industry; however, this has not been routinely practiced at the operational level – it is viewed as inherently risky.
  • Access to Innovation – Innovation means different things to different people, so respondents are concerned the government has no consistent successful strategy in place for soliciting, evaluating, and obtaining “innovative” solutions from industry.
  • Oversight & Compliance – Strengthening the relationship between acquisition and oversight officials is a key issue, one where better communication and collaboration could ease challenges. Respondents believe policymakers and oversight bodies need to better understand the impact of requirements on a complex acquisition system already operating beyond capacity. 
  • Facing the Future – The transition to a new President and a new Congress in 2017 provides the opportunity and impetus for change, and potential solutions to challenges identified in the survey.
About Our Presenters ...
DAVID BERTEAU, PRESIDENT AND CEO
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES COUNCIL

Mr. Berteau became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Services Council (PSC) on March 28, 2016. With nearly 400 members, PSC is the premier advocate of and resource for the federal technology and professional services industry. As CEO, Mr. Berteau focuses on legislative and regulatory issues related to government acquisition, budgets, and requirements, helping to shape public policy, lead strategic coalitions, and work to improve communications between government and industry. PSC’s member companies represent small,medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including engineering, logistics, operations and maintenance, information technology, facilities management, international development, scientific, and environmental services. 
Prior to PSC, Mr. Berteau was confirmed in December 2014 as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. He managed logistics policy and processes to provide superior, cost effective, joint logistics support to the entire Department of Defense. He oversaw the management of the $170 billion in Department of Defense logistics operations

Education
Mr. Berteau graduated with a B.A. from Tulane University in 1971 and received his master's degree in 1981 from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.


ALAN CHVOTKIN, EXECUTIVE VP & COUNSEL
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES COUNCIL

Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. Mr. Chvotkin is a member of the American, Supreme Court and District of Columbia Bar Associations and a fellow of the National Contract Management Association, where he serves on its national board of advisors. He is also a founding member and continuing leader of the federal contracting industry’s Acquisition Reform Working Group, which was established in 1993. He also co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association. For his service to the contracting community, he received the prestigious Fed 100 Award three times.

Education
Law Degree - American University’s Washington College of Law
MPA - American University
BS, Political Science - American University.
About Our Presenter ...
PHILIP J. KANGAS, PRINCIPAL
GRANT THORNTON LLP


Philip J. Kangas is a principal in Grant Thornton’s Alexandria office with 18 years of experience in government and consulting. He is responsible for the border security sub-segment within the Global Security & Justice Strategic Business Unit of the Public Sector practice. He has 16 years of experience in consulting engagements to the federal government, related to strategic planning, business process re-engineering and improvement, business case analysis, workload assessment, performance measurement, and acquisition activities. Prior to his consulting, he gained firsthand experience working in government at the federal, state and local level.

Education
Senior Executive Fellows Program Graduate — Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs — Syracuse University
BA, History, Political Science, John Carroll University