Washington Technology Power Breakfast
What GWAC Dominance Means to Your Business

What GWAC Dominance Means to Your Business

Government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) are the dominant procurement vehicle in the federal market, so it is paramount that contractors understand the role GWACs play and how to use them to better serve your customers.

A core suite of GWACs shape agency acquisition strategies across the federal market and in some cases, the state and local sector as well.

Better pricing and ease of use are part of the equation but government customers also look to GWACs for help with supply chain security and greater visibility into and control of their IT spend. As a result, GWACs saw sales increase 10 percent to 20 percent in the just completed fiscal year.

At this Washington Technology Power Breakfast, government executives from the leading GWACs will discuss their 2020 plans, best practices for approved vendors, and the customer service that agency buyers are increasingly demanding.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Agency demand signals for 2020
  • Vendor on-ramps and off-ramps
  • GSA's new consolidated schedule
  • Small business opportunities
  • What Best in Class really means
  • What if you aren't a prime?

Speakers

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Kevin Plexico

Senior Vice President, Information Solutions

Deltek

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Kevin Plexico

Senior Vice President, Information Solutions

Deltek

As the Senior Vice President of Information Solutions at Deltek, Kevin manages the delivery of GovWin, Deltek's industry leading government market research and information solution providing essential information and insights to over 5,000 clients. Kevin has responsibility for leading the industry's largest team of analysts focused on the government contracting industry. He also provides thought leadership and expert opinion to industry executives and is a recognized expert on the public sector market.

Kevin has been on the Deltek team since its acquisition of INPUT in 2010. At INPUT, he played an instrumental role in helping to grow the company from a boutique market research firm to the industry leading provider of market information to government contractors.

Kevin earned an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and a B.B.A. in Economics from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Joanne Woytek

NASA SEWP Program Manager

NASA

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Joanne Woytek

NASA SEWP Program Manager

NASA

Ms. Joanne Woytek is the Program Manager for the NASA SEWP Program. Ms. Woytek manages the strategic direction, planning and day-to-day operations of SEWP - a premier Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) providing Federal Agencies access to the latest in Information & Communication Technology solutions. Ms. Woytek is a 40-year veteran to Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt Maryland. 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. Ms. Woytek is an ACT/IAC Fellow and Board member, an active member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and Elected Customer Member Representative for The Open Group Governing Board. A few of the many awards Ms. Woytek has received while serving as Program Manager are the Acquisition Improvement Award, Customer Service Excellence Award, Group Achievement Award, The 2016 Federal 100 Award. Coalition for Government Procurement’s 2014 Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award, MAGIC 2013 Acquisition Excellence Award, and the Government Industry Cooperation Award. Prior to SEWP, Ms. Woytek served as a NASA mathematician focused on systems administration, database management, and user application programming.

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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief

Washington Technology

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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief

Washington Technology

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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Glynis Fisher

Deputy Director

NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)

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Glynis Fisher

Deputy Director

NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)

Ms. Fisher has more than 30 years of acquisition and leadership experience. She most recently served as the Office of Acquisition Management and Policy Associate Director in the NIH Office of Acquisition Logistics and Management. Prior to joining NIH, Ms. Fisher was a Section Chief for Advanced Research and Development for the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Ms. Fisher is the recipient of the NIH Directors Award, the OD Honor Award and the co-author of the “Cost Recovery of Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal,” published in the proceedings of the 1989 Acquisition Research Symposium. Ms. Fisher is a FAC-C Level III Certified in Contracting. She has a BA in psychology from Bucknell University and a JD from Tulane University.

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Amando Gavino

Director, Office of Information Technology Services, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

General Services Administration

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Amando Gavino

Director, Office of Information Technology Services, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

General Services Administration

Mr. Gavino is the Director of the Office of Information Technology Services, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.

As the Director of Information Technology Services, Mr. Gavino is responsible for a portfolio of contracts that provide government agencies with a diverse set of information technology services valued at over $15 billion annually. These offerings include Alliant 2, 8(a) STARS II, VETS 2, ITC Schedule SINs 132-50, 51, 52, 56 and 20.

Before coming to GSA, Mr. Gavino worked in the field of IT and telecommunications as a member of the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel after twenty-seven years of service. He held numerous leadership positions as Communications Director, including Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems for the U.S. Air Force’s Central Command (USAFCENT) and the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC), where he was responsible for all deployed Air Force communications systems and information technologies in the USAFCENT theater of operations. He also served as Vice Wing Commander, 689th Combat Communications Wing, Director of Communications and Information at the Thirteenth Air Force. In his last position, Mr. Gavino served as the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer for the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AF ISR) Agency.

Mr. Gavino holds both a B.S. as well as an M.S. degree in Computer Science.

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Cheryl Thornton

Director, IT Schedule Contract Operations, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

General Services Administration

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Cheryl Thornton

Director, IT Schedule Contract Operations, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

General Services Administration

Ms. Cheryl Thornton is Director, IT Schedule Contract Operations, within the Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.

Ms. Thornton leads GSA’s IT Schedule program initiatives, as well as other acquisition solutions, in support of the IT Modernization Plan, President’s Management Agenda, Cross Agency Priority Goals, and more. Her vast procurement experience within DOD and GSA will support ITC’s category management strategies to help agencies leverage a number of IT acquisition solutions.

Ms. Thornton previously served as Division Director for ITC’s Hardware Division and Acting Division Director for the Software Division. She set up a new IT Schedule office for the purpose of supporting the National Commodity Program (NITCP) in which she created the FASt Lane eMod/eOffer process in addition to other business portfolios in GSA. Ms. Thornton has also served as a branch chief and contracting officer. In her role as branch chief, she was responsible for pre and post contract award functions and managed staff with the responsibility of 836 contracts with a total value of over 2.5 billion dollars.

Before coming to GSA, some of Ms. Thornton’s worked for the Department of Defense (DoD) at the Pentagon where she served as the Manager for Defense Supply and Logistic Directorate. Additionally, Ms. Thornton worked for The United States Army Congressional Office where she was responsible for responding to congressional inquiries regarding complaints and issues relevant to the concerns of active duty military personnel.

Currently, Ms. Thornton has over 28 years of total combined government service and holds a FAC C Level III and PPM Level III Certification.

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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief

Washington Technology

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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief

Washington Technology

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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Wayne Sok

Product Lead, Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), PEO EIS

United States Army

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Wayne Sok

Product Lead, Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), PEO EIS

United States Army

Wayne Sok became the product lead for Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) on July 10, 2019, after previously serving as the program’s deputy. CHESS, which falls under the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), supports the Army’s Information Technology (IT) objectives by managing the development and implementation of IT contracts that provide commercial off-the-shelf hardware, software and support services. As product lead, Sok leads the team responsible for establishing and maintaining no-fee, flexible contracts through which Army customers may procure IT hardware, software and services via an e-commerce (IT e-mart) based process.

Sok joined CHESS in July 2016 after serving as the executive officer at PEO EIS. In that role, he provided assistance to the program executive officer and the deputy program executive officer to ensure programs met all cost, schedule and performance objectives. The PEO EIS portfolio includes over 50 IT programs with a combined valued of over $3.5 billion annually. Sok also previously worked within PEO EIS as the quality assurance division chief for Reserve Component Automated Systems (RCAS) from November 2009 to August 2014, providing support in the RCAS lifecycle management division and managing projects that support the Army National Guard. Prior to joining RCAS and PEO EIS, Sok worked as a business consultant for BearingPoint in the Army sector.

In the United States Army, Sok served as an Armor officer in the 3rd Infantry Division and led an Armor platoon into combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon returning from Iraq, he served as a company executive officer and later transitioned into the Signal Corps and served as an S6 in the 2-12 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Parachute Badge, two Superior Civilian Awards and the Commander’s Civilian Award.

Sok graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and holds a Master of Science degree in program management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education – Senior Executive Fellows Program and holds Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act level 3 ertifications in information technology and program management.

Agenda

7:30 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Nick Wakeman, Editor-in-Chief, Washington Technology

8:05 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

IDIQ Consolidation by the Numbers, Are You Prepared?

Kevin Plexico, Senior Vice President, Information Solutions, Deltek

8:25 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Forefront of Acquisition: GSA's IT GWACs

Amando Gavino, Director, Office of Information Technology Services, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), General Services Administration

Description

GSA's Office of Information Technology Category is the largest provider of IT Solutions to the government. IT Services procurement alone accounts for $15B in annual government spend through GSA's innovative contracts Alliant 2, 8(a)STARS 2, VETS 2 and GSA Schedules.

With IT Modernization at the forefront, GSA's vehicles are the go-to contracts for the key emerging technologies government needs. This session will provide:

-- An overview of GSA's IT GWACs
-- Accessibility of emerging technologies

 

8:45 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Mastering CHESS and Making Moves Toward Mission Accomplishment

Wayne Sok, Product Lead, Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), PEO EIS, United States Army

Description

The Army’s Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) – its designated primary source for commercial off-the-shelf IT, hardware and software – is reducing costs, keeping up with technology trends and driving the evolution of net-centric strategies to shape the Army's warfighting capabilities. CHESS has succeeded by leveraging the Army Desktop and Mobile Computing-2 (ADMC-2) contracting vehicle, a suite of IT Enterprise Solution (ITES) contracts and by practicing key aspects of two acquisition approaches: Category Management and Strategic Sourcing. This session will provide:
-- An overview of CHESS portfolio
-- CHESS’s support of the Army's Category Management
-- Flexible procurement strategies for changing demands
-- CHESS procurement across government
-- A glance at follow-on activities for ITES-4H

9:05 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Networking Break

9:25 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Reimagining Acquisition: What’s Next for NITAAC

Glynis Fisher, Deputy Director, NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)

Description

For more than 24 years, the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has administered three "Best in Class" Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts--CIO-SP3, CIP-SP3 Small Business and CIO-CS--to every federal civilian and defense agency for information technology (IT) services, solutions and commodities.

As the IT landscape evolves, NITAAC is changing, as well. This session will provide:
-- An overview of NITAAC
-- Insights for industry partners seeking more engagement with NITAAC
-- A preview of NITAAC's website redesign

9:45 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

For NASA Procurement, the Sky’s the Limit

Joanne Woytek, NASA SEWP Program Manager, NASA

Description

For more than a quarter century, NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) has redefined efficiency and customer service in federal procurement contracting – a legacy that continues today. This session will provide an overview of SEWP, its products and service offerings, including:

-- Innovations for delivering fast, efficient acquisitions
-- Improving SEWP's vaunted customer support
-- Pathways for companies to become involved with SEWP
-- Improvements to the contract, including FEDRamp compliance
-- Plans for the program's continued evolution

10:05 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

GSA's IT Schedule in 2020

Cheryl Thornton, Director, IT Schedule Contract Operations, Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), General Services Administration

Description GSA's IT Schedule delivers tools and expertise to shorten procurement cycles, ensure compliance, and get the best value for over 7.5 million innovative IT products, services, and solutions from over 4,600 pre-vetted vendors. This session will provide an overview of the important initiatives and updates as it pertains to GSA's IT Schedule.

10:25 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Group Discussion: What GWACs Can Do for You

Description

Bring your questions for all our speakers, as this event will conclude with an "Ask Me Anything"-style group Q&A.

10:45 AM

Friday, December 13, 2019

Closing Remarks

Nick Wakeman, Editor-in-Chief, Washington Technology

Underwriters

Pluralsight