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The Future of Government Contracting: Debriefings and Speeding up Federal Acquisition

April 30 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm




10:15 am – Registration

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Debriefings

Attention today is being given to the length of time it takes to complete procurements.  This is particularly acute for the Department of Defense whose primary procurement duty is to deliver the latest weapons and technology to the warfighter.  Bid protests often delay the start of new contracts and debriefings are an important precursor to the filing of bid protests.  Participants will learn about debriefings and their impact on protests, and about steps being considered to change the debriefing.

Moderator – Sandy Hoe, Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP


  • Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President & Counsel, PSC
  • Tom Papson, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Law School
  • Lauren Knausenberger, Director, Cyberspace Innovation, Director, AFWERX Spark Tank

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Lunch (included)

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Speeding up Federal Acquisition

Innovation in acquisition is helping accelerate federal procurement. This panel will explore the rapid expansion of Other Transaction Authority (OTAs), the rise of scorecard evaluations, the spread of video and oral presentations in lieu of written proposals, and other changes. Industry and government participants will learn how they can make use of these fast-changing practices—as well as explore the pro’s and con’s of these methods.

Moderator – Brian Friel, Co-Founder, BD Squared LLC


  • Richard Beutel, Founder, Cyrrus Analytics
  • Anne Laurent, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications, ASI Government
  • Wyn Elder, DC Lead, DIUx of U.S. Department of Defense (invited)


Continuing Education Credits

0.28 CEU/ 3 CPE (Finance) credits may be earned for this course. This course is recommended for 1 CLP credits.

This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU.  Upon their approval, it may be worth 2.75 PDU credits.



John Plinke


George Mason University Office of Continuing Professional Education (Arlington)
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201 United States
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