APTAC Conference Call for Presentations

APTAC Spring 2018 Training Conference – Call for Presentations

Conference Theme:  Cyber Security and Information Technology: Are You Ready?

Location: The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) will hold its Spring 2018 Training Conference from March 4 – 8, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Training Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 E. Coastline Drive.

Theme: Cyber Security and Information Technology: Are You Ready?.

The Department of Defense, on November 18, 2013, published the DFARS 252.204-7012, “Safeguarding of Unclassified Controlled Technical Information.”  This clause “requires a contractor to report to the Department the possible exfiltration, manipulation, or other loss or compromise of unclassified CTI; or other activities that allow unauthorized access to a contractor’s unclassified information system on which unclassified CTI is resident or transiting.”  It is the intent under this supplement to assist participants with carrying out their responsibilities associated with the reporting requirement in the event a DFARS compromise occurs.  In addition to DoD, other federal agencies are likely to follow DoD’s lead and implement cybersecurity requirements.

PTACs are critical to helping ensure contractors know and comply with this requirement.  This requirement will be included in DoD solicitations if there will be unclassified controlled technical information by December 31, 2017.  PTACs help ensure these firms are ready to enter the marketplace suitably prepared to succeed.  Armed with realistic expectations, access to market intelligence, effective strategies, and technical assistance, PTAC clients compete effectively and efficiently. Understanding the rules, they control risk and uncover opportunities.

To meet this mission, PTACs require ongoing, up-to-date training on the most effective strategies for helping the firms in our regions.

APTAC’s Spring 2018 learning event seeks to explore the latest trends in public acquisition, and deliver the insights that PTAC counselors need to best advise their clients for success in the Government contracting arena.  PTAC Counselors who attend will receive credit towards their professional certification.

Who We Are:

APTAC represents 97 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the United States.  Collectively, PTACs employ 600 procurement counselors who work daily with tens of thousands of businesses, providing them with insights and information on how to best identify, compete for, and win Government contracts.  In order to continue to succeed, PTAC counselors want and need up-to-the-minute information about changes in Government regulations, policies and initiatives.

That’s why we are seeking speakers and presenters for our Training Conference who can deliver the latest news as well as strategies for success in today’s Government contracting arena.  We seek practical tips, techniques and resources that will assist PTAC counselors in guiding their clients to a heightened understanding of today’s Government acquisition requirements.

Presentation Topics: APTAC is now accepting presentation proposals from engaging and experienced experts to address our conference theme in topical areas such as the following:

  • Understanding DFARS 252.204-7012
  • Network Security Requirements
  • Contract Compliance Issues for Cyber Security Impacting Small Businesses
  • Compliant Accounting Systems/Accounting Controls (for non-CPAs)
  • NIST SP800-171
  • Cyber Security Standards – How Can Small Businesses Prepare and Compete?
  • The Business Impact of the New Administration:  How are Procurement Opportunities Shifting?
  • Changes in Government Contracting Regulations: What’s new and what’s gone?
  • Open submittal – you are invited to submit topics relevant to government contracting

Length of Presentations: 1.5 hours, including time for questions and answers. Selected presentations may be offered twice, typically back to back, to allow conferees to attend all sessions.

Audience: The members of APTAC – representatives of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – are an elite, national corps of individuals who provide training, counseling and technical assistance to businesses interested in selling products/services to the public sector. APTAC members work with businesses to identify opportunities, provide training on a broad array of topics related to Government procurement, as well as providing technical assistance related to Government programs and acquisition. The goal of this conference is to provide APTAC members with practical tools, techniques and resources that can be directly used to guide businesses in understanding how to meet the Government sector’s current standards and thereby become more successful in the Government marketplace. Attendance at the Training Conference is estimated at 300-350 persons, representing PTACs hosted by colleges and universities, economic development organizations, non-profits, and units of state and local government from across the country. Since this is a train-the-trainer conference, there will not be any businesses attending this training.

Making a Submittal: If you are interested in speaking/presenting at APTAC’s Spring 2018 Training Conference, please provide the following information ASAP, but not later than October 16, 2017.

  • Session Topic you would like to present (in any of the specified topical areas or on any topic related to the training conference’s overall theme).
  • Proposed Session Description (200 words or less) including learning objectives: “As a result of this training, PTAC Counselors will learn…..”
  • Brief Statement about how you will make your proposed topic relevant to the APTAC audience, including FAR references where applicable.
  • Brief biographic sketch highlighting experience and background related to the topic.
  • Name, Title, and Organization, e-mail address.

Submittals: Your information should be emailed jointly to the following three persons:

APTAC Interim Executive Director:

Ms. Becky Peterson

APTAC Vice-President for Education:

Ms. Debbie Barber

APTAC Education Committee Chair:

Ms. Lenora Leasure

Acceptance and Notification: All proposed presentations received by the deadline will be reviewed, and speakers will be notified via email of their acceptance no later than November 13, 2017. Selected speakers will be expected to provide a copy of their PowerPoint presentation four weeks in advance of the conference.