APTAC Releases Call for Presentations for Spring 2016 Conference

Conference Theme: “The Only Constant in Government Contracting Is Change”

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) has released the Call for Presentations for its Spring 2016 Training Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme? “The Only Constant in Government Contracting Is Change.”
Change in the acquisition process is viewed as a test of Government contracting officials’ agility. Change is an even bigger challenge to the contractor community. If not interpreted properly and understood accurately, changes in the Government contracting process are a threat to contractors’ livelihood. How do businesses successfully navigate the increasingly complex acquisition environment? What should procurement counselors advise their clients to do? What insights are needed to enable us to deliver sound advice to our clients? This year’s learning event seeks to explore questions like these, and deliver the answers that PTAC counselors need to better advise their clients to succeed in the Government marketplace.
APTAC represents 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the United States, whose 600 procurement counselors who work daily with tens of thousands of businesses (most of them small), providing them with insights and information on how to best identify, compete for, and win Government contracts. APTAC’s semi-annual training conferences provide PTAC counselors up-to-the-minute information about changes in Government contracting regulations, policies and initiatives.
APTAC is seeking speakers and presenters for their Spring 2016 Training Conference to deliver the latest news as well as strategies for success in today’s Government contracting arena, with a focus on topics that deal with policy and practices can be translated into advice for PTAC small business clients. Suggested presentation topics include:
• NDAA’s Impact on Acquisition Reform – The Changes that Lie Ahead
• Is the U.S. Digital Service Successful in Introducing ‘Agility’ into the Acquisition Process?
• Techniques for Small Businesses To Get a Seat at the Government Contracting Table
• Impact of GSA’s Contract Awarded Labor Category (CALC) Tool on Contractors
• Cybersecurity – Breaches and Responsibilities
• Review of Recent GAO and Court of Federal Claims Bid and Contract Award Protest Decisions
• Review of Acquisition-Related Findings by Agency OIGs
• An Update on New and Proposed Changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation
• Waste, Fraud, and Abuse – Recent Justice Dept. Prosecution of Contract Corruption
• How Small Businesses Can Influence the Government’s Market Research Process
• Revisiting OFPP’s Myth-Buster Memoranda
• Open submittal – topics related to overall conference theme
APTAC’s Spring 2016 Conference will be held from Sunday, April 3 through Thursday, April 7, 2015 at the Hyatt at the Arch, 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri. The full Call for Presentations can be viewed on APTAC’s website at: https://www.aptac-us.org/aptac-conference-call-for-presentations/ .


 For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.