APTAC Releases Call for Presentations for Fall 2016 Conference

Conference Theme: “What Government ‘Acquisition Reform’ Means for Business”

Capitol Free picThe Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) has released the Call for Presentations for its Fall 2016 Training Conference in Washington, DC. The theme? “What Government ‘Acquisition Reform’ Means for Business”
Acquisition Reform – never have those two words been used so frequently than in recent months! Leaders in Congress, within agencies, and among industry groups, all are calling for changes in how the Government does business. With new leadership in Washington to be elected during our training conference, what new strategies and procedures are likely to be adopted, and what impact will these changes have on the businesses assisted by the national network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers?


There’s no doubt about it: Government needs constant innovation in its contracting practices in order to be in a position to acquire the best products and services in the fast-changing commercial marketplace. And industry must remain nimble and responsive to Government decision-making if the business community expects to fully participate in public contracting opportunities. PTACs are an important resource in the smooth implementation of acquisition reforms, ensuring both rapid communication about Government needs and good preparation of industries ready to respond. APTAC’s Fall 2016 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.
TrainingAPTAC 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 Fall 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:


  • .Category Management – What Does Government-Wide Implementation Look Like?
  • Experimentation and Prototyping To Reduce the Acquisition Cycle
  • The Business Impact of ‘Better Buying Power’ – DoD’s Acquisition Reform Policy
  • What ‘Government Transformation’ Means for Public Contracting
  • Will a New Era of Transparency Mean Better Contracting Access for Small Businesses?
  • Reforms Brought About by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
  • The Impact of Heightened Program Management Accountability
  • Lowest Price Technically Acceptable – Coming or Going?
  • The Impact of Cybersecurity Requirements on Contractors
  • Open submittal – you are invited to submit topics within the overall conference theme..

APTAC’s Fall 2016 Conference will be held from Sunday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 9, 2015 at the Hyatt on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. 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.