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March 11-14, 2007 San Antonio, TX

“The Changing Political Environment: How to Survive and Even Thrive”


7:00 – 8:00       Breakfast and Registration

8:00 – 8:05       Call to Order and Presentation of the Colors

James McCullough, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Chair, NDIA Procurement Division

8:05 – 8:15       The Program Overview

Karen Wilson, Director, Acquisition Policy, The Boeing Company and Vice Chair, NDIA Procurement Division

8:15 – 9:15       The Changing Climate on Capitol Hill
Peter Steffes, Vice President, Government Policy, NDIA
Update on the changing legislative environment, impact of the DoD ’07 Authorization Act, new oversight bills and logistics support issues.

9:15 – 10:00     Earned Value Managemen
Robert Loop, EVMS Manager, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions
How the government is managing for value but requiring more insight into cost, schedule and performance. A review of the latest changes from both FAR and OSD perspectives, including contractual impacts, drivers, objectives, and issues for services and commercial contracts.

10:00-10:15     BREAK

10:15-11:45     Profitability and Risk

Moderator:  Mark Dostal, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Panelists: Bill Sain, Senior Procurement Analyst, Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy Office, Paul M. Bailey, PricewaterhouseCoopers, James McCullough, Esq., Partner, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

Overview: Renewed Congressional emphasis on combating corruption and public perceptions on emergency contracting and Iraqwar spending are resulting in anti-profiteering measures.  Sensitivity to contracting methods and unreasonable profits (“war profiteering”) has resulted in several changes to the allocation of risk and the potential profitability of government contracts, including contract types, source selections, and fee or profit arrangements that result in less cost to the government.  Is the government reinstating the Renegotiation Act?  Given the Congressional emphasis and public perceptions, how do contractors balance contract performance risks and obtain fair profits for fair work?

11:45 – 1:15     LUNCH

1:15 – 2:15       Industrial Base and Specialty Metals Issues

Moderator:  Terry Albertson, Esq., Partner, Crowell & Moring

Panelists: Jack D. Olson, Assistant Counsel, Defense Contract Management Agency, Jeff Green, J. A. Green & Company, David P. Handler, Senior Counsel, GE Aviation                     

Overview: The legislation was passed and the DoD/DCMA implementation has been issued.  How does DoD/DCMA implement and manage compliance with the BerryAmendment and what are the issues being identified?  How are prime contractors and subcontractors managing compliance and what are the issues?  What is the process for obtaining exceptions for specialty metals and who is covered by each exception?

2:15 – 3:00       Competition and Services

Moderator:  Claude Goddard, Esq., Shareholder, Akerman Senterfitt Wickwire Gavin

Panelists:Gregory Hill, Esq., General Counsel, Day & Zimmermann Munitions & Defense, David Hickey, Esq., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig,  Fernando J. Guerra, U.S. Small Business Administration

Overview: The government seeks more competition, smaller work packages, and more oversight in its procurement of goods and services; how agencies and contractors are responding.

3:00 – 3:45       Data Rights

Moderator:  L. Michael Littlejohn, Esq., Shareholder, Akerman Senterfitt Wickwire Gavin

Panelists: James B. Bechtel, Esq., Intellectual Property Counsel of the Navy, Paul F. McQuade, Esq., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Michael L. Bell, Esq., Vice President & General Counsel, ATK Launch Systems

Overview: Trends toward greater transparency and competition are ignoring valuable rights in data.  What contractors need to know and do.

3:45 – 4:00       BREAK

4:00 – 5:00       Acquisition Advisory Panel  

Moderator:  Janice Menker, Director, Government Acquisition Policy, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Panelists: Marshall J. Doke, Esq., Acquisition Advisory Panel member and Partner, Gardere, Glenn Baer, Vice President, Corporate Contracts & Procurement, ARINC, Inc., Bruce Leinster, Senior Consultant, IBM Corporation

Overview: A review of the final report, with emphasis on ethics, blended workforce, commercial contracting and organizational conflicts of interest.                                

5:00                 Conference Summary & Adjournment


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