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The Potomac Officers Club organizes several acquisition and procurement events throughout the year for industry executives and government leaders to discuss the federal acquisition environment and the role industry is playing to transform public sector buying processes. The POC's Fiscal Year Budget and Procurement Event is one such forum where speakers provide insight and perspective into the potential impacts of federal spending priorities, trends and policies on the GovCon community.

Looking back: Notable POC Acquisition & Procurement Events

  • The CIO Speaker Series consisted of five individual events that took place in the summer and early fall of 2015. It brought together a GovCon and government executive audience in Falls Church, Virginia, to hear about information technology spending priorities of federal leaders at the forefront of innovation-related initiatives.
  • The Federal Procurement & Acquisitions Event in January 2016 touched on the military and intelligence community’s contracting environments at the time and the ways private businesses could support agencies to make the acquisition process work for both sides.
  • The POC 2017 Army Forum served as a prime venue to discuss IT modernization trends in the defense sector and strategies for equipping the nation's military.
  • The FY18 Budgets & Procurement Event highlighted the General Services Administration's role as a broker for the commercial marketplace to help agencies purchase goods and services via governmentwide acquisition contract vehicles.
  • The 2018 Air Force Acquisition Forum shed further light on acquisition opportunities and challenges for the U.S. military's air service branch.
  • The 2020 Procurement Virtual Forum offered key insights on the work agencies were doing to manage contracting activity and accelerate modernization as they dived into the “new normal” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notable POC Acquisition & Procurement Event Speakers

  • Heidi Shyu

    served as assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology at the U.S. Army from September 2012 to January 2016. Previously, she held senior leadership positions at Raytheon and was selected to Executive Mosaic’s 2015 Wash100. In April 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Shyu to serve as undersecretary for research and engineering at the DOD.
  • Wendy Masiello

    worked as director of the Defense Contract Management Agency from May 2014 to July 2017, when she retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of lieutenant general after a more than 36-year career. Masiello was selected to Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2015 and 2016.
  • Alan Thomas

    served as commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service from June 2017 to October 2019. In that capacity, he was responsible for ensuring the delivery of acquisition and technology services across the federal government. His career includes time as vice president of Defense Department and intelligence community programs at Data Networks Corp. and program manager at the DOD.
  • Sarah Zabel

    worked as director of information technology acquisition development in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition from August 2017 through her retirement in December 2018. She held the rank of major general.
  • Jim McAleese

    is the owner and founder of government contracts consulting and legal firm. A three-time Wash100 winner, McAleese specializes in DOD resourcing and program trade-offs.

Join POC to Attend Government Contracting Events

The Potomac Officers Club brings together GovCon executives through successive gatherings between 12 and 18 times per year so exclusive members will stay up-to-date on federal contracting trends.
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