Technology is changing every aspect of our lives including markedly improving our ability to communicate, collaborate and solve problems using a worldwide network. Collaborative technology, also commonly known as social media, enables a dynamic, interactive and open means of sharing information and connecting with others who have common interests. Employed effectively, collaborative technology can be a game changer for federal acquisition.
The BetterBuy Project, one such example, is a platform that enables the public to submit, comment and vote on ideas to make the federal acquisition process more open, collaborative and transparent. This initiative was launched through a partnership between GSA, the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council and the National Academy for Public Administration. GSA has piloted several of the submitted ideas on two recent procurements.
During this session, panel members will discuss individual perspectives on the challenges and results of applying the collaborative technologies to the process.
Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. He is also the strategist for FederalNewsRadio.com, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community. And in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award—the first working journalist win that award in its more than 20 year history.
Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 17 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.
Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006.
Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.
Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He also writes a monthly column for AFCEA’s Signal magazine.
He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
He lives in Washington, DC.
Mary Davie is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). As the Assistant Commissioner, Mary is responsible for overseeing the acquisition and delivery of $4B in information technology and professional services products, services and solutions to federal agency customers worldwide.
Prior to her current position, Mary served as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Customer Accounts and Research in FAS. Mary led business development and marketing efforts intended to increase customer awareness and satisfaction with GSA products, services and solutions. She was responsible for developing strategy and planning for new business, developing customer relationship management and account management strategies and policies, and leading teams of GSA employees to foster integrated solutions to meet customer needs.
Mary also co-leads the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative through the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Mary received an FCW Fed 100 award for leadership in strategic sourcing in 2007.
Mary obtained B.S. degrees in Business Finance and Business Management from Virginia Tech, and a Master’s of Business Administration with a focus in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Grant serves as the Acquisition Group Manager for FEDSIM’s Civilian Sector. As the Acquisition Group Manager, Ms. Grant, plans and directs the full range of procurement actions for GS-1102s supporting FEDSIM’s Civilian Directorate. This includes planning, assigning, and providing advice and/or instruction to contracting officers and contract specialist regarding the FEDSIM mission, work schedules, priorities, contractual assignments and administrative matters. Additionally, Ms. Grant serves as the chairperson for FEDSIM’s contract review panel; reviewing and approving pre-solicitation documents and contract awards. In addition to serving as the Acquisition Group Manager, Ms. Grant will also serve as the Contracting Officer for the Better Buy Pilot Project. Prior to GSA, she worked for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) as the Director of Contracting. In this position, she managed the INSCOM contracting office on Ft. Belvoir and a contracting office in Charlottesville, VA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Masters’ of Science with a minor in Contract Management. Additionally, she is FAC-C Level III and DAWIA Level III certified.
Chris Hamm is the Operations Director for GSA FEDSIM, a fee for service acquisition and project management organization. Chris’s organization manages over 1.4B annually in contracts.. Chris has nearly 11 years of experience in managing acquisitions and post award performance. Chris has presented at previous e-GOV and FAI panels on the subject of performance based contracting and service level agreements. Chris recently participated in the 2009 ACT/IAC Partners Program and is managing the GSA pilot project for Better Buy.
As a FEDSIM Acquisition Project Manager he analyzes and develops requirements and evaluation criteria for large scale Information Technology procurements. He ensures that each procurement will proceeds in accordance with the parent contract and applicable guidance and regulations. He has served as the Technical Evaluation Board Chairperson for dozens major systems integration acquisitions. The value of these solicitations has been from $10 million up to $600 million each. During his 30 year career he has worked for the Federal Government and in the private secton and served six years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He has two masters degrees in Management Information Systems and Contracts and Acquisition Management from the George Washington University and the Florida Institute of Technology respectively.
Founder & CEO of Socrata, a venture-backed startup in Seattle. Socrata is Making Data Social.
Susan Turpyn is a Practice Director at Unisys Federal Systems with responsibility for delivering on a wide range of projects for GSA including web development (e.g. gsa.gov, and cio.gov), financial application operations support, and Unisys ClearPath managed services for supply chain and transportation applications. She has recently lead Unisys Federal Cloud initiatives to coordinate and promote appropriate solutions for this market. Susan is a 30 year veteran in the IT industry with both commercial and Federal IT management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and an active ACT/IAC Fellow.
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