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Can We Talk

Can We Talk? is a series of acquisition training seminars/talks focusing on industry engagement though meaningful dialogue.  Each seminar has representatives from government and industry. The seminars are designed to forge better partnerships by understanding the roles and responsibilities of each party.

The seminars address topics such as:

  • To Bid or Not to Bid (What drives a bid decision)
  • Industry Day Conferences (Pre-solicitation and Pre-proposal)
  • Information Disclosure (What can be released during negotiations)
  • Post Award Discussions (What happens after award)
  • Debriefings (Who, what, when and how)
  • Protests (who, what, when and how)

The objective of the Can We Talk? series is to provide:

  • knowledge of the importance of developing clear requirements
  • a clearer understanding the market place, and
  • dispel myths that industry may have about doing business at the Federal level. 

The overarching goal is to spur economic development particularly among small and mid-sized businesses within communities across the nation. This will open the door for new entrants to the Federal marketplace.

Many government contracting officers and industry representatives are uncertain about the kind of information that can and should be shared during the acquisition process and the timeframe for sharing

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Lifting the Curtain: Industry Day Conferences

This seminar examines tips and techniques for creating successful industry day conferences.  Participants discuss what both sides can do to ensure meaningful outcomes, the purpose and goals of the conference, who should attend, the basic structure, and the importance of the conference.

To Bid or Not to Bid - Can We Talk

Join Millisa Gary, Procurement Ombudsman, U.S. General Services Administration, as we explore industry’s view of Federal Government procurements with three distinguished industry professionals, including: Kathryn Klaus, Senior Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services; Antwayne Ford


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