April Monthly Speaker Series

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
Government Acquisition: The Road Forward
Clyde's of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001


Buying Smarter: The Blueprint for Government Acquisition

Government agencies strive for the best value as they buy products and services that help to create a better, faster Federal government. Buying smarter means adopting techniques that permit government to buy more like a business, using industry best practices. Collective buying trends such as enterprise purchases of software licenses and use of a wide variety of acquisition tools are but two of the techniques that are driving innovation in government purchasing today.

This briefing will showcase a variety of agencies who are setting the stage for more effectively serve the American people, provide greater citizen engagement, and saving taxpayer dollars.

Registration: 11:30am
Luncheon: 11:50am
Program: 12:15pm

Registrants must be logged in to receive any discounted government or Sustaining Partner rates. Please contact the AFFIRM office if you require assistance logging in.

Government Attendees
Government or Academia Member Pre-Registered (before 4/19, 12pm) - $0; log in to register and reserve your seat
Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 4/19, 12pm) Government Member Walk-in - $0
Government Non-member Walk-in - $15

Industry Attendees
Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 4/19, 12pm) - $70
Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 4/19, 12pm) - $110
Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
Industry Non-member Walk-in - $120


Lesley Field

Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy
Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President

Lesley Anne Field was selected for the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) is responsible for developing and implementing acquisition policies to support over $400 billion in Federal procurements each year. Prior to joining the OFPP staff, Lesley worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation as a contracting officer, program analyst, and procurement policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary.

Lesley received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech. She completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2007, and is a 2008 winner of the Federal 100 Award.

Lisa Roberts

Transportation and Logistics Category Manager
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

is currently working in the Logistics & Materiel Readiness office, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense. She is designated by OMB as the Government-wide Category Manager for Transportation and Logistics Services.

She is responsible for establishing policies and providing guidance to DoD Components to ensure cost-effective joint logistics support to the warfighter. She coordinates and negotiates with other federal agencies regarding transportation and logistics-related matters and initiatives that support the national security strategy and category management principles.

Previous to her current assignment, Ms. Roberts held numerous positions with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force working transportation reengineering and process improvement projects including the consolidation and relocation of transportation offices.

Thomas A. Sharpe

Commissioner of Federal Acquisition Service
General Services Administration

Thomas Sharpe was appointed Commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, effective February 10, 2013.

In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions that save taxpayer dollars and enable federal agencies to accomplish their missions as efficiently as possible.

Sharpe has almost 30 years of leadership and business management experience in both public service and the private sector. Before joining GSA, Sharpe served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Senior Procurement Executive.

Jaclyn Smith

Director of Strategic Sourcing Program Office, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Jaclyn Smyth is the director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Sourcing Program Office within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, where she oversees a portfolio of over 75 DHS-wide contract vehicles valued at more than $57 billion. She has several years of experience in federal procurement and acquisition-related fields, where she has worked on a wide variety of large-scale DHS and federal procurements. She lends her expertise in sourcing strategies and category management in the federal-wide Category Management Leadership Council. She was recently named the federal-wide security and protection category manager and leads a cross-agency category team. She is responsible for developing and implementing government-wide strategies that align with established category management principles and methodologies. Prior to her federal career, she served as a principal with E3 Federal Solutions for several years during which time she consulted on DHS procurements.

Bill Zielinski

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Category Management
Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service
General Services Administration

Bill Zielinski is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Category Management within the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and an IT Category Executive. The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions.

The OSP centralizes oversight of strategic government-wide IT programs. It is responsible for responding to Executive Orders, OMB Directives, and federal agencies’ customer needs. The office develops and defines optimum solutions, including acquisition vehicles and managed services, to best meet agencies’ needs to obtain best value and cost effectiveness. Mr.

Francis Rose, Moderator

Host, Government Matters, ABC 7 & News Channel 8 at WJLA-TV

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC’s WJLA/ABC7 and NewsChannel 8. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of “In Depth with Francis Rose” on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.

Francis’s first book, “The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History” is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

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