The Contracting Experience

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The Contracting Experience connects government contracting professionals to the world around them through conversations with acquisition influencers, insights into evolving hot topics, and by sharing lessons learned from the field.

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The Contracting Experience - Episode 9: Questions from the Field - Maj Gen Cameron Holt (Part 2)
This episode features a continued conversation with Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, with a focus on questions from the Air Force contracting workforce. Holt candidly addresses questions on retention of the workforce, CON-IT and information technology instability, contracting officer authorities, use of the Government Purchase Card and bringing Air Force business professionals up to the level of industry in utilizing software. Enjoy his direct and honest approach to addressing issues that impact the contracting workforce every day. And if you missed it, go back and check out Episode 7 to hear the first part of our discussion with the Air Force contracting leader. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
Feb 04, 2019
The Contracting Experience - Episode 8: Mission Focused Business Leaders - Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt (Part 1)
This episode is for all of those acquisition professionals out there who are interested in the new direction of Air Force Contracting. We talk with Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Holt discusses the importance of being a critical thinker and not accepting the status quo. His focus is on “The Why” of what we do, not just “contracting for contracting sake.” This leads to discussion on mission-focused business leaders and the introduction of Holt’s “Air Force Contracting Flight Plan.” Enjoy his straightforward point of view and fresh perspective on what mission-focused business leaders can do to change the acquisition game. Summary of the National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: https://dod.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf To share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
Feb 04, 2019
The Contracting Experience - Episode 7: What Business Intelligence Can do for You - Pete Herrmann
Pete Herrmann is a program manager for the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency Business Intelligence Competency Cell. He explains what business intelligence is and how acquisition teams can use it to effectively manage costs. If you haven’t heard about tools like the Air Force Business Intelligence Tool, Procurement IQ Research Reports or the Product Service Code (PSC) prediction tool, check out this episode. Pete explains how these valuable resources can provide actionable business intelligence for acquisition teams and the Air Force. For more information on the tools discussed in this episode, check out the following sites: --AFBIT Lite: https://public.tableau.com/profile/afbit#!/ --Procurement IQ Reports: http://client.procurementiq.com/processlogin.aspx?u=ecGA9Dgmi0gKf3D%2b0bKp9NWtZxiX3cH0uX5NuJQbKkU%3d&p=xhPLKG%2fpZ0G%2fGKEdjWOklg%3d%3d If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
Jan 09, 2019
The Contracting Experience - Episode 6: Industrial Security Explained - Joyce Pappas
Joyce Pappas is an Industrial Security Program Manager at the Air Force Materiel Command Information Protection office. In this episode of The Contracting Experience, Pappas demystifies industrial security and explains why it is important for acquisition professionals to understand how it impacts contracts. Does industrial security seem daunting or confusing? What is a DD Form 254, and when should you have one in your contract? What resources can you go to for help regarding industrial security issues? Joyce does a great job answering these questions and more on this episode. 5:20 min – industrial security defined and why it’s important 8:40 min – classified contracts and the importance of incorporating security classification guides 14:50 min – What is a DD Form 254? 18:00 min – defense contractor facility clearances 22:15 min – Defense Pricing and Contracting Memo: Use of National Industrial Security Program Classification System within Wide Area Work Flow 28:30 min – additional resources/information on industrial security For more information on the Defense Security Service and additional details on industrial security go to the DSS web site at http://www.dss.mil/. To read the Defense Pricing and Contracting memo, published in October, regarding the use of the National Industrial Security Program Contract Classification System within Wide Area Work Flow visit Air Force Contracting Central or https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/policy/policyvault/USA000710-18-DPC.pdf. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
Dec 19, 2018
The Contracting Experience - Episode 5: Speed in Competitive Acquisitions - Brian Morris
On this episode we are joined by Brian Morris, a procurement analyst on the Air Force Contracting field support team. He talks about ways the field support team can help competitive acquisition teams through training and guidance on competitive selection strategies. He discusses the focus on speed and gives advice on how teams can set themselves up for success in competitive acquisitions. Enjoy the conversation, and consider how resources like Brian and some of the more experienced workforce can provide knowledge and perspective to the development of acquisition strategies. Fast-forward to hear.... ...experienced professional resources (1:30) ...Air Force Contracting field support team information (3:30) ...suggestions for competitive acquisition success (5:00) ...what acquisition professionals should remember from history (18:20) ...what Brian enjoys about his job (22:40) Contact Gregg Oneal at gregory.s.oneal.civ@mail.mil for more information on how the Air Force Contracting field support team can assist your acquisition team. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com.
Nov 28, 2018
The Contracting Experience - Episode 4: Influential Leadership in Air Force Contracting - Col Damian Wilborne
Col. Damian Wilborne is Deputy Director, Air Force Materiel Command Contracting Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Wilborne is an engaging guest and passionate about leadership, and this passion shines throughout the podcast. Wilborne provides insight into his leadership philosophies and talks about how he applies these philosophies in the contracting career field. He talks about "drinking tea" and how that relates to what he learned while working outside of the continental U.S. for more than eight years. Wilborne also encourages everyone to seek out mentoring relationships as both a mentor and a mentee. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com. Enjoy!
Nov 07, 2018
The Contracting Experience - Episode 2: Rollout! – CON-IT is Here – Daniel Parish
Daniel Parish is the Contracting Systems Branch Chief in the Process Management Division, Air Force Materiel Command Contracting Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Parish has functional oversight over the contracting business systems and helps to ensure those systems support the nearly 4,000 contracting professionals across AFMC. In addition, he is one of the lead functional subject matter experts in the development of the new contract management system – CON-IT. Parish talks about what CON-IT is and why the Air Force needs it. He also discusses the CON-IT rollout schedule across Air Force locations, available resources and training, and future capabilities planned for CON-IT. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com. Rollout!
Oct 17, 2018
The Contracting Experience - Episode 3: Notes to New Contracting Officers – Bob Bochenek
Are you a new contracting officer, or are you in the process of becoming a contracting officer? This episode is the first in a series of episodes on notes to new contracting officers. We will talk with seasoned and new contracting officers about what they wish they would have known when they first started out as contracting officers and advice and insights they can share with the folks out in the field. In the first episode of “Notes to New Contracting Officers,” host Amber Pecoraro sits down with Bob Bochenek, Technical Director at the Air Force Materiel Command Contracting Directorate. Bochenek emphasizes the importance of asking questions and being flexible in considering different perspectives. He also shares what he finds challenging about being a contracting officer and what he enjoys most about it. If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit via thecontractingexperience@gmail.com. Enjoy!
Oct 17, 2018
The Contracting Experience - Episode 1: Speed of Relevance and Agile Contracting - Heidi Bullock
In this first episode of “The Contracting Experience,” podcast host, Amber Pecoraro, talks about why the Air Force Materiel Command Contracting Directorate is launching a podcast with Heidi Bullock, the contracting director. Bullock is a member of the Senior Executive Service and leads the diverse team of professionals at AFMC working to provide solutions for Air Force needs. She gives insights into her career experience in the Air Force and addresses the role contracting professionals play in "delivering performance at the speed of relevance," as outlined in the National Defense Strategy. She also talks about how agility and rapid acquisition is communicated across the Command and answers some thought provoking questions from the field! If you would like to share feedback on the podcast, please submit an email to thecontractingexperience@gmail.com. Enjoy! Summary of the National Defense Strategy of the United States of America: https://dod.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf
Oct 17, 2018