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Hosted by Roger Waldron of the Coalition for Government Procurement, Off the Shelf interviews federal contracting experts from both inside and outside of government on the issues that matter most.

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Hosted by Roger Waldron of the Coalition for Government Procurement, Off the Shelf interviews federal contracting experts from both inside and outside of government on the issues that matter most.

    Trends in GSA's Multiple Award Schedule program

    Trends in GSA's Multiple Award Schedule program

    The Gormley Group’s Sean Nulty and Andrew Sisti join host Roger Waldron on this week's Off the Shelf for a deep dive into current trends shaping the contract negotiations and administration under GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program.
    Nulty is a managing consultant and director of DC Operations & Training, and Sisti is a principal consultant and GSA Systems Subject Matter Expert for the Gormley Group.
    Both are subject matter experts on the MAS pricing policies and procedures. They share insights on the latest involving GSA use of pricing data, including the role and impact of Transactional Data Reporting (TDR), and outline current negotiation trends for options, modifications, and new offers.
    They also address how GSA is using horizontal pricing comparisons and automate pricing tools in negotiations. Finally, Nulty and Sisti discuss the role of automated systems and data analytics in the management of MAS contracts, from pricing analysis to Trade Agreements Compliance. GSA is increasingly looking to systems to make decision for contracting officers.

    • 50 min
    Trends in the federal procurement market

    Trends in the federal procurement market

    This week on Off the Shelf, Moshe Schwartz, president of Etherton and Associates, examines the economic, technological, and geopolitical trends that are shaping the federal market. 
    Schwartz highlights the accelerating strategic competition among major powers which is reflected in current federal procurement and budget priorities. In this context, the fields of AI and biotechnology are rapidly advancing and are an increasing focus for the federal government. 
    Schwartz also provides an update on federal government spending for FY2024 along with the latest on FY2025 budget requests. The show also focuses on the shrinking industrial base and what it means for the customer agency mission support.  

    • 42 min
    The purpose and scope of CFIUS

    The purpose and scope of CFIUS

    This week’s guest on Off the Shelf is Tim Keeler, partner, and co-head of the International Trade team at Mayer Brown.   
    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) plays a critical national security role regarding the industrial base. Keeler details the inter-agency structure, purpose, and scope of CFIUS, and explains the process and criteria whereby CFIUS reviews certain covered transactions involving foreign investments in the nation’s industrial base that raise national security concerns. 
    Keeler talks about the key considerations and practices for potential mergers and/or acquisitions involving foreign investors, and he shares key trends in the CFIUS decision-making process. 
    Finally, Keeler provides his thoughts on key trends in international trade and trade agreements.  

    • 41 min
    Key trends in audits and investigations

    Key trends in audits and investigations

    This week on Off the Shelf , Jonathan Aronie, partner at Sheppard Mullin, updates his leukemia journey since his last year’s appearance on the show. He is now back to work full-time and as such the conversation quickly turns to key trends in investigations and audits. 
    Aronie outlines the spectrum of “reviews, investigations, and audits” that are part of doing business with the federal government. He continues with his analysis of the oversight spectrum by outlining the key features associated risks for contractors when dealing with GSA’s Industrial Operations Analyst (IOA) reviews, audits, and investigations.
    As part of a wide-ranging discussion, Aronie shares best practices and key considerations for contractors dealing with investigations and audits. 
    Among other topics, Jonathan gives his thoughts on the role contractor self-initiated internal reviews/investigations can have in mitigating risk. Finally, the discussion concludes with a focus on how of GSA’s legislative proposal addressing “best value” in the federal supply schedules will increase competition, leverage commercial innovation, and deliver enhanced mission support to customer agencies.  

    • 42 min
    A break down of the proposed CIRCIA rule

    A break down of the proposed CIRCIA rule

    This week on Off the Shelf, Townsend Bourne, partner at Sheppard Mullin, shares her insights regarding the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA’s) proposed rule implementing the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (CIRCIA). 
    At over 400 pages, the proposed CIRCIA rule is a daunting read. Bourne breaks down the rule identifying the key aspects and corresponding impacts for those covered entities.  She discusses the 16 critical infrastructure sectors covered and the corresponding number of private firms that will be subject to the rule, noting that defense infrastructure sector will now be subject to overlapping reporting requirements (CIRCIA and the DFARS/FAR cyber incident reporting requirements).
    Bourne also outlines what “cyber incidents” are to be reported, walking through the key tests for reporting .
    Finally, she details the mechanics and key features of the reporting process and contrasts the CIRCIA rule with the proposed FAR cyber incident reporting rule.   

    • 43 min
    The federal government's cybersecurity framework

    The federal government's cybersecurity framework

    Bob Metzger, shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, joins Off the Shelf this week and provides his incisive analysis and insights regarding the federal government’s cybersecurity framework.
    Metzger outlines the complex, ever-changing threat environment facing government and industry. From near peer adversaries to independent criminal elements, he frames the threat against the government’s ongoing program and regulatory cyber initiatives.
    Metzger analyzes the government’s underlying cyber strategy currently being implemented through procurement regulation, and he gives his take on the FAR’s cybersecurity regulations/clauses and the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program.
    Metzger also shares his thoughts regarding the impact of the cyber regulatory framework’s impact on small businesses and the government’s long term access to commercial innovation, and whether the government should move to a more “performance-based approach” to cybersecurity versus the current more prescriptive model outlined in a host of proposed rules.

    • 46 min

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