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Meet APEX!! APEX!!2022-12-07T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass601627E76C6E44E2A32BB66A7F60D46D"><strong>Update on DoD's PTAP Program Transition</strong><br> <br> Dear Colleagues,<br> <br> Resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains are key to a healthy defense industrial base and a path to economic prosperity for countless American small businesses. To underscore this, I would like to highlight recent actions taken by the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) to provide support to our industry partners and strengthen the defense industrial base.<br> <br> On October 1, 2022, the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) transitioned from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to OSBP. This move will allow the Department to integrate these centers into our broader industry engagement activities and leverage them to provide support to our suppliers looking to do business with the Department and other federal agencies.<br> <br> Recently, I rebranded these centers, to our APEX Accelerators and established a new leadership team under Mr. Khalil Mack who is now the Director of the Department’s APEX Accelerators. Under Khalil’s leadership I am confident that the APEX Accelerators will thrive and prosper. The PTAC moniker will sunset over the course of this fiscal year.<br> <br> The Department’s APEX Accelerators are located in fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands and have ninety-six locations. These Accelerators will keep helping American businesses pursue contracts with federal, state, and local governments by assisting with various registration and eligibility requirements, identification of contract opportunities, preparation for applications and submission of bids. They will also support the Department in targeted market research and other efforts to support specific acquisitions pursuant to the action plan developed in response to President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) 14017 on “America’s Supply Chains”, EO 14036 on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy”, and EO 13985 on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”.<br> <br> The Department’s APEX Accelerators will serve as critical enablers to opening the defense industrial base to small, medium, large, and new entrant companies that are on the forefront of innovation. For more information on the APEX Accelerators visit <a href=""></a>. I look forward to working with all of you to make this new effort a success. Thank you.<br> <br> Regards,<br> <br> Farooq Mitha<br> Director, Department of Defense<br> Office of Small Business Programs<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Meet-APEX!!
DAU-GMU Government Contracting Conference Videos Government Contracting Conference Videos2022-12-05T12:00:00Z GMU-DAU Conf.JPG, GMU-DAU Conf.JPG GMU-DAU Conf.JPG<div class="ExternalClass725DC664325540F993D7076F9EC18C02">Our 4th Annual George Mason University (GMU) and DAU Government Contracting Conference held on November 4, 2022 was a great success!! This conference was themed as <a href="">Acquisition Next</a> and focused on the need to replace the industrial age acquisition paradigm of linearity and prediction with digital age approaches of modularity, speed, iteration, and competition. It was a great day to listen to key leaders in Acquisition (both inside and outside of Government) on such great topics. Speakers included: <ul> <li>Dr. William LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment</li> <li>Ms. Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering</li> <li>Mr. Michael Brown, Visting Scholar, Hoover Institution, Stanford University</li> <li>Ms. Ellen Lord Vice-Chair PPBE Reform Commission and former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment</li> <li>Ms. Tara Murphy Dougherty, CEO Govini</li> <li>Mr. Bob Etris, Managing Partner Evans Consulting</li> <li>Dr. John (Jerry) McGinn, Executive Director Center for Government Contracting at GMU</li> <li>Mr. James Woolsey President, DAU.</li> </ul> You can watch our above line-up as well as our other wonderful speakers in the below links. <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Welcome to Acquisition Next</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Workforce Next</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">What's Next for Small Business Innovation?</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">PPBE Reform - How Does Money Impact Tech Transition</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Fireside Chat: Research and Development in an Era of Integrated Deterrence</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Fireside Chat Bridging the Valley of Death</a></li> </ul></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/DAU-GMU-Government-Contracting-Conference-Videos
Quantitative Methods Credential-CCON 004 Deployed!! Methods Credential-CCON 004 Deployed!!2022-11-17T17:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassB16AB7F5CFCB4628BC431254A49589E4"><a href="">CCON 004 Quantitative Methods Credential</a> has deployed!<br> <br> Are you involved in contracting or cost and price analysis activities that require proficiency in quantitative methods, such as regression analysis and learning curves? Then CCON 004, Quantitative Methods is for you! In this credential, students will learn various quantitative techniques for contract pricing, to include Statistics, Regression Analysis, and Learning Curve Analysis. After taking three virtual Instructor-led (VILT) courses, students will have the opportunity to listen to practitioners in the field discuss lessons learned in pricing quantity curves, bands, and ranges; and also view a webinar on pricing variable quantities. The two videos provide realistic applications of the quantitative techniques presented in the three VILT courses.<br> <br> Students who have previously successfully completed CON 7400V Statistics, CON 7410V, Regression Analysis, or CON 7420V, Learning Curve Analysis, will automatically receive credit for those courses after enrolling in the credential.<br> <br> For more information about the credential, or to enroll, go to <a href="">CCON 004 Quantitative Methods Credential (</a>.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Quantitative-Methods-Credential-CCON-004-Depoloyed!!
CON 7610 Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) Course is Deployed! 7610 Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) Course is Deployed!2022-11-14T17:00:00Z 7610.png, 7610.png 7610.png<div class="ExternalClass7A63BBD99CC5450ABDF8FC2151F5F576"><strong>CON 7610, Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) Contracting Course has deployed!</strong><br> <br> Are you involved in structuring, negotiating or administering Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) (FPIF) contracts? If so, CON 7610, Fixed-Price Incentive (Firm Target) Contracts Course is for you! This Online Training course will cover the key foundations, elements, structure, geometry, negotiation guidance, lessons learned, and administration of FPIF contracts. Pair this course with our incentive contracting playlist (read the blog here: <a href="/training/career-development/contracting/blog/New-Contract-Incentive-Playlist-is-Live!!!!">DAU News - New Contract Incentive Playlist is Live!!!!</a>), and you’ll be an expert in incentive contracting in short order!<br> <br> To learn more about the course and to register, select this link: <a href=""> </a></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/CON-7610-Fixed-Price-Incentive-(Firm-Target)-Course-is-Deployed!

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