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Pax Partnership, NCMA Chesapeake Chapter Host Contract Specialist Briefing

Published: 20 Feb 2013

The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Chesapeake Bay Chapter announce a brown-bag briefing on “the role of the contract specialist in these challenging times” on Wednesday, February 27. All are welcome to attend.

Mr. Elliott B. Branch, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), will provide the government perspective on the contract specialist role. Mr. Branch is the senior career civilian responsible for acquisition, contracting and policy that governs the operation of the Navy’s world-wide, multibillion-dollar acquisition system. He is the principal civilian advisor to the Navy Acquisition Executive and serves as the Department of the Navy’s Competition Advocate General for procurement matters and is the community leader of the Navy’s contracting workforce.

 Mr. Bruce Sharp, Acquisition and Contracting Specialist, MITRE, will provide an industry perspective on the contract specialist role. In federal service prior to retirement, Mr. Sharp reported to office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). As Director of the Program Analysis and Business Transformation, he was responsible for overseeing analysis and support of the contracting and business aspects of Department of the Navy (DON) acquisition programs and for the development and support of business transformation initiatives within DON to include Strategic Sourcing.

 Mrs. Diane Balderson, Assistant Commander, Contracts, NAVAIR will open and welcome the attendees and speakers. Biographies for all three speakers are available for view on the registration website.

Ms. Bonnie Green, Executive Director, The Patuxent Partnership, said “The work of contracting specialists is vital to the mission of Patuxent River. It is important that we better understand their requirements and their challenges.” 

“The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of NCMA is pleased to work with The Patuxent Partnership on this important topic,” said Ms. Emily Harman, President. “Federal contracting is challenging but critical to our national security and in this economy.” 

The program will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and beverages. This is a no-cost program. 

The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on initiatives in science and technology, hosts programs of interest to NAVAIR and the broader DoD community, and supports workforce development including education initiatives and professional development.  Visit www.paxpartnership.org or call 301-866-1739.

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), founded in 1959, is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. For more information regarding the Chesapeake Bay Chapter, visit us at:  http://ncmachesa.org/


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