Procurement Round Table​

SERVING FEDERAL ACQUISITION EXCELLENCE SINCE 1984

Who We Are

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that cares deeply about the federal acquisition system. We are private citizens who serve pro bono to advise and assist the government in improving federal acquisition.

As Round Table Directors, we apply our recognized experiences in federal acquisition. We include former senior federal government officials from the executive and legislative branches who currently serve as private sector CEOs or senior acquisition officials, university professors, consultants, heads of non-profits and associations, authors, commentators, and senior partners, attorneys and officers in major law firms and think tanks.

We come from a wide spectrum of legislative and executive agencies, including congressional staffs, the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration, NASA, and Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, the Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. Check us out.

What We Do

  • We prepare and disseminate non-partisan studies, publications and other communications regarding the general subject of procurement and acquisition activities or reform. We study the effects of policy on federal governance and private sector contractors.
  • We promote and sponsor discussions, invitation-only forums, lectures and debates addressing timely topics such as supply chain security and innovative procurement methods.
  • We promote and sponsor educational and recognition activities in the public interest, concerning all aspects of procurement and acquisition.

Officers

Directors

Speakers

2021

Ms. Anita F. Bales, Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

2020

Ms. Margaret Augustine, Senior Procurement Executive, Central Intelligence Agency
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Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) Panel

  • MODERATOR Jim Williams, PRT Director
  • PANELIST Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget
  • PANELIST Melissa Starinsky, Director and Head of the Contracting Activity for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Ms. Shanna Webbers, Chief Procurement Officer, Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury
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Ms. Diane Janousek, National Security Agency Deputy Commandant for the National Cryptologic School
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Honorable Alan Shaffer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment
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Mr. William Roets, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Procurement at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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On September 10, 2020, PRT Hosted Forum on "COVID 19 Pandemic: What We’ve Learned: Looking back to look forward…!"

  • Panel 1: The Strategic Challenge
    • Stan Soloway, Moderator; President & CEO, Celero Strategies; and PRT Director
    • Joe Dyer, Chief Strategy Officer, National Spectrum Consortium
    • Alan Estevez, National Security and Logistics at Deloitte Consulting
    • David Grant, Former Associate Administrator, FEMA; Partner, Potomac Ridge Consulting
    • Stacy Cummings, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
  • Panel 2: Tactical Execution
    • Andrew Hunter, Moderator; CSIS Defense Industrial Base, Defense Trade, and Innovation; and PRT Director
    • Kim Herrington, Director of Defense Pricing and Contracts
    • Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP & Counsel at Professional Services Council; and PRT Director
    • Howard Porter, Senior VP & Director of Contracts, CACI

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Mr. Philip Christy, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
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Mr. Arun Seraphin, Professional Staff Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)
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Mr. Tim DiNapoli, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Ms. Anna McDonough, Assistant Director, GAO

2019

Ms. Stacy Bostjanick
Director of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition and Sustainment
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On September 5, 2019, PRT Hosted Forum on "Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Integrity - Delivering Uncompromised While Maximizing Access to the Global Marketplace"

PRESENTERS:
Vice Admiral David Lewis
Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency
Jeffrey Koses
Senior Procurement Executive, the General Services Administration

Jack Greene
Director of Contracts, Lockheed Martin

Bob Metzger
Partner, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell

Andy Hoskins
Vice President, Managed IT Services, NeoSystems LLC

MODERATOR:
David A. Drabkin
Vice Chair (Planning), PRT
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Jon Etherton
President, Etherton and Associates, Inc.; and PRT Director

Rich Beutel
Principal, Cyrrus Analytics LLC; and PRT Director

Kim Herrington
Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A & S))

James J. Kren
Deputy Director, Defense Security Service (DSS)

Major General Cameron G. Holt
Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting) USAF

2018

Terry Raney
Section 809 Panel Commissioner; and PRT Director

Darryl A. Scott
Section 809 Panel Commissioner; and PRT Director

September 6, 2018PRT Hosted Forum on Challenges in Acquisition Timeliness.

PRESENTERS:
Todd Richards
Atlas Program Manager, General Services Administration

Soraya Correa
Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Melissa Starinsky
Director, Office of Grants and Acquisition Management, Department of Health and Human Services

Hon. Kevin Fahey
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)

MODERATOR:
David A. Drabkin
Chairman, Section 809 Panel and Vice Chair (Planning), PRT
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Daniel M. Jacobs
Chairman/CEO of The Federal Market Group (FMG); and PRT Director.
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Katharina McFarland
President, Blue Oryx LLC; and PRT Director.
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Peter Levine
Senior Fellow, Institute for Defense Analyses; and PRT Director.
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Jonathan Etherton
Etherton and Associates; and PRT Director.
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David Drabkin
Chairman of the Section 809 Panel; and PRT Director.

2017

Jonathan Etherton
Etherton and Associates; and PRT Director.
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Mr. David Berteau
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Professional Services Council (PSC).
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September 7, 2017
PRT Hosted Forum on "Space the Final Next Frontier"

PRESENTER
Brigadier General Mark Baird
Director of Space Programs, United States Air Force

Bill McNally
Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Myland Pride
Director of Government and Legislative Affairs, Intelstat

David Harris
Acting General Counsel, SpaceX
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Hon. Robert F. Hale
Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security; Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton; former Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense.
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David Eagles
Director, Center for Presidential Transition, Partnership for Public Service.

General Paul J. Selva
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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Rich Beutel
Principal of Cyrrus Analytics; and Director, Procurement Round Table.
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Diane M. Janosek
Deputy Commandant of the NSA National Cryptologic School.

Awards

Procurement Round Table
Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award
Sponsor: Procurement Round Table
Award Amount: $5,000
How to Apply: Download the Call for Nomination and Application Form

2020 Winner
Ms. Shannon K. Sanders, working with the Defense Information Technical Contracting Organization of the Defense Information Systems Agency, awarded the Agency’s most critical and complex program: Global Solutions Management - Operations (GSM-O) II, a $6.52B single award, 10-year, IDIQ contract to operate and sustain DISA’s networks. She also championed a concept to significantly reduce evaluation time and managed a $160M Cybersecurity Network Operations (CyberNetOps) Design-Deploy-Sustain contracting effort.

2019 Winner
Ms. Lori-Ann Rissler, working with the Kessel Run detachment of the USAF Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, leads an integrated product team that executes the USAF's first Enterprise-wide Other Transaction agreement and other streamlined purchasing platforms.

2018 Winner
Master Sergeant Chad J. Stemick serves as the Deputy Chief for the wing and First Sergeant of the 18th Contracting Squadron, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan. He manages joint military and multi-national personnel in acquisition of all services and commodities to sustain 55,000 personnel and enable 104 aircraft.

2017 Winner
Mr. Adam Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Army 408th Contracting Support Brigade, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. With his technical guidance and oversight, the 408th CSB team executes over 4,800 actions annually valued over $20 billion in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Freedoms Sentinel, and Operation Spartan Shield.

2016 Winner
Mr. Luis Albert Holguin leads a five member team in the contract execution of a $2.8B development portfolio that is directly sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L))

HISTORY

  • Chartered in 1984 by a handful of former federal acquisition officials concerned about the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal acquisition system, the Procurement Round Table has been contributing to progressive reform in procurement and acquisition management ever since.
  • Elmer B. Staats, the fifth Comptroller General of the U.S., was instrumental in the early development of the PRT, after completing his 42 years of distinguished federal service. In collaboration with the National Contract Management Association, the PRT annually selects an early-career federal acquisition professional to be granted the Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award.
  • Over the years, PRT directors have testified before Congress, written policy papers for government agencies and trade associations, taught the acquisition workforce, authored books on acquisition reform, and provided the leadership for congressionally-mandated acquisition reform panels.
Elmer Staats

Publications

2020

A post-election message from government contractors to America
November 2020, By Steve Kelman

Creating an infrastructure for procurement innovation at DHS
November 2020, By Steve Kelman

Here we go again: 'diversity training' and government contractors
October 2020, By Steve Kelman

Brand Name or Equal: Without 'Equal,' It's Not Competitive
October 2020 By Steven L. Schooner

Re-imagining the small-business mentor-protege model
September 2020, By Steve Kelman

“Warming Up” to Sustainable Procurement
September 2020 By Steven L. Schooner and Markus Speidel

Section 876 – GSA takes welcome steps towards innovation
September 2020, By Roger Waldron

Section 889 implementation: Language changes that may have big consequences
August 2020, By Roger Waldron

Unpriced schedules: Instantly promoting small business opportunities
July 2020, By Roger Waldron

Postscript II: Enhanced Debriefings
May 2020 By Steven L. Schooner

Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2019)
March 2020 By Steven L. Schooner

Enhanced Debriefings: A Toothless Mandate?
February 2020 By Steven L. Schooner

2019

U.S. Government to Award Billions of Dollars in Contracts to Open Electronic Marketplaces to Government Customers—Though Serious Questions Remain
November 2019 By Christopher R. Yukins

Administrative Conference of the United States Launches Study of Agency-Level Bid Protests
August 2019 By Christopher R. Yukins

Mitigating counterfeit, cyber and supply chain risks in the e-commerce pilot
May 2019, By Roger Waldron

e-GSA: Creating opportunities through e-commerce
February 2019, By Roger Waldron

DOD's Section 809 panel proposes a revolution in contracting
January 2019, By Steve Kelman

Barriers to entry in the federal marketplace -- they're not what you think
January 2019, By Steve Kelman

Addressing cyber risks of e-commerce
January 2019, By Roger Waldron

2018

Commercial Products and Services: Raising the Market Research Bar or Much Ado about Nothing?
November 2018 By Steven L. Schooner

Most Effective Acquisition Organization (MEAO)
October 2018, By Dan Jacobs and Lenn Vincent

Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity Contracts: Time to Correlate Practice and Policy?
August 2018 By Steven L. Schooner

How a New Contracting Tool is Shaking Up Federal Procurement
July 2018, By Steve Kelman

Memo to GSA: Contracts with high access fees don’t fly with customers
June 2018, By Larry Allen

DoD cloud strategy: Stifling innovation in the name of innovation
March 2018, By Roger Waldron

False Claims Act: Greater DOJ Scrutiny of Frivolous Qui Tam Actions?
March 2018 By Steven L. Schooner

Meet the contracting folks who are encouraging new IT vendors
March 2018, By Steve Kelman

Urban Myths: Are GSA’s prices fair and reasonable?
January 2018, By Roger Waldron

2017

Questions continue regarding DoD's cloud forecast
December 2017, By Roger Waldron

'Reinventing government', 25 years later
December 2017, By Steve Kelman

Transformation two-step: Challenges for government and industry
November 2017, By Stan Soloway

Could 'microconsulting' disrupt government contracting?
July 2017, By Steve Kelman

Senate attempt to reduce protests misses the point
July 2017, By Stan Soloway

Contract protests up; contract awards down. What to do?
July 2017, By Michael Fischetti

Best-in-class contracts: Where is the classroom?
July 2017, By Roger Waldron

Section 801: Limiting competition to 'increase' competition?
June 2017, By Roger Waldron

Run, don't walk, away from GSA's transactional data reporting rule
April 2017, By Larry Allen

Trump reorganization could improve federal procurement
March 2017, By Roger Waldron

The new Office of American Innovation -- let's give Trump credit
March 2017, By Steve Kelman

OAI: A jump start for procurement innovation
March 2017, By Roger Waldron

PRT Letter of Recommendations to President-Elect Trump
January 2017, PRT Chairman Allan V. Burman, Ph.D with contributions from PRT Officers & Directors

2016

Procurement policy and the transition sweepstakes
December 2016 By Steve Kelman

OFPP and category management: Pressing the pause button
December 2016 By By Roger Waldron

Trump leases his D.C. hotel from a government agency he'll soon be in charge of
November 2016 By Steven L. Schooner and Daniel I. Gordon

Donald Trump's management agenda?
November 2016 By Steve Kelman

Procurement policy world heats up during dog days of summer
August 2016 By Roger Waldron

Transactional Data Reporting: A customary commercial practice?
July 2015 By Roger Waldron

How GSA can make it easier to deliver best value services and solutions
April 2016 By Roger Waldron

Benchmarking Silicon Valley
March 2016 By Michael Fischetti

Why acquisition reformers should follow Willie Sutton's advice
January 2016 By Larry Allen

Say 'yes, if...' not 'no, because...'
January 2016 By Michael Fischetti