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Agenda

Dates and times of specific sessions and speakers are subject to change as we finalize our program.

April 28, 2024 Day 1

*Advance registration for activities required
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament *
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Enjoy a fun day on the links and meet new fellow PSC members at the Sunday golf tournament, which will take place at the Old White Golf Course.

1 - 2 p.m.
Sporting Clays Class (Group A) *
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A great way to meet fellow attendees! Located atop Kate's Mountain, the sporting clays course was designed by Justin Jones and John Higgins of the British School of Shooting and challenges shooters of all skill levels. 

2 - 3 p.m.
Tour of Greenbrier Bunker (Group A) *
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Join PSC members and take a tour of the declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier, a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in the resort's history. Carved deep into the mountainside beneath the resort's West Virginia Wing is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter. Once a top-secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress, The Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of The Greenbrier history.

3 - 4 p.m.
Wine Tasting *
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A Wagner Family Wine Tasting paired with Cheeses & Charcuterie Meats. This wine tasting will feature selection of 5 wines from The Wagner Family of Wines, starting with bubbles, followed by a crisp white wine, a smooth and rich chardonnay, a light-bodied red, and finally a full-bodied red wine. To make the event even more special, The Greenbrier will have one of Wagner's representatives conduct the tasting, while we serve delicious cheeses and charcuterie meats.

4 - 5 p.m.
'If These Walls Could Talk' Interior Tour *
Greenbrier interior tour

This walking tour of the public lobbies describes the interior of the hotel… its décor and its development. The Greenbrier opened in 1913; served as an Army Hospital during WWII; was redecorated by Dorothy Draper in the late 1940’s. Today, it continues to be a leading historic hotel in America.

4 - 5 p.m.
Pickle Ball *
pickball
This is all the craze these days and a great team activity. Once the activity is over, network with fellow attendees over complimentary drinks.
4 - 5 p.m.
Hike and Sip *
hike

Experience the great outdoors with an  invigorating hike through The Greenbrier’s vast terrain and then reward yourself for all of the calories burned with specialty low-calorie cocktails, designed by our beverage team. Sip  them all, and then learn to make your favorite on your own.

6 – 7 p.m.
First Timer Attendees/New Member Welcome Happy Hour

If you are a new PSC member or if this is the first time you have attended the PSC Annual Conference, we encourage you to sign up for this complimentary networking activity. PSC President & CEO David Berteau will provide a welcome and conference overview as you mingle with other new attendees, engage with members of the PSC Board of Directors, and get to know PSC staff.

6 – 7 p.m.
Axe Throwing and Lawn Games
Colonial Lawn

Join us outside on the Colonial Lawn and Terrace and try your hand at axe throwing! This is a fun, free, social event that will take place right before our reception begins. 

7 - 9 p.m.
Meet & Eat: Opening Dinner
Colonial Lawn & Terrace
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This is a roaming dinner complete with a variety of stations and buffets. There will be plenty of seating and high-top tables. We'll have plenty of seating outside to enjoy the beautiful weather!

9 - 10 p.m.
Fire Pits and Night Caps
Colonial Terrace
Fire pits
Enjoy firepits on the Colonial Terrace. 
9 - 11 p.m.
Sunday Social
Casino
sunday social

After dinner, try your luck at the private Greenbrier casino!

April 29, 2024 Day 2

*Advance registration for activities required
6 a.m.
5K Fun Run *
fun run

Join fellow runners for a 5K through and around the beautiful grounds of the Greenbrier.

7:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Chesapeake Room
8:30 a.m.
Opening and Welcome
Colonial Hall
podium
Zach Parker
Zach Parker
President, CEO, and Board Director, DLH Corp.
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David J. Berteau
President & CEO, PSC
9:00 a.m.
Keynote
podium
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Spencer Fisher
Chief Counsel, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
9:30 a.m.
Networking Break
9:50 a.m.
The Cybersecurity Landscape
Managing Threats Through Federal Compliance and Investment Opportunities
panel

Federal contractors are grappling with a myriad of cyber disclosure and risk mitigation requirements in order to more securely support federal missions. In 2024, the federal government will adjudicate several rulemaking actions that will have significant impacts on government services companies. These companies must implement strategies to minimize vulnerabilities and maintain seamless operations, even as the cyber threat environment constantly evolves and as threat actors conduct increasingly sophisticated incursions. Following keynote remarks on the current cybersecurity threat landscape, a panel will discuss how industry is executing strategies to address cyber threats and manage federal compliance. Attendees will hear from experts on how the federal government and contractors are meeting these challenges and planning for the future. 

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Eric Crusius
Partner, Holland & Knight (moderator)
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Dave McKeown
Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Defense
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Bhavesh Vadhani
Principal and Global leader for CohnReznick’s Cybersecurity, Technology Risk, and Privacy Practice
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Spencer Fisher
Chief Counsel, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
10:50 a.m.
Keeping It Real: Using Artificial Intelligence in Government Contracting
panel

Federal agencies are increasingly interested in harnessing the power of generative artificial intelligence (GAI) in a responsible and strategic manner. When creating a task force to tackle this issue area, DoD officials noted, “As we navigate the transformative power of generative AI, our focus remains steadfast on ensuring national security, minimizing risks, and responsibly integrating these technologies.” This sentiment also holds true among civilian agencies – and the contractors that support federal missions.   The question is how federal agencies and their industry partners can best realize this goal, as it applies to the acquisition process. 

This session will explore:  

  • Use Cases and Best practices. How is GAI being used to increase efficiency and / or effectiveness in the federal acquisition process, whether on the agency side or within industry? Which best practices are worth integrating into the govcon industry over the next 12 months?
  • Ethical and legal implications. What guiding principles can help industry navigate the GAI space to minimize bias and maximize positive results?  
  • Statutory and regulatory trends. What are government and industry officials seeing? Impacts on tech development or application? Disclosure or other compliance requirements?  
  • Workforce impacts. What, if any, impact will GAI have on government or contractor workforces?  
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Conrad Stosz
Director of Artificial Intelligence, OMB
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Jeff Shen
President, Red Team Consulting (moderator)
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Kara Sacilotto
Partner, Wiley
11:50 a.m.
Break for Lunch
12:45 p.m.
Keynote
podium
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The Honorable Sue Gordon
Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI)
1:30 p.m.
Networking Break
1:45 p.m.
Changing Acquisition Landscape
Navigating Priorities while Executing Optimal Mission Outcomes
panel
Federal priority levels are interchanging throughout acquisition initiatives: adhering to administrative rulemaking, increasing small business participation, improving inclusivity, and streamlining acquisition processes. Regulatory proposals alter contract requirements on the cusp of solicitation, or sometimes during solicitation – before final rulemaking. Small business goals conflict with disadvantaged business goals, and now supersede category management application. One-size-fits-all vendor qualification through scorecards may not always complement vendor capabilities for government orders, triggering protest. How are federal acquisition officials navigating prioritization of shifting, often competing, federal goals while executing acquisition strategies that engage better competition and produce optimal mission outcomes?  
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Lesley Field
Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
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Karla Smith Jackson
Senior Procurement Executive, Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer and Assistant Administrator for Procurement, NASA
Corey Nickens
Corey Nickens
Client Executive, Innovation, Assisted Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
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LaJuanna Russell
President & CEO, Business Management Associates (moderator)
2:45 p.m.
Adjourn
2:45 p.m.
Charity Project for the Jessie Rees Foundation
All encouraged to attend!
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The 2024 PSC Annual Conference is proud to support the Jessie Rees Foundation as its conference charity. As part of our support, attendees are encouraged to participate in a hands on volunteer opportunity. You’ll be working alongside fellow attendees to create Jessie’s JoyJars, which are stuffed to the brim with new, age-appropriate, hospital-approved toys, games and activities for Courageous Kids battling cancer, aged 0 – 18 years.

4 - 5 p.m.
Sporting Clays Class (Group B) *
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A great way to meet fellow attendees! Located atop Kate's Mountain, the sporting clays course was designed by Justin Jones and John Higgins of the British School of Shooting and challenges shooters of all skill levels. 
4 - 5 p.m.
Tour of Greenbrier Bunker (Group B) *
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Join PSC members and take a tour of the declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier, a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in the resort's history.
Carved deep into the mountainside beneath the resort's West Virginia Wing is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter. Once a top-secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress, The Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of The Greenbrier history.
4 - 6 p.m.
E-Mountain Bike Excursion *
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Guided single-track E-mountain bike riding. This is the real deal mountain biking. Guests will gain over 2,000 feet in elevation and cover around 10 miles of mountain terrain.
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Networking Reception
Enjoy networking with attendees after a day of substantive sessions. The reception will include live music and bourbon tasting.
7 p.m.
Chair’s Banquet
Our Chair's Dinner is our formal dinner of the conference. Cocktail attire is encouraged. During this dinner, we'll hear from Daniel Hoffman, retired services officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, and advocate on behalf of our conference charity, The Jessie Rees Foundation.
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Daniel Hoffman
Retired CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer, supporter of the Jessie Rees Foundation
9 p.m.
Monday After Hours
Casino
The private Greenbrier Casino is one of the most popular spots to continue the evening. 
9 p.m.
Fire Pits and Night Caps
Colonial Terrace
If you want to skip the casino, head to the Colonial Terrace for firepits. 

April 30, 2024 Day 3

*Advance registration for activities required
7:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
Colonial Hall
8:20 a.m.
Opening and Welcome
podium
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Janet Clement
President & CEO, Jefferson Consulting
8:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote
podium
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The Honorable Juan Zarate
Chairman of the Center on Economic and Financial Power, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
9:00 a.m.
Impact of Recent Court Decisions on GovCon
SFFA vs Harvard and Ultima vs Department of Agriculture
panel
Two recent court cases – Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard and Ultima Service Corp vs U.S. Department of Agriculture have significant potential to impact the operations and day-to-day activities of PSC member companies. While the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 29, 2023 Harvard decision struck down affirmative action in college admissions, the ripple effect may be to heighten the risk that companies with robust DEIA initiatives may face litigation as their internal policies – many of which are based on prior Executive Orders – may now be at odds with the decision.  Additionally, as part of the July 19, 2023 Ultima decision, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee found unconstitutional the SBA’s 8(a) Program regulations which establish a rebuttable presumption whereby individuals who qualify are not required to submit evidence of actual social disadvantage to be admitted into the Program. A team of legal experts will provide insights and updates pertinent to PSC member companies as the impacts of these cases are felt throughout the federal government. 
Jeff Chiow
Jeff Chiow
Co-Chair, Greenberg Traurig's Global Government Contracts Practice
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Barbara Hoey
Partner, Kelley Drye
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Alexander Alonso, Ph.D, SHRM-SCP
Chief Data & Insights Officer, SHRM
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Fran Bishop
CEO, Aerobodies (moderator)
10:00 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m.
M&A
Behind the Scenes with a Recent Acquisition
panel
Have you ever wondered what is really involved and at stake in an M&A transaction? This panel, made up of a representative from a buyer, seller, and advisory firm, will share their journey, highlighting how it started, how each side prepared for the transaction, the key issues they faced and had to resolve, what happened after the acquisition, and the overall lessons learned. Topics will include timelines for preparation, factors driving value creation, multiples, due diligence review, integrating cultures and management teams, and handling financing and debt issues.  An investment banker will also provide an update on the current state of the market and where it is headed.  
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Mehul Sanghani
CEO, Octo 
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Susan Wedge
Managing Partner, US Public & Federal Market, IBM
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Jean Stack
Managing Director, BAIRD (Moderator)
11:15 a.m.
Break for Lunch
12:00 p.m.
Lunch Session: Roadmaps to Growth
Recent Experiences in Moving from Small to Other-Than-Small
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How does the government benefit from its investments in business growth? While agency small business goals represent a key government priority, the government often encounters real challenges accessing the experience and solutions of companies who have emerged from small business programs. On the industry side, these companies typically face significant challenges to remain competitive in the unrestricted arena. What strategies do businesses and procuring agencies find most successful in emerging from size standards? 

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Cos DiMaggio
President, BrainGu
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Paige Smith
Assistant Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Mikhail Grinberg
Mikhail Grinberg
Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
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PV Puvvada
CEO, NetImpact Strategies (moderator)
1:00 p.m.
Networking Break
1:15 p.m.
What’s Coming? Trends and Possibilities in Federal Contracting
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A tidal wave of rulemaking activity, a shortage of “regular order” on the Hill, and key elections that could alter the federal landscape… 2024 is a year of considerable uncertainty. PSC’s President & CEO David Berteau will present data-informed analyses that can help position your company for success, despite these and other potential challenges. What are recent trends in the federal budget? In contract spending? In policies that will impact the government contracting industry? What can we expect from the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies as our nation moves through primary and general elections? This presentation will cover all this and highlight what you can watch for so that you can plan better for the fiscal year ahead.

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David Berteau
President & CEO, PSC
2:15 p.m.
Adjourn
4:00 p.m.
Networking Activities
4-6:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament B (9 Holes) *
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Join us for 9 holes on the Meadows course.
4 - 5 p.m.
Tour of Greenbrier Bunker (Group C) *
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Join PSC members and take a tour of the declassified Bunker at The Greenbrier, a must-see experience that takes you behind the scenes and walks you through a fascinating period in the resort's history.

Carved deep into the mountainside beneath the resort's West Virginia Wing is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter. Once a top-secret U.S. government relocation facility for Congress, The Bunker is now open to anyone interested in reliving a legendary piece of The Greenbrier history.

“Many of my best relationships in industry and the business community today started by meeting at the PSC Annual Conference.”

“I always catch up with someone I haven’t seen in a while; before you know it we are doing business.”

“The topics presented are relevant and informative.”

“The more engaged I become, the more enriched my PSC experience becomes.”

“I got two new clients from the conference!”

- PSC Annual Conference attendees
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Why should I attend PSC's Annual Conference?

PSC’s Annual Conference is the premier event for the government contracting industry. This event brings together more than 450 industry executives to examine the most important issues facing the government professional and technology services industry. Walk away with:

  • A deeper understanding of key agency challenges, delivered directly from agency leaders
  • A better sense of the challenges facing competitors and partners
  • An opportunity to promote PSC’s improvement of the relationship between industry and government, impacting our success
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Networking at its finest

Not only is the PSC Annual Conference an extraordinary opportunity for business intelligence, but perhaps what it is most known for the incredible networking opportunities it creates across the federal contracting marketplace.