Expanding Open Procurement Markets Under the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement: Brazil – A Case Study in Opening the BRICS

The leading free trade agreement in procurement, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), is missing the BRICS: the world’s most important developing economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have all failed to join. GW Law hosted this open colloquium, where a panel of senior procurement experts from Brazil, joined by senior members of the U.S. trade and procurement communities, explored the key hurdles to be met in bringing Brazil and the other BRICS into the GPA.

Program materials available online.

Link to video of colloquium.

Panel Topics

  • The GPA accession process — how the WTO views it, and how potential new entrants see it
  • Political and economic challenges for Brazil and other developing nations in preparing to join the GPA
  • The road to harmonization in procurement rules, between Brazil and the world
  • Addressing Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) preferences
  • “Buy Brazilian” — unique problems raised by domestic preferences

Panelists and Moderators

  • Alecia Bicalho, Motta & Bicalho
  • Augusto Dal Pozzo, Dal Pozzo Advogados
  • Cesar Pereira, Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini
  • Maurício Ribeiro, Portugal Ribeiro Advogados
  • Jean Heilman Grier , Principal Trade Consultant, Djaghe, LLC
  • Johannes Schnitzer, SchnitzerLaw, Vienna
  • Robert Anderson, World Trade Organization
  • Daniel I. Gordon, Steven L. Schooner, Joshua Schwartz, Jessica Tillipman, and Christopher R. Yukins, The George Washington University Law School

MSPM: In the Know, November 19, 2014

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Spring 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule
The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for the spring semester is now available. The Collaborate sessions provide a live weekly interface with the professor for the distance/online sections. Confirm with each professor when the first Collaborate session will occur.

• Summer 2015 Short-Term Study Abroad Programs Announced
The GWSB Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) team has announced the summer 2015 short-term study abroad program courses/destinations. Review the list of courses/destinations online and schedule advisement sessions with me and the G&EE team if you are interested in participating. Applications due in February 2015.

Vote for the PMA Board of Directors
The ballot is now available to vote for the GW Project Management Association Board of Directors. Voting ends Sunday, 23 Nov, at 11:59 p.m. Who should lead the student association next?

Spring 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule is now available for the spring 2015 distance/online courses. Your professors will review the schedule and expectations during the first week of class.

Course Course Title Professor Blackboard Collaborate Night Time Notes
DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting Easley Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6250 PM Finance Kwak Wednesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Jarrah Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Kettunen Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Comm Strat for PM Keleher Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to PM Griffith Tuesday 10pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 PM Applications Khamooshi Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains Matta Tuesday 9:30pm Eastern Mandatory

MSPM: In the Know, November 12, 2014

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Spring Registration & GTAs
Spring 2015 registration opened on Monday, 10 Nov. Classes are starting to fill up. Be sure to register early to guarantee a seat in your required or elective courses. I do expect the DNSC electives to fill to capacity.
Interested in serving as a GTA for the spring? If so, speak to the professor for the class you’d like to be a GTA. Each professor selects their GTAs. If you have never been a GTA before, you are required to attend a training seminar on 8 Jan. Payments generally range from $1,250 to $2,500 per course and workload is usually 10 hours per week.

Career Center Walk-in Hours, 13 Nov
The specialized masters career coach, Pilar Little, is hosting walk-in hours tomorrow, 13 Nov, 4-5 pm. She’ll spend 10 minutes with each student to answer career-related questions. No appointment or RSVP needed. Meet her outside of the F. David Fowler Career Center, suite 560 in Duques Hall.

G&EE Trivia Night and Photo Contest
The GWSB Global & Experiential Education team is hosting two events in celebration of International Education Week:

International Trivia Competition, 19 Nov

Join other GWSB students for a night of international trivia at Stoney’s on L St, NW. Compete in teams of 3-5 people. Sign up online. Food and drinks provided. Prizes awarded to winners.

International Photo Competition, 14 Nov

Submit photos from study abroad programs or from around Washington, DC. Submission deadline is 14 Nov at midnight. Review full details online.

MSPM: In the Know, November 5, 2014

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GW students, faculty, and staff now have access to lynda.com, a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Visit lynda.it.gwu.edu and enter your NetID and password to access the site. From there, you’ll have unlimited access to 3,075 video courses, custom playlists, and on-the-go learning. Training for Microsoft Project, Excel, SPSS, and more software packages is included.

Capitalize on Your Colonial Connections, 13 Nov
Join us for an evening of speed networking and dessert with fellow Colonials! Whether you are looking for new business opportunities or simply want to connect with the GW community, seize the opportunity to network with GW alumni and students from a variety of exciting industries. Event is open to all GW alumni and current GW graduate students. Thursday, 13 Nov, 7 p.m. EST in the Marvin Center. Register at http://go.gwu.edu/nov132014.

Check for Holds that May Prevent Registration
Spring registration starts on Monday, 10 Nov. Make sure you remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering for your classes. To view holds, log in to GWeb Info System, click on “Student Record and Registration,” then “Student Records Information Menu,” and finally “View Administrative Holds.” Did you…

MSPM: In the Know, October 30, 2014

Seeking Candidates for the GW PMA Board
The GW Project Management Association (PMA) is calling for interested individuals to self-nominate to serve on the board. If you are interested, complete the nomination survey no later than 5 pm EDT today, 30 Oct. Details on each board position are available on the blog.

Spring 2015 Registration Opens 10 Nov
Spring registration opens Monday, 10 Nov, via GWeb. GWeb registration is available 7am-10pm EST during the registration period. Confirm your plan in DegreeMAP and register accordingly to secure a seat in the desired course and section for next term.

To register in DNSC 6269 PM Application (capstone), you must complete and submit a Registration Transaction Form to my attention via email, fax, or in person. You cannot register via GWeb for DNSC 6269.
If you have a hold on your account for any reason, you will be prevented from registering for courses. A hold can only be removed by the office that placed it. The hold screen will tell you the source of the hold, whether financial, probation, etc.

Veterans Week
The GW VALOR office is organizing a variety events in honor of Veterans Day. Learn more and sign up for events online. A sample of the events include:

11/5: Veterans Career Event: Navigating Your Way into the Federal Government for Military and Veteran Students

11/9: Pancake Breakfast at the Provost’s Home to honor veterans with Associate Provost Mel Williams, Jr.

11/11 Veterans Day Wreath Laying

Seeking Candidates for the GW PMA Board

Nominate yourself for the GW PMA Board of Directors
Submit the nomination by Thursday, October 30, 5 pm EDT
Complete survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2GRVZJR

Dear MSPM students and interested graduate students,

The GW Project Management Association (PMA) elections are upon us. The first step is for interested individuals to nominate themselves for the ballot. Once nominations are received and finalized, the MSPM student body will vote for the new board.

If you are interested in serving on the board, complete the nomination survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2GRVZJR. Submissions are due no later than Thursday, October 30, at 5 pm EDT. Both on-campus and online students are eligible. Additional details on the board and their roles is available.

This is an excellent opportunity to actively participate in your graduate program and to help serve your fellow students. Submit your nomination today! If you have questions about the board, contact us at pmprog@gwu.edu.

GW PMA Board

MSPM: In the Know, October 22, 2014

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Spring 2015 Registration Opens 10 Nov
Spring 2015 priority registration begins Monday, 10 Nov, at 7 am via GWeb. Consult your plan in DegreeMAP prior to registering. The Schedule of Classes will provide details on course dates/times. MSPM courses are listed under Decision Sciences (DNSC). Register early to secure a seat!
To register in DNSC 6269 PM Application (capstone), you must complete and submit a Registration Transaction Form to my attention via email, fax, or in-person. You cannot register via GWeb for DNSC 6269.
• Computer Lab Survey
GW School of Business wants to hear your opinion regarding the current and future use of our computers in the GWSB computer labs. Please respond to the survey to help GWSB make decisions that better serve the whole community.

GW Library Services
Did you know that the library offers a wealth of online resources for both online and campus students? Did you know that they also provide tutorials on how to use their online resources? Visit library.gwu.edu to learn more about the available resources.

Spring 2015 Electives

Two 3 credit electives are available in the spring 2015 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  One 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains – is also available. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective or general elective requirements for the program.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Prerequisites: None


DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher (winner of 2014 MSPM Outstanding Faculty Award)

This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.

Prerequisites: None


DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.

SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions TBD.

Prerequisites: None

MSPM: In the Know, October 15, 2014

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2nd Annual NM IPMD 2014, 6 Nov
The GW MSPM program is proud to sponsor the 2nd Annual New Mexico International Project Management Day 2014 in Albuquerque, NM on 6 Nov. The PMI Otowi Bridge and Rio Grande Chapters are hosting a conference on 6 Nov at the Sandia Resort & Casino. On Friday, 7 Nov, Dr. Sam Ghosh, adjunct professor in the MSPM program, is leading a half-day session on risk management. Register to attend one or both events!

Brailsford & Dunlavey Recruiting at GWSB, 27 Oct
Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey will be on campus Monday, 27 Oct, 5-8 p.m. to recruit from GWSB. Brailsford & Dunlavey is a program management firm with comprehensive in-house facility planning capabilities. An MSPM alum, Shilpa Khatri, LEED AP, PMP is a project manager at the firm and will be in attendance. Make plans to attend!

Maher & Maher Hiring Analysts and Project Managers
Maher & Maher provides talent development services and leading-edge training and learning solutions to federal, state, and local governments. They are seeking GW students and alumni to fill several analyst and project manager positions associated with a new contract for the U.S. Department of Labor. Visit our group on LinkedIn for full details.