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An MSPM student wants your feedback in a research study

Moataz Hussein, a current MSPM student is conducting a research study as part of the requirements of his degree and he would like to invite you to participate. He is studying the integration between strategy management performance and portfolio management performance. The questions should take about 5 minutes. To complete the survey online, please go to the URL below:

Interagency Acquisition Strategies Course Offered to MSPM Students

MS in Government Contracts is running an online course this summer on “Interagency Acquisition Strategies” (GCON 6290-DE ). This will be relevant to any project management professionals working in the government contracting world and satisfies the general elective requirement for the MSPM program. This is a distance learning course. This course meets: 7/5/2016-8/13/2016.

Course Description:

This course will cover why and how federal government agencies utilize inter-agency acquisition methods. Inter-agency acquisitions, including the use of Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC’s), Multiple Award Contracts (MAC’s), GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracts (MAS) and assisted acquisition services account for billions of dollars in business each year. In fact, some analysts state that approximately 50% of information technology acquisitions are conducted via inter-agency acquisitions. We will discuss why the government creates and uses GWAC’s, MAC’s, and Schedules, collectively known as Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The advantages, disadvantages and other considerations of using this contract type will be covered from both the government and industry points of view. In addition, we will explore the use of assisted acquisition services, services that some government agencies provide to others on a fee-for-service basis.

Major IDIQ contracts that will be discussed include the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program, GSA Alliant and OASIS, NASA SEWP, plus the DOD LOGCOM contract and similar contract vehicles. We will also study GSA’s Assisted Acquisition Services operation, the Department of Interior’s Business Center and the new assisted services operation launched by the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). Applicable rules, regulations and best practices will considered.

Students will be expected to work in teams to develop business cases for sample new IDIQ contracts. Business case approval is required by the Office of Management and Budget for major IDIQ’s. Students will be evaluated on the efficacy, and completeness of their business cases. Business cases will be evaluated by a panel of experienced IDIQ contract professionals.

If interested, you may register via GWeb through Government Contracts. The course is CRN 92510, GCON 6290-DE Interagency Acquisition Stra (3.0 credits) on the schedule.


Message from New Administrative Director, Agnes Socrates

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new Director for the GWSB Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. As a recent MSPM program alumna, I have a strong interest in seeing the MSPM program continue to grow and prosper. Throughout my time as a student, I have grown very familiar with the program, including its faculty, staff and students. There is no greater honor than to have the opportunity to work with students like you, whom I regard with so much admiration for the unique experiences you bring to the program.

As your adviser, I wish to instill in you, an outlook in life that builds on the strength within yourself to conquer the journey to success. While I am fortunate to have met many of you at the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 orientations, I intend to meet
with you individually between now and August 2016 to map out a plan for your future semesters and to hear your feedback so we may continue to improve your experience with the program. My ultimate goal is to see you succeed and give you the best learning experience possible. For the graduating class, I will meet with you as a group for a feedback session in May. I am dedicated to connecting with current students and alumni so we may continue to attract exceptional students. My duties as Director will continue the work of my predecessor, Cambria Happ who has done a remarkable job running the program.

The MSPM program attracts high-caliber students from a wide variety of careers, background, cultures, and geographies. It’s been my experience that the program’s diversity is one of its strongest assets. My own professional background started in the Philippines where I worked on international development projects with USAID and the World Wildlife Fund. Since moving to the United States in 2004, I have taken on a series of increasingly advanced roles in academic administration at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the George Washington University. I look forward to sharing my 15 years of
local and international experience to advise the MSPM students and work with faculty towards continued success in the fast-paced and ever evolving field of project management.