SOURCE: National Contract Management Association

National Contract Management Association

November 18, 2015 04:30 ET

Improving Our Acquisition System One Discussion at a Time

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwired - November 18, 2015) - The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) will host the annual Government Contract Management Symposium (GCMS) December 14-15, 2015 in Washington, DC. Over 800 contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals will be in attendance for the event. The theme this year, "Transforming the Profession: Anticipating and Adapting to Change," will be addressed by multiple keynote speakers, executive panel discussions, and 20+ breakout sessions from subject matter experts.

One of the highly anticipated keynote addresses features Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Chairman of House Armed Services Committee. On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in a hearing related to acquisition reform, Congressman Thornberry said, "A major priority for this committee has been and will continue to be improving our acquisition system."

NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti said, "Members of the contract management workforce perform important and complex work on a daily basis. With movement toward shared services, a more digital government, and further scrutiny of government and contract spending, today's contract managers have huge responsibilities and pressure to effectively implement today's contracting programs. As a neutral party, NCMA hosts both government and industry to collaborate on creative solutions to shared challenges. The event provides training and education to help best accomplish our organizations' missions."

The Government Contract Management Symposium and all NCMA national training events comply with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requirements regarding government employee conference training as defined in 5 CFR 410.404.

Founded in 1959, NCMA is the world's leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 20,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. 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 on the association, please visit

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