NCMA World Congress 2012 – What an Experience!

I have now been to 2 consecutive #ncmawc in Denver and Boston respectively and I am looking forward to November this year in DC and 2013 in Pasadena.  I find the hardest part of the day to be what session to attend.  I can normally pick out at least 3 per session that “strike my fancy” and I get stuck having to pick just one.

I chose the following sessions:

The Top Ten Tools Every Subcontract Manager Needs – Jim Kirlin provided a very no-nonsense approach to the process and injected the 10 “steps/tools” that were needed.  Even though I would argue that the addition of actual tools (software) would also be a good idea.  In fact, I highly recommend the FAR Matrix tool – complete with flowdown and reporting requirements easily and directly associated with each contract clause.

2012 PEPP Talk: Post Election Procurement Policy Predictions – another good session with some insight into where the government may be leaning.  In an election year, the predictions of the future are always varied and it is good to note the trends.  Especially the highlights based on the assumption “whomever wins the election.”  No matter what, the government still has to produce and work.

Changing World of Small Business Contracting – I have written in this blog many times about the “plight” of the small business contractor. The SBA tries to remain on the forefront of change and support for small businesses.  The forthcoming regulations will have a significant impact on small businesses and it is good to know how the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 will finally be implemented.

Top 10 Service Contract Act Mistakes and How to Avoid Them to Stay in Compliance and Protect Your Bottom Line – I was really looking forward to another “Top 10” but was a little disappointed with this session.  The conversation was more about the SCA and less about the mistakes.  Participation was really good between the audience and the presenter,  but in this case I felt that it derailed the message of the presentation and I left after 40 minutes.

The general sessions always remain positive, upbeat, and with the right amount of insight and humor.  I always stick around for these, even if I am left standing in the corner due to lack of seats.

The people, although mentioned last here, are always interesting and informative.  I really enjoy finding new like-minded professionals that want to shape the future of the industry, rather than just work in the industry.  Thanks to everyone that came by the booth!

Did you attend?  What were your thoughts?  What was your favorite?

About Marty Herbert

With 13 years of government contract administration, analysis, finance, and audit experience, I have established a firm baseline in ethics and a specialization in government contracts that has prepared me to become a subject matter expert in my field. I am currently working on enhancing government contracts management and compliance through workflow tools and product offerings - attempting to make the process proactive as opposed to reactive.
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