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Fall 2014 Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum

Co-sponsored by GSA, DHS, DOD, and NIST

The Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum is a public-private partnership focused on information and communications technology assurance.

Please register and plan to attend the Fall 2014 Software and Supply Chain Assurance (SSCA) Forum to be held at the General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters in Washington, DC, from 23 to 25 September 2014.

The SSCA Forums bring together stakeholders responsible for protecting the Nation’s key information and communications technologies—most of which are enabled and controlled by software and enabled by the supply chain.   Please plan to attend and contribute in working towards a software and supply chain assurance solution.

The event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.  Session registration is not required.



The theme for this year’s Fall Forum is “Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience Through Acquisition,” and the three day event will focus on how purchasing practices can mitigate cybersecurity risks.


Executive Order 13636 required Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Administrator of General Services Dan Tangherlini to submit recommendations to the President on improving the cybersecurity and resilience of the nation through the Federal Acquisition System.   The DoD-GSA Report, entitled “Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience Through Acquisition” makes six acquisition reform recommendations aimed at addressing risks in Federal acquisition practices.  With the Report as its backdrop, the 2014 Fall Forum will explore how public and private sector organizations are addressing various aspects of supply chain risk through their procurement activities and what further improvements might be made in the future.


SSCA Background:  The SSCA Forums started a decade ago as a public-private partnership co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.  The SSCA is an interagency public-private collaboration stakeholder community (of government, industry, and academic representatives) focused on the various technologies, standards and interdisciplinary functions and processes that contribute to the security and resilience of software, hardware, and services that enable and control Information and Communications Technology.  Fulfilling the Open Government Initiative, reflecting transparency, participation, and collaboration, the SSCA focuses community efforts through working groups on Supply Chain Risk Management (including Acquisition and Outsourcing), Tools and Technologies, Processes and Practices, Workforce Education and Training, and Measurement.

GSA has recently joined DoD, DHS, and NIST as a co-sponsor of this active, well-informed, public-private partnership, and the agency will leverage its new role as co-sponsor to engage more Federal Acquisition System stakeholders in the SSCA.  The co-sponsor agencies will also use the SSCA as a collaborative forum for improving cybersecurity of Federal acquisitions.  GSA will host the Fall Forum for the first time in September to formally launch the co-sponsorship.

SSCA events meet quarterly with the SCCA Forums meeting on a semi-annual basis in spring and fall, and the SSCA Working Groups (meeting in between Forums) in the summer and winter. 


View SSCA_Agenda [DOCX - 50.83 KB]


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Thursday, September 25, 2014
8:00 AM ET - 5:00 PM ET

GSA Central Office
1800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20405

Session Details

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