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Federal Acquisition Conference/Expo (FACE) Starts Tuesday

GSA #10163

June 6, 2005
Contacts:

GSA – Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

DoD – Dianne Bagley (703) 695-7145
Dianne.Bagley@osd.mil

OFPP – Lesley Field (202) 395-4761
Lesley_Field@omb.eop.gov

Washington, D.C. – Participants at the two-day, 2005 Federal Acquisition Conference and Exposition (FACE), opening tomorrow at the Washington Convention Center will have a chance to listen to the views of U.S. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, along with at least 70 federal acquisition experts from 31 federal agencies.

"Mission Possible through Acquisition," this year’s FACE theme, reflects the federal government’s commitment to contracting as a key component in how agencies purchase goods and services needed to fulfill their missions. Conference sponsors are the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, the Federal Acquisition Institute, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

“The FACE Expo, with its full range of training on the latest acquisition issues and a multitude of exhibitors' products and services, provides an exceptional opportunity for the acquisition community,” said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry. “It has become a major event, because it offers agencies a chance to learn about the many procurement options available to them. Equally important, FACE is another building block in the campaign to ‘Get it Right’ in federal contracting.”

Deidre Lee, Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, DoD, welcomes the opportunity to meet with the contracting officers, specialists, technical and contracting officer representatives, program managers and private contractors.

“DoD fully supports all efforts to provide the best value for federal agencies and the U.S. taxpayers,” said Lee, who will speak at FACE. “The more we work together to achieve these goals, the more we’ll succeed.”

The conference also has the support of David H. Safavian, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget.

"The acquisition workforce plays a critical role helping agencies achieve their mission goals -- but they do not work alone,” said Safavian, who also will address the conference. “Public and private sector practitioners, executives, academia, and industry come to FACE 2005 to discuss issues of importance to the acquisition community. The continued success of this event reflects how closely our communities are working to demonstrate results for the nation."