Doing Business with the Federal Government under the New Administration
Federal Government agencies will contemporary challenges and opportunities in government contracting opportunities for both prime and subcontractors. Panelists are knowledge on small, medium and large business marketing and various government initiatives to meet contracting goals in the private sector in contract awards. They provide in-depth knowledge of essential tools, websites, databases, and other necessary skills when marketing to the federal government.
Deputy Director US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Christy Jackiewicz is the Acting Director for the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (DOE- OSDBU) and leads the charge to institutionalize the use of small businesses and fully integrate them into the Department’s competitive base of contractors.
Prior to joining OSDBU, Christy spent her career at the General Services Administration (GSA) in various managerial capacities, most recently as the National Director of Customer Care and Outreach, Office of Small Business Utilization. In this role, she was instrumental in creating efficiencies for businesses to contract with the government through strategic and innovative customer relationship management and program process improvements. Prior to that, she was the Principal Advisor to the Associate Administrator and helped develop and implement the agency’s comprehensive small business program strategies. Christy began her career as a contract specialist, with a focus on acquisition policy, where her passion for small business blossomed.
Program Manager OSDBU - U.S. Department of Agriculture
In October 2010, Michelle Warren was assigned Program Manager in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle coordinates and participates in events all over the country with high level USDA officials and others to promote federal contracting opportunities for small businesses.
Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”
Deputy Director OSDBU - Department of Homeland Security
E. Darlene Bullock began serving as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in June 2015. Ms. Bullock is also a Senior Procurement Analyst in the OSDBU serving as the Program Manager for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small disadvantaged, and women-owned. She also is a Desk Officer providing technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational contracting offices.
Ms. Bullock has over 25 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management. Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.
Ms. Esaias began her federal service career in 1986 as a Contract Intern at the Naval Regional Contract Center at Long Beach. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a member of the Acquisition Professional Corps. Ms. Esaias joined SPAWAR System Command (HQ) December 2009 and assumed responsibility for the Small Business Program, having previously been the part-time Deputy for Small Business and a Contracts Manager at the Command’s System Center, Pacific. Prior to joining SPAWAR Systems Center, Pacific, Faye was Head of Contracts at Officer In Charge of Construction (OICC) Camp Pendleton and a Contracts Division Head at Navy Public Works Center under Southwest Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Director of All Small Mentor Protégé ProgramOffice of Government Contracting/Business Development - Small Business Administration
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