March 2019  Newsletter

We hope you enjoy this month's NCMA Denver Newsletter. Thank you for your interest in NCMA and the Denver Chapter.

Our Chapter has many upcoming events and we encourage you to join us for at least one of them. 

We are soliciting articles from our members, please contact us at if you have a topic or idea and are interested in providing an article.
In This Issue


Professional Development - Small Study Groups for CPCMS

The NCMA Denver chapter held a Certified Professional Contract Manager Study Group from January 16-February 27, 2019.  This formal study group offered 12 CPE credits to assist with the 120 credits required to register for the exam.  We were excited that 8 candidates attended the formal Study Group and look forward to their after exam report.  Successful candidates report that 90-120 hours of focused study are necessary. 
The Study Group will continue beyond the formal classroom portion.  Please contact Amanda Reyes to participate in the informal continuing study at her email  The  course CPE certificates will be sent out shortly.  

The chapter thanks our guest instructors Quincy Stott, Karri Palmetier, Stephen Leisenring, Matt Gomer, and Paul Fisher.

For more information on this course and certification opportunities, contact the Certification and Education Chair Byron Guidry at 719-201-7898.
Local Elections!
Interested in Leadership? Do You Want to Guide the Chapter's Future?

The Chapter's elections for the next Program Year will start next month. If you are interested in being active and want to work with a wonderful leadership team, contact us at

Advertising Opportunity - Seeking Sponsors
Do you want an easy way to reach 400+ contract professionals in the Denver area? Then become a sponsor! NCMA Denver Chapter is actively recruiting companies that want to make a difference. Our program year includes webinars, study groups, seminars, service projects, networking, and social gatherings throughout the year. These events would not be possible without the financial support from our sponsors. A big THANK YOU to our current sponsors Dentons, Ball Aerospace &Technologies Corp, EKS&H Now part of Plante Moran, PilieroMazza, and Crowell & Moring!

In return for your sponsorship, at a minimum, your company logo and website link will be on the NCMA Denver website, the logo on our monthly newsletter, and verbal recognition will be given at prominent events. With a strong presence in the Denver area, your company will be seen! 
We would be delighted to explore the benefits of chapter sponsorship with your organization. Learn more by e-mailing Julie Linton at and become a sponsor today.
Join Us! NCMA Denver Gives Back to the Community in March
Attending networking events every month is a great way to expand your professional horizons, meet professional and personal goals, and make connections in your industry.  This month NCMA Denver is doing things a little differently. We will be rolling up our sleeves and giving back to the community.

Join us the Denver Rescue Mission, where we will be serving meals for our community. All are welcome so please bring your friends, family, or coworkers.

When: Wednesday March 27th from 4:45pm to 7:15pm MST
Where: Denver Rescue Mission, Lawrence Street Community Center (2222 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205). This event is located in downtown Denver, therefore parking is limited to street and garage parking.

Price: Your Time

Please note that due to advanced planning and preparation for this event, a 72 hour cancellation notice is required. For registration cancellations, please email

Move Your RFP from a C to an A+! 
    Five Things You Can Do Today
When: Thursday, March 28 from 12 - 1:30
Where:  Dentons (Downtown Denver location) - please check in at the lobby and you will be escorted to the 7th floor.
Abstract: This webinar ( GCMS 2018 Best-Rated Topic), presented by Jake Smithwick, PhD, MPA, is based on a multi-university study that reviewed and graded hundreds of public RFPs. Learn the 5 most effective ways to improve your RFP instead of recycling an old, unstructured model to help ensure success.

Key Takeaways:
  • Improve the client procurement relationship through better RFPs
  • Improve contract performance outcomes.


Thanks to our sponsors for providing monthly legislative and regulatory updates:


Dentons - March 2019

Piliero Mazza - Weekly Reports

Alert - OFCCP No Longer Sending Written Notice of Audits
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP ) announced that it will no longer send companies a written notice of a pending audit. Companies must check the online Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) on the OFCCP FOIA Library in order to learn if it will be audited. OFCCP also encourages companies to subscribe to OFCCP Email Updates  through its website to receive timely notification of the CSAL and other compliance assistance resources real-time.