September 2017 Newsletter

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

President's Corner with Angie Burke
Angie Burke
NCMA Denver President
Dear Denver Chapter,
The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is a professional non-profit association and premier resource for the contract management community, governed by volunteer members. I am honored to serve the Denver Chapter this program year as its President. The Denver Chapter is starting this year once again strong financially, with a growing membership, and an energized Board of Directors ready to bring you a successful Program Year. We are starting strong thanks to the leadership of last year's President, Stephanie Amend, and the support of our volunteer Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.
I encourage our members to explore what NCMA and the Denver Chapter can offer you to help advance your career. NCMA offers a variety of education, training, and networking opportunities. For example, NCMA's certification programs, including the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), and Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM), are available to eligible candidates who excel and meet high standards in experience, education, training, and knowledge. These certifications are professional designations of distinction that can help set you apart in your career. For information on these certifications and our study groups offered later in the program year, please contact our Certifications Chair, Matt Gomer. NCMA also encourages members to apply to the Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP), an intensive year-long educational program designed to develop upcoming acquisition and NCMA leaders. For information on this program, please contact our Leadership Chair, Quincy Stott.
This summer, I had the privilege of attending World Congress, NCMA's premier annual training event for contract management and procurement professionals, across government and industry. Denver Chapter members Jami Eckel, Brie Staker, and Melanie Burgess all presented break-out sessions. This is an ideal opportunity for contract professionals to find training on a wide variety of topics in smaller breakout sessions and attend key note addresses by influential speakers in the profession. In my opinion, the most valuable benefit of attending these national events is the unparalleled opportunity to network with over 2000 of your fellow contract management and acquisition professionals. I hope you can take advantage of World Congress next July in Cleveland, or the Government Contracts Management Symposium this December in Arlington, and make some beneficial new connections.
The Denver Chapter strives to bring our members meaningful experiences throughout the program year for professional and leadership development, education and training, and professional and social networking to advance your career in contract management. You can learn about these opportunities and specific events on our website, our monthly newsletters, on social media, or by attending the Board of Directors' monthly meetings. Our next meeting will be October 17 th, and generally on the second Tuesday evenings of the month. We welcome our members' input into how we can better serve our community, this program year and in the future, so please reach out to us. We will be kicking off the year with a networking happy hour Thursday, September 28 th, at  Hearth & Dram. I look forward to seeing you there or at another of our events soon.
Thank you,
Angie Burke
NCMA Denver Chapter President
2017-2018 Program Year
(303) 242-6287
NCMA Denver Chapter Kick-off Networking Event and Happy Hour: September 28, 2017
Celebrate the start of another program year at the Hearth & Dram on Thursday, September 28th, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. (join us anytime).  Meet your 2017-2018 Board members and let them know what programs would make this year a success for you!   Street parking is available near Union Station and Hotel Indigo Parking Garage.  
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Hearth & Dram (1801 Wewatta Street, Denver, CO 80202)
Save the Date: NCMA Denver's Fall Event
Please save the date for NCMA Denver Chapter's Fall Event on November 9, 2017.  Further details coming soon.
Congratulations, New Certificants and Award Recipients from the Denver Chapter!
The Denver Chapter congratulates those who received their certifications from May 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017.
  • Kristine Kalish - CFCM
  • Tracie Stephens - CFCM
  • Matthew Strayer - CFCM
  • Lisa Gossett - CCCM

Congratulations to Brie Staker on receiving the 2017 Advancing Professionals Award!

Read the full Press Release here .
NCMA Awards; Fellow and Outstanding Fellow
Nominations due December 1st, 2017
Each year NCMA provides awards to deserving members of the association. I will be serving as the Chapter's Awards Chair this program year and it is my pleasure to assist you, our members, with submitting nomination packages for yourself or others for these awards. Our Chapter is full of accomplished members and I'd love to help you get the deserved recognition. You can read the full list of awards offered by NCMA at: .
The Fellow Award and Outstanding Fellow Award are the next coming with nominations due by December 1st. The Fellow Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to contract management and NCMA. The application consists of a point system over nine categories. A minimum of 17 points is required to be eligible for the Fellow Award. The categories include: NCMA Membership; Academic and Professional Training; Work Experience in the Contract/Acquisition Profession; NCMA Service- Chapter Level; NCMA Service- National Level; Publications; Volunteerism-Non-NCMA Event; Academic Service and; National Awards and recognition. A copy of the application can be found at:

The Outstanding Fellow Award is to recognize current Fellows who have made significant contributions to NCMA since becoming a Fellow. The Chapter President will submit a letter formally nominating the individual for the award.
I would be happy to be of assistance if you're interested in nominating someone or yourself for either of these awards. I can reached by email at .
By: Brie Staker, Awards Chair
FAR v DFARS Safeguarding
Karri L. Palmetier at Palmetier Law
The new cybersecurity requirements are upon us and companies are establishing enhanced IT systems. The FAR and DFARS clauses are similar with a few different requirements. The following table provides an simple comparison to help companies understand and implement the new requirements.

FAR 4.19/52.204-21
DFARS 4.73/52.204-7012

-All Agencies

-All contracts except COTS

-Federal Contract Information

-Focused on Systems

-DoD Only

-All contracts except COTS

-Covered Defense Information

-Focused on Information

Effective Date
Now (no Safe Harbor)
December 31, 2017
15/17 of NIST 800-171
All 110 of NIST 800-171
No requirement for government to mark
Marked or otherwise indicate if Covered Defense Information
No explicit reporting requirement

-Mandatory - 72 hours, DoD

 report / provide incident number to prime

No Certification Requirements
Required by 252.204-7008

-Mandatory if subcontractor "may have Federal contract information residing in or transiting through its information system"

-No guidance for how to assess or monitor

-Mandatory for "subcontracts, or similar contractual instruments, for operationally critical support, or for which subcontract performance will involved covered defense information, including subcontracts for commercial items, without alteration, except to identify the parties"

-Prime is responsible for cyber enforcement

-Prime - determine if Subcontractor can comply, Request deviations

-Subcontractors must notify Primes if unable to comply


Denver Chapter Leadership
Angie Burke - President
Stephanie Amend - President-Emeritus
Jami Eckel - President-Elect
Nate Gordon - Treasurer
Alyson McCoy- Secretary
Board of Advisors:
Melanie Burgess
Blake Couture
Brad Duchein
Dolly Fernandez
Paul Fisher
Rodney Fowler
Kelly Garehime
Matt Gomer
Thomas Lemmer
Thomas Reid
Phil Seckman
Brie Staker
Erin Stewart
Kristin Batalon - Employment Chair
Brie Staker - Awards & Scholarship
Matt Gomer - Education/Certification Co-Chair
Byron Guidry - Education/Certification Co-Chair
Kristine Kalish - College Outreach Chair
Julie Kehrer - Corporate Sponsorship Chair
Julie Linton - Membership Co-Chair
Tyler Thomas - Membership Co-Chair
Tess Gosda - Newsletter Co-Chair
Ashley Parker - Newsletter Co-Chair
Karri Palmetier - Newsletter Co-Chair
Quincy Stott - Leadership Co-Chair
Ben Olson - Leadership Co-Chair
Britton Nohe-Braun - Events Co-Chair
Nicole Maynard - Events Co-Chair
Ashley Parker - Social Media & Website Co-Chair
Nicole Maynard - Social Media & Website Co-Chair
Stacey Gustus - Chapter Coordinator (Chapter Mom Emeritus)