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- November 15, 2023 -



Acquisition Hour: Preparing a Winning Government Proposal


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Sales Opportunities with Local Government Agencies - School Food Service and WI DPI

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Emerging Issues: Vetting Subcontractors and Suppliers


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Acquisition Hour: Service Contracts with Federal Agencies


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FACT SHEET: President Biden Issues Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Today, President Biden is issuing a landmark Executive Order to ensure that America leads the way in seizing the promise and managing the risks of artificial intelligence (AI). The Executive Order establishes new standards for AI safety and security, protects Americans’ privacy, advances equity and civil rights, stands up for consumers and workers, promotes innovation and competition, advances American leadership around the world, and more.

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive strategy for responsible innovation, the Executive Order builds on previous actions the President has taken, including work that led to voluntary commitments from 15 leading companies to drive safe, secure, and trustworthy development of AI.

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Department of Defense Releases FY 2023 Military Intelligence Program Budget

The Department of Defense released today the Military Intelligence Program appropriated top line budget for FY 2023. The total MIP budget was $27.9 billion and is aligned to support the National Defense Strategy.

The department has determined that releasing this top line figure does not jeopardize any classified activities within the MIP. No other MIP budget figures or program details will be released, as they remain classified for national security reasons.

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Defense Acquisition Magazine November-December 2023 available online 

The latest edition of Defense Acquisition magazine features an interview with Dr. Laura Taylor-Kale, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, discussing the Department's efforts to foster a modern and resilient defense industrial ecosystem

As DoD prepares to release its first-ever National Defense Industrial Strategy (December 2023), hear Dr. Taylor-Kale discuss ongoing work to invest in defense-critical sectors, build a defense industrial workforce for the future, and increase global partnerships in meeting U.S. strategic objectives.

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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Better Contracting Initiative to Save Billions Annually

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the next phase of the Federal Government’s enterprise approach, the Better Contracting Initiative (BCI). The BCI is a four-pronged initiative to ensure that the Federal Government is getting better terms and prices when purchasing goods and services. The BCI also ensures the Government is deliberate about who we buy it from, including small and disadvantaged businesses.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to a Government that delivers for the American people, which requires that we have the right goods and services to best serve the public. Last year alone, the Federal Government purchased $700 billion of goods and services. While Federal agencies have unique needs and purchase highly-customized items, such as fighter jets and space telescopes, most of the goods and services purchased by agencies are common commercial items that most agencies use – such as IT hardware and software, facilities maintenance, and package delivery services. 

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Federal Acquisition Regulation: Implementation of Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act (FASCSA) Orders

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement supply chain risk information sharing and exclusion or removal orders consistent with the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018 and a final rule issued by the Federal Acquisition Security Council.

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FAA Tech Sprints Addressing Runway Safety Priorities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is undertaking a three-part technology “sprint” that aims to quickly deploy three tech upgrades aimed at increasing runway safety, according to a senior FAA official who testified before Congress this week.

Tim Arel, chief operating officer at the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), discussed those technological initiatives during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation hearing on Nov. 9.

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DHS Launches new Office of Homeland Security Statistics

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday unveiled its new Office of Homeland Security Statistics (OHSS), which aims to advance DHS’s statistical reporting and analysis capabilities.

The new office said on Nov. 9 it plans to begin releasing its initial sets of data in the coming weeks and throughout fiscal year 2024, including a report on Federal cybersecurity incidents.

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Federal Spending Transparency: Opportunities to Improve Data

Many federal agencies must report their spending data on to help the government—and the public—track federal funds.

In this Q&A report, we found that 49 agencies didn't report data to And neither Treasury nor the Office of Management and Budget have clear responsibility to determine which agencies should report. Also, some agencies reported amounts of COVID-19 spending to the website that didn't match their budget and annual financial reports.

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Recordings of previous Cyber Friday sessions

Please remember that video recordings and presentations of all previous Cyber Friday sessions (and most WPI virtual events) are available on WPI's Client Portal.

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Dec 5, 2023


The December 5 TCA will focus on federal government opportunities. Sessions will explore best practices in business development and market research, as well as how to leverage various types of business partnerships, including Mentor-Protégé programs, joint ventures, and subcontracting. Additionally, sessions will feature discussions on opportunities, buying practices, selection criteria, and priorities with representatives from federal government agencies and federal prime contractors.

Building off the morning’s educational sessions, the afternoon will feature discussions on opportunities, buying practices, selection criteria, and priorities with DOD, civilian federal government agency, and federal prime contractor representatives.

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Dec 6 - 7, 2023

Baird Center

555 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

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16th Annual End of Year

Federal Contractor Update

January 25, 2024

Sonesta Milwaukee West

10499 W Innovation Dr | Wauwatosa, WI 53226 

Join Wisconsin’s Federal contractors and subcontractors for this annual event. Briefings during the event will provide an overview of the current Federal contracting environment as well as highlight up and coming trends for future business opportunities.

SCHEDULE of the day

  • 7:30 AM – Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM – Program Opening
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch
  • 3:30 PM – End of Conference Program, Transition to Networking
  • 5:30 PM – Close of Event

TOPICS of the day – additional to be posted as confirmed

  • Breaking Into GovCon from a DCAA Perspective
  • End of Year BLOG
  • 2023 Federal Case Law Update
  • 2023 Small Business Update
  • 2023 Update on Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • 2023 Updates in Contract Management


  • Benjamin Blanc, President, NCMA Wisconsin Chapter and Government Contract Specialist, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)
  • William Hughes, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Eric Ness, Wisconsin District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Jason Rathsack, Senior Contract Specialist at Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Central Region
  • Katelyn Rigle, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Financial Liaison Advisor (FLA), Non-DoD and Small Business
  • Daryl Zahn, CFCM, Senior Manager, Contracts and Compliance, DRS Naval Power Systems, Inc.
  • Aina Vilumsons, President / Executive Director, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)
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Newsletter Editor: Doug Clemons, 
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