FY2014 DOD and Federal Agency Program Briefings
March 26- The SAME FY2014 DOD and Federal Agency Program Briefings took place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, North Bethesda, Md.
The annual event provides attendees with insights on upcoming programs and projects of the Department of Defense (DOD) and federal agencies such as Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES); General Services Administration (GSA); and Veterans Affairs (VA).
The event kicked off with an Opening Session featuring the DOD and Federal Agency Executive Panel:
- Maj. Gen. Todd J. Semonite, P.E., USA, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Engineers and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE
- Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Byers, USAF, The Civil Engineer, HQ U.S. Air Force (USAF)
- Rear Adm. Katherine L. “Kate” Gregory, P.E., CEC, USN, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and Chief of Civil Engineers
- Dorothy Robyn, Ph.D., Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
- Glenn D. Haggstrom, SES, Principal Executive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
For those of you who missed the Opening Session, here are some points the Executive Panel touched on:
Maj. Gen. Semonite discussed USACE reduction in programs and anticipated less interaction with industry due to travel restrictions. He said that USACE will listen harder and even more effectively to use the most of this limited interaction. Maj. Gen. Byers listed recapitalizing facilities and infrastructure, consolidating facilities to reduce installations and centralization in the Air Force as some of the ways USAF is responding to budget cuts. USAF, he said, will continue its focus on energy efficiency and environmental restoration. Rear Adm. Gregory followed suit and stated that MILCON programs will reduce and NAVFAC’s fiscal strategy is to implement new criteria for building less fancy, more standard facilities with consistency and focus on simplicity. Next in line was Dr. Robyn, she explained exchange authority for property with no federal needs for something else. She gave the example of trading underutilized property to commercial market to better serve GSA’s purposes. Last was Haggstrom, who happily announced that VA is not subject to sequestration but admitted that budget challenges do exist for their agency. He discussed VA goals including ending homelessness for veterans.
After the Opening Session, attendees proceeded to the briefings to gain more relevant information regarding upcoming federal projects. Though some information was uncertain due to sequestration, much insight was given by the high-level program managers and speakers. All of the presentations from the briefings will soon be available here.
Here’s some of the highlights of the day! More photos will be uploaded soon.