Chapter Member Muna Yilma Earns Her CPCM!

Jennifer Aubel : January 23, 2018 4:04 pm : Certifications, Chapter News, CPCM, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Muna Yilma for earning her Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) designation. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

Muna Yilma is currently a Project Manager at Gallaudet University’s Technology Access Program, a research center ​dedicated to research in communication technologies and services, with the goal of producing knowledge useful to industry, government, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

Muna has over 10 years of experience managing federal, state, and international grants and contracts in both federal and nonprofit environments. She is also a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM).

​Muna is ​proficient in French and is working towards proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL). She is currently studying to become a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Please join us in congratulating Muna for her outstanding achievement!

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Chapter Member Lisa Grant Earns Her CPCM!

Jennifer Aubel : January 17, 2018 12:35 pm : Certifications, Chapter News, CPCM, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Lisa P. Grant for earning her Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) designation. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Lisa is also FAC-C Level III certified.

Lisa is the Chief Procurement Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives (House). She is responsible for comprehensive executive-level management in the areas of procurement, purchasing, and contracts administration. This includes the development and implementation of policies and procedures governing House procurement, purchasing, and contracting. She ensures all information and materials provided to Representatives, House offices, contractors, and offerors are accurate, up-to-date, and understandable.

Prior to her current position, Lisa served as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition Management for the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. Her nearly 30 years of service with the federal government as a contracting professional also includes work as a contract specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency; a contracting officer for the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Director of Contracting for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Finance from Troy State University and a Masters of Management with a concentration in Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Please join us in congratulating Lisa for her outstanding achievement!

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Chapter Member Leo Alvarez Earns his CFCM!

Jennifer Aubel : January 16, 2018 5:08 pm : Certifications, CFCM, Chapter News, Membership, Spotlight

NCMA awards three professional certifications (CFCM, CCCM, and CPCM) to candidates who meet rigorous standards for experience, education, training, and knowledge. They are designations of distinction, and having members with these certifications elevates our chapter and profession. As such, NCMA DC is proud to recognize chapter member Leo Alvarez for earning his Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) certification.

Leo Alvarez is a Manager in Baker Tilly’s Government Contractor Advisory Services (GCAS) practice.  He has over 10 years of experience working with Federal contractors to identify, quantify, and manage government contract risk through regulatory and compliance consulting.  With a specialized focus in all aspects of Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracting, Leo has assisted leading government contractors with contract acquisition, pricing strategy, option renewal, contract compliance, audit and investigation support.

Throughout his career, Leo has worked with a wide range of industries including professional services, information technology, healthcare, engineering, construction management, manufacturing / distribution, wholesalers and resellers, not-for-profit and academic entities.

Leo is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a BA in Business Administration in 2003 and an MA in Public Affairs in 2005.

Please join us in congratulating Leo for his outstanding achievement!

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Virtual Class (12/19): Commercial Item Determination

Jennifer Aubel : December 5, 2017 12:44 pm : Chapter Events, Chapter News, Special Programs, Spotlight

NCMA DC is proud to partner with the Public Contracting Institute (PCI) to provide a virtual class on Commercial Item Determination. This webinar will take place at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, December 19th and provide insight into the first step in the process for using commercial item acquisition – the creation of a commercial item determination (CID).

Our instructor will review current guidance and help set out expectations for preparing and evaluating CIDs. Whether you are buying or selling commercial items, this is your opportunity to learn practical approaches to maximize the use of commercial item acquisition procedures and bypass the burden associated with cost justified pricing administration.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session the participant should know –

  • Important requirements and advantages of commercial item (goods and services) contracting for the buyer and seller
  • Market research and documentation strategies and tactics for commercial item determinations
  • Key requirements for CIDs as outlined by procurement officials
  • Recent trends and developments affecting commercial item acquisitions
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Chapter Member Tracy Wiedenbrug Earns Her CPCM!

Jennifer Aubel : October 27, 2017 6:42 pm : Certifications, Chapter News, CPCM, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Tracy Wiedenbrug for earning her Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Tracy also holds an ICCM-F at Level III.

Tracy is currently a Contracts Administrator 4 for Aptim Federal Services, LLC, an environmental, maintenance, design and build service firm for federal government and commercial contracts, based in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to this, Tracy spent five years in the federal government at the Department of State as a Contract Specialist and then a Contracting Officer. She held a FAC-C Level II certification.

Tracy holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master Certificate in Government Agile Contract Management from Villanova University. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa.

Please join us in congratulating Tracy for this outstanding achievement!

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