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The Changing Face of Subcontracting (2016)
Ronald Smith, 2016, Presentation to NCMA chapters: Norfolk VA, Petersburg VA, Johnstown PA
These presentations are focused on the challenges of subcontract managers in navigating a complex set of customer demands, flow down clauses, and regulatory requirements
including the US Government, commercial customers, and global supply chains. The presentation emphasizes the need to efficiently harmonize multiple procurement systems
across multiple cultures, organizations, and regulatory protocols.
You Can’t Make this Stuff Up (2015/2016)
Ronald Smith, 2015, Presentation to Defense Acquisition University course Con360, Four Sessions
Ron Smith facilitated an interactive and pragmatic discussion with the CON360 classes of senior Front-Line government contracting officials. Nine case studies ranging from the
American Revolution to the present day illustrate management dilemmas in Ethics & Compliance, the Requirements process, Market Research, and Source Selection. Using
practical illustrations and examples from personal experience.
Four Trains Running: The Race to Unscramble Technology Procurement (2015)
Ronald Smith, 2015, Blog for Centre Law Group, Centre Knowledge, October 22, 2015
Need more advanced technology faster? Just add more regulations. A discussion of the challenges of bringing technology to the Government effectively in a dynamic and insecure Cyber world.
Keeping It Simple (Sometimes): Acquisition Thresholds are Changing (Or Not) (2015)
Ronald Smith, 2015, Blog for Centre Law Group, Centre Knowledge, August 19, 2015
The Department of Defense spends almost $20B per year through simplified procedures. That’s big dollars, but only about 2% of the total spend. The corollary is that the other
98% of this spend is done the hard way. This article discusses the impact of the Simplified Acquisition Threshold on small businesses and the need for more simplification.
The Dyckman Stipend: A Revolutionary Lesson in Ethics and Compliance (2015)
Ronald Smith, 2015, Blog for Centre Law Group, Centre Knowledge, July 1, 2015
A cautionary tale of ethics and misadventure that is still relevant in the procurement headlines of the 21st Century. Except for the tri-corner hats and the white stockings this could be about the Tanker scandal of 2004. The same holds for the more recent Fat Leonard scandal of 2016.
Government/Industry Teamwork in the Age of Oversight (World Congress Session B05, Monday July 27, 2015)
Deidre Lee and Ronald Smith, 2015, Presentation to NCMA World Congress
Ron Smith teamed with former senior government executive Dee Lee to present a point-counterpoint discussion of the current state of buyer/seller relationships in federal
contracting. Discussion included the trend toward outsourcing of the procurement mission, changing demographics within the workforce, subcontractor vs prime contractor risk
profiles, and the historic change of priorities from mission results to audit/oversight.
A House Divided: multiple procurement systems under one roof (2015)
Ronald Smith, 2015, Presentation for Greater Iowa NCMA spring conference
This presentation highlights the challenges of sustaining efficient contract compliance systems across the Global enterprise. The contracts and subcontracts teams must resolve the complexities and contradictions of compliance schemes across multiple regulatory bodies and national boundaries.The challenge is to meet contractual requirements in every market while maintaining the discipline and profitability of the organization.
International Contracting (2014-2015)
Ronald Smith, 2014, Presentation for NCMA chapters: Phoenix and Tucson AZ, and the Virtual Chapter.
This presentation highlights the factors that differentiate truly global contracting practices from the projection of US domestic processes into international markets. This
presentation includes coverage of cultural and operational tactics for conducting business successfully on a worldwide basis.
Budget Austerity (2013)
Ronald Smith and Cynthia Jennings, 2013, Presentation for NCMA Greater Baltimore and Rio Grande chapters.
Also presented with Cynthia Jennings at World Congress 2013. This topic will remain current so long as constrained budgets continue to challenge the procurement workforce. As a lessons-learned, this study summarizes the negative consequences of budget instability.
Headed for a Train Wreck (2006)
Sandra O. Sieber and Ronald L. Smith, 2006, Is the Federal Government Contracting Workforce Headed for a Train Wreck, Service Contractor magazine, Summer 2006,
page 5. Also published on the NCMA website and in Government Executive magazine, May 2006, page 69.
This article predicts qualitative and quantitative to be anticipated within the Federal workforce as of FY2006. Many of these challenges have since occurred as predicted, while
some of the recommended remedies have been partially implemented. This article gives perspective and insight to the workplace and workforce changes of the past two decades.
Government Contract Administration Continuous Improvement Projects: A Fresh Look at Government/Industry Teamwork (1993)
Frank Colaw and Ronald Smith, 1998, Government Contract Administration Continuous Improvement Projects, CM magazine, February 1993, page 23.
This article provides a window into the history of the profession from an era when the arms-length relationship was shaped by professionalism and respect. The contrast from this goal-oriented government/industry culture circa 1993 and the present day oversight culture was highlighted in a session with Ron Smith and former government executive co-presenter Dee Lee at World Congress 2015 in Dallas TX.
FAR SOLICITATIONS: Business at the Same Old Stand (1984)
Ronald Smith, 1984, FAR Solicitations, Business at the Same Old Stand?, CM magazine, June 1984, page 7.
This article discusses the 1984 FAR changes to shift the regulatory preference from formal advertising to “other than the lowest bid.” With word processing of the term “formal
advertising” to read “Lowest-Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA)” and an update of the FAR clause citations this text could be republished today.
Ron Smith has authored four books addressing contracts and procurement topics as well as numerous articles and presentations. His writings
provide insights and pragmatic approaches to the challenges of our profession:
Contract Management Body of Knowledge
Marlys Norby, Emmalyn Smith, and Ronald Smith, 2004, Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge
(CMBOK), published by the National Contract Management Association
Ronald Smith, 1998, Market Research in Federal Contracting, published by Advanced Systems Development, Inc.
Ronald Smith, 1997, Creating the Performance Based Solicitation, published by Advanced Systems Development, Inc.
Donna S. Ireton and Ronald Smith, 1996, Acquisition Reform 1996 Third in a Series, published by the National
Contract Management Association