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June 27, 2018


Learn all about Open Opportunities!

If you’ve heard about Open Opps, but you aren’t sure what it is or how it works, OPM invites you to join them for their online office hour on Thursday, July 19th at 1 PM ET. There will be a short demo of Open Opps, as well as a Q&A session. Bring your questions or just log in to hear others! Don’t miss this chance to find out how you can benefit from Open Opps! Office Hour Session: Meeting Space; Conference Line: 1-866-928-2008 Participant Code: 784926

Hot off the Press - PMIAA Guidelines Released

OMB released Memorandum M-18-19 on June 25, 2018 which establishes the Administration's initial guidance to Federal agencies for implementing the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (PMIAA).  The guidance outlines a five-year strategic plan that begins the process for establishing a more coordinated and Government-wide approach to strengthen program and project management practices in Federal agencies and improve Government performance.  

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Cloud Reverse Industry Training

GSA’s Office of the Ombudsman, the FedRamp Program and the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Government-wide Program Office have partnered with industry to offer the first government-wide FREE Cloud Reverse Industry Training Event! This is a must-attend training session for acquisition professionals with an interest in cloud adoption or cloud migration! Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018; Time: 9AM ET-1:15PM ET. 4.25 continuous learning points will be awarded in FAITAS; however, you must register in FAITAS prior to the session and validate your attendance by completing the post-training survey. Click here to register in FAITAS and select Session 801 for Virtual and 802 for Classroom. If you have questions, please contact

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Free Acquisition Training From FAI

FAI has great training opportunities available for the Federal acquisition workforce. Please check the list to see which courses have open seats.  As always, FAI's training is free of charge. There is no tuition cost to students or their agencies.

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FY18-20 Category Plans Approved - Aligned with PMA

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) was launched in March 2018, and lays out a long-term vision for modernizing the federal government in key areas that will improve agencies’ delivery of mission outcomes, provide excellent service, and effectively steward taxpayer dollars. To drive these management priorities, the Administration also laid out several Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals to coordinate and publicly track implementation across Federal agencies, in which Category Management was named as one of them. LEARN MORE

Discovery Tool

Discovery Tool

The Discovery market research tool is now available directly on the Acquisition Gateway homepage under Tools! Use Discovery to search vendor history for the awarded contractors and NAICS of featured GSA IDIQ vehicles (OASIS, HCaTS, BMO) with more contracts coming in the future. Go explore and see how this tool could assist with your market research efforts.

4th of July


There will be no newsletter next Wednesday due to the 4th of July holiday.