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April Lunch N' Learn

April 17, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Martin's West
6817 Dogwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
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The NCMA Woodlawn Chapter is privileged to have the HHS Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Office Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, Jose Arrieta, and the CMS Director of Office Acquisition and Grants Management, and Head of Contracting Activity, Melissa Starinsky join our members for a fire side chat about special initiatives for future acquisitions.

 The discussion will include conversations about ReImagine HHS Acquisitions Buy Smarter, Category Management, Roles & Responsibilities, Emerging technologies (Blockchain), HHS Challenges and opportunities, and Expectations from Industry Partners.

 Please join us for an exciting conversation directly following the NCMA Woodlawn small business networking event from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Tuesday April 17.  For those signed us for the small business event please be aware that attendance for the lunch and learn program requires a separate registration.

 Mr. Jose Arrieta  is the Department of Health and Human Services Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Office Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability.  Previous to joining HHS at the General Services Administration he led the largest IT contract in the world. Schedule 70 averages $15 billion in business annually and provides IT products and services to 1,000 federal, state and local customers. Under his leadership, GSA became the first federal organization to use blockchain to automate contract awards and modifications. In only eight weeks, Arrieta led the development and launch of the technology. As a result, the awards approval process dropped from 110 days to nine and the time to make contract modifications narrowed from 40 days to three.

 Ms. Melissa Starinsky is the Director and Head of the Contracting Activity for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is responsible for overseeing the execution of more than $9 billion annually in discretionary contract, grant, and interagency spend. She began her career as an acquisition intern in 1989 with the U.S. Department of the Navy and has since held various acquisition, policy, and programmatic leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the private sector. Ms. Starinsky has an extensive background in contracting operations, having previously served as a Contracting Officer on billion dollar programs—including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Strategic Information Systems Technology Integration Resources, which was the agency’s then largest and first multiple award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity type contract, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicare Administrative Contractor contracts. She also was the Contracting Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ first seat management contract in 1999 and was the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management’s Deputy Director from 2011 to 2013.

 Ms. Starinsky has significant experience in advancing the capabilities of the acquisition workforce through her prior roles as the Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute at the U.S. General Services Administration and the Chancellor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy; both are award-winning organizations where she was responsible for developing and executing human capital and career development strategies for hundreds of thousands of civilian agency acquisition workforce members.

 Ms. Starinsky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. She also is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Contract Management Association.


$24.00 Member Ticket

$40.00 Non-Member Ticket