Sequestration and Potential Effects On Small Business Defense Contracting

Defense Daily Webinar

Sequestration and Potential Effects On Small Business Defense Contracting

When: Thursday, September 6, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Small defense contractors are bracing for potential sequestration budget cuts that could start next January and slash $500 billion in planned defense spending over the next decade. The reductions, which total $1.2 trillion and include non-defense spending, come as the result of the Budget Control Act of 2011–which says if a super committee of lawmakers failed to craft a deficit-cutting plan (as it did), the across-the-board “sequestration” reductions would start in 2013. The law calls for the cuts to trim the same percentage from every applicable defense program, project, and activity, though the Obama administration has exempted some parts of the Pentagon budget, including military-personnel funding.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are debating ways to prevent the politically unpopular sequestration reductions, but the two sides remain at odds. The uncertainty over the pending cuts is already impacting companies, both large and small, that do business with the Defense Department. It’s unclear precisely how the Budget Control Act will be implemented and what its exact consequences will be, but the Defense Daily webinar on sequestration and its potential effects on small-business defense contracting will shed some light on this tricky subject. Find out more!

What can companies do now, and closer to the November elections, to prepare themselves for possible cuts?

What is changing in acquisition policy? How are size standards affecting small contractors?

How can businesses manage new contracts?

How is the Pentagon’s Office of Small Business Programs dealing with possible budget cuts? What approach is it taking?

How should smaller firms be approaching mergers and acquisitions? Do businesses need to think about consolidating their supply chain?

Defense Daily will host a webinar September 6, 2012, featuring a panel that includes the head of the Pentagon’s Office of Small Business Programs and leading experts in federal contracting. Defense Daily invites you to join a timely discussion about how businesses can prepare for looming spending reductions in the federal government.

Confirmed Panelists include:

Farooq Mitha, Special Assistant to the Director of the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs

Mitha supports DoD’s small business industrial base through the development of acquisition policy, the implementation of programs and the alignment of small business capabilities with DoD’s urgent needs. These efforts aim to maximize the contribution of small businesses in defense acquisitions and reduce barriers to entry for businesses seeking to contract with the federal government. Farooq is also a principal member of the DoD-Veterans Affairs Taskforce on Veteran’s Employment and is on the steering committee of the White House Business Council.

Alan Chvotkin, Professional Services Council Executive Vice President and Council

Alan Chvotkin is the Executive Vice President and Counsel at the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry. Chvotkin is one of the most knowledgeable and respected experts on federal acquisition policy, legislation, and regulation. At PSC, Chvotkin is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy. Prior to joining PSC, Chvotkin was a vice president of AT&T Government Services and director and counsel at Sundstrand Corporation. Earlier in his career he spent 13 years on Capitol Hill. He has a law degree from The American University’s Washington College of Law, a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in political science.

Gary Shumaker, Federal Allies Institute board member in charge of government contracting certification

Gary Shumaker is an elected board member in charge of government contracting certification and strategic consultant for the Federal Allies Institute, U.S. trade association for business and federal acquisition best practices. Shumaker is also the founder and a senior consultant for Gary E. Shumaker, Inc., a business consultancy that specializes in helping small businesses overcome the handicaps of their size and lack of experience. He publishes The Shumaker Report, a newsletter that concentrates in subjects of interest to small federal contractors. He is President of C2 Solutions Group, a service-disabled veteran-owned small federal contractor.

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