WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eighteen experts representing large, mid-tier and small government contracting companies participated in a Reverse Industry Day for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) developed by the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (Council).
Traditionally, government agencies hold Industry Days to communicate government priorities to their industry partners. A reverse industry day flips the presenters and audience. The forum was led by industry and focused on providing TSA program managers and contracting officials with the industry perspective of doing business with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It provided insight into how industry makes decisions and mitigates risk throughout the acquisition process. The session also highlighted how information sharing and engagement earlier and throughout the acquisition process can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.
“The Council was honored to work with TSA and is excited about their commitment to nourishing substantive industry-government dialogues,” said Marc Pearl, Council President & CEO. “This event complements the DHS CPO’s Acquisition Innovations in Motion efforts that focus on reciprocal learning between DHS and industry. We hope this Reverse Industry Day will become a model for similar engagements with other government agencies that want to provide their personnel with a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders who support their mission.”
With billions of taxpayer dollars spent in federal acquisitions every year, this exchange of critical information can dramatically improve how the federal government plans and executes acquisitions as well as how they conduct market research and communicate with industry throughout the process.
The agenda included four sessions on topics deemed to be most important by TSA and the Council: Demystification of Industry; Preparing and Responding to Solicitations; Mock Gate Review: How Industry Decides to Bid (or Not); and The Value and Importance of Post Award Debriefings.
About the Homeland Security & Business Defense Council:
The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is a not-for-profit, non-partisan membership organization comprised of senior executives and their subject matter experts from the leading small, mid-tier, and large companies that provide homeland security technology, product, and service solutions to our nation and around the world. Our mission is to bring government officials and their executive-level counterparts from industry together so that we can jointly discuss the best ways to solve mission challenges. www.homelandcouncil.org.