Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security, said acquisitions need to keep pace with the evolving mission of the department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal News Network reported Friday.
Correa said during the network’s CyberChat podcast that DHS does it through its offices of procurement operations and selective acquisitions and through the procurement innovation lab.
“We’ve already been to a couple of strategy sessions with some of the leadership at CISA to talk about how we fulfil their needs,” she said. “[We’re learning] how we engage with them to come up with new approaches on how we do our contracting for them so that we can get their contracts in place a little bit more quickly, a little bit more efficiently, and ensure that they’re getting the right resources.”
She cited the need for acquisition planning and importance for procurement teams to foster “meaningful communications” with program offices and industry.
Correa will serve as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s 2020 Procurement Forum on Tuesday, June 9th. Register here to save your spot for the forum. During her keynote address, she will discuss the short term and long term strategies, acquisition, workforce initiatives, tech modernization and collaboration between government and industry.
Julie Dunne of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will also serve as a keynote speaker for the event. Register here to join Potomac Officers Club for its 2020 Procurement Forum on June 9th.