While modest growth has returned to the market, budgets continue to be challenged forcing agencies to make hard decisions about which investments to pursue and which to shelve.  At the same time, major changes are taking place in the acquisition and contracting environment, including consolidation of GSA schedules and rule changes for small business contracting. Building a successful plan depends on having good data and good insight to make informed decisions. 

Join us at Deltek’s FedFocus 2015 conference for the latest research on the spending, acquisitions and the policy outlook for FY 2015.

Insight into the key forces currently shaping the size and direction of federal marketplace, including:

  • Analysis of trends in the federal marketplace and how they impact 2015 spending
  • Opportunities and contracts to watch and what they tell us about the contracting landscape for 2015
  • New rules for small business contracting
  • Trends in government contract vehicles and task order spending
  • Update on consolidation of GSA schedules

Don’t miss this must attend event and make plans to join Deltek on October 30!

Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Stephanie Rogers to request more information and pricing at 703-480-5500.

7:00 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
8:05 a.m. Federal Marketplace Trends and Outlook for 2015

Kevin Plexico
Vice President, Information Solutions

8:45 a.m. Small Business Outlook

Ken Dodds
Director of Policy, Planning and Liaison
Small Business Administration

9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. Task Order and Contract Vehicle Trends

Deniece Peterson
Director, Federal Industry Analysis

10:15 a.m. GSA Schedule Update

Tiffany Hixson
Federal Acquisition Service Regional Commissioner
General Services Administration

11:00 a.m. Event Concludes

Ken Dodds
Director of Policy, Planning and Liaison
Small Business Administration

Kenneth Dodds is the Director of Policy, Planning and Liaison at the Small Business Administration (SBA). His office is responsible for regulations and policies pertaining to Federal small business government contracting programs, small business size standards, and prime contracting goals. Previously he was the Director, Office of Government Contracting at SBA and a senior attorney in SBA's Office of General Counsel. He is a graduate of James Madison University and received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.


Tiffany Hixson
Federal Acquisition Service Regional Commissioner
General Services Administration

Ms. Hixson is the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Regional Commissioner for the Northwest Arctic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration, a position she has held since December 2011. She is responsible for FAS programs and services delivered in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington—providing workspace, telecommunications, information technology, vehicles, and thousands of other goods and services to federal agencies in the area. The region also serves as the executive agent and service center for GSA’s government-wide professional support service schedule contracts including Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS), the government’s second largest schedule contract program.

Ms. Hixson brings to the GSA leadership team more than 23 years of professional experience in the field of acquisition management, and has a reputation for fostering partnerships between industry and government, and conducting the “business” of government in an ethical and innovative way. While a native of Alaska, she began her career in Seattle as an intern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and rose through the ranks gaining experience as a contract specialist and procurement analyst before being appointed as the Director for Commerce Acquisition Solutions at the U.S. Department of Commerce overseeing contracts ranging from security services, to construction, to complex information technology acquisitions including the innovative COMMITS line of government-wide acquisition contracts.

In 2004, she joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS she led several key acquisition programs and offices including her last as the Deputy Executive Director of DHS’s largest contracting portfolio at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where she managed a nationwide team of 240 customer focused contracting professionals who annually delivered ~$3.5 billion in technology, construction, facilities management, supplies and services to CBP’s front line agents and officers.

Ms. Hixson holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from American University, and received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University in political science. She frequently participates in government-wide forums discussing the merits of streamlined and innovative acquisition programs, and has coauthored several articles on these and other subjects. She has served as both President and Vice President of the American Society of Public Administration’s National Capital Area Chapter, and as Chair and Vice Chair of ACT’s Industry Advisory Council’s Partners Leadership Development program.

Ms. Hixson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007, and is the recipient of Commerce’s Bronze and Silver Medal awards, the National Performance Review’s Hammer Award, and has been honored by Government Computer News.


Deniece Peterson
Director, Federal Industry Analysis

Deniece Peterson, director, Industry Analysis, is responsible for leading the team that provides Deltek's in-depth member-driven research and analysis of government spending, market trends, policy and legislation, and business development best practices.

Prior to her role with Deltek, Peterson was a project manager with a small market research and marketing communications federal contractor, where she was responsible for directing market research and analysis, marketing communications, and training engagements for public and private clients. In this role, she also developed curriculum, provided instructional design, and served as instructor for a government marketing training course.

With more than 10 years of management consulting and research experience, Peterson has extensive experience in developing sales and marketing strategies for IT product and services companies. Her expertise includes performing strategic market research and competitive analysis, and developing strategic marketing plans to assist federal IT vendors in creating an alignment of the best products, markets, customers, messaging, delivery channels and partners.

Her prior experience also includes federal market research, agency profiling, opportunity identification and proposal support as an Independent Consultant.
Peterson holds an MBA and bachelor's degree from the University of Denver.



Kevin Plexico
Vice President, Information Solutions

Kevin Plexico is Vice President of Information Solutions at Deltek where he manages the delivery of Deltek's industry leading government market research and information products providing essential information and insights to over 2,800 clients. Mr. Plexico has responsibility for leading the industry's largest team of analysts focused on the government contracting industry.

Mr. Plexico came to Deltek from its acquisition of INPUT in 2010. At INPUT, Mr. Plexico played an instrumental role in helping to grow the company from a boutique market research firm to the industry leading provider of market information to government contractors.

Mr. Plexico provides thought leadership and expert opinion to industry executives and is a recognized expert on the public sector market.

Mr. Plexico earned an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and a B.B.A. in Economics from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor of This Timely Event?

Sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity to gain visibility and build strong relationships within the vendor community. If you want to accelerate your efforts, do more business with prime contractors or if your company provides support services for the business development process, sponsorship of this event is for you. Benefits include attendee lists, logo placement and complimentary admission. Contact Stephanie Rogers to request more information and pricing at 703-480-5500.

Date & Time

October 30, 2014
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET


The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, VA 22102

Registration Fees
Deltek Customer: $65
Non-customer: $95
Government: Free with a valid Military or Government ID

Registration closes at noon, October 29, 2014.

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