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Sustainable Procurement: Promoting Goals of The Biden Administration Executive Order

From Leadership Connect

Government leaders today have a vision for the future and a unique opportunity to modernize their agencies in ways that can improve stakeholder experience, security, and operational efficiency. Despite lingering supply chain resource constraints, organizations can take the leap from transactional contract management to strategic commodity or category based sourcing. Savings and sustainability driven-the federal government has responded with an Executive Order on Improving Procurement through Sustainability.

Tune into this webinar as procurement and acquisition experts explore the best strategies for implementing President Bidens Executive Order, Section 208. They’ll be focusing on best practices for achieving sustainable procurement, what infrastructure is needed to make this EO possible, how specific agencies have reacted to the new executive requirements for sustainability, and how federal procurement has been impacted by this executive order. Listen in as our panelists reflect on the past year and how they’ve overcome barriers to implementing this Executive Order, with a focus on sustainable acquisition and procurement practices.


koses photo4Jeffrey A. Koses

Senior Procurement Executive
U.S. General Services Administration

Jeff Koses is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of acquisition. As Senior Procurement Executive for the General Services Administration, Jeff has three priorities: 1) strengthen the acquisition workforce, 2) smart and effective buying and 3) healthy and productive industry relationships. Jeff and his team are working to ensure an acquisition system that is modern, accessible, and streamlined.

Jeff is a voting member of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council where he is a champion for acquisition reform. He also oversees the Federal Acquisition Institute which supports 180,000 members of the civilian acquisition workforce.

Jeff serves as the Chair of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission, the largest single source of employment, in the United States, for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. In his AbilityOne role, he emphasizes expanding competitive integrated employment, effective governance and results, and partnership as means to increase good and optimal jobs.

Jeff was a 2022 recipient of the Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award.

Earlier in his career, Jeff created GSA’s premiere vehicle for integrated professional services, OASIS, and managed 25 multiple award schedules with annual sales of over $22 billion, supported emergency acquisition and oversaw acquisition for GSA Global Supply.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He also holds a masters in Acquisition Management.

michael w. derriosMichael W. Derrios

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition & Senior Procurement Executive
U.S. Department of State

Michael W. Derrios is a recognized leader in the field of
government acquisition with almost 30 years of federal,
military, and private sector experience. He has been a
member of the Senior Executive Service since 2015.

Mr. Derrios currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition & Senior Procurement Executive for the U.S. Department of State (DOS). In this capacity, he is responsible for planning, coordinating, directing, and evaluating, all global procurement and contracting operations, policies, and activities for a $12 billion annual spend portfolio supporting an international mission set.

Prior to joining State Department, Mr. Derrios served as the Head  of Contracting Activity for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he was responsible for all contracting functions within the Service. He led efforts to recapitalize assets, including award of the largest contract in
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) history for detailed design and construction of the Offshore Patrol Cutter fleet with a life cycle value of $10 billion and the first Polar Security Cutter to be awarded in 40 years by the USCG and United States Navy.

Mr. Derrios was a plank holder for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and helped stand up the agency, serving in various contracting and program management roles. He led a contracting portfolio valued at over $2 billion for national security vetting programs and served as Program Director for the Checkpoint Technologies Division in the TSA Office of Security Capabilities where he managed a suite of 7 acquisition programs that deployed the nationwide fleet of passenger and carry-on baggage screening equipment valued at $5 billion life cycle. Mr. Derrios also served as the program manager  for the expansion of TSA PreCheck® helping to increase eligible populations for expedited security screening at airports.

In the private sector, Mr. Derrios served as a senior business consultant and contributed to the success of a large software development and implementation program to replace legacy contract writing systems for 20,000 procurement professionals across the Department of Defense.

Mr. Derrios previously served on active duty as a member of the United States Air Force and in the Maryland Air National Guard. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. A staunch advocate for the federal acquisition community, Mr. Derrios serves as a board member for the George Mason University Center for Government Contracting and the Federal Acquisition Institute.


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Alan B. Thomas Jr. 

Chief Solutions Officer
Leadership Connect

Alan is the Chief Solutions Officer at Leadership Connect.  He also serves as an Operating Advisor to Enlightenment Capital.  Prior to these roles, he was appointed and served as the Commissioner of the US General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service from June 2017 until November 2019.  As Commissioner, Alan led 3,500 people responsible for delivering $65B in acquisition and technology solutions annually to enable efficiencies across the federal government.  He also served as a founding member on two Congressionally mandated boards, the Technology Modernization Fund and the Federal Acquisition Security Council.  

Alan started his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow, serving on both the Army staff and in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, where he earned the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and the Vice President’s Hammer Award for innovation in public service.  Later in his career he returned to public service as a member of the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Iraq and on the staff of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. 

In the private sector, Alan held several leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer at both IntelliBridge and Berico Technologies, Vice President with Data Networks Corporation, and as a business unit leader at Unison.  Earlier in his career he held delivery and account management roles with Booz Allen Hamilton and FreeMarkets. 

Alan holds a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School, a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas’s LBJ School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College.  He maintains an active security clearance. 

Alan provides guest commentary to Federal Computer Week and the Federal News Network.

Event Details

  • Date: April 20, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
  • Live Webinar
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