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Keynote Speakers

Tuesday: November 13

“Steps to Making the Public-Private Acquisition System More Agile”

Gary R. Bliss, Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses

Gary R. Bliss is the Director, Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. PARCA carries out performance assessments of Major Defense Acquisitions Programs (MDAPs) and conducts root cause analyses for MDAPs with Nunn-McCurdy breach status or when requested by senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials



Wednesday, November 14

“How Senior Leaders can Ensure the Success of Project Management”

Often senior leaders are uncertain of their key role in Integrated Project Management and thus too often focus on the PM or just acquisition or finance.  In this session we describe a systems approach to project management and list effective steps Senior Executives can take to create the environment for successful projects.  We will illustrate our talk with case studies and best practices.  Following the keynote will be a session for senior leaders to continue the discussion.

 Robert “Bob” Rovinsky, PhD, Deep Water Point and Karen Richey, Assistant Director for the Applied Research and Methods Team at the Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Robert “Bob” Rovinsky is a Principal at Deep Water Point, where he helps companies do business with the Federal Aviation Administration, and he works part time, as  a senior analyst with Eagle One Solutions, to assist USAID in their implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).  Bob also worked implementing FITARA (as a re-employed annuitant) for the Chief Information Officer of the Commerce department from 2015 through June 2018.

Karen Richey is an Assistant Director for the Applied Research and Methods Team at the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  She is a senior cost analyst responsible for performing cost, schedule, and Earned Value Management analyses to support audit findings on a wide range of government programs. Certified by the National Defense University as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), Karen is also Level-III certified in the field of cost estimating and financial management. She has 28 years of experience in the fields of cost estimating, scheduling, and EVM analysis.




IPM Workshop provides unparalleled access to the world's experts on Earned Value Management, Agile and EVM, and a range of Project Performance Management Techniques. Join us for outstanding training, professional development and exploration of hot topics with practitioners and world leaders in performance management.

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