News Release

Interior Business Center Hosts Town Hall "Procurement Planning for the Future"


 AQD Customer Town Hall Meeting
 Acting branch chief Kevin Woody shares relevant information regarding the development of a complete procurement package.
 AQD Customer Town Hall Meeting - Panel
Contracting officer Jim Troutman facilitates a panel discussion with experts from IBC and DOI Budget Office. From left: Kimberly Prendergast (Budget Officer), Michael Farrell (IBC-AQD Policy Analyst), Greg Ruderman (IBC-AQD Branch Chief), Keith O'Neill (IBC-AQD Associate Director), and Kevin Woody (IBC-AQD acting Branch Chief).
 AQD Customer Town Hall Meeting - Audence

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the Interior Business Center hosted a customer town hall meeting focused on acquisition services. The theme of the town hall was “Procurement Planning for the Future.” The discussion included an in-depth explanation of unauthorized commitments and what approvals are involved to ratify an unauthorized commitment. Customers within the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Secretary also received new instructions for their required Purchase Request (PR) process.

The session concluded with a panel of experts from IBC and Office of the Secretary’s Budget Office involved in the acquisition process: Kimberly Prendergast (Budget Officer), Keith O'Neill (IBC-AQD Associate Director), Michael Farrell (IBC-AQD Policy Analyst), Gregory Ruderman (IBC-AQD Branch Chief), and Kevin Woody (IBC-AQD acting Branch Chief). The panel covered important aspects of acquisition compliance and addressed a variety of questions regarding the acquisition process, focusing on the development of a complete procurement package. Remote participants engaged with the panel by introducing their questions and comments via conference call.

At the end, attendees were invited to participate in a quick poll to evaluate the event and provide feedback regarding the acquisition services provided by the Interior Business Center to their organizations. One of the highlights of the poll was the positive feedback related to improvements in customer service.  

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