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NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAPTER CHAPTER - Oct 11, 2012
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Annual Air Force IT Day Held

At the October meeting, Robert Carl Shofner, shared his objectives as the program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES), Maxwell Air Force Base. He has been tasked with centralizing many of the buying decisions made at more than 70 Air Force bases within the U.S. in an attempt to leverage the Air Force's buying power and trim redundant acquisitions. The BES portfolio consists of 128 different programs that cover a range of areas such as personnel, pay, finance, medical and logistics systems, with personnel geographically separated in five different states. With such a diverse portfolio, he wants to ensure balanced execution across the enterprise. The second objective is management of stakeholder expectations. Shofner hopes to work toward integration through common standards. He encouraged industry members at the event to participate in the organizations Vendor Exchange Forums. Joseph McDade, director, Air Force Office of Small and Disadvantages Business Utilization, discussed the immediate need for the Air Force to engage with small businesses that focus on information technology, facilities support and knowledge based services. He also addressed the need for establishing checkpoints moving forward to stop the decline and reverse the trends in small business performance within the Defense Department. Furthermore, he stressed that the Air Force was committed to striking a balance and showing commitment to small business success and improving small business program performance. His presentation was very well received and helped bolster confidence within the small business community that was represented at the event.

Event Photographs:

Robert Carl Shofner, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems and director of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, addresses the chapter in October.
Robert Carl Shofner, program executive officer for Business and Enterprise Systems and director of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, addresses the chapter in October.
In October, the chapter welcomes Joseph McDade, director, Air Force Office of Small and Disadvantages Business Utilization.
In October, the chapter welcomes Joseph McDade, director, Air Force Office of Small and Disadvantages Business Utilization.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Ryan Cox
703.999.6442

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