NCMA Space City Houston Chapter 
2023 Spring Seminar on
"Contract Compliance"
Register Now and Join us on May 18
When it comes to compliance, contracting professionals are expected to lead the way—especially when auditors come knocking. However, compliance must begin well before an audit, through the organizational compliance environment, by establishing compliant business systems and managing compliance up and down the supply chain. In this seminar, participants will practice making decisions to monitor and manage compliance with several FAR and other regulatory requirements. The day will include practice assessing compliance and a hands-on CPSR audit simulation where participants will practice evaluating and proving compliance through a tried-and-true three-step process.

In this seminar, you will learn to:

  •  Assess and monitor an organizational compliance environment 
    •  Assess required Contractor Code of Conduct and Business Ethics attributes
    • Evaluate an acquisition process for appropriate internal controls and separation of duties
    • Analyze situations to decide if personal or organizational conflicts of interest exist
    • Classify compliance enforcement measures
    • Assess organizational policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate compliance with required business systems 
    •  Summarize key business system compliance requirements
    •  Recognize CPSR requirements and consequences
    •  Evaluate a purchasing system
    •  Prove your compliance through a three-step “prove it” process for a series of business systems
  • Monitor compliance up and down an organization’s supply chain 
    • Evaluate supply chain compliance risks
    • Create a contract compliance matrix
Conduct subcontract responsibility determination
Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway Houston, Texas 77017
Date & Time
May 18, 2023

Registration & Breakfast:
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

(Detailed Agenda Below)
7:30 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM
Conference Opening Remarks, Safety Message, & Posting of Colors
Opening Remarks:
Margaret J. Robinson, Chair
2023 Spring Seminar

Safety Message:
Veronica Wedemeyer, Volunteer
2023 Spring Seminar

Posting of the Colors:
La Porte High School
Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)
8:35 AM
Welcome Message(s)
Jacquelyn Malota, President
NCMA Space City Houston Chapter

Jose Garcia, Director
Johnson Space Center, Office of Procurement
8:40 AM
Introduction of Seminar Speaker: Ms. Erin Feliz, Esq. Contracts Lawyer
Margaret J. Robinson, Chair
2023 Spring Seminar
8:45 AM
Contract Compliance Seminar Session 1:
- Your Role in Organizational Compliance
- The Compliance Environment
10:00 AM
Break and Door Prize Raffle
10:15 AM
Contract Compliance Seminar Session 2:
- The Compliance Environment, Continued
- Compliant Business Systems
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
Creative Contract Compliance Conversation: Implementing Innovative Solutions & Considering Alternative Sources
"The Space Contract"
Ms. Kelly Rubio
NASA/Johnson Space Center, Lead Contracting Officer
International Space Station & Commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Development Programs

"The Indispensable Red Book" Innovation and Compliance
Dr. Jennifer Elkins, Ph.D.
Director, NASA Acquisition Innovation Launchpad

Questions & Answers
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
Contract Compliance Seminar Session 3:
- Compliant Business Systems, Continued
- Compliance in the Supply Chain
2:30 PM
Break and Door Prize Raffle
2:45 PM
Contract Compliance Seminar Session 4:
- Compliance in the Supply Chain, Continued
- Conclusion
4:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Seminar Speakers
Erin Felix, Esq.
Contacts Lawyer,
Polsinelli PC, Washington, D.C

Erin Felix is a shareholder in the Government Contracts practice at Polsinelli PC in Washington, DC. She assists companies who contract with U.S. federal, state, and local government and other public entities with navigating the various procurement laws and regulations associated with selling to the government and receiving government funding. Erin managed complex contracts and subcontracts for a Tier 1 contractor for nearly 15 years prior to practicing law and draws upon her deep, hands-on business experience to provide practical solutions for clients in all facets of government contracting. She advises traditional and nontraditional contractors and subcontractors on a wide array of acquisition issues, including data rights licensing, supply chain and cyber security, certified cost and pricing data concerns, and compliance programs, with a focus on the commercial information technology and traditional aerospace and defense industries. Erin also regularly represents clients in protests, disputes, and other administrative proceedings and counsels clients on export compliance issues.
Dr. Jennifer Elkins, PhD
Program Manager, NASA NAIL Senior Procurement Analyst, CPCM, CFCM

Dr. Jennifer Elkins currently serves as the Director of the NASA Acquisition Innovation Launchpad (NAIL) charged with applying NASA’s culture of exploration and innovation to the acquisition life cycle and empowering innovation to meet objectives and challenges through managed risk-taking and bridges for industry input. She also serves a NASA Senior Procurement Analyst supporting the NASA HQ Procurement Strategy and Operations Division where she is responsibility for providing guidance and support to NASA Centers, Headquarters Mission Directorates and Mission Support Offices in planning, conducting and processing major complex procurement actions, and analyzing and recommending approval of key acquisition documents that require approval of senior Headquarters officials. Prior to transferring to NASA, Dr Elkins was the Director for Acquisition and Contracts Policy at the Missile Defense Agency, and she has held numerous unlimited warrants while serving across multiple agencies within DoD and is experienced in Systems, Research & Development, Services, Commercial/Operational Acquisition, & Foreign Military Sales as well as innovation instruments, such as other transaction agreements.
Kelly Rubio
Team Lead/Contracting Officer: International Space Station and Commercial LEO Development Programs - NASA/JSC

A 30-year veteran of federal procurement in Human Spaceflight, with a history of demonstrated results in the administration and management of a diverse and progressive contract portfolio supporting the International Space Station (ISS) Procurement Office, for both the ISS Program and Commercial Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Development Program.

Experienced in the full array of the acquisition lifecycle, including pre/post award, awarding and administering hybrid contracts, writing innovative and unique contract mechanisms and special provisions, hardware and property management for flight element modules, as well as executing one-of-a-kind and traditional FAR regulatory award instruments. Managed the Design, Development, Test & Evaluation ISS Contract and subsequent Sustaining Engineering Contract for the ISS, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module Contract, International contracting with the countries of Russia and Canada, and Center Operations support contracts. Responsible for sole source, Source Evaluation Board competitive selections, NASA Research Announcement solicitation awards, commercial acquisitions, major systems program procurements, including executing JSC's small business program. Most recently, responsible for innovative commercial contracts for Commercial LEO Destinations, ISS Seat Exchange, and Private Astronaut Missions using novel contracting frameworks and other transactional authorities.
Join us on May 18
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