National Contract Management Association
March 2011 

Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor

 As early adopters in the quickly changing world of the contract profession, let’s spring into action and get prepared for more success. What an exciting time as we see many changes in government procurement in the forms of new regulations, more reporting requirements, and newly created jobs in the energy sector. In this issue you will find résumé writing tips and working in the profession while experiencing the catastrophe in Japan. Thank you for taking the time to read another edition of the monthly NCMA StudentsConnect.

Shene’ Commodore, CPCM, is the government contracts manager with Intertek Testing Services.

"How Far is the FAR?"
By: Dannie James

A job in the acquisition field can take you many places. I was selected to provide a series of training to the U.S. Fleet & Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Contracting Office at Yokosuka, Japan, in February 2011, with a delivery date of March 9–11, 2011—very significant dates. Fast forward…after my workshop on March 11, I was walking back to the Yokosuka Navy Lodge located on the base. 

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“Résumé Writing Tips” 
By: Shene' Commodore

During challenging economic times and increased global competition, it is important to have a solid résumé. During the next several issues, I will discuss ways to make your résumé identify you as a superior candidate and increase your chances of getting an interview. How can you pass today’s quick scan check? Start by realizing your résumé is an advertisement of your skills to get the job done; the purpose of the ad is to get an interview, not just to restate your job history.









World Congress 2011

July 10–13, 2011
Denver, Colorado 

World Congress is the most comprehensive conference for those in the contract, procurement, and acquisition professions. With more than 18 track sessions, educational content is available for professionals in each and every stage of their careers. We invite you to take a look at what the conference has to offer and to invest in your career by attending.

Learning Corner

This section is dedicated to answering the questions you submit. Definitions and basic contract learning tools will also be provided here.


  • Executory Contract: A contract that has not yet been fully performed. 
  • Technical Proposal: The written part of the offer that describes how the seller will meet the buyer's requirement explained in the statement of work.
  • Method of Procurement: The process used for soliciting offers, evaluating offers, and awarding a contract.

NCMA Resources:

NCMA has established the Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) as the prevailing guidance for how universities should align their contract management curricula. The guide provides the knowledge areas and competencies that are integral to the contract management process and the contract management profession. Visit the NCMA Bookstore to learn more about the CMBOK and other NCMA publications.

Benefits of NCMA Student Membership include:

  • Networking opportunities with experts;
  • Real-life experience in your field;
  • Great savings on advanced training; and
  • The opportunity to have your work published in NCMA publications, such as Contract Management magazine and the annual Journal of Contract Management.

Sign up for NCMA Student Membership!

If you know others who would benefit from an NCMA membership, please forward this newsletter to them and encourage them to join. Also, please feel free to send this newsletter to any faculty members who may be interested
in learning more about contract management or NCMA. If there is enough interest, your school may be eligible to charter a student chapter and receive all of the benefits of a regular chapter.

For more information, contact NCMA Customer Service at or call 800-344-8096. 

One of the greatest benefits you receive as an NCMA member is free access to our jobs board at This is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the contract management profession.

Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs. Active job seekers can showcase their skills and work experience to prospective employers to find the best job opportunities, while others can take advantage of networking, training, and career development services.

Whether you’re looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, you can take advantage of the networking, training, and career development services we offer. Whatever your career needs may be, we’ll help you find the opportunity that’s right for you. 

NCMA University Outreach Committee Members 

Committee Member
E-mail Address
Angela Deren
Austin, TX
Crystal Glenn
Falls Church, VA
Edward Rinkavage
Brambleton, VA
Edward Velasquez
Irvine, CA
Ellis Hunter
Tucson, AZ
John Wyatt
Riverside, CA
Jonene Johanson
Morgan, UT
Joshua Carr
Reston, VA
Kerry McRanor
Fortville, IN
Laura Lovato
Rio Rancho, NM
Matthew Runyon
Indianapolis, IN
Patrick Walker
Newport News, VA
Peter Tuttle
Annandale, VA
Phyllis Walker
Canyon Country, CA
Rene Rendon
Monterey, CA
Richard Smith
Upper Marlboro, MD
Robert New
Los Angeles, CA
Russell Blaine
Clemsford, MA
Shene' Commodore
Powder Springs, GA
Walter Theodor Sparkuhl
Los Angeles, CA




In this Issue:
  • Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor
  • "How Far is the FAR?"
  • “Résumé Writing Tips”  
  • Events  
  • Learning Corner 
  • NCMA University Outreach Committee Members

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