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October 2012
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Share your knowledge with the contract management profession!

NCMA is accepting submissions for the Seventh Annual Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program. This program calls for papers in one of three categories: graduate research, professional research, and undergraduate. The winner in each of the two research categories will be awarded a $5,000 prize and the papers will be published in the Journal of Contract Management. The winner in the undergraduate writing category will be awarded a $1,000 prize and the paper will be published in Contract Management Magazine. All papers must be received by January 15, 2013.

Consider submitting a graduate or undergraduate paper. This program is an excellent opportunity to get your name and paper published in an NCMA publication, as well as a nice monetary award. I say, Go For It!

Correen Dingle
Marketing Specialist



5 Things Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Government Contracting


Agencies, Colleges Share Top Recruiting Tips in Tight Budget Times

Be a Persuasive Speaker

A 2011 gem that I'd like to share with you. The author of this article, Elliot Volkman, touches on different aspects of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 movie and provides lessons anyone involved in government contracting can benefit from. It's also a good quick-read for those not involved in government contracting, so feel free to pass it alongRead More.

According to statistics from the Office of Personnel Management, 76,864 federal employees retired in 2010 and 82,837 in 2011. With tight budgets and a reduced workforce, how is the government handling its recruitment efforts? Are they doing as Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, suggests—placing a priority on reaching out to college students and recent graduates to fill its vacant positions because a younger generation of recruits brings innovation, creativity, and new ways of thinking to the federal process? Find out.   Read More

Can you sell water to a whale? Do you have the gift of persuasion? While being persuasive works for all walks of life, it's an essential characteristic for those in contract management for a variety of reasons. If you aren't already a persuasive speaker, here are some tips to become one.   Read More

NCMA Contract Management Career Fair


Looking for a Job? Attend Our Career Fair...

Meet with potential employers face-to-face. Join us at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 6, for our FREE Contract Management Career Fair from 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

The career fair, sponsored by, is a post-conference event at NCMA’s 31st Annual Government Contract Management Conference!

GCMC Career Fair


Virtual Conference


New and Advancing Professionals Virtual Conference
Thursday, October 25. 2012
12 p.m.–4 p.m. (Eastern)
Get a jumpstart on your career—Find out how to leverage yourself in the rapidly growing and ever-changing contract management profession.

This virtual event will explore different contracts, discuss the importance of job rotations, and much more!

Special Offer: NCMA Students only pay $100 to attend this 4-hour event. Use promotion code VCSTU12

NCMA Virtual Conference

Events: Upcoming Career Fairs, Networking, and Professional Development Opportunities

You are in the early stages of your career, so it is even more important for you to take advantage of all the professional development opportunities available to you. You also want to make yourself known—so please get out and meet, network, and get to know the people that can help guide you. Below are just a few upcoming events. Contact your local chapter and view NCMA's online calendar for additional events.

October 11: NCMA Pentagon Chapter October Educational Dinner Meeting - Arlington, VA

October 17: NCMA Tysons Corner Chapter Networking Event - Reston, VA

October 23: NCMA Tysons Corner Chapter Career Fair - McLean, VA*

November 6: NCMA Contract Management Career Fair - Washington, DC*

November 13: Challenge Job Fair - Lynchburg, VA*

*NCMA HQ will have a table at this event. Stop by and see us!

National Contract Management Association | 21740 Beaumeade Circle | Suite 125 | Ashburn, Virginia 20147



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