National Contract Management Association
January 2011 

Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor

 Hello. I hope your new year is off to a great start. In this issue we will conclude our series on "Interview Preparation." There is also a good article about how beneficial contract management skills are to any career or educational plan. We have many new, exciting things planned for NCMA students this year. 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.

Interview Preparation
By: Shene’ Commodore

This will be our final segment on interview preparation. We will focus on how to close and interview. During your interview, you should aim to help the interviewer(s) answer some key questions: 

  • Why are you here?
  • What can you do for us?
  • What sort of person are you?
  • Can we afford you?  

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7 Steps to Getting Socially Involved 
By: Dannie James

Most people simply think that going through the normal business activities of each day is enough to keep them current on everything they need to know. This is not nearly enough. The government market is not getting any easier. There are changes that have happened recently, and undoubtedly with a new Congress there will be more changes coming. In order to further your career, or grow your business, here are a few things you can do to expand your knowledge base and to increase your value to your organization.   

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Getting the Job 
By: Jenisa Young

Many students are so focused on “getting the job” that few actually take the time to evaluate potential employers; making sure it is the right company for them. First, “shopping” for your job is extremely imperative. No one wants to invest time in a company if you cannot grow.




Writing Tip: With Procedure Writing, Point of View is Everything
By: Stu Tanquist and Stan Berry

An engineer at the United States Norfolk Naval Base asked, "Why are so many procedure manuals impossible to read?" The answer is two-fold. First, most instructions are written from the wrong point of view.

Read more >>>



March 17–18, 2011
Glendale, Arizona

NCMA's 49th annual Aerospace and Defense Contract Management Conference is unique for many reasons, but especially because it is the only conference that caters directly to those focused in aerospace and defense contracting. Attend alongside over 350 fellow contract management professionals from across the nation to learn about and discuss today's hottest aerospace and defense topics.

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.


  • Flow down: The transfer and translation of prime contract requirements to subcontract(s).
  • Invitation for bids (IFB): Solicitation used in the sealed-bid method of procurement.
  • Offer: A legally binding promise, made by one party to another, to enter into a contractual agreement.

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
  • "Interview Preparation"
  • "7 Steps to Getting Socially Involved"
  • "Getting the Job"
  • Writing Tip 
  • Events  
  • Learning Corner 
  • NCMA University Outreach Committee Members

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