National Contract Management Association


March 2010

Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor


Shene’ Commodore, CPCM


As college students, you will one day make the transition into the workplace. In this issue, we will discuss ways to help you prepare for that monumental change in your life.  There are many things to consider. For example, as a contracts professional you may not have direct reports, but you must learn how to be an influential leader. Try to learn how to motivate people to work with you to help meet your goals even though they may not report to you.  How will you apply the knowledge gained in school to real life applications? How will you continue to grow in your field and further advance your professional knowledge?

  Shene’ Commodore, CPCM is the Government Contracts Manager with Intertek Testing Services.


Important Skills for Contract Professionals Part: 2 of 2

Author: Sterling Whitehead 


Today, we have answers specifically from Tim Cummins, founder of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM).
Last time we covered core skills as they are defined by IACCM. As a refresher, additional skills are not mandatory for all contract positions. Rather, they are required on a position-by-position basis.


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Why a Government Career in Supplier Diversity is Relevant for the Global Marketplace

Author: Wanda J. Corner


Small businesses are the economic engine of the United States. While we have all heard this statement in the past, the economic downturn has shown the relevance and truth of that statement. 



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Writing Tip: A Strategic Advantage that Begins at the Keyboard

Authors: Stan Berry and Stu Tanquist


When composing emails, you are much more productive if you think and write from the reader's perspective. This simple solution is easier said than done. An officer in charge of a U.S. Navy shipbuilding facility calls this fundamental change a "force multiplier." He personally models this approach and coaches his staff to do the same because the benefits are both immediate and significant.


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Interview with an Engineering Expert

Author: Alex Porter 



How has your role as an engineer affected contract decisions in the organization?



The success of engineering services greatly affect the bottom line of the company and how much profit can be generated. It is important that engineers review contract requirements to understand how contract requirements (deliverables) will affect workload and operations.  Engineers usually work with intellectual property (IP) and it is important to advise the contract group and senior officers of possible IP issues to protect the company’s ability to generate future revenue.


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July 18–21, 2010

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


World Congress, NCMA’s premier annual event, promises a full agenda focused on the needs and challenges of the federal and commercial contracting profession. High-profile panelists and speakers, top-quality educational programs, and unparalleled networking opportunities address the leading issues and requirements that contract professionals deal with daily.





HBCU Career Development Marketplace

October 28, 2010

Washington, DC


A national conference designed to inform and educate new entrants into the workplace about diversity in today’s corporate America and to help historically black college and university (HBCU) students prepare for professional opportunities and greater productivity after graduation.





The College of William and Mary Chapter charter was presented to President Morgan Byrd and Advisor Tom Rideout by NCMA Chapter Relations Manager Mary Beth Lech and alum Jaime Gracia. The meeting at the Mason School of Business was well attended by students interested in hearing about the contracting career field.

Learning Corner



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




·       Order of PrecedenceA solicitation provision or contract term that establishes priorities to the terms so that conflicts within the solicitation/contract can be resolved. For example, if there is a conflict between the master agreement and the statement of work, an explanation of which one would prevail would be provided here.

·       Indemnify—To make good (protect), compensate, reimburse a person in case of an anticipated loss in the future. 

 ·     Design SpecificationA document and/or purchase description that sets forth required characteristics of components, equipment, parts, systems, subsystems, or items. 
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. To view the Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (2nd Edition), please click here.
Benefits of being an NCMA student member 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.
Student membership is currently free but effective July 1, 2010, the cost will be $25 annually. We encourage students to sign up now to take advantage of the free membership. 
To sign up, please click here.
If you know others who meet these criteria, 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.

Fun Facts


If you have any fun facts or funny stories to share about your life as a student, please e-mail Shene'Commodore at


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.


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NCMA University Community Outreach Members


Josh Carr

Arlington, VA


Shene' Commodore

Atlanta, GA


Angie Deren

Austin, TX

Student Membership

Crystal Glenn

McLean, VA


Jonene Johanson

Morgan, UT



Laura Lovato

Rio Rancho, NM


Kerry McRanor

Fortville, IN



Rene Rendon

Monterey, CA


Ed Rinkavage

Ashburn, VA



Richard Smith

Upper Marlboro, MD

University Relations


William Stewart

Williamsburg, VA



Peter Tuttle

Annandale, VA  


Ed Velasquez

Los Angeles, CA



Patrick Walker

Newport News, VA


John Wilkinson

Chester, VA


John Wyatt

Riverside, CA




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In This Issue


·       Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor  

·        Important Skills for Contract Professionals: Part 2

·       Why A Government Career in Supplier Diversity

·      Writing Tip: Five Ways to Make it Easy For Your Readers  

·       Writing Tips for a Strategic Advantage  

·       Interview with an Engineer Expert

·       Events

·       Acknowledgement

·       Learning Corner  

·       Fun Facts


·       Contact Us





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