National Contract Management Association


May 2010


Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor




Shene’ Commodore, CPCM




Congratulations! You have made it through another year of college. If you are just getting started during the summer, congratulations to you also. Now is a good time to put your networking skills to practice. Remember to stay focused about your career and educational goals; be sure to build relationships with influential people you may meet while working this summer. As you work or continue your studies, explore ways to make your contracting skills more beneficial to you in your personal life also. You will be amazed at how much you have learned and will continue grow. Share your stories with me and earn a place in the “Fun Facts” section of this newsletter.



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


Snapshots of Success: Meet Five Very Different Students with a Common Drive


By Tim Lynch

Jaclyn Zandieh won’t be participating in the rite of passage that most graduating seniors experience this time of year: the job hunt.

A student in the finance, real estate, and law program in the College of Business Administration, Zandieh had a career waiting for her when she completed her studies in the winter quarter. Northrop Grumman “interviewed me on Friday and offered me a job on Monday,” Zandieh says, recounting her whirlwind experience at the Career Fair last fall, where several employers competed for students with her skills.

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Tysons Corner Chapter Co-hosts an Acquisition Day Event with the University of Maryland University College

By Peter G. Tuttle, CPCM

Over the past few years, there have been a multitude of articles, presentations, and reports documenting the human capital shortages in the acquisition management area of both the federal and commercial markets. Suffice it to say, yes, there are very definite staffing needs, and yes, there are jobs available around the country.

Part of the challenge in filling these positions has been to educate students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals looking for a change about what “acquisition” is, why it is important to our nation, and why it is an excellent and interesting career field to enter.


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Transparency in Contracting

By Sterling Whitehead

Transparency is young, but contracts transparency is an infant. This gives us the opportunity to set the agenda of what it really means and will look like for years to come. This piece covers: 

  • Confidence & Documentation
  • Personal Privacy
  • External Transparency
  •  Internal Transparency
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NCMA’s World Congress 2010

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.




Learning Corner


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








·       Teaming: An agreement among two or more prospective offerors to participate jointly in a business venture..

·       Supplemental Agreements: Contract modifications that are accomplished by the mutual consent of the parties.  

·       Proposal Preparation: Activities and events required to submit an offer or quotation, usually a response to a customer request. 



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.


Contact Us


If you have any questions, comments, or possible contributions to this newsletter, please send them to There can never be a shortage of brain power.




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.

·       Snapshot of Success

·       Acquisition Day with the Tysons Corner Chapter and UMUC

·       Transparency in Contracting

·       Events 

·       Learning Corner 
·       Fun Facts
·       Contact Us      




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