Managing Risk in Federal Acquisitions (NCMA/UVA Workshop)

  • May 31 - June 1, 2018

  • Location: Charlottesville, VA
  • Address: UVA Inn at Darden, 10 Duffy Blvd
Regular Price Member: $
Regular Price Non-member: $

Regular Price Student: $200
CPE/CLPs: 10


Join us for essential training on a critical contract management skill—effectively managing acquisition risk. This day-and-a-half learning and networking event will guide you through a consideration of contract-related risks and provide you with the skills to identify, mitigate, and monitor risk. Come prepared to think, contribute, and immediately apply what you learn to your everyday work.


 7:30am–8:30am  Continental Breakfast
 8:30am–12:00pm  Managing Acquisition Risk Presentation
 12:00pm–1:00pm  Networking Lunch
 1:00pm–4:30pm  Managing Acquisition Risk Presentation
 4:30pm–6:00pm  Networking Reception
 7:30am–8:30am  Continental Breakfast
 8:30am–11:30am  UVA Case Study and Closing Remarks


Michelle Currier, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, Professor of Contract Management, Defense Acquisition University (NCMA's Top Instructor)
Michelle Currier serves as a professor of Contract Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Middle Atlantic Region. She brings a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom from her 38-year career, having served with distinction as a contracting officer, division chief, and director of contracts at the Naval Research Laboratory, Military Sealift Command, Small Business Administration, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Army Contracting Command. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the DAU Faculty of the Year, DAU Distinguished Teacher Designation, Superior Civilian Service Medal, DAU Corporate Ask-A-Professor Award, and DAU Mid-Atlantic Faculty of the Year 2012. She was recognized by Inside Business as one of the Top 25 Women in Business in Hampton Roads. She was competitively selected and is a graduate of the inaugural class for the U.S. Army's Senior Leadership Program and is DAWIA Level III certified in Contracting. She is a past national president of NCMA (2001-2002) and has been recognized with the Alvis D. Keen Honorary Life Member Award, Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Fellow Award, the NCMA Education Award, several National Achievement Awards, and NCMA Volunteer of the Year 2017. She currently serves on the NCMA Board of Advisors and is a Contract Management Leadership Development Program mentor and faculty member.

John Michael Caram, Professor of Systems Engineering, Defense Acquisition University
Mike Caram began his career with the U.S. Navy, first as an aviator, then as an acquisition professional. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1998, he worked for the Boeing Company as a senior flight test engineer on the V-22 Osprey aircraft development team, and later as the risk manager for the program. In 2002, he entered civil service and has served DAU in both leadership and teaching roles. He is fortunate in having seen the acquisition process from three critical perspectives: the user, government acquisition community, and industry. This wide experience gives him unique insight into the synergies and conflicts resulting in major weapons systems acquisitions and how to successfully navigate them.

Dana Popescu, PhD, Associate Professor of Business Administration, UVA Darden School of Business

Popescu_DanaAt Darden, Dana teaches Decision Analysis (I and II) in the MBA program, two core courses that focus on the challenges of making decisions under risk and assessing uncertainty. She also teaches an MBA elective on data analysis and optimization. In the past, she has taught courses on pricing analytics and production and operations management.

Dana’s main research interests include pricing optimization, revenue management, supply chain sourcing and contracting, and demand forecasting.  A common element of her research projects is decision-making under risk. In her research on supply chain sourcing and contracting, she focuses on the impact of one of the biggest drivers of risk for a company trying to source its materials—demand uncertainty—as well as the risk associated with the moral hazard environment, in which each party has incentives to free ride on the other party’s effort. Some of her very recent work involves assessment of uncertainty through aggregation of expert subjective opinions. 

Location & Lodging

University of Virginia - Inn at Darden Event and Conference Center
10 Duffy Blvd
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Three easy ways to reserve your room at UVA Inn at Darden:
1. Book online:
2. Call the Gatehouse Staff at 434-297-7384
3. Email the Gatehouse Staff at

NCMA Group Rate: $119 single/double per night plus applicable taxes.
Rate available until April 30, 2018 or until the block is sold out.

Please reference the “UVA SPCS-NCMA room block” when booking over the phone or via email.