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Thursday, October 25: Thomas Jefferson on Procurement

10/25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A Historical Perspective on Acquisition from the Building of University of Virginia’s Academical Village (1817-1826)

With Speakers David Black of Holland & Knight, and Peter McKeen of Arnold & Porter

Join NCMA Boston Chapter the evening of October 25th for a historical examination of public procurement systems. The goal of this program is to use a 200-year-old series of procurements of construction contracts led by Thomas Jefferson to build his architectural masterpiece at the University of Virginia (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to flesh out and discuss the goals of an effective public procurement system.  The program combines big picture thinking about public procurement and interesting historical anecdotes involving a Founding Father who functioned late in life as a Contracting Officer.

Tickets include dinner and the Boston Tea Party Ship Experience!  Storm aboard one of the two Tea Ships and take part in the “Destruction of the Tea!” Throw tea into the very same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place over 240 years ago.

David Black is co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice. He practices in the area of government contracts counseling and dispute resolution. Mr. Black’s practice includes representing contractors in protests, claims under the Contracts Disputes Act, responding to government investigations and audits, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, terminations for default for convenience, prime-subcontractor disputes, compliance programs, and counseling on a variety of contract administration and procurement issues. Read here for his full bio.

Peter McKeen works as a procurement analyst with the government contracts practice at Arnold & Porter. With a procurement career spanning 25 years, his work has spanned from contract administration to government contracts law analysis. Mr. McKeen teaches courses in procurement law and contracts management at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He also serves as a Leading Practitioner in Public Procurement for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)—a group comprised of procurement experts from member states seeking “a global view of leading procurement practice.” Read here for his full bio.

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The Incidentals:

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Where:  Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Cost: $40.00 per person for NCMA members and military/government civilians; $50.00 general public


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6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
306 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02110 United States
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