1.05 Demystifying Public Sector Contracting

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Track Topic Area: Public Sector (PSC)
Format: General Presentation
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: As a public sector facility professional, is your agency's procurment process a mystery? Do you have difficulty getting what you want? Are you aware of ethical behavior required of public sector professionals? How is your relationship with contractors and suppliers who might be IFMA associate members different in the public sector? Do you think your requests for goods and services go into a big black hole? Why does the procurement process take so long? All of these questions will be answered during the presentation.  Take away tools to help shorten the procurement process and ensure you receive what you want, when you want it. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Better understand the public procurement/contracting process.
  • Learn how to develop detailed scopes of work.
  • Understand ethical behavior to ensure that your picture is not front-page news.
  • Learn how to partner with your procurement department.
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    Phyllis Meng, CFM, SFP, IFMA Fellow
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Deputy Executive Officer, General Services
    General Services

    Phyllis Meng has been a facility professional for more than 25 years. For the past 24 years, she has been employed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the deputy executive officer, general services, and building manager for the 628,000 sq. ft., 28-story MTA high-rise headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. This building recently received Energy Star and LEED Gold awards. Meng graduated from Cal State Northridge with a bachelor's of science degree in business management. She obtained her Certified Facility Manager in 1993 and was honored as an IFMA Fellow in 2002. She obtained her SFP in 2012. Meng served on IFMA’s board of directors as West Coast regional vice president and served two years as IFMA Foundation chair, leading the foundation through numerous improvements, including doubling contributions and growing its assets by 42 percent. She has served as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of IFMA and president of the IFMA Public Sector Facilities Council. Meng has authored numerous articles for the benefit of the facility management profession in the Facility Management Journal and other trade publications. She has taught courses on finance, emergency preparedness, contingency planning, real estate and outsourcing at the chapter level, at IFMA’s World Workplace and at other conferences. She is an IFMA-approved instructor and has taught many FMP, CFM Exam Review and core competency courses. She developed and teaches Financial Analysis for the Facilities Profession, a course for the University of California Irvine Facilities Management Certificate Program. In 1998, she was honored with IFMA’s Distinguished Member Award. She accepted the 1996 IFMA Award of Excellence for Council Achievement for the Public Sector Council’s newsletter, 2005 Award of Excellence for Council of the Year for the Public Sector Facilities Council, and IFMA’s 1995 Distinguished Author Award for her article on contingency planning.

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