GOVERNMENT CLIENT PANEL: Changes in the RFP Process During the Age of Covid-19

    September 15, 2020
    12:00 PM AKDT - 1:00 PM AKDT

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we go about our daily lives and how we do business. Meetings are now virtual, collaboration is done over web applications, and documents and deliverables are all digital. These changes also include how government agencies are handling the procurement process. In today’s program, learn straight from the source how government agencies are handling RFPs during the current climate. Speakers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU) will discuss what changes have occurred, tips for adapting to these changes and what this means for the future. Our panelists will answer a series of questions on these topics and there will be a chance for you to ask your questions at the end. 

    Speakers include: 

    Tom Sloan
    Chief, Geomatics Section, Alaska District USACE
    Tom is responsible for managing the GIS, CAD, BIM, and  Land and Hydro Surveying units of the District. He has more than 40 years of surveying experience in Alaska, with 38 of those years with the Alaska District. Tom has been a USACE Prospect instructor for more than 10 years. From 1999-2006, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he taught several different cartography classes to both Geomatics and Civil Engineering students. Since the early 1990’s, Tom has been the Contracting Officer’s Representative managing AE services contracts and task orders.

    Scott Haan, SE
    Chief, Structural Section, Alaska District USACE
    Scot is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in the State of Alaska. He ha been with the Alaska District, USACE since 2005. Prior to this time, he was a structural plan review engineer and Chief of Building Inspections at the MOA Building Safety Division. He has been the Design Branch, Structures Section Chief since 2015 and served as the Acting Engineering Branch Chief for the Afghanistan District in 2019. His experience includes being a Design Manager developing Design-Build Requests for Proposal and as a Contracting Officer’s Representative managing  AE design services task orders.

    Brian Baus, PE
    Capital Improvements Program Manager, AWWU

    Jim Amundsen, PE
    Chief, Highway Design Group, DOT&PF Central Region
    Jim is responsible for the annual design and delivery of $275-300 million of highway and rural road projects to construction each year for Central Alaska. He has been with DOT&PF for 19 years with time in both the Aviation and Highway design sections.  Prior to moving to Alaska, Jim was the Assistant County Engineer for Klickitat County in Washington State, the City Engineer for Washington Court House in Ohio, a Design Engineer doing R&D for an FRP Manufacturer in Ohio, had a successful Sole Proprietor Engineering business in Ohio, and served eight years as a Combat Engineer in the USACE in various garden spots around the globe, including Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Jim earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.


    Katherine Wood, CPSM is HDR's Business Development Lead for Transportation in Alaska.  She loves editing, capture planning, and interviewing her clients. Her kids have totally worn her down during the pandemic so now she is the proud owner of two parakeets, a bearded dragon, and a tortoise, to her husband’s dismay. 

    Have a burning question you'd like our panelists to answer? Submit questions to [email protected]

    *Dial in information will be emailed separately on the morning of the event. If an email is not received, please contact Christine White at [email protected].

    This program is relevant to marketing and technical professionals at all experience levels. Eligible participants will receive 1.0 CEUs for this program.


    • Domain 1: Marketing Research
    • Domain 2: Marketing Planning
    • Domain 3: Client and Business Development
    • Domain 4: Proposals



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