Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Industry Day

Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.
Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Industry Day 2023

Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Industry Day

Hosted by SAME

June 29-30, 2023 | Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.


SAME will host a Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Industry Day in Washington, D.C., June 29-30. This market research event is designed to provide industry with information on competing for contracts with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Topics slated for presentation include both program overview and acquisition forecasts as well as specific issues tied to overseas work such as design integration; construction risk, supply chain and cleared labor; and inflation and economic price adjustment. 

The two-day event also will include discipline-specific matchmaking such as architecture, interiors, construction management, climate security, and blast. It will include participation and support from the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Office of the Procurement Executive, and Acquisition Management, all within the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Session Presentations, June 29

Session Presentations, June 30

Event Schedule

Day One, June 29, 2023
Time Activity
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:40 SAME Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:40 AM – 9:15 AM State Department Opening Remarks

• Ambassador William Moser, Director, Overseas Buildings Operations
• Mike Derrios, Senior Procurement Executive, Office of the Procurement Executive
• Dr. Anthony Josey, Senior Analyst, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM Platforms for Diplomacy: OBO Program Overview and Project Forecast
OBO’s Office of Project Development and Coordination will present an overview of the capital program including active and upcoming projects. Highlights include a history of the program including legislation that increased funding to design changes in response to global security events. A brief discussion on the embassy effect will address how diplomatic presence overseas has a positive economic, social and environmental impact on the communities where we serve.

• Stephanie Leedom, Division Chief, Overseas Buildings Operations
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tips for Succeeding with OBO
This session will provide insight into OBO’s construction management program and how to be successful. The speaker will discuss the lessons learned from a client’s perspective and owners, the benefits of working in the bureau’s program, and possible teaming and subcontracting opportunities.

• Tracy Thomas, Managing Director for Construction, Facility & Security Management, Overseas Buildings Operations
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM DS/IS/IND Security Overview
The Industrial Security Division (DS/IS/IND) manages the State Department’s worldwide Industrial Security Program to ensure that national security (classified) and specifically designed sensitive, but unclassified (SBU) information entrusted to the private sector is properly handled and safeguarded. DS/IS/IND supports all bureaus within the Department, to include OBO. DS/IS/IND oversees OBO’s classified contracts and contracts which require access to classified and SBU information and ensures that appropriate security requirements are addressed for each project and incorporated into each RFP and contract.

• Janice Custard-Lazarchick, Industrial Security Specialist, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Announcements
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM AQM Overview/Contracting Process
The Bureau of Administration, Office of the Procurement Executive, Acquisitions Management (A/OPE/AQM) will give an overview of their organizations and how they support OBO’s acquisition needs. This session will describe the contracting process including contractor selection, contract award, in addition to upcoming contracting opportunities.

• Jillian Savage, Branch Chief, Contracting Officer, AQM/FDC
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Design & Engineering Session
This session will provide an overview of the overall focus of the design standards and drivers, along with a breakdown of some Climate Security & Resilience initiatives programs that shape the Bureau’s approach to providing safe, secure, and functional facilities. OBO’s Engineering Division will outline each division’s fundamental roles and responsibilities and their contributions to the successful execution of OBO’s mission.

• John Pitts, Acting Design and Engineering Office Director, Civil Structural Engineering Division Chief, Overseas Buildings Operations
• Dawna Wright, Electrical Engineering Division Chief, Overseas Buildings Operations
• Joe Cafferata, Mechanical Engineering Division Chief, Overseas Buildings Operations
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Project Risk Panel, “Managing Risk in Large Government Construction Programs”
This panel will provide an overview of the State Department’s Project Risk Management Program and will highlight risk management strategies across the design and construction program and how OBO works with contractors as a team to mitigate these risks.

• Sarah Lupia (moderator)
• Chris Dudding, Construction Operations Division Chief, Overseas Buildings Operations
• Tamela Simpson, Division Chief Construction Support, Overseas Buildings Operations
• Ricardo Flores, Office Director, Overseas Buildings Operations
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Networking Happy Hour
Day Two, June 30, 2023
Time Activity
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome Remarks
• Douglas Dykhouse, Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
9:10 AM – 9:30 AM OSDBU
• Dr. Anthony Josey, Senior Analyst, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Competition Advocate
This session will be centered around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) as it relates to procurement and competition. The State Department is a leader in government-wide efforts to advance DEIA and is ensuring we are in the strongest possible position to deliver services to an increasingly diverse, complex, and interconnected world. The DEIA Strategic Framework to ensure we strengthen compliance on accessibility in all contracting, procurement, and acquisition processes, with a focus on equity in construction and construction-related contracts will be discussed.

• Sharon James, Competition Advocate
Rapid Engineering Construction (REC) Program
This presentation will detail how OBO uses the REC strategy to execute projects, cover which contractors are eligible for REC, and provide an overall explanation of the REC process and types of projects for REC.

• Sharmeena Salam-Haughton, Branch Chief, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Matchmaking Tables
• Architecture
• Interiors
• Construction Management
• Engineering
• Climate Security & Resilience
• Blast
• DS
• COST/Inflation/Escalation/Cost Proposal

Registration & Logistics

Participant Registration

Registration includes all sessions listed, breakfast and lunch daily, and networking reception on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

Cancellations will be accepted through June 16, 2023, and must be received in writing, to Registration fees will be refunded in full minus a handling and processing charge of $75.00 for individual registrations. SAME regrets that refunds cannot be issued after June 16, 2023. The cancelation fee and deadline do not apply to government registrations. Government registrations will receive full refunds at any time. 

You have the option to transfer your registration to someone else in your company if circumstances prevent you from attending the conference.  To request a registration transfer, send an email to the Registration email address above.

Online Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.  After this time, Registration will be available onsite, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on June 29, 2023.

Time Activity
Private Industry – SAME member $475.00
Private industry – Small Business – SAME member $375.00
Private Industry – non-member $575.00
Government speaker/host $ – 
Government attendee $35.00
Register for the event

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If you’d like to become a sponsor, please email us at

Type Benefits Price
Platinum Sponsorship – Limited to 4 companies
  • (5) full-conference registrations
  • Full-page ad in printed conference program
  • Company logo included in Thank-You page in printed conference program
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company logo and link on event website

SAME corporate member: $6,000

Non-Member: $6,500

Gold Sponsorship – limited to 8 companies
  • (3) full-conference registrations
  • ½ page ad in printed conference Program
  • Company name included in Thank-You page in printed conference program
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company logo and link on event website

SAME corporate member: $3,750

Non-Member: $4,250

Hotel Information

The SAME-DOS Industry Days will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

Hotel Reservations
SAME has established a block of rooms at a group rate of $239/night plus applicable taxes and fees. The cut-off date has passed, but rooms may still be available at the group rate.  Please click the button below marked “Reserve your room now!” to check availability. The room block is reserved for registered attendees only.  

The Grand Hyatt is conveniently located above the Metro Center rail station on the Metro’s Red, Blue, and Orange Lines.  Multiple public parking garages are located close by the hotel.

Reserve your room now! 
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Conference Help Desk – (703) 549-3800 ext. 811

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Housing 703-549-3800 x132

Thank You Sponsors


Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC)


Michael Baker International

Working overseas is hard. Those in the audience should be asking “why” and “how”, not necessarily “what.” There is plenty of contract opportunities; what the State Department in particular needs is contractors that can do the job required, and do it well. 

George Price, OSDBU Director, Department of State (2017 DOS Day, Hosted by SAME)