If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!)

This week we welcome special guest Michael Derrios, currently the Senior Procurement Executive and Head of Contracting Activity for the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Derrios shares his insight on the challenges that Contracting Officers face due to their unique power to obligate the Government, as well as the scrutiny that power brings from both internal and external entities.

Listen and learn as Paul and Michael discuss the differences between personal and positional power and share their perspectives on the skills and qualities that are required to succeed as a Contracting Officer.

For more on this topic, check out his blog here: https://www.michaelderrios.com/post/the-power-of-the-pen.


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Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help government and industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. As former government Contracting Officers who have also walked in industry’s shoes, Kevin and Paul share their perspectives in support of the podcast mission: Make government contracts better, one contract at a time.

Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.