We are the NCMA's best (or maybe worst) kept secret!
The NCMA Rio Grande Chapter is small in numbers but has a very large footprint in the Contract Management profession. As they say in boxing ... we punch well abover our weight!
Welcome to the Rio Grande Chapter - the best kept secret in the National Contract Management Association. Our award winning chapter represents the Middle Rio Grande Valley including Albuquerque, Sandia National Labs, Kirtland Air Force Base, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Our members come from both government and industry. All are welcome at our chapter and we invite you to attend one of our Board meetings or a Chapter event listed below.

Chapter News

Chapter Elections just around the corner

Elections for Chapter Officers are coming up shortly. If you are interested in standing for election (or wish to nominate someone for election to) any of the following offices - please email nominations@ncmargc.org with your interest (i.e., self nominate) or the name of someone you would like to nominate. Look for more news in your email inbox.
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Save the Date - May 17, 2023 Nuts, Bolts and Beyond is back!

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Early registration is open for our next event - Nuts Bolts and Beyond - May 17th. Click below to go to the Eventbrite site (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nuts-bolts-and-beyond-2023-tickets-576525773107)to register.
Other Upcoming Opportunities:

Communities of Practice - A New Member Engagement Method. Recently NCMA Headquarters implemented a new method for members to engage with their peers with similar interests - the Community of Practice (CoP). While these are relatively new, there is already significant support for them in the membership community as they offer a means to meet, interact and share with other members that share similar interests. To join a CoP, sign into the https://www.ncmahq.org site and go to your member profile. Look for the "About Me" section on the left side of the page and click on "Communities of Practice".

If you ever have a question that can't be addressed on this website, please shoot over your inquiry to webmaster@ncmargc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

NCMA Subcon. Registration now open

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The Prime Contractor-Subcontractor Partnership is a can’t-miss event occurring on March 29 & March 30, 2023 for primes and subs to learn and discuss important issues side by side. Session topics center around the connection points between primes and subs to build powerful relationships. 
Immersive deep dive sessions give hands-on practice on essential topics: managing supply chain risk, building strong relationships and making important bid-or no-bid decisions. New to federal procurement? The program includes an overview of the entire federal process and where subcontractors fit in, led by NCMA’s Chief Learning Officer, Michelle Currier.  
Other sessions include essential skills related to subcontract pricing, managing cost and compliance, negotiating the CPSR process and working under non-traditional contracting methods like OTAs. The event also includes updates that matter to primes and subs: regulatory changes, inflation impacts, supply chain considerations, etc. 
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The 2023 Awards Nominations Now Open

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The 2023 awards nominations are open. If you know (or if you are) an outstanding NCMA member and wish to submit a nomination for an award we're here to help! The Rio Grande Chapter has had a good deal of success over the years with individual and chapter awards and we're looking to reprise that performance. It begins with outstanding candidates like Catherine Lambert (Pictured receiving her Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award at last year''s Government Contracting Management Seminar) and an expertly written nomination. Fortunately our Chapter has some pretty good writers who are willing to help draft, edit, and submit the awards nominations … so please submit your nominees to Jo Cunningham (awards@NCMARGC.ORG) and she will assist you with the nomination process.

Awarded at World Congress
Lifetime Achievement Award
Outstanding Fellow Award
Fellow Award
Innovation Award
Best CM Magazine Award
Elmer B. Staats Award (in partnership with PRT)

Awarded at GCMS
Advancing Professional Award
Chapter Excellence Award
Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award (in memory of Mary Beth Lech)

Certifications - Are You Ready to be a CFCM or a CPCM?

Professional certification as either a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) or a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) is a huge leap forward in your professional development. Are you ready to apply for certification? What's it like?

For a limited time the NCMA Rio Grande Chapter is offering a free preview of what to expect on the certification exam. To try your luck simply click on the below button and you will be redirected to a site that will allow you three attempts to take and pass a very realistic simulation of the exam.

No obligation … no Junk email or mailing list enrollments … just a preview of what to expect. Try it for fun, try it for bragging rights, or use it to see where you need to study more.

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The NCMA Rio Grande Chapter has a long tradition of assisting our members obtain certifications. From helping with the application submittal to answering questions about the process to conducting study groups and CPE earning training events we are with you all the way. If you are interested in a certification as a CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, or CCMA please use the below form to contact our chapter and we will reach out a helping hand to get you there.

Upcoming Events

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      Rio Grande Chapter Meeting

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    Please join us as we meet each month ....

    Our monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30. These meetings will be hybrid meetings as you can elect to join via Zoom or in-person. The monthly Zoom information was setup for recurring meetings so the Zoom information provided below will be consistent for this program year.

    In-person meetings at Verus Research, which is located at 6100 Uptown Blvd NE, Albuquerque - 7th floor. The capacity to join the meeting in-person is 11, so please RSVP appropriately so that we can ensure we stay within this capacity. Also, there is currently a mask requirement at Verus.

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