procurement reform and the USAID Forward initiatives. It was a very good conference and I was excited to see the initiative still very much alive and progressing. Many sessions dealt with best practices for implementation as well as brain-storming/sharing sessions on lessons learned in the field and understanding the challenges and roadblocks.
One of the best parts about the conference was the opportunity to meet many of the FSO's from the Missions overseas as well as reunite with colleagues from my DLI class who are already at post. I had the opportunity to meet colleagues and supervisors whom I will be working with in my onward assignments which is invaluable IMO to be able to meet people in person.
Not sure if another conference will be able to be held next year due to the many government budgetary pressures which is a shame since I think it was so useful.
In other news, a State colleague picked up some fun lapel pins for me from Main State.