Dan Walt has been Procurement Analyst with the Department of State Office of the Procurement Executive since 2002. He is the department’s Electronic Commerce Program Manager and alternate Acquisition Career Manager as well as a Contracting Officer. He reviews the acquisition strategies of IT program funding requests, handles IT and other technology procurement policy issues, and represents the department on several interagency groups and system change control boards (among them, the interagency Program Management Working Group). Prior to coming to State, he worked from 1995 to 2002 as Contracting Officer, procurement analyst and small business advocate with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). While there, he started their procurement website and electronic commerce program, as well as worked with small businesses to help them find business opportunities. From 1990-95, he was a Contract Specialist with the Navy’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Detachment Washington. There, he worked on cradle-to-grave procurements for a wide variety of goods and services including some research and development and a lot of Information Technology. Dan has also long been active in the space arena. In 1986, he founded Lansing L5, the local L5 chapter in Lansing, Michigan. He has been active in various ways with L5 and later the National Space Society as well as the Space Frontier Foundation for many years. He was a volunteer for ISDC 1993 (Washington, DC) and chaired the Government Procurement track at ISDC 2005 (also in Washington). For ISDC 2005, he also moderated the panel on government procurement.