GTSC released its 2017 Annual report at the organization’s Holiday Awards December 13. The report, themed ”Building on Great Traditions,” highlighted GTSC’s new undertakings — namely the acquisition of Homeland Security Today and the launch of the GovCon Academy for veterans with the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) and provides a recap of all the activities, speakers, and initiatives of the Coalition. Read the full report here.
The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), the premier non-profit organization for companies in homeland and national security, December 13, honored a tremendous line-up of heroes at the organization’s packed Holiday Awards. Read the full press release here.“GTSC has had a tremendous year and has expanded its service to the homeland security community through the great work of our members and government partners,” said Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and CEO of the Coalition. “Our Holiday Awards are our opportunity to thank all of those who work tirelessly and often without recognition, to protect our families, our communities, and our nation.”Since 2012, the Coalition has developed a series of awards to recognize some of the heroes working to improve how the public and private sectors collaborate to assure that innovation and efficiencies can find their way into the government and encourage an environment of mentorship to support the nation’s critical homeland and national security missions. The awardees, and more of the Coalition’s work was also released in their 2017 Annual Report, themed Building on Great Traditions.At the awards, GTSC also unveiled the new Homeland Security Today magazine and media platform branding. The new media platform is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. Now a non-profit, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges. HSToday’s contributors and editors hail from throughout the homeland security community. They are the thinkers and doers who shape and implement the United States’ security methodologies, strategies and tactics. From policymaking in Washington, DC, to operations in challenging security environments, HSToday’s vast network of experts deliver the most authoritative, timely coverage of America’s efforts to address threats man-made and natural.GTSC celebrated 2017 with a packed room of the Who’s Who of homeland security at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Special thanks to supporters NCI, Acuity, INTEGRITYOne Partners, and Hitachi Ventara Federal for their support of the evening.2017 Awardees included:Acquisition ExcellenceReverse Industry Day TeamsU.S. Department of Homeland SecuritySoraya CorreaChief Procurement OfficerU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityJaclyn SmythDirector, DHS Strategic Sourcing Program OfficeU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityCarla ThomasIndustry LiaisonU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityMichael VillanoIndustry LiaisonU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityU.S. Office of Personnel ManagementDesmond BrownDirector, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business UtilizationU.S. Office of Personnel ManagementCherina HughesOffice of Small Disadvantaged Business UtilizationU.S. Office of Personnel ManagementU.S. General Services AdministrationMillisa GaryTask and Delivery OrderOmbudsman, GSAU.S. TreasuryHarrison SmithIRS Deputy Chief Procurement OfficerU.S. TreasuryMitchell WinansSpecial Assistant, IRSU.S. TreasurySmall Business Champion of the Year
Antonio A. VillafanaChief Information OfficerOffice of Health AffairsU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityExcellence in OutreachJoseph A. Giunta, Jr.Executive Director & Principal AssistantResponsible for Contracting (PARC)U.S. Army Contracting Command – OrlandoSmall Business of the YearINTEGRITYOne PartnersMid-Tier Business of the YearAcuityMentor of the YearAccentureStrategic Partner of the YearNon-Commissioned Officers AssociationStrategic Advisor of the YearCharles ArmstrongFounder, CEOe2.71 Advisory ServicesMission AwardsMaggie M. MyersPublic AffairsU.S. Customs and Border ProtectionMelinda RogersChief Information Security OfficerU.S. Department of JusticeChief Michael SchaffChiefFairfax County International Search & Rescue/Virginia Task Force 1Keith JonesActing CIOU.S. Citizenship & Immigration ServicesKelly C. GoodActing DeputyExecutive Director Program Management OfficeU.S. Border PatrolThomas BojitoSupervisory IT SpecialistU.S. Immigration & Customs EnforcementElizabeth CappelloDeputy CIOU.S. Customs & Immigration EnforcementCitizen of Mission AwardLori GordonSenior StrategistHWC###
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES COALITION ACQUIRES HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY MAGAZINE & MEDIA PLATFORM
Washington, D.C., October 31, 2017 — The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) announced today that it has acquired Homeland Security Today (HS Today), one of the homeland security community’s most respected media platforms, from 5T Ventures, LLC. Under this new, non-profit ownership, HSToday’s contributors and content will expand to better inform and support the homeland security mission.
“GTSC’s new HSToday is dedicated to putting real facts and analysis in context to tell the stories of homeland security in a way no other outlet can,” said HSToday Executive Editor and GTSC CEO Kristina Tanasichuk. “Too often, what passes for news is just a compilation of innuendo, gossip, and opinion. The current breadth and depth of homeland security reporting does not tell the story of the homeland mission sufficiently. Facts still exist and things are done for a reason. GTSC’s HSToday is here to deliver the whole story for our members and community.”
Since 2004, HSToday has been an essential resource and news platform for the homeland security community, catering to: professionals within the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies with homeland security responsibilities like the FBI, ODNI, Treasury etc.; state and local law enforcement and emergency responders; members of the Intelligence Community; legislators, policymakers and regulators; professionals, business leaders and analysts in the private, nonprofit and academic sectors. Going forward, HSToday will continue to offer coverage on pressing homeland security issues, drawing on unbiased writing, expert voices and a commitment to collaboration with the security community.
“Ours is a new kind of news outlet,” said HSToday Editor-in-Chief Justin Hienz. “Rather than overworked generalist reports struggling to cover the most superficial homeland issues, we are a collection of subject matter experts embracing a culture of objectivity to deliver real news value to our colleagues in the homeland security community. We are security practitioners and analysts first, not journalists.”
With this new concept, said Hienz, HSToday will deliver trusted, nuanced writing informed by named sources at the highest levels of government, leaders throughout the private sector, and other professionals engaged in the homeland security mission. HSToday articles will cover: federal efforts, outreach, plans and activities to secure the homeland; analysis on homeland security industry achievements, ideas and opportunities; and rich writing and reporting on the complex, challenging issues related to guarding against and responding to threats natural and manmade.
“HSToday will continue to be a critical observer to all the happenings in homeland security,” said Tanasichuk. “Unlike other news outlets, however, our coverage will deliver the whole story, putting essential information in context to elevate conversations, inform decisions, and better protect the nation.”
HSToday will reveal the outlet’s new editorial board, website and other updates in the coming months, leading to a formal relaunch of HSToday in early 2018.
Interested parties are welcome to sign up for GTSC’s HSToday here.
The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)(6) association of companies that work with government partners to achieve mission. Our vision is to provide an ethical, effective platform to leverage the private sector to bring the best homeland and national security ideas, technologies and innovations to the mission of securing our nation. GTSC’s mission is to provide exceptional advocacy, capacity building, partnership opportunities and marketing in the Federal security space for small and mid-sized companies and to support and assist our government partners achieve their critical missions with the highest integrity; best and most innovative technologies; and results-based, quality products and services to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from any terrorist attack or natural disaster. For more information on these mentors and the Government Technology & Services Coalition, please visit www.GTSCoalition.com or learn about our mid-tier initiative at www.GTSCMidTierSolution.com.
3rd Annual DHS Personnel Security Forum
November 1, 2017 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Join us of our annual discussion with Chief Security Officers from the components at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. WE will discuss challenges facing the Department in personnel security, the latest updates to security requirements, combating the Insider Threat, and other challenges.
WHO should attend?
Government contractors of all sizes that work with DHS and have employees with security clearance
Government Contractors who have recently won a contract that requires security clearance at DHS
Chief Security Officers and Compliance officers from government contracting firms
- Industrial Security Working Group (ISWG),
- Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), &
- InfraGard’s National Capital Region Members Alliance (InfraGardNCR)
TENTATIVE AGENDA – times and schedule subject to change
1:00 pm Welcome Presenters and Guests, Introduction of DHS, The Pledge of Allegiance
1:10 pm Opening Remarks: Snapshot of the Department (CUI, CE, Insider Threat, & Other Considerations)
1:40 pm Component Panel Discussion –Security Personnel and Acquisition
- DHS HQ
- Coast Guard
2:40 pm Break
2:50 pm Facilitated Q &A with Panelists
3:30 pm DHS Summary remarks followed by networking session
4:00 pm Networking session ends
Join GTSC for an extraordinary celebration of a great year and a toast to a new and prosperous 2018 at our Holiday Awards Spectacular!
We will announce our:
Small Business Member of the Year
Mid-Tier Company of the Year
Mentor of the Year
Federal Small Business Champion of the Year
Market Maven Award
Strategic Advisor of the Year
Strategic Partner of the Year
and include a special new 5th anniversary recognition for supporters from our 5 years!
CONTACT US TO NOMINATE A PEER, CLIENT OR ADVISOR FOR OUR AWARDS
Support and sponsorships of our holiday event are welcome — please contact us to help make this our best event ever!
November 16, 2017 | 8:00am – 3:00pm
TENTATIVE AGENDA *** SUBJECT TO CHANGE
8:45 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO & Founder, GTSC
Kristin Cooke, Acuity, Event Chair
9:00 AM Opening Keynote
Thomas Homan, Acting Director
9:15 AM HSI’s Mission: Priorities, Challenges, & How Industry Can Help
Alysa Erichs, Acting Deputy Association Director for Information Management
10:00 AM ERO Mission: Priorities, Challenges & How Industry Can Help
Phil Miller, Deputy Executive Associated Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations
11:00 AM OIT – How Technology is Enabling the Mission – Success Stories, Challenges to Industry
Thomas Thompson, OCIO, Office of Acquisition Management, IT Division
Captain Craig H. Hodge, Deputy Chief Technology Officer
12:00 PM BREAK for lunch
12:430 Luncheon Keynote:
Michael Brown, Chief Information Officer
1:15 PM Acquisition – Critical Initiatives for the next 18 Months
Bill Weinberg, Chief Acquisition Officer
2:00 PM HSI Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative: What do we need to get it done?
Lou Rodi, Deputy Assistant Director National Security Program
3:00 PM Adjourn
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November 2, 2017 | 8:00am – 3:30pm
Members of the Government Technology & Services Coalition are invited to attend our annual member meeting to learn about all GTSC’s activities and how we can serve our membership better. Also joining us are esteemed speakers from our government partners to discuss 2018 and all that lies ahead for the homeland and national security enterprise.
This is a GTSC Member ONLY meeting.
TENTATIVE AGENDA ( times and schedule subject to change)
8:15 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast & Registration
8:45 AM Welcome & Introductions & Overview of GTSC’s 2017 activity
Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, GTSC
9:00 AM Keynote address: The Year Ahead for DHS
Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS
9:30 AM GTSC Activities update, workgroups, and discussion
Lion’s Den Report (10 min)
Michael Stabolepszy, Managing Partner, IntegrityONE Partners
Beth Fleshman, Vice President, Goldbelt
DHS BDE Report (10 min)
Doris Reeves, DAI
Mentor Forum (10 min)
Brad Cole, Vice President, Accenture
Emerging Small Business Group
Earl Holland, Principal, Growth Strategy Consultants
Procurement & Acquisition Workgroup Report – Reverse Industry Days Discussion
CHAIR: Carolyn Muir, Executive Vice President, SE Solutions
Andy Klein, Vice President, HWC
Karen Morrison, Acuity
Emma Sopko, PotomacWave
10:45 AM BREAK
11:00 AM Acquisition of HS Today Magazine and Media platform: What it means for our members and community
Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, GTSC
Justin Hienz, Editor-in-Chief, GTSC’s HSToday
Michael B. Smith, Executive Director, Office of Selective Acquisitions
12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
12:45 PM KEYNOTE address
1:30 PM Congressional Update: What’s Happening on the Hill in 2018
Michelle Mrdeza, Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Government Affairs
2:00 PM Bill Weinberg, Director, Office of Acquisition Management and HCA
2:30 PM Adjourn
October 16, 2017 | 8:00am – 3:30pm
Arlington, VAJoin us for our second USCIS Day! Our inaugural day was such a success we all wanted to do it again to take a look at the missions, priorities and challenges of U.S Customs and Immigration Services.Meet and hear from the people making transformation real and agile development second nature.
Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:
Keith Jones, Acting CIO, USCIS, DHS
Maria Melero, Associate Director, Customer Service & Public Engagement, USCIS, DHS
Courtney Winship, Acting Chief of Technology & Innovation Division, USCIS, DHS
Robert Brown, OIT EID, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS
Leslie Hope, Chief, Technology Coordination Divison. HeadQuarters Service Center Operations, DHS\USCIS\SCOPS
David Blair, Chief, Transformation Delivery Division, OIT, USCIS, DHS
Al Davis, Chief, Program Management Office, Fraud Detection & National Security Directorate, USCIS
Armad Kittrell, Deputy Division Chief, Program Management Office, Fraud Detection & National Security Directorate, USCIS
Suzanne Rizzo, Chief, Agile Coaching and Testing, COR L3 CSM, APM1, USCIS
Al Eskalis, Chief of Customer Services Division, USCIS
Josh Seckel, Co-Chair, GTSC, USCIS Day, Chief Solutions for Agile and DevOps SevaTec
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