September is National Preparedness Month!Join GTSC for a unique conversation with
Bobby McCaneChief Procurement Officer FEMAU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityWe will examine procurements at FEMA, any changes to the small business programs, and discuss any impacts of the elections on mission.
GTSC, along with 20 other non-profit organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined together to support Sec. 806 of the Senate-passed NDAA, — repeal of temporary suspension of public-private competitions for conversion of Department of Defense (DoD) functions to performance by contractors.
Section 806 permits implementation of the “Yellow Pages Test” – if an activity is performed in government, but private companies that do this work can be found in the Yellow Pages of the phone book, the activity should be subject to a competition to determine if the private sector is better, faster, cheaper. Read the letter here:
GTSC is executing our member collaboration network — an online resource for you to communicate with other members of GTSC, collaborate within your Business Development Exchanges, and have direct, real-time access to the latest information, opportunities, and colleagues.Often, I’m presented with opportunities and I have no fast way of getting out to you except by sending an email to the entire membership. This collaboration site allows me to post those opportunities or questions to all of you, and allows you to do the same. Similar to a listserv, you will be able to post opportunities, teaming requests, staffing challenges, and questions to the group. More valuable than a listserv, the collaboration site allows members to form work groups, opportunity groups, jointly edit and work on documents, whatever will help your business forward its goals by collaborating with others in GTSC.What does this mean to me?We have sent invitations for GTSC members to join our collaboration site and set up a profile. GTSC will be pushing more and more of our real-time communications through this tool. As soon as you have a profile, we can invite you to your specialty group (GTSC BDEs, Lion’s Den, Innovation workgroup) and start communicating.WHY are you doing this to us, Kristina? Another network??I know, I know. Another thing. But we have to do it, frankly, to be more efficient. This tool cleans up your inbox, helps you focus on the opportunities we’re working on, and gives you all a platform to leverage the Coalition better. The key of course is for you to start using it actively so that we work as a cohesive machine.So….let’s get busy!! Check your inbox (and your junk mail) for the invite from group site. If you have not received an invite, please let me know and we’ll figure out the problem.
THANK YOU all for your patience while we implement this exciting new function — once up and running I assure you that it will become your “go to” spot for tracking and partnering.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!!
Washington, May 24, 2016 – Kristina Tanasichuk, founder & CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), the premier nonprofit organization for small and mid-sized companies in homeland and national security, was selected as AFCEA International’s Industry Small Business Person of the Year. The award recognizes an individual working in industry who has had a positive and tangible economic, social or strategic impact over a wide range of markets or a particular community, region or national area.
“I am so honored and thrilled to be selected for this prestigious award. AFCEA has been doing tremendous work for 70 years and their recognition means an incredible amount to me personally, and to the small businesses in GTSC,” said Tanasichuk. “I am very proud to work with AFCEA to find new and innovative ways for small businesses to add their voice, innovation and creativity to the mission of protecting our nation.”
Tanasichuk has had a long-standing commitment to AFCEA as a member of the small business committee. She has volunteered extensively and worked to improve AFCEA’s programming and plans by teaching a half-day course for AFCEA’s “How to Do Business at DHS.” Most recently, she spoke at AFCEA’s Leadership Forum, “Women in Leadership,” at WEST 2016 in San Diego, California.
In 2011, Tanasichuk founded and developed one of the most vibrant small business communities serving the federal homeland and national security mission. She has worked tirelessly to provide small businesses with opportunities to provide input, and have an impact on policy on the Hill and in acquisition and procurement. She’s worked to bring small business innovations to the federal government to serve and defend our nation and our warfighters.
In addition, Tanasichuk’s volunteer work exemplifies her solid professional and community leadership roles. Tanasichuk is president of InfraGard of the National Capital Region, a nonprofit, public-private partnership with the FBI and private sector. Their mission is to share information to prevent an attack on our critical infrastructure. She is also president and founder of Women in Homeland Security, a nonprofit organization with the mission of building the homeland security community.
GTSC works on behalf of its members with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Justice, Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES COALITION
EXPANDS STEERING COMMITTEE
GTSC expands Steering Committee to accommodate Coalition’s growthWashington, D.C. April 8 — The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), the premier non-profit organization for small and mid-sized companies in homeland and national security, today announced that it has expanded its Steering Committee to serve the mission more effectively by representing the increasing number, and diversity, of companies in the Coalition.“US-CERT last month told electric utilities to disengage from the internet as much as possible. The Office of Personnel Management suffered a breach that affected over 22 million people. In 2015 we lost approximately $800 million to hostile countries, nation states, and criminals. ISIL uses Twitter to plan attacks quickly and effectively across the globe. As we approach our 5th anniversary, we have expanded our Steering Committee because we need more mission-oriented people and companies engaged in providing the government the best ideas and execution,” said Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and CEO of the Coalition.“While GTSC works to parse through the challenges in Federal procurement, the mission marches on. We want to assure that the most successful small, mid-tier and large companies committed to the homeland and national security mission have a voice. It was natural to reach out to some of our best and brightest to inform our path,” she continued.“The key to successfully delivering against our most pressing homeland and national security challenges is a strong partnership between private sector companies with innovative approaches to delivering real capability and this in government who understand the challenges. GTSC is providing significant value to both my firm and our federal partners through dedicated focus on bringing us together to advance the mission of homeland and national security,” said Frank Landefeld, managing director & public sector market leader at MorganFranklin Consulting.Members of the GTSC Steering Committee contribute to the direction and priorities of the Coalition, identify mission needs, and work with federal partners to find innovative mechanisms to bring cutting-edge ideas and technologies to the homeland and national security mission.Additions to the Steering Committee include:
They join existing Steering Committee members Dr. Sheri Dougherty, president, DAI; Elaine Kapetanakis, CEO, Kapstone Technology; Lisa Martin, CEO, LeapFrog Solutions; Carolyn Muir, executive vice president, SE Solutions; Brian Nault, president, BlueWater Federal; Kathy Pherson, CEO, Pherson Associates; and Andrea Stone, CEO, Dynamic Pro, Inc.“As a small business in homeland security we are thrilled with how GTSC provides a forum where small and mid-tier firms can forge trusted relationships to collectively pursue opportunities. Nowhere is there such a strong voice with the attention and focus on the continuing success and extremely high ROI to member companies as at GTSC – we are excited to be part of an organization bringing the best of breed to our government partners,” added Michael Stabolepszy, co-founder and managing director, INTEGRITYOne Partners.“I am honored to have had the privilege not only to serve the first two secretaries of DHS, but also now to assist GTSC in defining their strategic path forward in engaging DHS in productive industry dialogue. Their work on behalf of mid-tier companies is unique and extremely relevant in today’s market,” said Suzanne Petrie Liscouski, vice president, federal civilian agencies, NCI, Inc.GTSC works on behalf of its members with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Justice, Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
- Robert Aguilera, Garud Technology Services, Inc.
- Elizabeth El-Nattar, CEO, TRI-COR Industries, Inc.
- Diana Francois, Senior Vice President, WBB, Inc.
- Josh Kussman, CEO, Sentinel Strategy and Policy Consulting
- Frank Landefeld, Managing Director & Public Sector Market Leader, MorganFranklin Consulting
- Suzanne Liscouski, Vice President, NCI, Inc.
- Tim May, Chief Marketing Officer, Salient CRGT
- Dennis Murphy, PMP, President, ASM Concepts
- Michael P. Stabolepszy, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, INTEGRITYOne Partners
- Wayne Willis, Managing Partner, HWC
GTSC’s strength is our network of exceptional companies and the supporters who have joined us to make a difference in government contracting on behalf of small — and ALL – businesses. We are extremely proud to include Elaine Duke, former Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to our Strategic Advisors.
To learn more about Elaine and her tremendous career, click here.
During our March Membership Madness promotion we asked a number of our Strategic Advisors to share with our community why they joined, how they see us impacting the homeland and national security agenda, and what the ROI for joining the Coalition is for small, mid, and large companies. In our latest video, Michelle Mrdeza, one of the most respected homeland security professionals in Washington, D.C. discusses the Coalition’s role in educating members of Congress, their staff, and our Federal partners. Michelle has more than twenty-three years in public service on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch, including four years as Majority Staff Director of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. At Cornerstone, Michelle contributes to the firm’s homeland security practice group.
Why join GTSC? Here, Michael Jackson, former Deputy Secretary for both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Transportation discusses why the Government Technology & Services Coalition’s network is so critical to the success of a small or mid-tier government contracting company. His experience both inside and outside of the government informs of how GTSC can take your business to the next level through the right partners, information, and impact.