CAPACITY BUILDING: Annual GovCon Ethics Training 2/22

No excuses! Every business must train and remind their employees about ethics requirements under the FAR — and GTSC is here to MAKE IT EASY! Attend and send all of your employees to this training to get your annual ethics training certification.
Doing business with the federal government requires a heightened level of commitment to ethics and compliance. Though the specific FAR requirements for small and large businesses differ, the FAR requires

all businesses to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity and honesty. It states all businesses should have an employee business ethics and compliance training program that is suitable to the size of the company and extent of its involvement in Government contracting and that facilitates timely discovery and disclosure of improper conduct and ensures corrective measures are promptly instituted and carried out. (FAR 3.1002).

The majority of the headlines we see about non-compliance are related to weak ethical cultures and in many cases, a simple lack of training. Both can result in catastrophic business events. Proper training in ethics is not only required for certain contractors, it serves a vital preventive role. If the unthinkable does happen, a strong ethics and compliance program including effective training in critical compliance risk areas an act as a shield for your company. For example, the actions taken by Ed Snowden were every contractor’s worst nightmare. However, Booz Allen Hamilton was able to highlight in its public statement that his actions were contrary to its corporate values, internal policies, and its code of conduct – on which he had been trained.

Is your company positioned to say the same? If your company finds itself out of compliance, the training your company can show its employees completed may make the difference between no adverse action and suspension or even debarment.

This half-day training session covers risk areas common to most contractors, regardless of industry or size. Even if you have not yet landed a qualifying contract for the FAR ethics program requirements, there is no better time than now to competitively position your company to enhance your business’ reputation for compliant and ethical business practices.

Upon completing this training, GTSC will certify that you and your employees in attendance have completed annual training as required by FAR 52.203-13(c)(1). Attendees are required to attend the ENTIRE session and will sign-in and sign-out to recieve their certificate.


Click here for topics covered in this training.

About Amy McDougal  @EthiVenger on twitter!

Amy Hutchens

Amy McDougal is Founder and President of CLEAResources, LLC. Most recently, Amy served as General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services at Watermark, LLC. Previously, Amy was a Special Assistant United States Attorney and an Air Force Judge Advocate, attaining the rank of Major, before beginning her civilian career as in-house employment law and compliance counsel to a large and diverse government contractor. Amy has a passion for helping organizations do right by their shareholders, employees, clients, customers and communities, and by doing so, mitigates the business risks associated with ethical and compliance failures.

Amy has federal criminal and civil litigation experience, as well as extensive experience advising executive management on personnel and compliance and ethics matters. She has worked with companies large and small, privately held and publicly held, in the commercial and federal contractor sectors, to help them develop and mature the compliance and ethics infrastructure required by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She has developed, implemented, audited and managed all aspects of compliance and ethics programs including assessing risk, drafting internal policies, training employees at all levels, developing employee codes of conduct, and establishing monitoring and investigative protocols to maximize value and effectiveness in compliance and ethics programs.

INSIGHT SESSION: Strategic Sourcing with DHS 2/27

Join GTSC for the first of two roundtables with

Jaclyn Smyth

Director, Strategic Sourcing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

February 27, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | REGISTER

The issues around strategic sourcing in the federal government have raised a lot of angst among contractors.  Efforts by the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to strategically manage spending for information technology (IT) services, such as software design and development, have improved in recent years, currently managing between 10 and 44 percent of their IT services spending through preferred strategic sourcing contracts in fiscal year 2013. In contrast, GAO previously reported that leading companies generally strategically managed about 90 percent of their procurement spending, including services. DHS currently manages 44% of their IT services through preferred IT strategic sourcing contract vehicles.

To improve efforts to strategically source IT services, GAO recommended that each agency conduct spend analysis, monitor spending, develop savings goals and metrics, and consider the use of standardized labor categories, as appropriate for their agency. The agencies concurred with these recommendations.

Join us to learn more about how the initiative is being executed, DHS’s goals for the program, its impacts on the small business community and the plan moving forward for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the first of two in-depth roundtables on strategic sourcing.


Jaclyn Smyth is the director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Sourcing Program Office within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, where she oversees a portfolio of over 75 DHS-wide contract vehicles valued at more than $57 billion. She has several years of experience in federal procurement and acquisition-related fields, where she has worked on a wide variety of large-scale DHS and federal procurements. She lends her expertise in sourcing strategies and category management in the federal-wide Category Management Leadership Council. She was recently named the federal-wide security and protection category manager and leads a cross-agency category team. She is responsible for developing and implementing government-wide strategies that align with established category management principles and methodologies. Prior to her federal career, she served as a principal with E3 Federal Solutions for several years during which time she consulted on DHS procurements.

INSIGHT SESSION: Diane Sahakian, Deputy Assistant Secretary, CBP

Diane Sahakian
Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Office of Acquisition
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

January 31, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Ms. Sahakian will join us to discuss CBP’s spend in 2017, priorities, challenges, and new initiatives on her agenda.

ABOUT Diane Sahakian

Ms. Sahakian was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Acquisition at CBP. Prior to that she oversaw an average annual spend of $2.7 Billion of operational contracting activities for CBP and worked closely with the Executive Director in managing the non-operational side of the house. Major CBP missions supported are for the Border Patrol, the Air and Marine Office, the Field Operations Office, and the Information Technology Office. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Sahakian served as the CBP Chief of the Contracting Office, managing the annual CBP procurement spend which at the time was approximately $3.5 Billion. She was a contract administrator in private industry for four years prior to joining the former U.S. Customs Service in 1985. During her tenure at the legacy U.S. Customs Service and CBP, she served as the lead contract officer and manager in support of the Office of Air and Marine, the contract manager for the Seized Property program, and the Division Director for Border Patrol Contracting. She has a BA in Economics from Tufts University and Masters Certificates in both Project Management and Commercial Contracting from George Washington University. Mrs. Sahakian is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for Democratic Society program and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Managers in Government program.

INSIGHT SESSION: Frontis Wiggins, CIO, U.S. State Department December 13

Join the GTSC for an exclusive session with the Acting CIO of the U.S. State Department

Frontis Wiggins, CIO, U.S. State Department

Frontis B. Wiggins
Acting CIO
U.S. State Department

to discuss

  •          U.S. Department of State’s direction and goals for IT 
  •          Top IT challenges State is facing?
  •          Toward which technologies or methodologies is State moving?
  •          The plan to engage contractors going forward?
  •          How can contractors help?
Special thanks to our event Chair, Abacus Technology.
Exclusive GTSC Member benefit.

GTSC 5th Anniversary Awards Spectacular December 7

Join GTSC to celebrate 5 years of serving the homeland and national security community at our 5th Anniversary Holiday Awards Spectacular!  With special guests galore and our usual line-up of stellar supporters — this will be the year to remember — and the YEARS to be thankful to all for their support!

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

Federal MVP

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 (nominations accepted until November 15!)

Support and sponsorships of our holiday event are welcome — please contact us to help make this our best event ever!

GTSC Annual Member Meeting December 5

Members of the Government Technology & Services Coalition are invited to attend our annual member meeting to learn about all  GTSC’s accomplishments for our first 5 years and share your feedback for our 2017-2018 priorities!

This is a GTSC Member ONLY meeting. 

2016  Fifth Anniversary Member Meeting

Government Technology & Services Coalition

CENTRA Technology, Inc.

TENTATIVE AGENDA – times and schedule subject to change

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM Welcome & Introductions & Overview of GTSC’s first 5 years

8:15 AM  Keynote Address:  It’s All About the Mission
Deputy Chief Carla Provost, U.S. Border Patrol, Customs & Border Protection

8:45 AM GTSC Activities update and discussion

Lion’s Den
Michael Stabolpszy, Managing Partner, IntegrityONE partners
Procurement & Acquisition Workgroup Report
Carolyn Muir, Executive Vice President, SE Solutions
De-Brief Report
Andrea Stone, CEO, DPI
Mentor Forum
Brad Cole, Vice President, Accenture

10:30 AM  BREAK

10:40 AM View of the Year Ahead with Presidential Transition and Q&A

11:10 AM Legal and Ethics update

11:40 AM The Presidential Transition:  Views from the Administration and Congress
Michelle Mrdeza, Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Government Affairs & Founding Strategic Advisor, GTSC
Admiral John Action, Senior Advisor to the Presidential Transition and Strategic Advisor, GTSC

12:10 PM Lunch and keynote address

1:30 PM  Government Keynote

2:00 PM GTSC Strategy Discussion with guest speakers from Government

3:00 PM  Final Keynote

3:30 PM         Adjourn

Insight Session with Nancy Nykamp, Executive Director, Intelligence, TSA November 10

Join us for an Insight Session with

Nancy Nykamp
Executive Director
Office of Intelligence & Analysis
U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)


November is National Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month!  Join us for an inside look at how TSA protects our critical transportation sector through the Office of Intelligence & Analysis.
Ms. Nykamp has served in numerous senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Defense (DOD) positions; building a diverse National Security and counterterrorism portfolio. She currently serves as Executive Director, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) where she oversees 30+ highly complex vetting and credentialing programs; execution of security threat assessments on 17+ million personnel with access to the Nation’s transportation sector; risk analysis of the Nation’s transportation sector; and strategic guidance and planning, and governance and optimization for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
Ms. Nykamp previously served as TSA Attaché, U.S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany, where she liaised with senior government officials from several European countries to optimize and harmonize aviation security measures. Ms. Nykamp’s first assignment with TSA was as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator, where she was selected for the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP).
As part of the DHS SES CDP, she served on executive assignment as Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomat, DHS, leading several Department initiatives to expand homeland security. She also served on executive assignment as Deputy Federal Security Director, Washington Dulles International Airport, advancing the TSA Administrator’s Risk-Based Security and counterterrorism initiatives.
Prior to joining TSA, Ms. Nykamp held several senior positions in DOD, including Senior Program Manager for international programs, U.S. Special Operations Command, and Senior Civilian Advisor, and Deputy Director for Interagency Operations, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

GTSC Members only.

USCIS Day 2016: Mission, Operations & Transformation November 4

GTSC is so proud to welcome members to our inaugural U.S. Customs & Immigration Services “deep dive” to examine the mission, operations and transformation of this critical agency.

Each year, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services processes millions of applications for persons seeking to study, work, visit, or live in the United States, and for persons seeking to become a U.S. citizen. In 2006, USCIS began the Transformation Program to enable electronic adjudication and case management tools that would allow users to apply and track their applications online. In 2012 USCIS changed its acquisition strategy to improve system development.

Join us to explore USCIS’s successes and challenges with transformation and how they have used Agile software development, systems integration and testing, and strong leadership to forward their ambitious program.

AGENDA (Subject to change)

Government Technology & Services Coalition
USCIS Day 2016: Mission, Operations, & Transformation
November 4, 2016 | 8:00 am – 3:15 pm | Arlingon, VA


8:00 am        Welcome & Opening Remarks

Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, Government Technology & Services Coalition
Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes, Managing Principal, Alethix
Kris McMenamin, McMenamin Consulting Group

8:20 am         Keynote:  USCIS IT Transformation Business Perspective

Introduction: Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes, Managing Principal, Alethix
Mark Schwartz, Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, USCIS

9:00 am         Panel Transformation: Line of Business Perspectives

Amy Wheelock, Senior Advisor, Field Operations Directorate, USCIS impact of rollouts
Leslie Hope, Associate Center Director, Service Center Operations, USCIS
Armad Kitrell, Deputy Division Chief, Fraud Detection & National Security, USCIS

10:00 am     BREAK

10:15 am       Panel:  Enabling Transformation

David Blair, Chief, Capability Delivery Division, Office of Transformation Coordination, USCIS
Rowena Furce, Chief, Customer Service, Office of Customer Engagement, USCIS
Lee Bowes, Chief, Biometrics Division, USCIS
Ken Moser, Branch Chief, Delivery Assurance Branch / Applied Technology Division, USCIS
Yemi Oshinnaiye, Associate Chief, Software Engineering Division, USCIS

11:15 am       LUNCH

11:45 am       KEYNOTE:  Mariela Melero
Associate Director, Customer Service And Public Engagement Directorate, USCIS


Mary Hermann, Acting Chief of the Public Engagement Division and Chief of the Content and Quality Division – Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate, USCIS
David Simeon, Jr., Division Chief – Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate, USCIS
Robert Genesoni, Infrastructure Chief, Customer Service Division, Customer Service & Public Engagement, USCIS

1:00 pm     Panel:  Mission Driven Value Delivery
Moderator: Kristin Cooke, Director, Acuity
Lucy Patterson, Chief, Data and Business Intelligence Services Program, USCIS
Sarah Fahden, Chief Verification Program, Software Development Division, USCIS
Matt Dosberg, Chief, Digital Innovation & Development, USCIS

2:00 BREAK

2:15 pm Operation Ready: Moving to an Agile DevOps Framework
Moderator: Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, Government Technology & Services Coalition
Keith Jones, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Management Directorate, OIT, USCIS
Larry DeNayer, PMP, CISSP-ISSEP, Deputy CIO for Operations, Management Directorate, OIT, USCIS
Joshua Seckel, Chief, Applied Technology Division, Management Directorate, OIT, USCIS
Rafaa Abdalla, Chief, Transformation Engineering Services, USCIS

3:15 Adjourn

Special thanks to our supporters!

Guardian Sponsor

Thanks to accenture for their guardian sponsorship of USCIS Day!

Thanks for lunch!

Thanks to NTT Data for providing lunch at USCIS day!
screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-8-24-52-amSupporters of USCIS day 2016

MEMBERS ONLY: “Speed Dating” with TSA’s Acquisition Team

Join GTSC for one of our most highly regarded events:  speed dating with the TSA acquisition team.  GTSC members will have an opportunity to ask questions of a number of heads of contracting from across TSA in 10 minute sessions, then move on to learn even more!  Those of you who have been with us from the beginning may remember our similar session with DHS CPO Nick Nayak and his team.Specific participants will be announced as they are identified.  Register here.