October 20 Former DHS IG Richard Skinner

Join us with a lively and incredibly insightful look at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, its challlenges and opportunities for your company through the eyes of its former Inspector General Richard Skinner.
October 20
10:00 am – 12:00pm
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About Richard Skinner
Former Inspector General Skinner is an accomplished leader with more than 42 years of extensive experience in identifying vulnerabilities in government programs and operations and facilitating excellence in government by identifying needed performance and management improvements. He served as the first Senate confirmed Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and supervised audits, evaluations, investigations seeking to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse; promote economy, effectiveness and efficiency within DHS.

Prior to joining the DHS’ IG office, Skinner was Deputy Inspector General at the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he was also Assistant Inspector General for Audits from June 1991-1994. Prior to that he was a Senior Inspector at the U.S. Department of State.

Skinner has a S.C. from Fairmont State College and an MPA from George Washington University. He was presented with numerous awards including the DHS Distinguished Service Award, the AGA President’s Leadership Award, the President’s Meritorious honor Award and the both the Department of State and Department of Agriculture Meritorious Honor Awards.

November 9 Impact of Budget Cuts on Your Firm: What YOU Need to Know to Survive & Thrive

Join us for a detailed and interactive look at 1) current debt reduction initiatives; 2) what the debt reduction super committee is doing and how mandatory sequestration can impact government contractors; and 3) how contractors can prepare for budget-driven terminations and restructuring of their contracts.

Presented by: Elizabeth Ferrell | Partner | McKenna Long & Adlridge LLP
November 9, 2011
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location TBD

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth Ferrell has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in every aspect of federal procurement. She counsels clients on a wide variety of issues including regulatory compliance, performance disputes, claims, data rights, funding, teaming agreements, cost accounting and audit issues, cost and pricing data issues and False Claims Act matters. Additionally, she has litigated a broad range of disputes including contract terminations, prime and subcontractor requests for equitable adjustments, bid protests, and prime and subcontractor disputes. Most recently, Ms. Ferrell chaired the national government contracts practice at another firm in the District. Prior to that, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr., United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Notable Engagements
Representing a major aerospace contractor in the Court of Federal Claims against the United States challenging a default termination. The litigation has encompassed an unprecedented array of complex issues including: pre-contract assessment of and allocation of contract risk; contract interpretation and waiver of contract requirements and specifications; incremental funding and exhaustion of funds; prime and subcontractor requests for equitable adjustments; prime and subcontractor loss adjustments; defense of government claims; response to an extensive two-year government audit of incurred costs; superior knowledge; state secrets privilege; alternative dispute resolution; and disposition of government property.
Counseled a major defense contractor after a major helicopter program was terminated for convenience. Representation included counseling on preparation and negotiation of a termination for convenience claim and development of a strategy for resolving
hundreds of subcontractor claims.
Successfully represented a communications company in Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit litigation in connection with breach of contract claims against the U.S. Government. These claims sought multi-million dollar damages for NASA’s decision, in the wake of the Challenger disaster, not to proceed with the scheduled launch of a commercial satellite. This was a landmark case that established that the government’s action in removing commercial satellites from the shuttle launch manifest was a breach of contract and a sovereign act.

September 28: Breakfast with Kathy Kraninger, Subcommittee on Homeland Security House Appropriations Committee

GTSC invites you to join for breakfast
Kathy Kraninger
Professional Staff Member, Chairman Robert Aderholt, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
House Appropriations Committee
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS

September 28, 2011
8:00am – 10:00am
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About Kathy Kraninger
Ms. Kraninger currently serves as Professional Staff to Chairman Robert Aderholdt on the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, House Appropriations Committee. Previously she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy (Screening Coordination) at the Department of Homeland Security, managing the Screening Coordination Office (SCO). The SCO mission is to strengthen homeland security by enhancing screening processes and technologies, in order to facilitate legitimate travel and trade, ensure individual privacy and redress opportunities, and deter, detect, and deny access to and withhold benefits from those who pose a threat to the U.S. As such, the SCO is responsible for establishing an overarching business architecture for DHS people screening and credentialing programs and for supporting delivery of key Secretarial priorities within that portfolio. As the first SCO employee, Ms. Kraninger successfully established the office, hired its staff and introduced the SCO mission to its stakeholders both internal and external. Under Ms. Kraninger’s leadership, the department launched the one-stop redress process for travelers through DHS TRIP, integrated its approach to passenger pre-screening, and has made progress toward implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Previously, Ms. Kraninger was a Professional Staff member for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Her portfolio with the Committee included transportation security, port security, screening programs, privacy and science and technology. She has worked as a Policy Advisor to both Secretary Ridge at the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Mineta at the Department of Transportation. Ms. Kraninger graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University and received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine.

September 19: Member Meeting on GTSC Platform

Members of GTSC are urged to review, attend and provide input for the Coalition’s priorities for the 2011- 2012 year. A draft platform will be distributed before the meeting for review and comment. Share your needs and priorities with us to assure the coalition provides you the best service and information possible.
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September 22: Key Legal Agreements for Small Business

Join your peers with expert in government contracting Patrick McMahon of General Counsel, PC.
10:00am – 12:00pm
Battelle Memorial Institute

This workshop will review non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, teaming agreements and sucontract agreements, including mock negotiations of teaming and subcontracting agreements. This presentaiton will also discuss the interrelationships among the four key agreements.
I. Non-Disclsoure Agreements
Uses: Business partners, employees
II. Non-Compete Agreements
Uses: Business partners, Employees (Enforceability)
III. Teaming Agreements
Why Team at all
Who are the parties?
Affiliation Considerations
Your Bargaining position
Negotiation of Key Clauses
Allocation of Work
Contract award and subcontract provisions
“Take it or leave it”
IV. Subcontract Agreement
Selection of Contract Type – CPFF, FP, FPLH, etc
Controlling the Large Business Subcontractor
Controlling Changes
Identify Key Clauses
Mock Negotiation of Key Clauses

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July 28 Market Outlook: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

July 28
10:00 – 11:30 am
With two months left in the fiscal year, it looks like money is growing on trees and the smart companies are reviewing and analyzing what it will take to win in this “firehose” environment. Join us for a Market Outlook review that will take a look at where the opportunities are and discuss some strategies on how to go after them.

Speaker: Kimberly Purlia, Senior Partner, Purlia | Parris
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Wayne Esser, Civitas Group
Wayne was VP Homeland Security for Thales and Director of Strategic Development at Boeing for SBINet.
Denise Kukrer, Ideal Innovations
Denise leads business development for Ideal Innovations a 90+ million company working in DOD.
Andrea Marsh, Battelle Memorial Institute
Andrea manages business development and client management for Battelle in DHS S&T, DNDO and TSA.


Kimberly Purlia has over 27 years in both Government and Private Sector as a results oriented, solution provider spanning multiple areas of Homeland Security, Preparedness, IT Services, Intelligence Programs & Support, Requirements Management, and Threat & Domain Analysis. Working with the Department of Homeland Security since inception, Ms. Purlia has implemented plans, strategies, and policies involving Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources issues and capabilities, IT Security & Information Assurance, Transportation Security, Customs & Border Protection solutions, and National Operations Center coordination.

She has worked for and supported large and small organizations and currently consults to Small and Large businesses in Strategic Initiatives and specific IT & Consulting opportunities with DHS, FAA, and other Critical Infrastructure partners across the Federal Civilian market. Previously, Ms. Purlia worked multiple projects with General Dynamics as a Program Manager, Solution Architect, and Account Director. She is highly skilled in relationship management, coordinating teams and companies for strategic engagements, and “connecting the dots” between government and industry.

She is a retired Intelligence Officer with the US Navy, and active in several industry and charity organizations including the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council where she sits on the Thought Leadership Committee and Chairs the Information Sharing working group; and the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) where she supports the Small Business Shared Interest Group (SB SIG) and Chairs the Programs committee within the SIG.

Ms. Purlia holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of San Diego, CA; and a AA in Music Theory from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA; and has post graduate work in Theories of Law.



FEMA Resilience Public Private Partnership Invite

Dan Stoneking, Director of the Private Sector Office at FEMA invites you to the first national conference on “Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships.”

This is the first time FEMA has brought together participants from all levels of the government and private sector leaders from across the nation – along with FEMA’s 10 new regional private sector liaisons. …Read More

August 4 Michael Kelly, Executive Advisor, Homeland & Defense Security for TASC

Join us for a homeland security outlook with
Michael Kelly
Executive Advisor, Homeland and Defense Security

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Battelle, 1550 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 6th floor–more–>
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Michael Kelly, a seasoned homeland security professional who recently moved from the Battelle Memorial Institute to TASC will join the Government Technology & Services Coalition for an assessment of the homeland security environment, a look at strategy for the next five years and how his company has successfully navigated the homeland security and defense markets.

Established in Winchester, MA, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC) began serving the US government with modeling, simulation, analysis, and evaluation of integrated navigation and guidance systems. Earliest programs included the Trident Submarine, Minuteman Missile and the Space Shuttle in 1966. Since then, TASC has evolved and acquired several companies, eventually being acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation Information Technology Sector. Northrop Grumman integrates its Information Technology and Mission Systems sectors. All Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance and advisory services related work was moved into the TASC subsidiary and development project to other units.

The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009 becomes law to prevent the occurrence of conflicts created when a contractor is used for both advisory support services and the development on a major defense acquisition program. Northrop Grumman had both development and advisory services programs so on December 19, Northrop Grumman sells TASC, Inc., its advisory services business, for $1.65 billion to an investor group led by General Atlantic LLC and affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. For a full description of TASC’s evolution, visit their history here.