GTSC Holiday Awards December 18!

Join us for an extraordinary celebration of a great year and a toast to a new and prosperous 2016 at our Holiday Awards Celebration!

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


December 18, 2015

Capitol One – Tysons Campus

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


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

GTSC Annual Meeting – Don’t Miss it!

Calling all members!  Mark your calendar for December 8th!

Join us to hear what GTSC has done for YOU this year!  Hear from leaders in GTSC as well as our agency partners to review our successes, develop our strategy, and have input to our focus for 2016.  And of course, get your hot-off-the-presses GTSC Annual Report to see our year in review.

Already confirmed for our day:

Les Rose, President, L3 – National Security Solutions
Where should your company be positioning?

Beverly Good, Port Director, El Paso Port of Entry, CBP
What is our mission and what do we face to achieve it?

Soraya Correa, CPO, DHS
How will the government be facilitating procurement and acquisition to meet this mission?

Millicent Gary, Procurement Ombudsman, GSA
What are the government-wide acquisition trends impacting our mission?

Jose Arrietta, OSDBU, Treasury
How is Treasury working with small business?  And a special surprise!

and more….

We will also hear from the leadership of GTSC’s major initiatives, get an update on the regulatory and political environment, and — believe it or not — have some fun!

REGISTER NOW — don’t miss your prep for 2016 and the opportunity to hear from the best and network with other GTSC companies!




RESCHEDULED 6/29: Francis X. Taylor, Under Secretary for I&A, DHS

GTSC is excited to host Francis X. Taylor, Under Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for an insight session to explore the information gathering and sharing challenges of I&A.  Charged with providing the Secretary, DHS senior leadership, the DHS components, and state, local, tribal and private sector partners with the homeland security intelligence and information they need to keep the country safe, secure and resilient, join us to learn the progress and remaining challenges to that mission.  I&A is a member of, and the Department’s liaison to, the National Intelligence Community.


About Francis X. Taylor

francis x taylorFrancis X. Taylor became the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, on April 14, 2014.  He is charged with providing the Secretary, DHS senior leadership, the DHS components, and state, local, tribal and private sector partners with the homeland security intelligence and information they need to keep the country safe, secure and resilient. I&A is a member of, and the Department’s liaison to, the National Intelligence Community.

Immediately prior to this assignment, Mr. Taylor was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the General Electric Company in Fairfield, Conn. At GE, he was responsible for managing the security operations and crisis management processes designed to ensure the security of GE employees and operations globally.

Before GE, Mr. Taylor had a distinguished 35-year career in government service, where he held several senior positions managing investigations, security and counterterrorism issues.

Most recently, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador. He was responsible for the global security of all U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities. Ambassador Taylor also served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State from July 2001 to November 2002. In this role, he was responsible for implementing U.S. counterterrorism policy overseas and coordinating the U.S. government response to international terrorist activities.

During his 31 years of military service, Ambassador Taylor served with distinction in numerous command and staff positions, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in September 1996. In his final active duty assignment, Brigadier General Taylor was the Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and was responsible for providing Air Force leaders with comprehensive criminal, fraud, counterintelligence and security investigation and operations to protect global Air Force operations.

Mr. Taylor has received numerous awards and decorations, including the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the U.S. Department of State Honor Award.

Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC program.


4/16: GTSC on Capitol Hill

GTSC invites members to join us for our Annual GTSC Capitol Hill Day where we will visit with Members of Congress (MOC) and staff on key Congressional Committee’s and States/Congressional districts where individual GTSC members have a footprint.  The purpose of this day is to (1) familiarize you with the inner workings of Congress and how it might impact your bottom line; 2) familiarize Congress with your work in their State/Congressional districts; and (3) familiarize Congress with issues that are important to the GTSC and its members.

While we spend a significant amount of time learning about the Executive branch –specifically DHS and other federal security agencies who have a need for our member’s services– we have only scratched the surface on our work with the Legislative branch.  All too often, those doing business with federal agencies forget the impact Congress can have on agency operations and programs.  While we are all painfully familiar with the impact of the government shutdown, beyond government shutdowns, we tend to forget that Congress has a say in every federal program, project and activity –particularly when it comes to funding.  Simply stated:  without Congress, agencies would have neither the authority nor the funding to enter in to contracts with you!

We hope you can join us for a day of educating MOCs and staff about your business, the importance of small and medium businesses in the homeland security space, and the GTSC.

We ask that you sign up ASAP.  REGISTER.  With the assistance of Cornerstone Government Affairs (, we will schedule meetings, prepare meeting materials, attend the meetings with you, and give you a quick tutorial on “how to get the most from your Capitol Hill meeting”.

Tentative Agenda:

 8:00-9:00 a.m:  Convene at Cornerstone Government Affairs (coffee and bagels provided):

  • 20 minute tutorial on “how to get the most from your Capitol Hill meeting”
  • Review meeting materials
  • Receive your meeting schedule
  • Meet your Cornerstone Government Affairs professional who will escort you around the Hill for the day.

9:30-5:00:  Meetings with MOCs/Staff begin.  Each meeting can be expected to last between 15-30 minutes and will take place on both the House and Senate sides of the Capitol in multiple office buildings.  Be prepared to walk and talk…though not necessarily at the same time.

Join us to fulfill the mission of having a voice for our members in homeland and national security!

11/6 So You Want to be a Big Dog? Leadership Training for Small Businesses Moving from Sub to Prime

Join us on November 6 for an incredibly insightful and practical Leadership Training symposium on the proficiency, skills, communication and other responsibilities that accompany becoming a “prime” contractor.  As more and more small businesses are thrust into the prime role, this session will teach current and future leaders the know-how, practical tools and understanding of the often complex and involved roles of the prime contractor.

GTSC has engaged some of the foremost experts in government and industry to provide attendees with practical advice on:

>>the five essential ingredients of a successful prime contractor

>>operational and business development essentials for excellent execution and delivery

>>real-world case studies from successful small and mid-term firms

>>how the government sees success

>>how winning these contracts is a core element of strategic growth

>>a strategic pipeline for future priming opportunities 

Register HERE.


Photo of Andrea McCarthy, HARP President

Event Chair Andrea McCarthy, President, HARP


10/31 Mentor Session: Harris Corporation

Join GTSC for this exciting mentor session with a special focus on cyber security.  GTSC Mentor Harris Corporation will discuss the threats facing government contractors both from a prime and Agency perspective, what the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) looks for in small businesses wanting to work with the agency, and what they look for in teaming partners.  This session will cover the screening process, financials, and cyber security requirements.



Keith Bryars

Client Executive, Federal Law Enforcement & National Security, Harris Corporation

Nickolas Savage

Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation



· Introductions

· Cybersecurity and the Threat

· Partnering with government

· Teaming with Harris

· Teaming with small businesses

· Networking session


Harris Leaders to Participate:

· Keith Bryars, Client Executive Law Enforcement

· Etmara Smith, Small Business Manager

· Gary Kay, Security Solutions Director

· Matt Zirpoli, Business Development Manager


REGISTER for this event

TSA Industry Days

Join us for TSA INDUSTRY DAYS View FBO AnnouncementI.  Friday, September 12, 2014Topic:  Personnel, Payroll & Benefits


II.  Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Topic:  Recruitment & Hiring


III.  Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Topic:  Customer Service Center/Help Desk

(See below for more details on each event)


This community event is hosted by the Government Technology & Services Coalition and is open to interested contractors.


Notice Type: Sources SoughtThe Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) is hosting three (3) industry days in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct market research for human capital operations services among government contracting firms registered with SAM (System Award Management). Human capital services includes Benefits Processing and Management; Staff Acquisition; Human Resources Development; Separation Management; Data Reporting; Customer Service Center and User Support. These industry days seek a varied representation of both companies and ideas for executing TSA’s human capital services.PP&B  REGISTER

The first industry day invites participants with experience in Personnel, Payroll and Benefits (PP&B) Processing, specifically Personnel and Payroll Action Processing; Compensation Management; and Benefits Action Processing and Management. This industry day will take place on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:30pm in Arlington, VA. Only contractors registered with SAM that have experience in these areas should register.


Hiring & Recruitment  REGISTER

The second industry day invites participants with experience in Recruitment and Hiring, specifically Staff Acquisition strategies and marketing; Workforce Planning; Hiring Activities; and Orientation and On-Boarding Activities. This industry day will take place on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:00 pm in Arlington, VA. Only contractors registered with SAM that have experience in these areas should register.


Customer Service Call Center  REGISTER
The third industry day invites participants with experience in establishing, operating and maintaining a Customer Service Call Center. This industry day will take place on October 8, 2014 at 10:00 am in Arlington, VA. Only contractors registered with SAM that have experience in these areas should register.

TSA’s mission is to protect the United States transportation systems and to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through people, processes, and technology, and is committed to promoting a culture founded on the values of integrity, innovation, and team spirit. In conjunction with state, local, and regional partners, TSA oversees security for the nation’s highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, seaports, and its 460 Federalized airports. TSA has approximately 65,000 employees assigned to 17 TSA offices, with a headquarters situated in Arlington, Virginia, and twenty-five (25) field office locations throughout the United States and US territories, as well as a number of international locations.

TSA’s Office of Human Capital (OHC) must recruit, hire and maintain a diverse well-qualified workforce in compliance with the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), Public Law 107-71 (November 19, 2001). Therefore, OHC provides TSA employees with comprehensive human capital services. These services must work seamlessly, in an end-to-end automated environment; and must be able to support the entire TSA workforce comprised of: Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), Federal Air Marshals (FAMs), Management and Administrative Professional (MAP) positions, Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES), and those designated as “executive” (e.g., Federal Security Director (FSD) K-band positions). TSA is conducting market research for the following functional areas: Personnel and Payroll Action Processing; Compensation Management; Benefits Management; Staff Acquisition; Human Resources Development; Separation Management; Data Reporting; and Customer Services and User Support.



9/30 National Preparedness Symposium

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is facing a tremendous number of challenges including more violent and frequent weather incidents, preparedness awareness, long-term disaster recovery efforts and continuing financial constraints.  To achieve the best outcomes, the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review identifies strengthening public-private partnerships as critical to integrating the private sector’s innovation, resources, ingenuity and experience to the mission.

Join us to discuss the changing challenges to FEMA and other government facilities posed by changing climate conditions, the advances in alert systems and disaster communications, new technologies to support the mission and what concrete steps we can take to strengthen the exchange between the public and private sector.


Antwane Johnson
Director, IPAWS, FEMA



Anne Petera
DHS Client Executive, Harris



Gwen Camp
Director of Individual and Community Preparedness, FEMA




Brian Lepore

Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO


Todd Jasper
Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Man-Machine Systems Assessment



Kevin Delin
Founder, SensorWare Systems




Ryan DenmarkRyan Denmark




david-mckernanDavid McKernan
Coordinator of Emergency Management, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management


Thank you to our National Preparedness Month Chair!


Jason McNamara
Vice President, Obsidian Analysis
Former Chief of Staff, FEMA




If you are interested in supporting the National Preparedness Month program, please contact us!