Key Cybersecurity Issues for Government Contractors

Dickstein Shapiro LLP and the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) held a webcast, “Key Cybersecurity Issues for Government Contractors.” This interactive program, of particular interest to government contractor compliance officers, CIOs, CISOs, General Counsel, and any other C-suite members, discussed how the federal government is planning on fundamentally altering its acquisition policies to make the cybersecurity of its contractors a top priority.

The discussion included:
– Proposed Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR) changes relating to President Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order;
– Planned changes to procurement requirements based on independent agency actions;
– Congressionally mandated cybersecurity requirements; and
Ways contractors can prepare for these changes

Speakers included:

Brian Finch, Partner, Global Security, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Justin Chiarodo, Partner, Government Contracts, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Emile Monette, Senior Action Officer for Cyber Security Policy, Government Services Administration

Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, Government Technology & Services Coalition

View the slides here or watch the webinar by clicking the link below.

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Sept. 26: National Preparedness Month: Focus on FEMA & HHS

Join the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) and the InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance for National Preparedness Month: Focus on FEMA & HHS on Thursday, September 26. Register for this program here.

Agenda At A Glance
8:00 AM: Registration & Breakfast
8:30 AM: Conference Introduction
8:40 AM: Keynote: HHS Preparedness & Response Priorities
9:15 AM: FEMA’s Policy & Program Priorities
10:00 AM: GTSC Designation of Leadership Excellence & American Red Cross Ready Rating program
11:00 AM: Building Resilient Communities through Public Private Partnerships 
12:00 PM: Luncheon Keynote
1:30 PM: Getting It Done: Prevention & Preparedness for All Hazards 


Sara BryantSara Bryant
Program Development Section Chief, Preparedness Grants Division, FEMA

Sara Bryant is Section Chief in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Programs Directorate (FEMA GPD). In her current capacity, she is responsible for the development and interagency coordination of FEMA’s non-disaster preparedness grant portfolio,providing advice and guidance to senior FEMA management on pertinent homeland security programs and priorities, the effectiveness of those programs as implemented in the field, recommends needed changes and improvements, and provides input on complex issues impacting Department of Homeland Security grant programs. Since her time with GPD, Sara has also coordinated preparedness planning efforts with state and local homeland security officials throughout the country, and provided expert guidance on the Department’s homeland security and emergency preparedness programs. She has previously served as the GPD’s Preparedness Officer for states to include California, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, New Mexico, and Michigan. Sara works in Washington, DC and has been with FEMA GPD since 2006.

Brian KamoieBrian Kamoie
Assistant Administrator, Grant Programs, FEMA

Brian Kamoie was appointed by President Obama as Assistant Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Grant Programs in April 2013. In that capacity he oversees over $17 billion in grant programs to build, sustain, and improve our national capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kamoie served as Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff (NSS) from 2009 to 2013. In that role he led a team of professionals in the development of national policy related to all-hazards preparedness, individual and community resilience, public health and medical preparedness, domestic critical infrastructure protection and resilience, national security/emergency preparedness communications, and preparedness grants.

David KaufmanDavid Kaufman
Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs, FEMA

David J. Kaufman is FEMA’s Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs. Appointed in September 2009, he is responsible for providing leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support to the FEMA Administrator on a wide range of Agency policies, strategy, plans, programs, and key initiatives. Mr. Kaufman has extensive experience with homeland security and emergency management issues. He has been a member of the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he has taught in the Center’s graduate and executive level education programs; was the Safety and Security Director for CNA, a non-profit think-tank; and has previously served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in FEMA.

917Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS

Lisa Kaplowitz, MD, MSHA is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position she has held since March, 2010. In this position, she is responsible for directing and coordinating policy and strategic planning for all components of the Office of the ASPR. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Kaplowitz was Director of the Health Department for the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia from July, 2008 until February, 2010. As Health Director in Alexandria, she was responsible for all public health activities and was also very involved in emergency preparedness in the National Capital Region, serving as Chair of the Health and Medical Regional Planning Working Group of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).

Darryl MaddenDarryl Madden
Director, READY Campaign, FEMA

Mr. Madden is the Director of the READY Campaign for FEMA and has done an outstanding job promoting preparedness for all communities. He graduated from the University of Baltimore. He will discuss how important planning is for contractors working with the Federal government. Follow him on Twitter! @ReadyDirect


 350Linda Mathes
CEO, American Red Cross in the National Capital Region

Linda Mathes, selected as a 2008 Washingtonian of the Year, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region which includes the District of Columbia; counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William; and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. Linda was recently invited to the White House to help recognize Red Cross Champions of Change.


Jason-McNamara-300x244Jason McNamara
Vice President, Obsidian Analysis LLC Former Chief of Staff, Administrator Craig Fugate, FEMA

As Vice President, Jason McNamara is a member of Obsidian’s executive management team, directing the disaster recovery program area as well as services for state and local clients. Mr. McNamara is a national leader in homeland security and emergency management, having been Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the past four years. In that role, Mr. McNamara worked with leadership at FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House to transform FEMA into a highly effective response and recovery agency. As FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate’s Chief of Staff, Mr. McNamara oversaw the cutting of red-tape, the staffing of FEMA with outstanding managers who are widely recognized as the most experienced and talented in the agency’s history, as well as the reinvigoration of the nation’s response and recovery strategies for disasters. Mr. McNamara also helped change FEMA’s orientation towards an emphasis on survivor outcomes and incorporation of the Whole Community in delivering solutions. In addition, he played a key role in legislative accomplishments such as the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, legislation providing tribal governments the ability to directly request disaster assistance from the President, and the five-year reauthorization of the national flood insurance program.

Joseph TrindalJoseph Trindal
President, Direct Action Resilience & President, InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance

Mr. Joseph Trindal is President at Direct Action Resilience LLC (DAR) with offices in Virginia. DAR and its training division, Direct Action Resilience Institute (DARI) is a recognized leader in emergency preparedness, response and resilience for both public and private sectors. Mr. Trindal also serves as President of the InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance, an FBI led public/private sector information sharing consortium of over 10,000 members. He also serves on the Homeland Security Intelligence Council. A member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Mr. Trindal serves on the Federal Facilities Emergency Managers Committee. He is also a long standing member of the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP) among other organizations. Mr. Trindal continues public service as a special Deputy Sheriff for Culpeper County, Virginia.

Dr. Michael WalterDr. Michael Walter
Detection Branch Chief & Program Manager BioWatch, Office of Health Affairs, DHS

As program manager for the BioWatch system, Dr. Michael Walter supports the Department’s efforts to protect the nation from, and prepare federal, state and local governments to respond to biological attacks. Working with lab, field, public health, law enforcement, and emergency management personnel, Dr. Walter assists federal, state, and local governments from across the country in developing and testing response measures to biological attacks, tailored to specific local mission needs. Initiated in the wake of the anthrax attacks 10 years ago, BioWatch is a federally-managed, locally-operated nationwide biosurveillance system designed to detect the release of aerosolized pathogens. BioWatch supports special events including the Super Bowl, presidential inaugurations and national party conventions.

Thank you to the Co-Chairs of GTSC’s National Preparedness Month!

Lilly HarrisLilly Harris


Man-Machine Systems Assessment


Martin RathmannMarty Rathmann

Director of Client Relations

GAP Solutions, Inc.


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Thank you to our National Preparedness Month Sponsor!

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About InfraGard

The InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance (INCRMA) consists of a growing membership of professionals who are creating a more resilient critical infrastructure in the Washington, DC metro area. These include defense industrial base, information technology, water supply systems, electrical energy, emergency services, law enforcement, health systems, transportation, banking, and telecommunications. Our membership is voluntary yet exclusive and is comprised of individuals from both the public and private sector. The main goal of INCRMA is to promote ongoing communication, education, and community outreach between the public and private sectors and the FBI. In doing so, information is shared, relationships are strengthened, and vital assets are protected. To learn more, visit InfraGard at

Sept. 30: Insight Session with Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, FEMA

The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) invites you to attend an Insight Session with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino on Monday, September 30 and recognize National Preparedness Month
Richard SerinoAbout Richard Serino
Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Richard Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Deputy Administrator in October 2009. In this role, he works directly with Administrator Craig Fugate to promote the “whole community” approach to emergency management, which seeks to build, sustain, and improve the Department’s capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Since joining FEMA, Mr. Serino has traveled all over the country to communities affected by disasters to hear directly from survivors, and build relationships with whole community partners. During his tenure, he has seen flooding throughout the Midwest, fires in Colorado and Texas, tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Missouri, tsunami destruction in the American Samoa, and the Hurricane stricken areas in the south and along the east coast.  Additionally, he spends time traveling to each of FEMA’s ten regional offices.

Mr. Serino strives to improve FEMA programs and emergency management by hearing directly from disaster survivors, communities, and FEMA employees. These improvements are focused on emphasizing financial accountability, improving the use of analytics to drive decisions, advancing the workforce, and fostering a culture of innovation. Under Mr. Serino’s leadership, FEMA has championed initiatives such as FEMA Corps, FEMA Stat, the FEMA Think Tank, a detailed budgetary process, and a Disaster Workforce Transformation.

Mr. Serino brings 35 years of state and local emergency management and emergency medical services experience to his position at FEMA. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he served as Chief of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. In that role, he bolstered the city’s response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. He also led citywide planning for H1N1 influenza. Mr. Serino has served as an Incident Commander for over 35 mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston’s major planned events, including the Boston Marathon, Boston’s Fourth of July celebration, First Night, and the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a National Special Security Event.

Since 1998, Serino has been a National Faculty member for the Domestic Preparedness Program. He was an original contributing member for the Defense Department’s Domestic Preparedness Training Program and Metropolitan Medical Response System. Serino has been involved, since its inception, with the Lessons Learned Information Sharing  network for emergency responders. As a consultant to the Pentagon and the Defense Department, Serino served on the 9/11 after-action team to assess medical consequence management policies and procedures.  Serino attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2000, completed the Kennedy School’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative in 2005, and  graduated from the Executive Leadership Program, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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Sept. 24: Emerging Small Business Group Meeting

Member companies of the Government Technology & Services Coalition under $2.5 million in revenue are invited to join Elaine Kapetanakis, CEO of Kapstone Technologies, Inc., for a meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of starting and operating a small business and how to best leverage the vast resources available within the Coalition. This session will serve as the first meeting for the newly formed Emerging Small Business Group (ESB).

The Emerging Small Business Group’s Mission

The Emerging Small Business Group (ESB) was formed to provide dedicated programming and resources for Emerging Small Businesses (businesses with revenue <$2.5M). The group focuses on engaging emerging small business owners, understanding the numerous challenges of starting/growing a small business in the Federal space and marshaling GTSC’s vast resources of peers, owners, mentors, subject matter experts and online virtual tools to provide our members the knowledge and techniques needed to meet the challenges of growing a business.

elaine kapESB Chair: Elaine Kapetanakis, CEO, Kapstone Technologies, Inc.

Kapstone Technologies, Inc. is a Woman-Owned Small Business based in Reston, Virginia offering Information Technology Services to the Federal, state, and local governments.

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Sept. 24: Mapping the International Sales Landscape in the Defense & Homeland Security Markets

In 2012, U.S. foreign military sales topped $65 billion. This panel will introduce small and mid-sized companies to some of the possibilities and pitfalls that accompany expanding into the international market.  The speakers will discuss the types of opportunities available and how to access them, the differences between foreign military sales (FMS) and direct commercial sales (DCS) and how to leverage the U.S. government and foreign embassies in the D.C. area. This will be the first in a series of events designed to get GTSC members and other small and mid-sized companies thinking about the possibility of diversifying their revenues through international work.


evan croen5x7Evan Croen

Director, Government Sales Research

Bloomberg Government

Evan Croen is the Director of Government Sales Research at Bloomberg Government. Evan worked at Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the energy, chemical and health-care industries, and at Duke Energy, where he researched strategies to reduce carbon emissions from Chinese energy production. He earned an MBA and master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan along with an undergraduate degree from Princeton.


General Mark T. Kimmitt (ret.)

Principal, MTK Defense Consulting

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs

Former D/Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs

Brigadier General, US Army (ret)

The Honorable Mark T. Kimmitt advises firms on security and defense matters in the Middle East. He is also an on-air commentator for the al Jazeera English network, and a contributor to Oxford Analytica.

Until December, 2011, Kimmitt served as Executive Vice President of Advanced Technology Systems Company, a defense advisory firm with an overseas focus, principally in the Middle East

While in government service as a Presidential appointee, Kimmitt served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the U.S. State Department. In that capacity, he was responsible for worldwide State Department political-military issues, with particular emphasis on security assistance and defense trade, as well as serving as the principal liaison between the Departments of State and Defense.

From 2006 to 2008, Kimmitt served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. In this position, he was responsible for defense policy development, planning, and guidance to include operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and represented DOD in the 2008 Status of Forces negotiations with Iraq as well as leading DOD efforts to enhance security in the Middle East through the Gulf Security Dialogue.

Kimmitt served for over 30 years as an officer in the United States Army in a wide variety of command, operational, and policy positions with experience abroad in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Korea, Germany, and Belgium.

Kimmitt is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a Masters Degree (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School. He is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Marina Lino HeadshotAmbassador Marisa R. Lino (ret.)

Corporate Director, Homeland/Civil/Regulatory/International

Government Relations, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Marisa Lino joined Northrop Grumman Corporation as Corporate Director in Government Relations in January, 2009. From 2007 to 2008, she served at the Department of Homeland Security as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs as a career appointee. Prior to joining DHS, she directed the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center in Italy from 2003-2006.

During nearly 30 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ms. Lino held overseas positions in Albania, Italy, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Peru. In her last position at the U.S. State Department from 2000 to 2003, she served as Senior Negotiator for Base Access and Burdensharing in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs. In this role, she led various negotiations with foreign governments on the legal and financial arrangements and coverage for military and civilian Defense Department personnel deployed abroad.

From 1996 to 1999 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Albania. She was Refugee Coordinator in Pakistan overseeing the Afghan refugee program from 1988 to 1990, during the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, a particularly active period. Ms. Lino acted as Deputy Chief of Mission in Syria for almost a year of her tour as Economic and Commercial Counselor at Embassy Damascus (1986-88). She served in Iraq from 1979-81, as Economic and Commercial Officer, the second year of which coincided with the start of the Iraq-Iran War.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Lino has an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University where she was the first woman granted a Scottish Rite Fellowship from the State of Oregon. She has a B.A. in political science from Portland State University. She later attended the University of Zagreb (then Yugoslavia), for a year of graduate studies in political science. On a State Department-sponsored mid-career program, she completed a Certificate in Advanced Engineering Studies in systems analysis at M.I.T. She also was awarded an honorary doctorate of international affairs by John Cabot University in 1999. Ms. Lino earned a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, four Superior Honor Awards and one Meritorious Honor Award during her Foreign Service career. In 2003, she was selected for the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Vangala RamVangala S. Ram

Office Director

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs/Office of Region Security and Arms Transfers

U.S. Department of State

Mr. Ram was born in New York City. He is a first-generation American of Indian heritage. Mr. Ram was raised in the Middle East, where he attended elementary and high school in Beirut, Lebanon. After graduating from college, Mr. Ram served as a Military Intelligence (MI) officer in the U.S. Army on active-duty for over ten years in a variety of assignments that included a tour as a paratrooper in the Fourth Psychological Operations Group (PSYOPS) in the 1st Special Operations Command (Airborne), before joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1992.
Mr. Ram has served in the NEA, AF, EAP, EUR and SCA bureaus with previous postings in Amman, Seoul, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Cologne, Banjul, Herat, Tunis and Riyadh in addition to Washington DC. During his nine consecutive overseas tours Mr. Ram served as Vice-Consul, First Secretary in the Management and Public Diplomacy cones, besides his assignment as Senior Civilian Representative to Regional Command (RC) West in Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in The Gambia.
Mr. Ram’s foreign languages include: German, French, Russian, Arabic and Persian-Farsi. He has earned awards during all his assignments and earned his MA in International Relations with Distinction from Boston University. Mr. Ram is a 2011 Distinguished Graduate (DG) of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) He is married to Marion H. Ram, also a Foreign Service Officer (FSO), now assigned as the Country Affairs Officer in the WHA/CCA bureau in Washington DC.


Thank you to Mr. Brandon Torres Declet, GTSC Strategic Advisor, and RADM Donald P. Loren (ret.), both of GTSC’s International Outreach workgroup, for putting this program together.

GTSC’s International Outreach Workgroup

Brandon Torres DecletMr. Brandon Torres Declet, CEO, SouthernCrux International, LLC & GTSC Strategic Advisor

Brandon Torres Declet serves as Chief Executive Officer at Southern Crux International ( Brandon brings more than a decade of experience working among senior government officials internationally and at the federal, state and local level. He previously served as Counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and as Counsel to Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on the House Committee on Homeland Security. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University, an advisor to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Counter Terrorism Bureau and an adjunct professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy & International Relations at Seton Hall University. He also served as a senior analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Brandon earned a B.A. from Union College, a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and an L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

don loren headshot GTSC2RADM Donald P. Loren (ret.), U.S. Navy, President & CEO, Old Dominion Strategies

Don Loren is an independent international, national and homeland security professional, and a leading edge provider of Advisory and Assistance Services to government and commercial business. He formerly served as Special Assistant for National Security with The Tauri Group, a well respected innovator in systems-level strategic planning, technology assessment, and integration for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the commercial sector for mission critical projects for homeland defense, homeland security, countering weapons of mass destruction, and critical infrastructure protection. Prior to joining the private sector, Don was appointed as Bush administration Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Integration, where he was responsible for strategic planning and policy development, capability and resource assessment, domestic and NATO/international partnership Defense Support of Civil Authority integration and capacity building, congressional activities, strategic communications, and education issues related to homeland defense and homeland security. Additionally, in this capacity he represented the Department of Defense on the Homeland Security Council Domestic Readiness Group.

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Sept. 25: Lion’s Den Meeting

The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) invites Lion’s Den members (GTSC members with an annual revenue of $15 million +) to attend this fall’s first Lion’s Den meeting on Wednesday, September 25.

Linda LeFebvre Chair, Lion's  Den & Vice President, NCI, Inc.

Linda LeFebvre Chair, Lion’s Den & Vice President, NCI, Inc.

The Lion’s Den is a distinguished cadre of mid-sized company CEOs devoted to the homeland and national security market. Their success, the result of exceptional work for their clients and their outstanding business acumen has graduated them to “other than small” in the Federal market. This status creates new and difficult challenges for mid-sized companies now facing competition from billion dollar behemoths in the market. The Lion’s Den is focused on creating and supporting programs, policies and ventures to support the continuum of growth from small to mid-sized through partnership, advocacy and increased business opportunities. Learn more here.



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Aug. 19: Cyber Security & Safety: It’s Not Just for Kids

The InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance (INCRMA) is hosting this program featuring a number of GTSC member companies to discuss cyber security and privacy in the wake of the recent VISA card data breach. Keynote Brian Finch, strategic partner to the Coalition, has been interviewed by numerous news outlets on the breach and its ramifications for personal and corporate security. Other speakers will discuss government and industry efforts to secure your personal information and bring your attention to a number of precautions you can take to secure your business and family.
InfragardINCRMA is the leading public-private partnership working to improve and extend information sharing between private industry and the government, particularly the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for the protection of our critical national infrastructure.


Opening Keynote: The VISA card breach: Your information is Not as Safe as you Think

Brian Finch, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Panel Discussion: Best Practices & Programs for Practical Cyber Safety Solutions

Schnearia Ashley, BB&T At Work, BB&T Bank

Kristina Dorville, Program Manager, Cyber Security Awareness Programs, National Protection & Programs Directorate, (confirmed but awaiting final approval from DHS)

Steve Howard, Executive Director, TecPort Solutions’ Cyber Defense and Compliance, Forensics Services Division

Andrew Leithead, Supervisory Special Agent, Hybrid Child Exploitation Task Force in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, Washington Field Division, FBI

Russell Vines, Chief Security Advisor, Gotham Technology Group

Industry Case Study: CareerSafe National Cyber Security Program for High School Students and Teachers

Larry Teverbaugh, CEO, CareerSafe & K2Share

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July 23: Insight Session with Renee Richardson, U.S. Navy

Please join the Government Technology & Services Coalition for an Insight Session with Renee R. Richardson, EMBA, Deputy Director for INTEL, Information Operations and Cyber OASD Reserve Affairs (Readiness, Training & Mobilization) at the U.S. Navy on Tuesday, July 23.

Renee Richardson HeadshotAbout Commander Richardson

Commander Renee R. Richardson is an Information Domination Corps Officer, from the Intelligence Community, assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD), Reserve Affairs (RA). Within OSD-RA CDR Richardson serves in Readiness as a Deputy Director for Intelligence, Information Operations and Cyber at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Commander Richardson was born and raised in Micronesia. She joined the U.S. Army from Hawaii in 1979.  She served as a Russian linguist, Electronic Signals Warfare Analyst for the 533rd CEWI BN, 3rd Armor DIV in Frankfurt Germany for three years following Russian language training at the Defense Language Institute of Monterey CA.  After her initial Army tour, she enrolled at the University of New Hampshire, remaining in the Army Reserves as a Sergeant (E-5) assigned to 505th ASA out of FT Devens MA.

Commander Richardson converted to the Navy Reserve as a Second Class Cryptologist (E-5) in 1986. In 1989, she promoted to Petty Officer First Class (CTI1). As a First Class Petty Officer, CDR Richardson was chosen to serve as an interpreter for the CNO (OP095) Soviet Ship Visit program, beginning with the 1990 San Diego/Vladivostok event.  Additionally as a CTI1 she provided support to CTF-168 out of the Navy Liaison Office Boston.  She was mobilized for Desert Storm January of 1991, and served as an analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA) at Pearl Harbor.

CDR Richardson graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She received a Reserve Intelligence commission as an Ensign, May 1991. Following reserve agent training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, CDR Richardson served at the Newport RI office of the Naval Investigative Service.  Through the ensuing three years, she continued regular support the Soviet/Russian Ship visits (Mayport ‘91/Severomorsk ‘92/Boston ’93). A high-point during this period was the 15 day visit of Soviet Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral and Mrs. Vladimir Chernavin, to the United States (October 1991). CDR Richardson was selected to serve as the personal interpreter for Mrs. Chernavin and for the wives of the U.S. Navy host Admirals.

In 1994, CDR Richardson began a period of active duty assigned to Commander, Naval Personnel Command as a member of a Tiger Team formed to assist in the production of Statements of Service for the Navy’s Temporary Early Retirement Authority Boards. The team processed 5,000 Statements of Service during that six month period.

In October of 1994, responsive to the developing Balkan Crisis, CDR Richardson accepted assignment to the Combined Air Operations Center in Vicenza, Italy, serving as a Watch Officer in the National Intelligence Center in support of United Nations peacekeeping forces and OPERATIONS: DENY FLIGHT and PROVIDE PROMISE. In July of 1995, CDR Richardson began a two-year NATO assignment as the Assistant C2 with Striking Forces Southern Europe (STRIKEFORSOUTH) in Naples, Italy, directly supporting the IFOR and SFOR Balkan missions, as well as other NATO missions including Partnership for Peace.  While assigned to STRIKEFORSOUTH CDR Richardson converted to a Full Time Support Officer (FTS) for the Intelligence Community (1637) and took over as Assistant Reserve Intelligence Program Officer (ARIPO) at Naval Air Station, Washington (Andrews Air force Base) in August 1997.

In 2000, CDR Richardson was promoted to LCDR and selected as the Reserve Liaison Officer for Defense HUMINT Services (DH) at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). At DIA, CDR Richardson managed a joint intelligence unit supporting DHS HUMINT missions and Attaché Offices around the world. Following the events of 9/11 CDR Richardson processed and mobilized 175 reservists for DIA operations worldwide.

In 2003 CDR Richardson accepted the position as Head of the Navy Division for Director of Intelligence (J2), US Forces Korea (USFK), located at Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea.  CDR Richardson’s personal liaising efforts with ROK counterparts resulted in expanded inclusion of US J2 personnel in formerly ROK exclusive meetings and increased sharing of combined intelligence across all sectors. CDR Richardson represented J2 Naval interests at the 2004 Missile talks in Huntsville AL, working closely with ROK colleagues to present independent ROK counter analysis of key U.S. assumptions about North Korean treats—increasing the status and respect of ROK imagery analyst to the benefit of U.S. /ROK relations.

In Aug 2005, CDR Richardson returned to the U.S. as the Operational Support Officer (OSO) for Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) HQ, Washington DC. As OSO, CDR Richardson was directly responsible for the creation of fusion units that combined the law enforcement expertise of Master-at-Arms with Intelligence to meet the mission challenge of International Counterterrorism.  Her innovation resulted in an increase of 130 personnel assigned to NICS for counterterrorism support. She promoted to Commander at NCIS in April of 2007.

With the disestablishment of the 1637 FTS community, FY 2008, and change to the 1630 designator, CDR Richardson received an early release from NCIS for assignment to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Office (DPMO), to align her with community changes. In January 2010, CDR Richardson moved from the Southeast Asia Division to serve as a Branch Chief for the Resource Outreach Branch in the WWII Division.

CDR Richardson holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (EMBA) from the Naval Postgraduate School (2008); her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and various other unit and service medals. She is conversant in Russian as well as German, and is currently in on-going language training in Vietnamese and Dutch.

She is married to Stanley A. Richardson CAPT USN (Ret), who is currently a U.S. Government Advisor to the Ministry of Defense Afghanistan in Kabul serving. They have four children.  The eldest son Artemas, a is presently a Navy LT, Surface Warfare Officer assigned to the USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22), he is married to Delia Toothman and they have a 6 month old daughter. The other children are Anna, a (’10) graduate of Smith College; Sam, a junior at Skidmore College; and Thomas, a freshman at Northern Virginia Community College. The family lives in DC.

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July 16: Mentor-Protege Programs: The Who, What, Why’s & How’s

The Government Technology & Services Coalition invites you to join us for a detailed look at mentor-protege programs. Government officials from several Mentor Protege programs will discuss their success and challenges; several large mentor firms will discuss their experiences, what they look for in a protege and why they are engaged in the program; a number of proteges will also discuss their experiences and offer advice to those interested in forming mentor protege relationships. Companies interested or looking for a mentor protege — whether a large or small firm — are welcome to contact us for matchmaking at the event.

Confirmed Government Speakers:

Kevin Boshears, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Boshears was named Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in May, 2003. He is responsible for the overall implementation of the Department’s small business procurement program. Prior to this, Mr. Boshears was named Director of the Treasury Department’s OSDBU in February, 1999 where he had served as the Acting Director since August, 1998. He previously served in the same office as a Procurement Analyst since June, 1995 and was responsible for providing guidance to the Small Business Specialists located in Treasury’s twelve bureaus. He also worked on Treasury’s small business website and represented Treasury at various governmental, congressional, and trade association outreach activities.  Mr. Boshears brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the procurement field, having served as a Contracting Officer for the Justice Department prior to his small business duties at the Treasury Department. Mr. Boshears is a well known instructor in the federal small business procurement arena. On numerous occasions, he has conducted training courses, made presentations, and handled briefings on contracting with small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned small, HUBZone small, and service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns. Mr. Boshears currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors’ Interagency Council, originally elected to the position for FY 2001 and re-elected for both FY 2002 and FY 2003. On May 9 -10, 2002, Mr. Boshears was presented with the Frances Perkins Vanguard Award for Exemplary Utilization of Women-Owned Small Businesses by a Federal Procurement Official and the Gold Star Award for Excellence by the U. S. Small Business Administration.  He holds a BBA degree from the College of William and Mary, and earned his MBA from Liberty University.

Peggy Butler-MasonPeggy Butler-Mason, Deputy Director, Subcontracting and Mentor Protege Program Manager, U.S. Army, Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Secretary of the Army

As Army OSBP Deputy Director and Subcontracting and Mentor Protégé Program Manager in the U.S. Army, Office of Small Business Programs, Ms. Butler-Mason is responsible for assisting the Director in the establishment of policies and procedures and performing oversight to ensure implementation of statutory requirements.  She also implements processes to increase industry awareness of the department’s small business subcontracting and Mentor Protégé program initiatives.   She influences new policy updates to existing Subcontracting and Mentor Protégé acquisition regulations and solicits innovative Mentor Protégé technology transfer agreements from industry to support the real time needs of the war fighter.  She actively participates on the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) working group panel and manages the Army Summary Subcontracting Report acknowledgement process.  In addition, she manages twenty-one (21) active Mentor Protégé contracts, ensures broad participation of small businesses in new DoD acquisitions valued over $500 million and validates the annual soundness of subcontracting targets.  Ms Butler-Mason also participates on Army Strategic Sourcing panel reviews.

Prior to accepting her current position, Ms. Butler-Mason was a senior Procurement Analyst at Headquarters, U.S. Army Contracting Agency (ACA) and Contracting Officer at the Information Technology E-Commerce and Commercial Contracting Center.

Ms. Butler-Mason is an acquisition professional with over 30 years of experience in contracting.   Ms. Butler-Mason is Level III certified in acquisitions and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps.  She has received numerous civilian awards for exceptional performance through out her acquisition career.

Sharon Davis, Mentor-Protege Program Manager/WOSB Advocate, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Davis is a Small Business Advocate in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization.  In this capacity, Ms. Davis coordinates the DHS Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony, serves as the Woman-Owned Small Business Advocate, and Mentor-Protégé Program Manager providing guidance to large and small businesses interested in developing a Mentor-Protégé relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.  The purpose of the Mentor-Protégé Program is to foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between DHS large prime contractors and small business subcontractors which strengthens subcontracting opportunities and accomplishments at DHS.

She also counsels small businesses interested in doing business with DHS, participates in conferences and outreach activities sponsored by government agencies, congressional members, and trade associations.  Ms. Davis came to work for DHS in late 2009 from the Department of Treasury where she held a dual position as a Small Business Specialist and Contracting Officer.  Prior to working at Treasury, Ms. Davis worked for Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Contract Specialist.  Ms. Davis has over thirteen years of federal government procurement experience and twenty-four years of federal government service.  She is a strong believer in promoting opportunities for small businesses.

Tabisa Tepfer, Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Confirmed GTSC Mentor Company Speakers:

Wayne Pizer, Vice President, Small Business Programs,

L-3 Communications, L-3 STRATIS

Wayne Pizer is the Vice President for Small Business Programs at L-3 National Security Solutions (NSS), a Group of L-3 Communications. As Vice President for Small Business Programs, he is responsible for developing and executing the small business strategy for NSS. His responsibilities include: identifying go-to-market small business partners, promoting small businesses and ensuring Small Business Compliancy throughout the NSS organization. The mission of his office is to grow NSS revenue through partnerships with small businesses. Mr. Pizer has been with L-3 for over 4 years. Prior to joining L-3, Mr. Pizer had multiple positions during a 9 year career at IBM. Mr. Pizer holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from American University in 1991 and his Master in Business Administration from American University in 1996. He is also certified Project Management Professional and has an SAP certification in Production Planning.

Tony Sacco, Vice President, SAIC







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