Annual Members Meeting with DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey
Council members gathered for our Annual Members Meeting on April 1st to learn more about the Council's plans for 2019, and provide important input on the future direction of our programs and initiatives. DHS's Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey served as the guest speaker at the event, sharing her perspectives and priorities on DHS workforce recruitment, development, and planning. She stressed the need for educational training that addresses a changing security landscape, as well as a strategic approach that adapts to a workforce with diverse career interests. Bailey also emphasized the importance of a strong public-private sector relationship to meet the workforce needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise both now and in the future.
Executive Briefing with Bob Kolasky, Director of National Risk Management Center, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
The council hosted an Executive Briefing with Bob Kolasky, Director of the National Risk Management Center, NPPD and Daniel Kroese, Senior Advisor within CISA.
Building on the Council’s Strategic Campaign on Cybersecurity, the briefing addressed DHS’s efforts to address evolving cyber threats through the creation of the National Risk Management Center, and the ways government and industry can partner to better plan for, manage, and mitigate risk.
2018 Annual Dinner
The Council’s 2018 Annual Dinner was a truly special opportunity to celebrate the work done by the public and private sectors in support of the homeland security mission. We were honored to present our Government-Industry Engagement Award to Executive Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Science & Technology Branch, Christopher Piehota, for his and his team’s incredible efforts to pursue what Chris has called “fruitful partnerships with the private sector.”
The evening also marked a transition in Council leadership, as we welcomed our new Board Chair, M. John Saad, a partner and the National Security Sector leader at Guidehouse. We are beyond privileged to enter the Council’s 15th year under John’s guidance.
Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Transfer and Scouting, S&T Directorate
The Council held an Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Scouting and Transition, Science & Technology Directorate on November 29th. Mr. Fischer discussed the S&T reorganization, which is designed to deliver results to mission owners in 1-3 years. The Directorate is prioritizing finding existing capabilities that will also potentially serve the needs of a commercial market as a way to incentivize industry to invest further funds towards development and transition. Mr. Fischer is seeking ideas for how S&T can better work with industry to learn more about different technologies that companies are working on.
Executive Briefing with Dr. John Zangardi, DHS CIO
The Council hosted an Executive Roundtable with DHS CIO John Zangardi and our senior-level executives on October 30th. During the event, Dr. Zangardi shared his top priorities, including the use of the EIS vehicle for network modernization of voice, data, and mobility; SOC optimization using the crawl, walk, run strategy; and data center consolidation. We thank Mark Valcich of Intel Corporation for moderating the discussion.
USCIS Reverse Industry Day
As part of our Executive Tour to Vermont, the Council held a Reverse Industry Day for USCIS contracting personnel in Burlington. Sessions focused on market research and pre-RFP communications, as well as procurement challenges to acquiring innovation, and panelists shared insights on how industry and government can work together in a more effective way throughout the acquisition process.
Executive Tour to Burlington, VT and Champlain, NY
Twenty-five Council members traveled to Burlington, VT and Champlain, NY in October to visit critical operational facilities run by ICE and CBP. The visit was an important opportunity for members to hear directly from homeland security officials on-the-ground, who shared the operational challenges they face on a daily basis. The three day program included briefings, discussions, and facility tours at the ICE ERO Law Enforcement Support Center; the Homeland Security Investigations’ Tip Line Operations and Bulk Cash Smuggling Center; and the ICE National Criminal Analysis & Targeting Center. Members also met with CBP officials and toured the Port of Entry in Champlain, getting a firsthand look at the passenger, commercial, and cargo processing operations at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S./Canada border.
Executive Briefing with GAO Managing Associate Generals Counsel for Procurement Law, Ralph White and Kenneth Patton
Business development, capture, and legal member company representatives attended an Executive Briefing with GAO Managing Associate Generals Counsel for Procurement Law Ralph White and Kenneth Patton on October 3rd. The discussion covered the rules and regulations underlying the bid protest process, the commonalities among homeland security protest cases reviewed by GAO, and data surrounding DHS bid protests in recent years. Thank you to Council Senior Advisor Brian Finch and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for hosting the discussion.
Executive Briefing with Scott Bean, FBI Assistant Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Division
The Council welcomed Assistant Director Bean to an Executive Briefing about innovation at LMI's offices on September 20th. Detailing the budget, workforce, and bureaucratic obstacles often facing government officials in his position, Mr. Bean shared how he works to foster innovation and build a cadre of next generation leaders unafraid to think outside the box. To "innovate where we are, with what we have," Mr. Bean encourages his entire staff to participate in internal "Innovation Weeks," creating a safe environment for his employees to develop new ideas and processes.
Executive Briefing on Identity Verification and Management
The Council held an Executive Briefing and Government-Industry Reception at the Phoenix Park Hotel on August 2nd. Building on our Strategic Campaign focusing on Immigration and Border Security, the Council hosted John Wagner, the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner from CBP's Office of Field Operations, and Patricia Cogswell, the Deputy Administrator of TSA, who spoke about their efforts to implement biometrics and identity verification tools, and the nature of cooperation and coordination among the Components on the issue.
Executive Tour of FBI's Criminal Justice Information Service Division
On June 25th and 26th, the Council brought 27 members to visit the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The FBI’s CJIS is a high-tech hub that provides a range of state of-the-art tools, technologies, and services to law enforcement, national security, and intelligence community partners around the world. The CJIS Division is the largest division of the FBI and serves as the focal point and central repository for criminal justice information services.
Executive Briefing with David Grauel, NPPD Program Manager at OBIM
On June 13th, Council members were briefed by David Grauel, the Program Manager of the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system within the DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) in that NPPD. OBIM is the lead provider of enterprise “Match-Store-Share-Analyze” biometric identity services for DHS and other federal agencies. Mr. Grauel described the status and scope of their efforts to replace IDENT to HART utilizing agile teams, dev-ops, and moving to the cloud. He also highlighted the challenges of working through constantly changing requirements, building the data architecture, and converting the data.
On June 5th, Council members were briefed by Brock Long, the Administrator of FEMA, on its new Strategic Plan and his vision for the agency. During the event, Administrator Long highlighted the challenges associated with trying to reduce the complexity of FEMA, and to become an agency that focuses only on truly catastrophic disasters. He stressed the following needs: how to modernize broken IT systems; operationalize big data; streamline the grant process and improve the disaster experience for victims; and push for individuals and cities to have insurance to ensure the ability to recover from disasters.