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DHS OCPO Receives Industry Engagement Award; TSA Office of Security Capabilities Receives Innovation Award; WHSR Honors TSA Administrator Pistole's Retirement

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) hosted the annual Holiday Reception on the evening of December 3, 2014. Guests were in attendance from across the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, U.S. Treasury and a broad representation of Industry partners and guests. At the reception, WHSR presented the 2014 Industry Engagement Award to the DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer for many ongoing programs over the last two years, including the Department-wide Innovation in Acquisitions Working Group launched this year. The award was accepted by the Undersecretary of Management (Acting) Chip Fulghum and several representatives of the OCPO. This in-depth, yearlong program is an unprecedented effort to bring together 20 executives from across DHS and 20 executives from Industry to work together on recommendations for Innovation in Acquisitions and Programs. In early 2013, the DHS OCPO and WHSR jointly developed a Strategic Communications program for DHS wide Contracting Officers, along with WHSR members participating in Debriefing Training Sessions hosted by the OCPO throughout 2013 and 2014.

A new Innovation Award was presented to John Sanders, Assistant Administrator of the TSA Office of Security Capabilities (OSC) for engaging industry in the OSC Five Year Strategic Plan, from development to implementation through monthly Focus Groups with Mr. Sanders, OSC staff and the Office of Acquisitions. Mr. Sanders and staff worked closely with WHSR, other organizations and Industry Executives over the last 16 months to drive engagement and discussion opportunities. Mr. Sanders is retiring from government service at the end of this year.

A special portion of the evening was set aside to honor TSA Administrator John Pistole's ongoing engagement with industry and his upcoming retirement from his distinguished U.S. Government career. Under Mr. Pistole's leadership, TSA signed an MOA with WHSR in 2012 to formalize engagement and dialogue with Industry, both with the Administrator and Senior Leadership Team and the ongoing Focus Groups with components of TSA. During his tenure, Mr. Pistole has driven Risk Based Security and the TSA Pre™ program, among many other initiatives.

Previous awardees of the Industry Engagement Award in 2012 were the U.S. Border Patrol, accepted by Chief Michael Fisher; and the TSA under Administrator Pistole's leadership and administered by the Assistant Administrator for Acquisitions in 2012, Karen Shelton Waters. In 2013, the award was presented to the U.S. Coast Guard, for engagement under VADM Peter Neffenger's leadership.

     

 

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Quotes


"Triumph Enterprises, Inc. is most appreciative of the opportunity to be an integral part of the WHSR/TSA OSC Small Business Focus Group. The experience has been extremely positive for us.

Having the opportunity to discuss small business procurement ideas and challenges with key decision makers in OSC - who are actively seeking real world inputs from small businesses such as ours - has been refreshing and rewarding.

We've had an open, honest, and forthright dialog with the senior leadership of OSC, and are 100% certain that our ideas have been heard and carefully considered."

Lee Plumb
Vice President, Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
"The WHSR/TSA Focus groups have proven to be an invaluable resource to gain greater insight into TSA as well as to have valuable conversations between a wide range of industry companies and TSA stakeholders. This type of open collaboration generates increased awareness of mission problems and can help create better targeted solutions from traditional and non-traditional market participants."

Don Fenhagen
Associate Partner, IBM
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups allowed Engility to better understand not just what TSA's challenges are but why they are challenges. They also allowed Engility to learn the key technical, management, personnel, and corporate key factors that Industry must bring to the table to assist TSA and why they are important."

Peter Lierni
Senior Director, Engility
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"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups provided a great opportunity for industry to communicate and collaborate with TSA over a sustained period about mutual goals, expectations, and challenges. Congratulations on a job well done. Let's keep the conversation going."

Steve Mikolaski
Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
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"The open exchange between TSA leadership and industry on the agency's operational challenges and objectives, facilitated by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, will have the beneficial effects of enhancing security, speeding deployment of essential technologies, and reducing costs."

Michael T. Dougherty
Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, Raytheon Company
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