Past SECAF Events

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 
Executive Briefing: A 2020 View of Emerging Technologies in Government
The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

Emerging technologies such as Blockchain, AI, and RPA are shaping the government’s modernization efforts, streamlining processes, protecting infrastructure, enhancing defense and much more.  Industry holds a key role in bringing these technologies to the government in practical ways.  Join SECAF on March 10th to hear the perspectives of government, academia, and industry, both large and small businesses, on the emergence of these technologies in government and the opportunities for government contractors.

  • Mitchell Ross, Principal, Acquisition and Management, LLC 
  • Andrea Brandon - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Budget, Finance, Grants, and Acquisition, Department of Interior (MIB)
  • David Dacquino - Chairman and CEO of Serco
  • Marc Harlacher -  Founder, President and CEO of Expedition Technology, Inc.
  • Nirup Menon, PhD - Chair & Professor, Information Systems & Operations Management, George Mason University 
  • Askari Rizvi - Chief of Technical Services Branch, NCHS, CDC

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Webinar Presented by SysArc: Cybersecurity Compliance (NIST 800-171, CMMC, DFARS 7012, etc.)
With the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) looming right around the corner organizations need to start preparing for a cybersecurity audit soon if they want to continue doing business with the DoD.  The webinar will cover the latest CMMC news and timelines as well as practical steps towards CMMC readiness and details around the level of effort and costs associated with getting certified to the appropriate CMMC maturity level for your organization.

Presented By: SysArc - Tim Brennan 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Webinar Presented by Protorae Law: Understanding and Negotiating Teaming Agreements 
Teaming agreements are a staple of government contracting. For many businesses, teaming agreements are a gateway to federal business – if they are done right. This webinar will discuss the “tricks of the trade” in negotiating teaming agreements that work for a proposed prime contractor, a proposed subcontractor, a large business, a small business or some combination. Learn which terms should be included, excluded or modified in a teaming agreement in order to best position your company during a procurement and for success following the award of the prime contract.

Presented By: Protorae Law - Devon Hewitt
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Member Forum: Prepare and Plan for Your Exit Strategy

The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

It is never too early to think about and plan for your eventual exit from your business. There are many possibilities to explore, such as selling your business to a third party, bringing on a minority investor, or a buyout by your management team. While the options vary, a common thread running through all succession planning strategies is the importance of starting early and planning intentionally. The exit strategy that develops on short notice is rarely executed well. Ideally, you want to plan carefully in advance, build value, vet the available options, and be prepared to move on the best strategy when the time is right.
This panel discussion is will be of interest to small business owners that are interested in strategic planning, building value, and understanding potential exit strategies. Whether you have already started your exit planning already, or never given it a thought, you will benefit from the insights of your fellow business owners who have gone through various exit and investment strategies. They will share their personal stories on what they did to prepare, what worked well, and what they would do differently. This Member Forum will also feature industry experts who will provide legal and practical insights on the unique considerations for small business contractors when embarking on strategic planning and executing exit strategies.

  • Cameron Hamilton – Senior Managing Director, The McLean Group

  • Kathryn Freeland – President/Chief Executive Officer, A-TEK, Inc. 
  • Deepak Hathiramani - Co-Founder/Executive Chairman, SteeleHarbour Capital Partners 
  • Devon Hewitt – Partner, Protorae Law
  • Jack Moore – Managing Partner, Evans Incorporated

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Networking Reception for Government Contractor Members Only
Maggiano’s Little Italy, McLean, VA 22102

You are invited to come get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 
CXO Forum: CMMC Update – What you need to know about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Program, Presented by SysArc

Maggiano's, McLean, VA 

Join us!
  1. CMMC Overview, Updates and Timelines  
  2. The 5 CMMC Levels Explained and Which Level Is Right for Your Organization  
  3. Getting Ready for a CMMC Audit to Ensure Success  
  4. Cost considerations for reaching a desired CMMC Level and what, if any, costs are "allowable expenses".
  • Bernhard Bock - CISO, Sysarc
  • Tim Brennan - CEO, Sysarc 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 
Executive Briefing: Sparking Innovation at Air Force

The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

Join us for a breakfast presentation and panel discussion on IT modernization and innovation efforts underway at the United States Air Force. The program will feature USAF’s Chief Transformation Officer and Director of Cyberspace Innovation and industry perspectives from small and mid-tier businesses working at the leading edge of USAF IT modernization.

  • Molly Cain - Founder, GovCity

  • Lauren Knausenberger - Chief Transformation Officer, United Stated Air Force
  • Sam Stollar - Vice President, Intelligence Operations, Octo Consulting Group
  • Rick Tossavainen - CEO, Dark Wolf Solutions

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 
SECAF Holiday Party 

The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

Please join us to celebrate a wonderful season!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 
Member Forum: Cybersecuring Your Supply Chain

The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

Securing the supply chain and protecting information is critical to the continued mission of the federal government and our National Defense. New programs and standards -- like 800.171 and the anticipated Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) -- reinforce the government’s acknowledgement of the threat and its commitment to work with industry to ensure all information and material items are generated, stored, transported and delivered without loss of integrity or unauthorized influence. Small Businesses seeking to do business with the federal government (and other Government Contractors as partners) are now being asked to provide basic certifications and explain best practices to protect their work product and information.  This session will discuss the challenges and recommendations for small businesses that wish to participate in government contract opportunities in this rapidly changing environment.​

  • Tim Brennan - CEO, SysArc

  • Bob Metzger- Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, P.C.
  • Ed Patton - Distributed Solutions Incorporated
  • Glenn Hernandez - OpEdge Solutions LLC

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Networking Reception for Government Contractor Members Only
Maggiano’s Little Italy, McLean, VA 22102

You are invited to come get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019​
CXO Forum: Growth-Focused Talent Acquisition Strategy for Small Federal Contractors, Presented by Provato
Clarity, Vienna, VA 

Join us for a discussion on talent acquisition including: 
  • Talent revenue roadmap: matching business development efforts with recruiting priorities to realize growth and ROI.
  • Organizing efforts to address the who, what, when, where, how many, and how much do you pay dilemmas that make competing with and for talent challenging.
  • Which resources are worth the money and investment? Technology?  Resume databases?  Personnel? 
  • How to compete for talent when you are small and possibly lacking the name recognition of the big companies. 

  • Aaron McElroy, CEO, Provato Inc
  • Jeff Smith, CEO, True Upside Consulting
  • Mike Bruni, Talent Acquisition Officer, Talent Acquisition Strategies LLC

Tuesday, November 5, 2019​
Executive Briefing: Small Business Program at NOAA
The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

The Small and Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum (SECAF) is pleased to present a breakfast program for members and the public on the Small Business Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The program will feature speakers from NOAA and Industry.  

Moderator: Mitchell J. Ross, President, Puyenpa Services, LLC, and former Director NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office

  • Jeffrey D. Hale, NOAA Small Business Officer
  • Marcelle L. Loveday, NOAA Director, Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division
  • Wallace T. (Tom) Bucher, CEO and Founder, Integrated Systems Solutions (ISS) 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 
Executive Briefing: Evolving Your Company’s View of Capture to Secure and Execute Effective Customer Meetings
The Tower Club, Vienna, VA 22182

Join SECAF and learn the nuances of capture as a function, the capture process, activities, and best practices that are propelling companies to exponential growth; identify how to incrementally add to your capture capability to secure and execute an effective customer meeting.  Don’t be reluctant to engage in the topic of capture, a successful capture strategy is key to long-term customer success.  

Moderator:  Mike Mullen - Partner, Deep Water Point

  • Ronald Bouchard - Brigadier General (Retired) and Partner, Deep Water Point, LLC
  • Mariela Cardona - Chief, Office of Citizenship and Applicant Information Services External Affairs Directorate, USCIS/DHS (Retired)
  • Kim Hayes - Owner, The Ambit Group 
  • Naveen Krishnamurthy - Founder & CEO, RIVA Solutions, Inc.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
SECAF Panel at the GMU 2019 Government Contracting - Confronting the Challenges Facing Today's Government Contracting Community and the Government: What’s Next?
Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC 20005

For over 65 years, beginning with the Small Business Act of 1953, the Federal government has embraced legislation and policies having the goal of aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small business concerns. Contracting preferences have been extended to small business participants in the 8(a) Business Development program, the HUBZone program, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business program, and the Woman-Owned Small Business Program to diversify the industrial base, create jobs, and increase competition. The experience and expertise of the panelists afford a much-needed discussion on how the policy affects both sides of the GovCon Industry, government and business: from socio-economic policy goals, to business creation and growth, and how both government and industry can best adopt and adapt these policies for efficiency and innovation. We will talk with senior executives and officials who have lived or studied effects of small business policy on the shape of the government contracting industry.

Moderator: Sumeet Shrivastava- President and Chief Executive Officer, ARRAY and Board Member, Center for Government Contracting 

  • Craig Reed- Chief Growth Officer, Serco NA & Senior Fellow and Board Member, Center for Government Contracting
  • Bed Edson- Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VariQ
  • Soraya Correa- Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, September 26
Webinar Presented by SECAF and Citrin Cooperman: Pitfalls and Best Practices for Government Contractors: Fundamentals of Accounting, Financial Reporting, and Tax Strategies 
Government Contracting organizations encounter complex and sensitive issues daily, all of which require proactivity, business transparency, and accurate reporting. In addition to remaining compliant, precise financial and tax reporting is crucial to management decisions and the ultimate success of any government contractor. Join Citrin Cooperman’s Government Contracting team as they take us through the best practices (and worst pitfalls) of financial reporting and accounting for government contractors.

Expand your knowledge on:
  • Important aspects of an accounting system
    • Cost accounting
    • Indirect rates
  • Financial reporting uses
    • Internal – what information is useful as an owner or C-level person to manage the company
    • External  - information critical to bankers and other external users
  • Tax Tips From Start-Up to Exit
    • Choice of Entity
    • Filing Requirements
    • Exit Strategies
      • Stock Sale
      • Asset Sale
      • Stock Sales Treated as Asset Sales for Tax Purposes 

Presented By:  Citrin Cooperman - Sirena Johnson, Michael Cannon, Kevin Jones and Ryan Ham
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Executive Briefing: Small Business Landscape - Trends and Opportunities in FY2020

The Tower Club,  Vienna, VA 22182

Join us as we hear from Bloomberg Government Services about the funding sources, acquisition trends, and major opportunities shaping fiscal year 2020. The presentation topics will include:
  • How to operationalize budget data with agency plans to win more business 
  • Small business acquisition trends shaping federal spending 
  • The opportunities and markets to target for growth in fiscal 2020 and beyond
Who should attend?  C-level executives and business development leaders will not want to miss this!  
Build out your organizations’ strategic plans with tips and actionable information from one of the leading experts in federal contracting.  Bring your questions for a lively Q&A.

Speaker:  Dan Snyder - Bloomberg Government
July 30, 2019 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT

Webinar Presented by SECAF and DHG:  Understanding Government Contract Cost Accounting and Pricing

Overheads, loads, add-ons, burdens, indirect costs, allocations, wraps... What do they all mean? Successful government contractors are able to navigate the sea of indirect rate complexities while complying with regulations, maintaining cost and delivering for their customer.
  • Understanding Indirect Costs 
  • Typical Indirect-Cost Pools
  • Allocation of Indirect Costs
  • Contractor Management of Indirect Costs
  • Impact of Government Contracting Requirements
  • Implications of Contract Type
  • Cost Accounting Standards Requirements
  • How the Government Monitors Indirect Costs
Presented by SECAF and Hosted by DHG 

Speaker:  Mike Mardesich, CPA, PMP - DHG, Senior Manager
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Executive Briefing: Emerging Technologies and the Government: What’s Next?

Valo Park Mclean, VA

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Gaming… it seems like these buzzwords are everywhere and it can be difficult to cut through the noise. But what does government actually need? Join SECAF and a panel of government and small businesses leaders on June 11, as we discuss Federal priorities in emerging technology, what is next, and how small businesses can help. 

Moderator:  Richard Pineda - CALIBRE Systems, Inc., President &CEO

  • Michael McFarland - Director of the Office of Acquisition Business Systems in the Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, Division of Acquisition in the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kevin McGuire - SysNet Technologies
  • Anne Neumann - SBPO, Program Manager (SETA) at DARPA SBIR/STTR Program

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Networking Reception for Government Contractor Members Only
Cocktails with Hors D'oeuvres 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Maggiano's Little Italy, Tysons

You are invited to come get to know your fellow
SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Thursday, May 2, 2019
11th Annual Government Contractor Awards Gala
Hilton McLean  6:00pm

SECAF announced the winners of its 11th Annual Government Contractor Awards. More than 500 people representing government contracting firms and leading industry professionals gathered to recognize and celebrate excellence. For more than a decade, SECAF’s flagship event has honored small and emerging government contractors by recognizing the key role these firms have in creating innovation and advancement within their industry.
The Government Contractor of the Year awards recognize companies in four revenue categories (Under $7.5M, $7.5-15M, $15-27.5M, and $27.5-50M) that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence in growth and financial performance. The Award of Excellence highlights an organization that represents excellence within their community, the government contracting industry, and towards employees. The Government Project of the Year is given to a company that has delivered a stellar program with significant value to the federal government. The Mentor-Protégé Program of the Year honors companies that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence through its efforts as a prime contractor. The Special Recognition Award is presented to a small business that – in the judges' view – exemplifies many of the core qualities of the other SECAF awards and has a strong focus on providing class-leading services and solutions. The Government Advocate of the Year commends an organization or a person within the federal government who has provided leadership, commitment, and direction and had a profound and positive impact on the small and emerging contracting community. Finally, the SECAF Advocate of the Year is bestowed upon a member who tirelessly championed the organization’s mission.
Click here for a list of the 2019 winners!
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Member Forum: 
Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Cleared Professionals
Valo Park McLean, VA

Recruiting cleared talent can take time, perseverance and some creativity for small businesses today.  The increasing number of positions requiring security clearances, the massive clearance processing backlog, and increased competition for the limited pool of available resources demand an organizational focus on unique programs and processes to build and sustain a talent pipeline.  Join SECAF and a panel of small businesses on April  9th for an inside view on successful programs, approaches and tips to finding and retaining cleared resources.  

Moderator:  Devon Hewitt - Partner, Protorae Law

  • Steve Bailey - Dark Wolf, COO
  • David Reid - Axiologic Solutions LLC, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Michael Waddell - INTEGRITYOne, Managing Partner/Co-Founder

Thursday, March 28, 2019

CXO Forum:  Navigating Cybersecurity Compliance - How to Get Your Company DFARS / NIST 800-171 Compliant in 3 Easy Steps
Presented by:  SysArc, Inc.
Maggiano's, McLean, VA 
11:30am - 1:00pm

If you do business with the DoD or aspire to do business with the DoD, you should seriously consider implementing an internal cybersecurity program for your corporate network and become compliant with DFARS 252.204-7012 and the NIST 800-171 or NIST 800-53 requirements.  In 2019 and beyond, this will also become a requirement for doing business with all Federal agencies and will be a significant competitive advantage for contractors who demonstrate their ability to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

For some small contractors it appears to be a complex and costly effort to implement a strong cybersecurity program, but in reality, it is a lot easier and less costly than you may think.  In this CXO Forum, we will walk you through the details of a 3-step process for complying with the NIST 800-171 (DFARS) and NIST 800-53 (FISMA) requirements and implementing the tools and processes to have a more secure environment.  We will also cover the costs associated with getting and staying compliant as well as resources available to defray some of the costs of implementing a cybersecurity program in your organization. 

  • Asya Smith – COO, SysArc
  • Bernhard Bock – CISO, SysArc

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CXO Forum:  Indirect Rates Discussion
Presented by:  Unanet

Unanet  Dulles, VA 
11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Managing Projects with Ever Changing Rates:  Government Contractors struggle to forecast the impact costs will have when you bid a multi-year project. We will discuss how to carefully manage the ebbs and flows of the costs in the organization and stay vigilant and be ready for unexpected expenses during the execution of your project. 
  • What should be included in the Fringe pool?  FAR 31.205-6(m) outlines what should be in a fringe pool. The question is should you have a separate fringe and overhead pool or just put fringe in overhead? In the session we will discuss the pros and cons of each methodology. What are the effects of rates on winning new business and executing projects? 
  • Have you selected the right General and Administrative (G&A) base for your company?  You may be struggling with how to pick the right G&A base for your organization or considering making a change. The discussion will be around the finer points of Total Cost Base, Value Added Base and Single Element Base. You will learn about the components of G&A and the base, the rules and where to locate them, and the pros and cons of base selection. In addition, topics related to the FAR, CAS, and DCAA will be discussed. 
  • Other Topics:  Other discussion topics will be Actual vs Provisional vs Target/Planning rates, calculating rates from GL budgets, and even for an organization with no cost plus work, why they should look at using indirect rates to understand profitability on T&M and FP projects. 
  • Rich Wilkinson - Solutions Engineering Group, Unanet
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

For SECAF Gov Con Members!

CXO Forum:  Managing Federal Sector Growth - Business Infrastructure and Compliance Tips
American Center Conference Center
Vienna, VA 

7:30am -  9:00am

Business owners crave direction on their growth trajectory, and having the right information at the right time will help them capture growth opportunities.  Building a sound business infrastructure is critical to successful and scalable growth. This is a must see presentation to prepare you for what lies ahead for businesses experiencing much sought after growth in the government contracting industry. You will obtain valuable information about right sizing your accounting system, employing risk management techniques, developing your strategy and budget, transitioning to a prime contractor, and strengthening your overall compliance.

Who Should attend?   CEO, CFO, COO, Controller

  • Brigitta Scott, CPA - Cordia Partners, Principal
  • Traci Shepps, CPA - Cordia Partners, Partner

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Executive Briefing: Doing Business with the Intelligence Community 

Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22101

The agencies which form the “intelligence community” (IC) provide fruitful contracting opportunities for small government contractors.  These opportunities will only continue to grow as the intelligence community’s mission expands to deal with today’s complex security environment.  However, the secretive nature of the work these agencies perform means that often there are barriers to entry which are difficult for an emerging government contractor to navigate.  The panel, including representatives of intelligence agencies as well as large and small contractors that have had success contracting with the intelligence community, will provide tips and guidance to how to prepare your company to compete for and win contracts with intelligence agencies.   

Moderator: Tom Stauber - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Axiologic Solutions
  • Michael Chavira - Managing Partner, Axiologic Solutions, SECAF Member
  • Scott Jackson - Director of the Office of Small Business Programs, National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Anna Kurtz - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel 
  • Karen Mumford - Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Small Business Programs Office Director

March 6, 2019 12:00 - 1:30pm EDT

Webinar Presented by SECAF and Unanet:  Recent Legislative and Regulatory Developments Affecting Small Businesses

Several legislative and regulatory developments occurred last Fall which affect all small businesses and particularly SDVOSBs and HUBZone companies.  Sponsored jointly by Unanet and SECAF, the webinar will be presented by Devon Hewitt, Chair of SECAF’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee. Ms. Hewitt will summarize these developments and their impact on your business, including:
  • The Small Business Runway Extension Act 
  • Consolidation of VA’s SDVOSB eligibility rules with SBA’s SDVOSB eligibility rules
  • SBA’s proposed revamping of the HUBZone program
  • Proposed Rule amending FAR provisions on Limitations on Subcontracting
This webinar will also be the launch of SECAF’s new GovCon institute. The institute will offer SECAF members the opportunity to learn and discuss topics directly relevant to starting, managing, and growing a small business. Topics will include creating a robust capture process; engagement and use of outside professionals such as accountants, lawyers, and others; securing a Facility Clearance; understanding pricing and the development of loaded labor rates; best practices for recruiting; and options for marketing your company effectively and efficiently. SECAF also welcomes your suggestions on topics that you think are necessary building blocks for a small business competing in the federal market. Each topic will be discussed in a webinar, to be hosted by an expert in that respective area.

Presented by SECAF and Hosted by Unanet 

Devon Hewitt 
Protorae Law, Partner

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Networking Reception for Government Contractor Members Only
Cocktails with Hors D'oeuvres
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Maggiano's Little Italy

You are invited to come get to know your fellow
SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Member Forum: Cybersecurity Compliance Requirements-Practical Guidance on DFARS-NIST 800-171

Valo Park McLean, VA

Addressing cyber threats has become an enormous priority for the federal government. 
  • Under DFARS 252.204-7012, the cybersecurity regulations set out in NIST 800-171 became mandatory for contractors and subcontractors in the Department of Defense supply chain at the end of 2017.
  • GSAR – GSA’s own cybersecurity regulations covering all government contractors - are due out in 2019.
  • The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective in May 2018, regulating the processing of personal information originating from the European Union.
  • California even rushed through its own data protection law affecting companies that do business in California.
The government’s oversight on how contractors store and use information is expanding and compliance is becoming more and more complex.   

Join us for this informative panel to hear from one of the authors of the NIST regulations and industry colleagues who have implemented their own cybersecurity programs and required subcontractors to do the same.  

Moderator:  Tim Brennan - CEO and Founder, SysArc

  • Mark Birch - President and CEO, Automation Technologies Inc. (ATI)
  • Kristin Grimes - Corporate Counsel, Leidos 
  • Ron Ross - Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Thursday, January 17, 2019
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum: Growing Your Business - Navigating Varying State Employment Laws
Presented by C2 Essentials
7:45am - 9:15am 

Small contractors often grow their business by taking on contracts wherever they happen to be located.  But in today’s legal landscape, setting up operations in a different state can be far more complex than finding office space and registering your business.  Increasingly, states are enacting employments laws that differ from federal requirements and, more confusingly, differ from state-to-state. There are several areas where multi-state contractors routinely encounter problems, but which can be avoided through careful, early planning.
  • Pre-employment Procedures:  “Ban the box,” drug testing, and background check differences among the states
  • Paying Your Employees:  Differing state minimum wage, overtime, wage notice, and pay equity requirements
  • Managing Employee Leave:  Navigating the growing patchwork of state paid leave laws
  • Internal Policies/Handbooks:  Be mindful of differences in state and local anti-discrimination laws
Speaker:  Kevin McCoy, General Counsel, C2 Essentials, Inc 

Who Should Attend?  CEO, CFO, COO
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
SECAF Holiday Party 
For SECAF Members
Valo Park 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate a wonderful season! 
November 14, 2018 at 12 noon EDT
Webinar:  The Professional Services Category Introduces Its Supplier Marketing Initiative 

The supplier relationship management specialist for the government-wide Professional Services Category is seeking to help suppliers better understand and operate within the category management framework. He will discuss and seek feedback on content and prospective data sources that will support the initiative.

Webinar Presented By:  Zachary Lerner - GSA, Federal Acquisition Service
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Member Forum: Bid Protests - Practical Advice - When, Why and How

Valo Park - McLean, VA 

Following the loss of a contract competition, small and emerging contractors may be eager to protest the loss but may not fully understand the protest process.  Protesting the government’s procurement decision is an important right that can be part of a larger business development strategy.  However, contractors should use the right sparingly and only when conditions warrant.  Our panelists, including a government procurement official, a GAO attorney, and representatives from industry will discuss the important considerations for a contractor facing a protest or no-protest decision, recent trends in the protest world and the success that contractors are seeing from filing protests.  The program will also include a brief overview of recent changes in protest rules.

Moderator:  Ryan Bradel, Partner, Ward & Berry, PLLC
  • Devon Hewitt, Partner, Protorae Law
  • Ed Rinkavage, President, Sehlke Consulting, LLC
  • Kathryn Szymanski, former senior government acquisition official and current consultant to government contractors
  • Evan Wesser, GAO senior attorney

Thursday, November 8, 2018
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum: Preparing for a Successful Exit
Presented by Citrin Cooperman
Valo Park - McLean, VA 

Join us to learn how to prepare for a successfull exit!
  • Accounting and Financial issues related to transactions
  • Tax issues and structuring surrounding the transaction
  • How do the new tax regulations impact M&A deals?
  • State and Local tax issues specific to government contractors 
Who should attend:  CEO, CFO, COO, CTO

Moderator:  Cynthia Barreda - CEO, Netcentrics

  • Sirena Johnson - Partner, Co-Practice Leader Government Contracting, Citrin Cooperman
  • Shawn Howard - Partner, Co-Practice Leader Government Contracting, Citrin Cooperman
  • Sylvie Gadant - Partner, Practice Leader Transaction Advisory Services, Citrin Cooperman, New Jersey Office

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum: Interpreting, Enforcing and Complying with Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Provisions
Presented by Protorae Law
Tysons International Plaza Vienna, VA 22182

“Non-solicitation” and “Non-Compete” provisions are part and parcel of the business of government contracts.  These provisions can appear in non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements, teaming agreements, subcontracts and joint venture agreements, among others.  These agreements also can include provisions which are not explicitly called “non-compete” or “non-solicitation” provisions but, in effect, operate as such.  To further confuse matters, state law governs the interpretation and enforceability of these provisions and the law in this regard across different states is not always uniform.  Come hear attorneys from Protorae Law explain the nuances of these provisions and how they may impact your business.

Who Should Attend?  CEO, CFO, COO, CIO

  • Devon E. Hewitt - Partner, Protorae Law, Government Contracts Practice  
  • Brian F. Chandler - Managing Partner, Protorae Law, Employment Law Practice

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Executive Briefing: Becoming a Small Business Partner of Choice - Views from SBA and Industry

Valo Park, McLean, 7:30-10:00am

Join us for this two part program as we learn how to make the budget work for you as a small business. First, the SBA will discuss acquisition trends in the small business community, changing rules and regulations, and tools available to you to access SBA customer funding. Then, we will hear from a panel of large and medium-sized systems integrators as they discuss how they build relationships with the small business community and meet SBA goals. They will also highlight key capabilities and expertise they look for in small business partners. At the conclusion of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to network and make connections.

Moderator:  Robert Burton - Crowell and Moring, Partner in the Government Contracts Group
  • Robert Wong - SBA, Associate Administrator of Government Contracting & Business Development
  • Cameron Hogan - E3 Federal Solutions, Chief Strategy Officer 
  • Asad Jabbar - LMI, Director of Capture Management
  • Robyn Snyder - Lockheed Martin, Rotary & Mission Systems (RMS), Supplier Diversity Program Manager

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only
Maggiano's Little Italy - Tysons  
5:30 - 7:30 pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.
Special Guest:  Dwight D. Deneal - Director, Small Business & Industry Liaison Programs, U.S. Coast Guard (CG-913), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
New Member Breakfast, By Invitation Only

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Executive Briefing - FY2019 Federal Budget:  What You Need To Know as a Small Business

Valo Park  McLean, VA 7:30-10:00am

Join us as we hear from Bloomberg about the funding sources, acquisition trends, and major opportunities shaping the next fiscal year. After the presentation, learn what the forecast means for your small business. Kevin Brancato will be joined by procurement and small business experts to discuss:
  • How to operationalize budget data for your strategic plan 
  • The acquisition trends shaping federal spending and how to leverage them to access funding dollars
  • The resources available to small businesses at government agencies
  • Kevin Brancato, Director of Government Contracts Research at Bloomberg Government
  • Jim Ghiloni, Director, Wolf Den Associates
  • George Price, Director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of State

August 30, 2018 at 12 noon EDT
Webinar:  Category Management - What does it mean for your small business?

Join us as we learn about Category Management.
  • What is Category Management
    • Why is GSA focused on it?
    • How does it differ from how things were managed/procured in the past?
  • What are the initiatives' strategic goals?
  • What does Category Management mean strategically/tactically for small businesses?
    • Best in class contracts and onboarding opportunities
    • Leveraging schedules
    • Overview of agency customer contracting trends and additional resources for small businesses to access funding 
Webinar Presented By:  Geri Haworth,  Professional Services Category Management Division, Director

Ms. Geri Haworth was appointed the Professional Services Category Manager in June of 2013. In this role she manages a team of employees working in the Professional Services and Human Capital Portfolio of the Federal Acquisition Service.

Specifically, she is responsible for the oversight and management of the strategic initiatives related to category management. These initiatives focus on customer and industry engagement, the Acquisition Gateway category hallway, and improving the contract offerings that provide the services represented in the category. Ms. Haworth has more than 26 years of experience working in FAS helping federal agencies meet their mission requirements.

In previous roles, Ms. Haworth served as the Business Management Director for the FAS Management Services Center, the Deputy Director for the Regional Customer Accounts and Research Division, and the Regional Retail Services Manager overseeing the management of the Auburn and Alaska Customer Supply Centers. She began her federal career at the Social Security Administration and joined GSA in 1990 as a Management Intern.

Ms. Haworth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and is a graduate of The Management Program at the University of Washington.

***SECAF Members*** - For the slide presentation/recorded webinar, login and click on Members Only tab (top), followed by Past Event Presentations​
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
CXO Forum: Preparing for a Successful Exit
Presented by Citrin Cooperman 
The Tower Club Vienna, VA  7:30-9:00am

Highlights will include:
  • Accounting and Financial issues related to transactions
  • Tax issues and structuring surrounding the transaction
  • How do the new tax regulations impact M&A deals?
  • State and Local tax issues specific to government contractors
Who Should attend?   CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Controllers

Moderated by:  Cynthia Barreda - CEO of NetCentrics Corporation

  • Sirena Johnson - Partner and Co-Practice Leader Government Contracting, Citrin Cooperman
  • Shawn Howard - Partner and Co-Practice Leader Government Contracting, Citrin Cooperman
  • David Seiden - Partner and Practice Leader of the State and Local Tax, Citrin Cooperman

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Executive Briefing on OTAs - Other Transaction Agreements: Growth Opportunities for Small and Emerging Businesses 
Valo Park (formerly TEGNA) McLean, VA 7:30 - 10:00 am
There has been an explosion of interest in Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) as a method of acquisition streamlining. OTAs are agreements between the government and private sector entities that are free from the Federal Acquisition Regulations and provide unique opportunities for small businesses to participate in exciting technology development!  Hear the perspectives of an OTA government customer, small business and consortia. Join us as our panelists offer insights on OTAs – What are they?  How are they used?  How can small businesses win OTAs?  What is the outlook for OTAs?

Moderator:  Kevin Brancato, Director of Government Contracts Research at Bloomberg Government
  • Devin Edwards, COO Phoenix Operations Group
  • Will Graves, Chief Engineer for PM DoD Biometrics within the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (IEW&S)
  • Bob Tuohy, COO Advanced Technology International (ATI)

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only
Maggiano's Little Italy -Tysons  5:30 - 7:30 pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow
SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement

Thursday, May 31
New Member Breakfast, By Invitation Only

Thursday, May 10, 2018
10th Annual Government Contractor Awards Gala
Hilton McLean  6:00 - 9:00 pm

Attire:  Business, Festive

The Government Contractor of the Year recognizes companies that have shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence in financial performance. The SECAF Award of Excellence highlights organizations that represent excellence within their respective communities, the government contracting industry, and towards employees.  The Government Project of the Year is given to a company that has delivered an exemplary program with significant value to the federal government.  Finally, the Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year is awarded to a company that has shown a compelling and profound commitment to excellence through its efforts as a prime contractor by providing tangible benefits to small businesses and/or subcontractors during the previous year. Note: All applications must be submitted by a small business.

Award winners will be selected from a group of finalists in six categories as follows:
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (under $7.5 million in revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($7.5 to $15 million in revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($15 to $27.5 million in revenue)
  • SECAF Award of Excellence (under $25 million in revenue, SECAF Members Only)
  • SECAF Government Project of the Year (SECAF Members Only)
  • SECAF Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year
For more information, contact us
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Executive Briefing:  360° Modernization at DoD - How Small Businesses can Shape our Vehicles, Systems, and Technology
Tower Club  7:30 - 10:00 am
Modernization efforts within the DoD are ongoing across the spectrum of equipment and technology. After years of use during our conflicts in the Middle East, Congress has approved for $700 Billion (an increase of $94B) in 2018 appropriations to sustain and modernize our aging equipment. Learn about how your small business can get involved with modernization efforts within the Department of the Army to update our vehicles, aviation assets and technology. 
Highlights will include:
  • Discussion of key modernization trends and initiatives for combat vehicles, aviation systems, and application migration
  • Emerging capabilities of tactical wheeled vehicles providing greater battlefield situational awareness, force protection, and freedom of maneuver
  • Future Vertical Life capabilities and developments 
  • Future Unmanned Aerial Systems 
  • Overview of Cloud Computing and migrating Army Applications
  • Enterprise System Management and preparing applications for migration
  • How small businesses can be a part of the modernization program
  • Colonel Jason Craft, Director Army Aviation Programs, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT))
  • Timothy Hale, Product Director, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS)  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum:  Keys to Building an Accounting Infrastructure that Scales with Your Growth
Presented by Cordia Partners 
7:30am -  9:00am

Having the right information at the right time will help you capture growth opportunities.  Building a sound accounting infrastructure is critical to successful and scalable growth.  This event will provide you with information surrounding:
  • The government’s perspective and rules on an acceptable accounting system
  • Accounting system options – pros and cons
  • Key accounting and financial reports for timely decision making
  • Risk management and sound internal controls
Who Should attend?   Business owners, CEOs, Presidents, COOs, CFOs, and Controllers

  • Brigitta Scott, CPA - Cordia Partners, Principal
  • Traci Shepps, CPA - Cordia Partners, Partner
No cost but you MUST register in advance.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum: Talent Acquisition Strategies
Presented By: Helios HR 7:30am -  9:00am

Are you experiencing issues with attracting and/or retaining people with targeted and highly sought-after skill sets?  Come participate in a discussion of emerging pay strategies in the government contracting market. 
Pay trends for different factions (i.e., operations vs. client services) are shifting. To remain relevant in talent acquisition strategies, leaders find themselves with a need to respond to market compensation demands in ways they’ve never had to before.  Join us in this interactive conversation with Helios HR Compensation experts and discover innovative strategies that will help your business achieve success.

Speaker:  Cicely C. Clayton, Principal Consultant

Who should attend?  CEOs, CFOs, and CHROs
No cost but you MUST register in advance.  Space is limited.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Member Forum: Is Your Insider Threat Program Up to Speed? 
Valo Park (formerly known as TEGNA/Gannett)  7:30 - 10:00am

On May 18, 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued NISPOM Change 2, which requires cleared contractors to establish and implement insider threat programs.  These programs must be consistent with Executive Order 13587 and the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs.  
Led by key figures in government Insider Threat policy and program offices, this panel will discuss the evolving development of insider threat programs within both government and contractor entities.  Panelists will explore the current framework of requirements, technologies, and processes being employed, as well as opportunities for small businesses to support innovations in this growing industry in the public sector.  
Moderator:  Rear Admiral (retired) David Simpson - Principal, Deep Water Point, FCC, DISA

  • Jacqueline Atiles - Department of State, Insider Threat Program Director
  • Michael Seage - Director, DoD Insider Threat Management Analysis Center (DITMAC)
  • Randy Trzeciak - currently holds a dual appointment between Heinz College and the CERT Program of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, March 8, 2018
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum:  Understanding Project KPIs to Drive Financial Performance for Gov Cons
Presented By: Unanet 11:30am - 1:30pm

Join us!  Emerging contractors face significant challenges when competing with each other and the largest Primes! The most successful emerging contractors rely on a set of key performance indicators (KPls) to track financial and project performance. These KPIs are utilized by various stakeholders that need real time information to ensure success and profitability. Establishing the right KPls needed to support business goals can be tricky, and in this session we will discuss best practices to establish metrics, how to avoid common mist akes, and see how a single source of truth can help your company get the actionable information needed to drive project success!

Highlights will include:
  • Best practices for establishing KPls for your organization
  • Aligning KPls to corporate goals
  • Common financial and project metrics
  • Real-time metrics for reliable decision making

  • Fran Craig, Unanet, Chair and CEO
  • Kim Koster, Unanet, Director of Product Marketing

Thursday, February 15, 2018
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum:  The Keys to Growing a Small Business in the Federal Market
Presented by: Deltek at Maggiano’s Little Italy Tysons  11:30am - 1:30pm

Growing a small business in the federal market is never easy. But, by executing in four key areas, companies can build a foundation for growth for years to come. 

Set aside a lunch hour to learn how thousands of small businesses have found success in federal contracting despite the market headwinds. Over lunch, Kevin Plexico, Deltek’s Vice President of Information Solutions, will discuss the landscape of federal small business contracting and share the four key areas successful small businesses must address in laying a solid foundation for growth.

Who Should attend?  CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COOs

  • Kevin Plexico, Deltek, Vice President, Information Solutions

Tuesday, February 13
New Member Breakfast, By Invitation Only

Thursday, February 1, 2018
For SECAF Gov Con Members!
CXO Forum:  Selling My Company - What I Learned and What I Wish I Had Known
Presented By: The McLean Group 11:30am - 1:30pm

Join us for lunch with an owner who has sold her businesses to discuss:
  • How she prepared their business for the sale
  • What did she learn from the process and what she wished she had know BEFORE she started the process
  • What advice she would give to someone who is thinking about selling
Who should attend? CEOs  

Speaker:  Nicole Geller – CEO, Founder, Entrepreneur
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only
Tysons International Plaza 5:30 - 7:30 pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow
SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Executive Briefing:  GSA – Raising the Bar for Professional Services
Tower Club 7:30 - 10:30am
Join SECAF on January 9th as we hear directly from GSA's Professional Services Program Management team on new initiatives at GSA and how to navigate the Professional Services category as a small and emerging business. Key topics include:
  • OMB directives and the impact of Category Management on your business
  • “Best in Breed” contracts: who is using them, and how do they impact your strategic plan?
  • Updates to the schedule program to streamline the process and make it easier for contractors to get on schedule and refresh their offerings
  • The future of OASIS and potential on-ramp opportunities
  • Geri Haworth - Division Director Professional Services Category Management Office of Professional Services & Human Capital Categories Federal Acquisition Service U.S. General Services Administration
  • Alexandra Rouse - Professional Services Program Executive Office of Professional Services & Human Capital Categories Federal Acquisition Service U.S. General Services Administration
After the event, Government Contractor members are invited to stick around for the opportunity to provide feedback on the RFI process directly to GSA, in the first Information Exchange Forum (IEF) of the year. The IEF is a quarterly gathering of industry partners and representatives from the Professional Services Category, aimed at facilitating dialogue, sharing information, and eliciting feedback. The conversation will shape the PSC’s efforts to enhance small and emerging contractor’s positions within the Category. Attendees should have an active Professional Services Schedule (PSS) or OASIS contract.  

Speaker:   Zachary Lerner – Supplier Relationship Management Specialist, Professional Services Category
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
SECAF Holiday Party
Convene 6:00 - 8:00 pm  McLean, VA 

Please join us to celebrate a wonderful season! 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
CXO Forum: Debt & Equity to Accelerate Growth in Government Service
Presented by: Access National Bank  7:30-9:00am

This dynamic panel of distinguished speakers will focus on a variety of sources of capital available to help accelerate growth for emerging and middle market government contractors.  We'll discuss the differences and benefits of bank debt, mezzanine debt and venture capital and how they can often be utilized together, for both organic growth as well as M&A opportunities.

Who should attend? CEOs and CFOs of growing government contractors looking for additional sources of capital to fuel current growth or to help accelerate growth. 

  • Javier Aguirre, Farragut Capital Partners, Managing Partner
  • Mark Frantz, Blue Delta Capital Partners, Co-Founder
  • Adam Nalls, Access National Bank, Senior Vice President

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Executive Briefing:  DHS – The Future of Procurement is Now!!!
Tower Club  Vienna, VA 7:30 - 10:00 am

Come join SECAF for an informative discussion directly from Department of Homeland Security’s leaders on the Department’s overall goals, acquisition directions and strategic sourcing considerations.  Learn how current mission priorities, speed to force, and congressional and presidential mandates, might be changing or not changing these considerations.  Listen to thought leaders Soraya Correa and Jaclyn Smyth provide their insight and intel obtained from within the DHS walls to our SECAF membership and supporters.

The discussion will include:
  • What is the current update on the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions, EAGLE, the Acquisition Innovation Act and other acquisition considerations for the next several years
  • What are Procurement Innovation Lab programs?  What is Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) and how does provide support for future Procurement Innovation Lab programs?  
  • Will DHS consider OTA’s or Other Transaction Authorities in the future?  Science & Technology Directorate has initial feedback and have obtained speed to the organization on contracting.  Less than 2 months in some minor cases
  • Effect of political situation and back-to-back-to back natural disasters on Mission
  • Soraya Correa, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chief Procurement Officer
  • Polly Hall, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), Strategy & Planning Lead
  • Jaclyn Smyth, Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Strategic Sourcing Program Office within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
CXO Forum: ABC's of JVs in the Federal Marketplace
Presented by Protorae Law  Vienna, VA  7:30 - 9:00am

The use of joint ventures in federal procurement has increased dramatically in the last few years.  Procurements have become increasingly complex—primarily those set aside for small businesses.  As a result, small businesses frequently must combine resources in order to be competitive.  Joint ventures also are on the rise due to the expansion of the Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program to include not only Section 8(a) business concerns but also all other types of small business concerns.  The expansion of the Mentor-Protégé Program to include all types of small businesses has made joint venturing a very popular option because joint ventures formed by small and large businesses in the program are eligible to participate in procurements set-aside for small businesses. 
Topics discussed will include:
  • What is a Joint Venture?
  • Why do contractors form Joint Ventures? 
  • How do Joint Ventures help small and emerging businesses grow?
  • What are the typical issues that arise with the formation, drafting and negotiation of Joint Venture and Operating Agreements?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Joint Ventures in federal procurements?
  • Devon Hewitt, Partner, Protorae Law
  • Kathleen Kelley, Partner, Protorae Law

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only
Maggiano's Little Italy Tysons  5:30 - 7:30 pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow
SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Member Forum: Myth-Busting Strategic Planning
The Tower Club Vienna, VA  7:30 - 10:00am

In today's market, volatility and uncertainty cloud the lens of traditional long-term strategic planning. Market shifts and opportunistic necessities can quickly render five-year plans obsolete, and companies don't have the time to launch resource-draining six-month planning campaigns. However, for small and emerging contractors, focus and discipline is still essential to building enduring enterprise value. 
Join us for a panel with experienced small business CXOs and GovCon strategic planning experts as we discuss how best to execute agile planning, deploy limited resources, and avoid the "Me Too" trend chasing trap. Discussion themes include:
  • Real-time situational awareness and competitive intelligence
  • A nuanced understanding of ROI tradeoffs and the virtues of uneven resource allocation
  • Strategic direction that preserves tactical flexibility
  • How to connect the strategy to operational and budget plans to make the plan actionable

Moderator:  Greg Nossaman, Managing Director, The McLean Group
  • Michele Bolos, CEO and Founder , Next Tier Concepts (NT Concepts)
  • Deepak Hathiramani, Founder, Vistronix

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Executive Briefing:  FY ’18 – Is it a Boom for GovCon Small Businesses?
Tower Club  Vienna, VA   7:30 - 10:00 am

Join SECAF, news giant Bloomberg, and GovCon consulting firm Wolf Den, to explore the upcoming issues, legislation, trends, and forecasts for government contractors!  We’ll explore issues like:
  • How will the President’s Budget affect my small business?  What agencies are gaining?
  • Contracting legislation pending and near-term impact on small businesses
  • What are the top 5 opportunities that small business SHOULD take advantage of in the coming next 2 fiscal years
  • Potential for a Continuing Resolution and Gov’t Shutdown
  • … and other topics!
We’ll focus on issues affecting small government businesses by asking questions like:
  • What does this mean for my small business… how can I pivot to be positioned?
  • Should I “follow the money” or is there a different direction that should be considered?
  • Is incumbency on contracts growing and should I partner with mid and large businesses?
  • Should I expect the competitive environment to change with changes in the political environment?
  • Will my GSA contract and other contract vehicles be more or less important? 
This event will equip you with the best information and ideas you need to make informative strategic decisions and position your company for growth in FY18/19!
  • Robert Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst at Bloomberg Government Division
  • Kevin Robbins, Co-Founder of Wolf Den Associates

Wednesday,  August 30, 2017
SECAF Member Barbeque
SECAF Board Chair Cameron Hamilton's Residence  5:30 - 7:30 pm

The SECAF Board of Directors warmly invites you to a Member Summer  Barbeque at the current Chairman’s residence. Come join us for networking in a relaxed setting as  our Board Chairman Cameron Hamilton passes the gavel to Kathy Albarado, incoming Chair.   Bring plenty of cards for connections as we launch our new program year.  
Attire:  Business Casual
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Executive Briefing:  The State of Federal Health IT - The Landscape, Challenges and Potential Directions for Small Businesses Considering Engaging this Market
Tower Club Vienna, VA   7:30 - 10:00 am

An informative, educational discussion on the dynamic environment of Federal Health IT and the 2017 initiatives on the minds and desks of government leaders.  The event will bring together accomplished leaders at the forefront of Health IT strategy at the VA, DHA, GSA, and CMS along with industry leaders in the Federal Health IT space. 

Moderator:  Ben Edson, Founder and CEO of VariQ

  • Roya Konzman – Senior Information Technology Specialist, Office of IT Schedule Programs, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Thomas Leney - Executive Director for Small and Veteran Business Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Daniel Levenson - Digital Service Contracting Adviser and a Contracting Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • David Guillory - U.S. Defense Health Agency, CO-HIT, San Antonio as the onsite Small Business Specialist

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only
Chef Geoff's Tysons  5:30 - 7:30 pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow
SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Member Forum: Reprogramming Potential of Contracting Dollars in a Trump Administration
Tower Club Vienna, VA 4:00 - 6:30pm

President-Elect Trump ran on a platform of comprehensive Federal agency reform.   For the Trump administration to make good on its campaign pledges to radically reform the government, agencies will have to reprogram dollars from some current programs.  Reform is dependent on the ability of Federal agencies to redirect existing resources to fulfill new priorities. Govini’s newest Analytic Report - Trump’s Swamp:   The Reprogramming Potential for Agencies and Contractors in 2017 - reveals which agencies and contractors are best positioned for the disruption, and which are most at risk.  All registered participants will get a FREE copy of the report (a $5000 value).

Govini will also discuss its current Federal Scorecard.  Utilizing more than 6,000 data points, the Scorecard is a powerful market intelligence resource creating a provocative view into the Federal procurement landscape.  The Federal Scorecard highlights agency spending trends, including a contracting overview, product and service spend, contract vehicle usage and set-aside performance.  

Speaker:  Chris Taylor, CEO, Govini
Tuesday May 9, 2017
9th Annual Government Contractor Awards Gala

McLean Hilton, 6:00 - 9:00pm

The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum’s (SECAF) 9th Annual Government Contractor Awards
honor small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners - click here for a list!
Congratulations to the 2017 Finalists - click here for a list!  
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Member Forum: The Continuously Emerging World of Cybersecurity – Are you compliant? 
SECAF Members Only, Tower Club, 7:30 - 10:00am
  • What is Cyber Compliance?  What is needed to be a cyber compliant superstar?  What are the ultimate considerations when trying to be cyber compliant in this hacker rich environment? 
  • What are the differences between maintaining compliance as a Prime versus a Subcontractor? 
  • What must a company consider down the road to maintain its compliance?  What if they do not?  Is there a bigger legal issue here not being considered?  What is Congress thinking?
  • Cybersecurity certifications – What are they and are they useful?  

  • Kaylee Cox, Associate, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Camille Tuutti, Executive Editor, NextGov
  • David M. Wennergren,  Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Professional Services Council (PSC)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Webinar:  Changing Federal Acquisition Landscape Under the New Administration
Presented By:  Rob Levinson and Stan Soloway

With Congress and the Presidency under the Republican Party, what are the changes that could impact Small and Emerging Government Contractors? Come learn from GovCon Industry experts on what priorities and programs could change in Federal Contracting and how to prepare your Small Business to successfully adapt to those changes. Bob Levinson from Bloomberg will provide the media/research perspective on impending political and program changes and how they might impact Government contractors. Stan Soloway, CEO of Celero Strategies (and former CEO of the Professional Services Council and Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense) will provide the Government acquisition and GovCon industry perspective on what to expect and how to prepare your Small Business to not only survive but also succeed in a changing world.

SECAF Members - For the slide presentation and recorded webinar, login and click on Members Only tab (top), followed by Past Event Presentations

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Executive Briefing: The Honorable Tom Davis Provides Post-Election Insight - 
Wake Up - The Election is Over!
TEGNA/Gannett  McLean, VA  7:30 - 10:00 am
  •  How will the focus shift in the Executive branch policies, and the “behavior” or direction of the House and Senate?  Is continued gridlock inevitable?
  • What does the election say about the prospects for small government contractors?  Will the push for LPTA continue?
  • What funding changes are possible for Defense, National Security or Veterans programs?  Which Civilian agencies will see changes in their budgets? 
  • What are the prospects for immigration reform?

Thursday, December 1, 2016
SECAF Holiday Party
TEGNA/Gannett  McLean, VA  6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate a wonderful season!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Executive Briefing: GSA’s OASIS - Answers to Your Questions and Preparing for the Future!

TEGNA/Gannett  McLean, VA   7:30 - 10:00 am

Come learn more about OASIS including where it is and where it’s going, the ins and outs of on-ramping, partnerships and the strategic value for small and emerging businesses.

Moderator:  Curt Anderson, Director of Strategic Alliances, CSSI, Inc.
  • Satya Akula, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amyx, Inc.
  • Prashant Gaur, President, Credence Management Solutions LLC
  • Todd Richards, Program Manager for GSA OASIS
Join us for a discussion about OASIS including the overall contract, its successes, the organizations involved, the future directions of the contract, and the organizations that are considering its use of the contract in the future.  During this informative Q&A-driven session, the discussion will include the nuances, the benefits, the myths, and the overall status of the contract.  Organizations such as Air Force, Army, Navy Supply Command, and DHS are all taking advantage of this contract today and will continue to do so with many task orders already solicited and awarded!

Learn about the on-ramping considerations for OASIS and how and what YOUR company needs to consider to prepare and position itself to compete and become an effective partner on this contract with GSA.

OASIS and OASIS Small Business (SB) are multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services. OASIS is not a GSA Schedule contract such as the Professional Services Schedule (PSS), so there is no continuously open application process.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members
Eastern Foundry  Rosslyn, VA  5:30 - 7:30 pm

As you may know, Eastern Foundry is forging innovation in the government marketplace by serving as a central hub where small business, tech startups, professional service providers, primes and agencies convene to exchange ideas and do business. 

You are invited to come get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members and be introduced to Eastern Foundry members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.
  • Encourage members of the Eastern Foundry will also be invited to attend to consider joining SECAF!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Member Forum: Small Businesses Can Be Acquirers Too – How to Successfully Acquire Assets, Contracts or Another Small Business
TEGNA/Gannett McLean, VA  7:30 - 10:00 am

Join us for a panel discussion with seasoned business executives and advisors providing growth strategies for small businesses, including:
  • How to open up new lines of revenue and create synergies through a merger of two equal companies;
  • How minority investment can keep your business in a small set-aside program, while adding capital to expand operations;
  • Asset purchases and other alternatives available to access a new line of business; and
  • Steps that can be taken now to position your business for a future sale.

Moderator: Kathleen Kelley, Protorae Law

Speakers: Babs Doherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eagle Ray, Inc.
                   Kevin Robbins, Co-Founder Blue Delta Partners
                   Andrew Sherman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
October 4, 2016
Webinar:  Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program
Presented by:  Devon Hewitt, Protorae Law

On July 25, 2016, SBA issued its long-awaited final rules implementing a new Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program.  Join Devon Hewitt, Chair of SECAF’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee, in a discussion about these new rules, including: 

•        Key Aspects of new Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program
•        Changes to the Joint Venture regulations
•        Status of other agency Mentor-Protégé Programs
•        Changes to the 8(a) Program
•        Changes to the HUBZone Program
Devon Hewitt, a partner at Protorae Law PLLC, has over 20 years’ experience in the field of government contracts, representing small, mid-tier and large government contractors. She advises clients on a wide range of government contracting issues including  FAR compliance; small business contracting programs; intellectual property and data rights; GSA Schedule; the Service Contract Act; noncompete, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements; subcontracts and teaming arrangements; joint ventures; FOIA; due diligence and novations; contract claims; codes of ethics and business conduct; mandatory and voluntary disclosures; suspension and debarment; terminations; and government audits and investigations.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Executive Briefing: FY '17 GovCon Trends, Outlook and Major IT Opportunities
McLean Hilton  7:30 - 10:00 am

Gaining certainty in uncertain political times: FY17 GovCon legislative outlook, trends and forecasts and overview of major IT procurement opportunities for small business.
Join SECAF and the thought leaders from leading, innovative companies in analytics and real-time information delivery for Government Contracting professionals to learn effects of changing political landscape on rules and regulations, contracting outlook and major business opportunities in the IT arena for small businesses. This event will equip you with the information and tools you need to make informative strategic decisions and position your company for growth in FY17.
  • How will the winners in the 2016 elections impact the business of government contractors?
  • What legislation is pending on the Hill that will affect small business, and what is the likely movement on it?
  • What are the emerging trends in contracting processes and contract vehicles?
  • What are the critical contract vehicles to consider in FY2017?

Moderator:    Joe Golden, Principal and Senior Managing Director, The McLean Group

  • Robert Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst at Bloomberg Government
  • Nate Nash, CEO of GovTribe
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Webinar: SBA Final Rule NDAA of 2013
Presented By:  Devon Hewitt, Protorae Law

SBA has issued its long-awaited, final rules implementing the statutory changes enacted by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2013.

Topics to be covered include new regulations addressing:
  • Limitations on subcontracting and “similarly situated entities”
  • Affiliation rules
  • Nonmanufacturer rule
  • Joint Ventures
  • Recertification
  • Calculation of Annual Receipts

Presented by:  Devon Hewitt, Partner, Protorae Law and SECAF Board Member will provide this Legislative & Regulatory update

SECAF Members - For the slide presentation and recorded webinar, login and click on For Members Only tab, Past Event Presentations
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Member Forum: Strategic Business Development
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA  7:30 - 10:00 am

What does it take to compete in today’s Federal procurement environment and what’s the best way to align your business development efforts? Most small businesses don’t have the luxury of large business development shops to search out opportunities, work capture, and write winning proposals.   Learn what are the best strategies that small and emerging businesses can deploy to compete in today’s procurement environment.

Our panel of business development experts will discuss:
  • Approaches to making informed bid/no-bid decisions
  • Strategies around organizing your business development function/team
  • Trends in business development functions
  • Aligning business development with your business goals and capabilities
  • How to best navigate the federal marketplace and position your company
  • Winning proposal and business development strategies
Moderator: Joseph Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, FedBid, Inc.

Mickey Jones, Partner, Evermay Consulting Group
Scott Shaul, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Services, Savi
Jeffrey Shen, Vice President and General Manager, Red Team Consulting

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Spring Social for SECAF Members
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate another successful SECAF year.

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Spring Social for SECAF Members. 

Enjoy the opportunity to network and optimize your membership:
  • Do you know about everything SECAF has to offer?
  • Find out how you can get more from your membership by getting involved.
  • Do you know about SECAF's Contractor Advice Forums known as "CAF"?
  • Mingle with fellow SECAF members and Board members.
  • Learn about SECAF committees and which one might benefit from your expertise.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only

Chantilly, VA    5:30 - 7:30 pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Executive Briefing: SBA and Large Gov Cons–Learn How Your Businesses Can Engage!
Gannett/Tegna McLean, VA  7:30 - 10:00 am

Ralph Buchanan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will moderate a panel of Small Business Liaisons from some of the area’s most prominent large government contractors: BAE Systems; Northrop Grumman; CACI NSS, Inc.  Come learn how small and large businesses working together can be mutually beneficial.  This panel will engage in open communication and help connect these large businesses with SECAF members who can offer innovative solutions.
Each company will provide information about its small business goals and areas of interest for future endeavors, revealing opportunities to establish new connections as well as enhance existing ones.  Before and after the panel discussion, there will be ample time for networking among members, guests and the speakers.

Moderator: Ralph Buchanan, US Small Business Administration (SBA), Senior Economic Development Specialist

  • Diane G. Dempsey:  BAE Systems, Intelligence & Security, Director, Socio Economic Business Programs
  • Wayne Pizer:  CACI NSS, Inc., Director of Small Business
  • Carla Undurraga:  Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Technology Services Sector, Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO)

Thursday, May 12, 2016
8th Annual Government Contractor Awards Gala

Hilton McLean  McLean, Virginia  6:00 - 9:00 pm

The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum’s (SECAF) 8th Annual Government Contractor Awards honor small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Member Forum: Labor Regulations Every Government Contractor Must Know
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA  7:30 - 10:00am

New labor regulations have drastically changed the way every government contractor has to do business. The new Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulations require disclosure of labor violations during the bidding process and prohibit arbitration of certain employment disputes. The new minimum wage regulations require that contractors pay certain employees (whether they are working on a federal contract or not) higher wages. Other regulations require that contractors attempt to hire veterans and the disabled and that offers of employment be given to an existing workforce when a contractor takes over a new contract, and even change how overtime is treated. Importantly, none of these regulations exempt small businesses. 

Our distinguished panel will provide an overview of these new requirements and practical information to help small businesses navigate them successfully.

Moderator:  Devon Hewitt, Partner, Protorae Law PLLC
  • Tim Helm, Former Chief, US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
  • Roger Jordan, Professional Services Council (PSC), Vice President, Government Relations 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Executive Briefing:  What You Should Know About Doing Business with the Department of Veterans Affairs!

Tegna/Gannett  McLean, VA  7:30 - 10:00am

Join SECAF and key leaders from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to gain insight on how the VA operates in today’s changing climate. Learn how your organization can get an extra edge in order to interact with the VA and procure future opportunities. This event will be an open discussion followed by a Q & A session to help you discover: 
  • Why you, as a small business, should consider opportunities with the VA and how you can provide innovations, services and support for its incredible mission.
  • The re-organization strategy the VA is currently undertaking to provide opportunities to small and emerging businesses in an effort to make it a better and more efficient operation.
  • The Who, What and How the VA procures its vast array of services, including the intricacies of the buying organizations, their locations, and how to connect and communicate your capabilities and learn of new opportunities.
Moderator:  Curt Anderson, Director of Strategic Alliances, CSSI, Inc.

  • Chanel Bankston-Carter:  Director of Strategic Outreach, OSDBU, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Regina McGlinn-McGregor:  Customer Liaison and Small Business Program Manager, Office of Acquisition Operations, Strategic Acquisition Center, Department of Veterans Affairs  

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Networking Event for Government Contractor Members Only
Bethesda, MD  5:30 - 7:30pm

You are invited to come get to know your fellow

SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you?  Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring your capabilities statement.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Webinar:  Leveraging Outside Advisors for your Company's Strategic Growth and Development

Presented By:  Jack Hughes, Principal and Founder of PHOENIX Financial and Advisory Services, LLC and Principal Partner with Altus Associates

This SECAF webinar will explore the various tactics that small businesses can use to obtain expert advice necessary to build successful companies.  Often, small companies simply don't have the resources to hire the expertise that they need. Outside advisors can be invaluable in helping companies execute on their growth strategies. Join us for a discussion about how to utilize consultants for expert advice in specific areas such as business development, strategic planning, financing and merger/acquisition planning.  Find out how to assemble a formal Advisory Board that can provide routine and continuous advice on a variety of business issues and opportunities.  SECAF members can always take advantage of SECAF's Contractor Advice Forum (CAF) which has been established to provide SECAF members with the expert advice they need at no extra cost.  In addition, SECAF provides a forum called SECAF Chat, an online “list serve” for SECAF members.  Members may use SECAF Chat to connect with fellow SECAF members, ask a question or share an idea about anything related to your business or just take a look to see what SECAF members are talking about.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Member Forum: Strategic Differentiation - Keys to Success in the Changing GovCon Environment
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA  7:30 - 10:00am

Learn valuable tips from successful Government Contractors on how to strategically differentiate and distinguish your business to successfully compete in the new world of contracts.  Fish do not jump in the boat – what should be on your small business strategic checklist?  CMMI? Socio-Economic designations? DCAA audit? ISO?  Come hear SECAF company leaders who have executed on strategic decisions to position themselves to successfully compete in this complex marketplace and hear their lessons learned so you accelerate your corporate growth.
  • Corporate certifications as differentiators
    • Government provided certifications (e.g., Facility security clearance, DCAA audit) – how to get things moving
    • Commercial certifications ( e.g., CMMI, ISO) – how to assess cost vs. value
  • Resources/legislation for small businesses
    • FAR
    • National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) actions
  • How to leverage small business status (socioeconomic designations, differentiators, etc.)
  • Considerations for building relationships with both small and large companies
    • Asset-based Thinking (Lemons vs. Lemonade)


Moderator:  Jack McGuinness, Managing Partner, Relationship Impact

  • Darryl Britt, President and Founder, Apprio
  • Ben Edson, Founder and CEO of VariQ
  • William Jaffe, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President/General Manager for TAPE


Thursday, December 10, 2015

SECAF Holiday Party - Members Only
Gannett/Tegna Building  McLean, VA
6:00 - 8:00pm

Join us to celebrate the season!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Executive Briefing: A View of GSA’s IT 70 Leading the Way in 2016 – Understanding how to use your schedule in a changing environment with fewer opportunities and steeper competition.
Gannett/Tegna  McLean, VA
7:30 - 10:00am

GSA’s schedule leadership provided an in-depth conversation regarding the upcoming changes and directions for IT 70, category management, and other considerations that industry requires knowledge in their pursuit of business opportunities and the changing landscape. This interactive discussion allowed GSA to hear industry's reactions to the changes and learn of areas that should be considered to make this successful for both GSA and industry.
  • Are you aware of the changes happening to the GSA Schedule 70?
  • How do you keep your IT Schedule 70 viable in this changing market?
  • Learn about how GSA is structuring the Schedule – i.e. Cloud SIN, lead time needed for modifications and acquiring the schedule, and benefits of using the Schedule (BPAs, etc.) 
  • Hear what the IT Schedule 70 Program is saying about Category Management and what industry needs to be aware of regarding this new Government direction. 
  • Interact with IT Schedule 70 personnel and gain an understanding of how to use your schedule in a changing environment with fewer opportunities and steeper competition.
Moderator:  Kimberly Pack,Wolf Den Associates, LLC, Vice President, Senior Capture and Proposal Leadership 
  • Willie Mills, GSA, Director IT Market Development Division (QTFBB)
  • Giovanni Onwuchekwa, GSA, Branch Chief, Programs and Analysis Office of IT Schedule Programs
Sponsor:  Fairfax County Economic Development

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Webinar: Key Value Drivers for Gov Cons

  • The most important value drivers – both qualitative and quantitative -  that all Gov Cons should know about
  • Some of the less obvious elements that you may not have considered that can be valuable for smaller companies to be aware of
  • How to avoid issues that may limit exit alternatives down the road 
  • Financing options for small to mid-size contractors that wish to grow by acquisition
  • When and how do you start positioning your company for an exit


Speaker:  Cameron Hamilton, The McLean Group

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Networking Reception for Government Contractor Members Only
Tyson Corner  
5:30 - 7:30pm


You are invited to come get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor Members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be a teaming opportunity?
  • Can they help you?
  • Can you help them?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
  • Bring you capabilities statement.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Executive Briefing: Preparing for Change-A Preview of Contracting Trends in Fiscal Year 2016
Gannett Building  McLean, VA
7:30 - 10:00am


  • What are the prospects for the 2016 Budget? Will we see another… Shutdown, Continuing Resolution, Ryan-Murray 2, Grand Bargain, or something else?
  • How will the winners in the 2016 elections impact the business of government contractors?
  • What are the prospects for Acquisition Reform? What does it mean for industry?
  • What are the emerging trends in contract vehicles – including consolidation, on/off ramps, small business set-asides, competition levels and unrestricted/small business pool structures?
  • What are the critical contract vehicles to monitor in FY2016 and FY2017?
  • How will the trends in contract vehicles reshape the industry, including the sudden and rapid growth of mega-small businesses?

Moderator:   Kevin Robbins - Founder, BlueDelta Capital Partners and Founder and Managing Partner, Wolf Den Associates

Brian Friel - Bloomberg Government, Senior Government Contracts Analyst
Rob Levinson - Bloomberg Government, Senior Defense Policy Analyst

SECAF Sponsor:  John Marshall Bank

June 17, 2015
Member Forum: Teaming Agreements - A Strategic Asset for Corporate Growtth
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA

7:30 - 10:00am

A panel of experts focused on the use of teaming arrangements with other businesses (teaming agreements, subcontracts, and joint ventures) to position your company for greater success and possible sale.  The discussion included the benefits of such arrangements, potential pitfalls and their limitations (for instance if a company is reliant on such arrangements because of a set-aside status).

Moderator:  Gene Schleppenbach, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge 


  • Ryan Bradel, Associate, Greenberg Traurig
  • Darryl Britt, President and Founder, Apprio
  • Cameron Hamilton, Principal, The McLean Group
  • Susan Hawkins, Vice President, Business Strategy, L-3 National Security Solutions

EVENT SPONSOR:  Greenberg Traurig


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SECAF Spring Social
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Members Only

Celebrate with SECAF!

Spring Social Sponsors:  Federal National Commercial Credit and INDUS Corporation

An opportunity to network and optimize your membership:

  • Do you know about everything SECAF has to offer?
  • Find out how you can get more from your membership by getting involved.
  • Do you know about SECAF's contractor advice forum?
  • Mingle with fellow SECAF members and Board members.
  • Learn about SECAF committees and which one might benefit from your expertise.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 Networking Reception for Government Contractor Members
City Club of Washington, DC
5:30 - 7:30pm

For SECAF Government Contractor Members Only
Get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
SECAF Executive Briefing: Let SBA Help You Get SMART on SECAF's Large Business Members
Gannett  McLean, VA
7:30 -10:00am

Representatives from the Small Business Administration and three of SECAF's Large Business Members - BAE Systems, L-3 National Security Solutions, and Northrop Grumman - engaged in a lively discussion about how large businesses can benefit from small businesses.

What do SBA, Northrop Grumman, L-3 National Security Solutions and BAE Systems all have in common?  They want YOU, the small businesses with powerful ideas, conviction, and heart!  If that describes your business, then don't miss the event!  These SECAF Large Business members and the SBA will share their critical needs, pathways to success, and secret tips!

From the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office
  • Antonio Doss, District Director
  • Ralph Buchanan, Senior Economic Development Specialist 
From BAE Systems
  • Susan King, BAE Systems, Electronic Systems Sector, Director of Supplier Diversity Programs
From L-3 National Security Solutions
  • Chemise Smith, Small Business Liaison Officer, L-3 National Security Solutions
  • Wayne Pizer, Vice-President, Small Business Programs, L-3 National Security Solutions
From Northrop Grumman
  • Cary Havert, Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development, Health Division Northrop Grumman
  • Lynn Livengood, Sector Manager, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Sector, Global Supplier Diversity Program

Event Sponsors: The McLean Group and Pleasant Valley Business Solutions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
ebinar: Indirect Rates - From Strategy to Transformation

Presented By:

Fran Craig, CEO and Founder, Unanet
Dave Johnson, Principal Product Manager, Unanet
Nicole Mitchell, Partner-Government Contractor Services, Aronson LLC

  • Understand Basic Indirect Calculations
  • Learn How To Develop Competitive Rates
  • Use Insight Gained From Business Analytics

Sponsored by:  Unanet


Thursday, May 7, 2015

The 7th Annual SECAF Awards Gala
Hilton McLean  6:00 - 9:00pm

The SECAF Awards Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that support and rely upon small business.  Award winners will be chosen by an independent judges committee and announced at the Awards Gala in the following categories:

  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year: under $6 million revenue
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year: $6 to $12 million revenues
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year: $12 to $25 million revenues
  • SECAF Award of Excellence: under $25 million revenues (SECAF Members ONLY)
  • SECAF Small Business Partner of the Year
  • SECAF Government Project of the Year (SECAF Members ONLY)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Member Forum: Competitive Pricing - Living with LPTAs
Tower Club  Vienna, VA
7:30 -10:00am

  • Price to Win!  Sales/marketing focus versus the accountants
  • How to set up pricing
  • Risks and rewards versus challenges and opportunities
  • Dealing with the realities


Mark Burroughs, CPA - Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Partner, Government Contract Advisory

Bill Walter, CPA - Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Partner, Government Contracting

EVENT SPONSOR:  Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
SECAF Webinar: Legislative and Regulatory Update for Small Businesses
Presented by:  Devon Elizabeth Hewitt, Partner, Protorae Law

Discussion of some significant proposed rules and regulatory changes recently issued by the Small Business Administration, including:

  • A proposed rule to establish a Mentor-Protégé Program for all small businesses, including WOSBs, SDVOSBs, and HUBZone businesses, modeled on the current Section 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program
  • A proposed rule to change the performance of work requirements set out in the FAR’s Limitations on Subcontracting clause
  • Proposed changes to small business joint venture rules
  • Proposed changes to the non-manufacturer rule
  • Changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Program
Also discussed - the small business provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2015 and what’s likely to be on Congress’ radar this year.
Sponsored By:  Protorae Law


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Networking Reception For Government Contractor Members Only
Chef Geoff's Tysons  
5:30 -7:30pm

Get to know your fellow SECAF Government Contractor members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them?
  • Bring your capabilities statement!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  SECAF Webinar

Webinar: Attracting and Retaining the Right Talent for Your Federal Contracting Workforce
Presented by:
  • Kathy Albarado, SPHR, President & CEO, Helios HR
  • Amy Stark, Practice Director, Talent Acquisition, Helios HR
  • Amy Gulati, GPHR, SPHR & SPHR-CA, HR Business Partner, Helios HR
It is widely recognized that the government contracting workforce of today faces significant challenges. With many of our most experienced and highly skilled senior leaders nearing retirement over the next decade and the LPTA demands for low-priced labor categories, attracting, growing and retaining high performers is becoming a serious dilemma. We all know that the best employees have options. So, how will you get ahead? How will you maintain the skills, experience, productivity and quality necessary to accomplish both your mission and your client’s?
This was an engaging webinar with the talent management experts at Helios HR. Participants learned strategies to help them attract, grow and retain top talent to give their businesses an advantage in a competitive environment.
Sponsored By:  Helios HR

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SECAF Executive Briefing: Get Smart on GSA's Schedule Consolidation Plans
Gannett Building McLean, VA
7:30 -10:00am

  • Do you hold a GSA contract?
  • Will your contract be consolidated with other GSA contracts?
  • How will that work?
  • What will the impact be?
  • When will this happen?

Moderator: Maureen Jamieson, Fed Nexus Law
Panelist: Geraldine Watson, GSA

Panelist: Hope Lane, Partner, Aronson LLC, Government Contract Services Group

Event Sponsor: Squire Patton Boggs

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Member Forum: Department of Labor Compliance Update:  What you need to know!
Tower Club Vienna, VA
7:30am - 10:00am

A panel of Federal compliance experts will discuss the latest Department of Labor regulatory and compliance issues which impact small and emerging contractors including the impact of:
  • New OFCCP regulations
  • New Executive Orders
  • New SCA enforcement and regulations
  • Recent enforcement of misclassification of 1099 vs. W-2 workers
Join us to learn more about new areas of enforcement as well as the latest on the changing compliance picture and how small and emerging contractors can prepare and ensure that they stay compliant.  

Moderator:  Kevin McCoy - General Counsel, C2 Portfolio, Incorporated

  • Devon Hewitt - Partner, Protorae Law
  • Tom Wells - District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Baltimore District Office
  • Mark Lara - District Director, US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Baltimore District Office
Event Sponsor:   C2 Essentials

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SECAF Holiday Party
The Tower Club  Vienna, VA
6:00 - 8:00pm

For SECAF Members Only

Holiday Party Sponsor:  InCadence Strategic Solutions
Collected Winter Coats For Those in Need!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
SECAF Executive Briefing: Get SMART* on Today's SBA-How SBA is Working for Small and Emerging Businesses
*SMART - Sensibly Mindful About Recent Transactions
Gannett  McLean, VA
7:30 - 10:00am

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been making news of late with several pending actions and directions that have immediate impact on the small and emerging contractor community.  Come hear SBA leaders share the direction of regulatory, policy, standards and certification trends under consideration and the time frame for review and adoption. This event will provide a powerful, relevant and interactive exchnage between leadership from the SBA and the SECAF community to enable members to grow their companies.

Moderator:  Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Regional Administrator - U.S. Small Business Administration, Region III

  • Mehul Sanghani, Founder and President of Octo Consulting Group
  • Anthony Ruiz, Assistance District Director/8(a) Business Development Program, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Maria Kersey,  Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SECAF Matchmaking and Networking Session with Northrop Grumman Information Systems
Northrop Grumman McLean, VA
8:30am until 11:00am 

Networking and matchmaking with key contacts from Northrop Grumman Information Systems sector who are looking to fulfill subcontracting requirements.  Decision makers will be available to discuss how your company can help meet their needs.  Representatives from Northrop Grumman's Global Supplier Diversity Program Office will be on hand to help you get connected.  

Event Sponsor:   Northrop Grumman, SECAF Large Business Member

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Member Forum: Legal, Regulatory and Market Trends Affecting Gorwing Contractors - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You!
The Tower Club Vienna, VA

  • Forecasting the 2015 Capital and Regulatory Climate and Trends - What Emerging Contractors Need to Know!
  • Counterfeit Parts - The New Rules Every Prime and Sub Needs to Know
  • Government Contractor Compliance - Current Issues and Trends
  • Calculating the Limitation on Subcontracting - Status of the Small Business Administration's ("SBA") implementation of Section 1651 and 1652 of the Department of Defense's ("DoD") National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") for Fiscal Year ("FY") 2013
  • Developments in Open Systems Architecture at DoD - Key Take-Aways from GAO Report GAO-14-617R, “Defense Acquisitions: Review of Private Industry and Department of Defense Open Systems Experiences,” June 26, 2014
  • Recent Protest Decisions Every Contractor Should Appreciate
Andrew Sherman - JonesDay Partner and SECAF Co-Founder and Board Member
Fernand A Lavallee - JonesDay Partner
Grant Willis - JonesDay Partner

Event Sponsor:   Jones Day


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Executive Briefing: Fiscal 2015 - Are You Looking at the 
Right Business Opportunities?
Gannett Building McLean, VA

Looking toward fiscal year 2015, SECAF will have an open discussion with suggestions where small and emerging businesses should consider putting their Business Development budget dollars (and what areas should they avoid) based on the hot trends of government spending. Come join us to hear from some visionary leaders knowledgeable about the government funding and spending trends for the coming year.  Some topic areas to be discussed will be:

  • What are the top government opportunities in the under 25M dollar range?
  • What are the top government organizations that have the largest IT budget for 2015?
  • Who are the top small and emerging businesses in the federal marketplace?

Moderator: Christopher J. Dorobek - Founder, editor and publisher, GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER


  • Robert Levinson - Senior Defense Analyst with Bloomberg Government
  • Nate Nash - Chief Executive Officer at GovTribe
  • Carey Webster- Director, Federal Information Services at Deltek

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Webinar: Legislative and Regulatory Developments Affecting Small Businesses

Jack Hughes, Treasurer of SECAF and Principal and Founder of PHEONIX Financial and Advisory Services, LLC, and Devon Hewitt, a Member of SECAF’s Board of Directors and Chair of SECAF’s Legislative & Regulatory Committee and Partner at Protorae Law.
  • Efforts to increase the government-wide small business contracting and subcontracting goals
  • Extension of the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program to all small businesses
  • Changes in the Limitations on Subcontracting clause
  • Transfer of SDVOSB verification from the Center for Veterans Enterprise (VA) to SBA
  • SBA’s WOSB Program and Sole Source Contracts

Webinar Sponsor:  Protorae Law

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spring Social and Member Orientation
Gannett Building McLean, VA

5:30 - 6:15 pm Member Orientation
6:00 - 8:00 pm Social

In celebration of another successful SECAF year, you are cordially invited to attend the annual Members Only SECAF Spring Social.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Webinar: Achiving Small Business Growth During Challenging Times

Presented by Greg Baroni, Chairman and CEO, Attain, LLC
  • How do you grow your small business during challenging times?
  • What works and what doesn't?
  • How do you win your fair share of business by spending your precious little resources on the right oppportunities at the right time?
Webinar Sponsor:  Unanet

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gannett Building McLean, VA
Executve Briefing: DHS-ICE Update with Phil Letowt

Speaker:  Philip J Letowt, Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Event Sponsor:  JAMIS Software Corporation
Thursday, May 1, 2014

McLean Hilton
2014 Sixth Annual Goverment Contractor Awards Gala

The Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that support and rely upon small business.  For a list of 2014 award wiinners, please click here.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Other Barn Columbia,  MD 

SECAF and Fort Meade BASE Business Initiative (BBI) SECAF and BBI Partners for networking and a procurement discussion with Fort Meade Defense and Intelligence Agencies and Prime Contractors.  Representatives from Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics as well as governmental representatives from the Defense and Intelligence Community discuss the procurement process and small business environment within the Fort Meade region.


Lockheed Martin Corporation - Deon Viergutz, Dorector of Operations
NSA, Office of Small Business Programs - Grant Gursky, Outreach Advocate
General Dynamics Information Technology, Intelligence Programs - Dave Dobbs, NSA Business Operations Director

The BASE Business Initiative (BBI) helps business to navigate the complex defense contracting environment.  The BBI team works with more than 2,500 partner companies through outreach and networking, to help position business to support critical defense missions, with a focus on Ft. Meade.  The BBI tenets are transparency – support – connect.

Event Sponsors:  The McLean Group and John Marshall Bank

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Educational Forum: Strategic Cost Estimating – Understanding Your Costs to be More Realistic and Competitive in Today’s Market
The Tower Club Vienna, VA

Speaker:  Bill Walter, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Event Sponsor:    Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Executive Briefing: Insights and Opportunity – The CIO Transformation at HUD
Gannett Building McLean, VA

Speaker:  Tarrazzia Martin, Senior Technical Advisor to the CIO Transformation, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Insights for small and emerging businesses wishing to pursue business with HUD and also strategic directions the organization is heading in light of budget challenges, sequestration, debt ceiling and other factors affecting business opportunities at the Department.

Event Sponsor:  C2 Essentials

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Webinar:  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Small and Emerging Government Contractors

Presented by Cindy Castillo, CEO of CSS I Inc.
What makes contractors successful in challenging times.
•    How government contractors can overcome obstacles in today's market.
•    How independence, interdependence and continuous improvement are vital to your business' health.

Webinar Sponsor: INDUS

Webinar Host: Unanet


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Educational Forum: 
Government Contracts: Opportunities and Obstacles -  
Presentation by Jones Day partners Grant Willis and Andrew Sherman addressing the rewards and risks associated with federal government contracting, practical considerations in dealing with federal agency customers, and current trends and issues.

Event Sponsor:    Jones Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gannett Building

Executive Briefing: Creative Insights for Success from Former Federal CIOs - A Conversation with Small and Emerging Businesses


Nitin Pradhan - GOVonomy, former CIO at DOT
Vance Hitch -  Deloitte, Former CIO at DOJ
Chris Niedermayer - BRMi, Former Deputy CIO at HUD
Moderator - Roger Jordan of PSC Group

The role of the government contractor is changing as is the target of engaging our federal counterparts in pursuit of opportunity.  On January 16th, SECAF will host 3 former CIO level leaders joining us to discuss how small and emerging businesses can learn potential new strategies to pursue business with the federal government.  Coming from the other side of the table into industry, these individuals bring years of federal service experience and are coming to SECAF to share their wisdom, experience, and some new insight on how our membership can achieve success in this challenging, lowest price, highly competitive marketplace.

Event Sponsor - Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

December 15, 2011

SECAF Holiday Party (Members Only)

Please join us again this year to celebrate our successes and look forward to a new year of progress and opportunity.

December 6, 2011

SECAF Education Forum: Indirect Rates for Government Contractors

At this session Paul Roche will discuss his experience in designing indirect pool structures for success in the marketplace and with comforting Government auditors.  Specifically, Paul will answer from his experience questions such as:

  • How does the rate process/cycle work?
  • How many overhead pools should I have?
  • What should my indirect rates be?
  • What is a “wrap” rate and what should it be? 
  • When, how, and why should I implement a Subcontractor & Material Handling rate?
  • How do I set rates for more than one year?
  • When would I set up forward pricing rates?

Please come prepared with questions.

November 10, 2011

Executive Briefing: Programs and Resources at OPM and DOC

Participants will hear from the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Commerce's CommerceConnect.

Who should attend: Business owners who want to learn about resources for advancing their business.

Featuring: Matthew Falls, Department of Commerce's CommerceConnect and Dana Taylor, Deputy Director, Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization & Policy, Office of Personnel Management

Event Sponsor: Argy

October 4, 2011

Executive Briefing: On & Off Ramps in Government Contracting

With more and more agencies looking to use in-place contracts for IT project tasking, getting the opportunity to do business can be a daunting process. Bill Walter, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, will present the process and identify key contracts small businesses should be tracking. IDIQs, BPAs and to-be-awarded contracts will be discussed at this must attend session.

September 8, 2011

Executive Briefing: Opportunity Landscape for Government

SECAF presents a powerful panel discussion for the government contracting community. Participants will learn from the region's top analysts about what they think the coming year holds for government contractors.

Who should attend: Business owners who want to learn where the opportunities are and how to engage them.

Featuring: Paul Murphy, Bloomberg and Kevin Plexico, Deltek Input
Moderator: Fran Craig, CEO, Unanet Technologies

June 8, 2011

Optimizing SECAF Membership  & Member Appreciation Social (Members Only)


Topics include:

  • Connect with SECAF Board members in a more intimate setting.
  • Learn which committee may best address your needs.
  • Hear how other members have grown their business as a direct result of their SECAF membership.

June 7, 2011

Member Forum:  Business Systems Made Easy (Members Only)

The session will discuss the ever-increasing importance of business systems in the Federal marketplace.  Formerly only cost reimbursement contracts and large contractors needed to ensure business systems that satisfy the requirements of the DCAA audit.  Today, the smallest contractor can be easily omitted from the competitive range or face a tremendous squeeze on cash flow if they fail to understand and ensure that their business systems are adequate for Government contracting.

The expert panel will discuss:

  • Contract type risks and how they impact business system requirements
  • What a business system is – and what a business system is not supposed to be
  • The current status of the draft DoD business system rule and how this may impact future contract awards and subsequent performance
  • Recent activities of DCAA and DCMA regarding responsibility for adequacy determinations
  • How to use your business system as an effective tool to help you run your business rather than simply letting Federal oversight “run your business”

The session will provide an opportunity for Q&A with the audience.

May 23, 2011

Member Forum:  Key Legal and Strategic Issues for Growing Contractors (Members Only)

The panel will cover several key growth challenges facing today's growing contractor, including formulating effective growth strategy and current trends in government contracts law and a special opening “state of the market” introduction. This program will be led by Jones Day partners Andrew J. Sherman (SECAF co-founder and Board member) and Grant Willis.

May 12, 2011

Executive Briefing: Counterintelligence for American Business

This panel features Laurie A. Schive, Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) and Mischel Kwon, President, Mischel Kwon Associates.

In today's wired and global world, foreign intelligence services, criminals and private sector spies are increasingly focused on American companies.  Their efforts compromise intellectual property, trade secrets and technological developments that are the key to both our national security and long-term economic prosperity.

April 12, 2011

Demystifying Earned Value for Government Contractors (Members Only)

The session will discuss the increasing importance of Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) to government contractors. Formerly the realm or the largest DoD projects, EVMS is becoming a common requirement on smaller contracts for both Civilian and Defense Agencies.

The expert panel will discuss:

  • What contractors need to know about EVMS, how to respond to RFPs, and how to comply with contract requirements
  • When EVMS is appropriate to service type contracts
  • Earned Value – not just as a Federal contract requirement, but as a capability for your organization
  • New directions in Civilian Agencies such as Agile Development and EVM

The session will provide an opportunity for Q&A with the audience.

March 24, 2011

Executive Briefing: New from the SBA

This is a dynamic and informative SECAF event featuring a panel discussion by experts from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Presenters include:  Bridget Bean, District Director, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office and David Loines, Area Director, Office of Government Contracting

What you will learn:

  • Update on the Women-Owned Small Business Contract Program
  • Update on the Small Business Jobs Act
  • Resources available to the small business owner through SBA

March 8, 2011

Educational Forum: Secrets of Success - Understanding Value Drivers in a Government Contractor

You will learn to focus on the metrics and value drivers that are important to be thinking about and tracking as you grow and plan long-term.

February 10, 2011

Doing Business with the Intelligence Community: What You Need to Know for 2011

Who should attend: Business owners who want to learn about doing business in the Intelligence Community.

What you will learn:

  • How to utilize outreach programs
  • How to receive the necessary clearances to engage in classified discussions
  • How to market your business to agencies

January 13, 2011

Executive Briefing: SBIR - What You Need to Know from the Experts

At this panel presentation you will hear from experts from DARPA, USDA and the CIT.

Who should attend: Business owners who want to learn about the SBIR programs and how they can position their business to participate.

Presenters include:  Robert Brooke, Director of Federal Funding Programs at the Center for Innovative Technology, who will provide an overview of the program and describe the assistance CIT provides to Virginia based firms; Susan Nichols, SBIR/STTR Program Manager at DARPA, who will discuss DARPA’s programs and specific opportunities available; and Charles Cleland, PhD, National Program Leader, Division of Environmental Systems, USDA, who will talk about the portfolio of applied research and development projects supported by the SBIR program.