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Coast Guard Industry Academy

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) announces the creation of the Coast Guard Industry Academy. The Coast Guard Industry Academy is an unprecedented, in-depth program designed to strengthen Industry collaboration and knowledge of the Coast Guard mission.

The program consists of quarterly sessions over a one-year period, which are: the opening session at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, three sessions at selected Coast Guard facilities along the East and West Coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the concluding session at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.
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Congratulations to Allison Fish!

Allison Fish Congrats to Allison Fish on the Charles R. Sitter Scholarship at GWU!

Our intern, Allison Fish has been awarded the Charles R. Sitter Scholarship for one (1) outstanding Senior at George Washington University. For those of you who know Allison, this is no surprise. She has a 3.85 GPA, will graduate at the age of 20 in a three year condensed time period, serves as a Residential Advisor, works with us, and is on too many groups and boards to count. We reached out to GWork for an intern and downselected from 20 applicants to 7 for interviews. Allison rose so clearly to the top. She’s been instrumental in everything from the Israel Trade Delegation trip, monthly luncheons, the Border Patrol Industry Academy final dinner, the BPF 10K, to memberships. She’s off to Lecce, Italy to study for the summer and will be back with us for her Senior Year at GWU and as long as we can convince her to stay.

Kudos, Allison!

Congratulations to our 2017 Fed 100 winners!

WHSR would like to recognize the members of the Department of Homeland Security as well as those from our member firms who have been acknowledged as the 2017 Fed 100. Please join us in congratulating the following government and industry leaders:

DHS and Former DHS Executives

Donna S. Bennett
Chief Information Security Officer,
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security

Peter Fitzhugh
Deputy Special Agent in Charge,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security

Chip Fulghum
Deputy Under Secretary for Management
and Chief Financial Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Gregory L. Giddens
Chief Acquisition Officer and
Principal Executive Director,
Office of Acquisition, Logistics
and Construction
Department of Veterans Affairs

Matt Hartman
Deputy Program Manager, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation
Department of Homeland Security

Michael Hermus
Department of Homeland Security

Kosta Kalpos
Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity
Department of Homeland Security

Rob Karas
Director, National Cybersecurity
Assessments and Technical Services
Department of Homeland Security

Sridhar Kowdley
Program Manager, Office for Interoperability
and Compatibility, First Responders Group, Science and Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security

W. Douglas Maughan
Cyber Security Division, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
Department of Homeland Security

Luke McCormack
Former CIO
Department of Homeland Security

Jim McLaughlin
Executive Director, Targeting and Analysis Systems Programs Directorate,
Customs and Border Protection
Department of Homeland Security

Yemi B. Oshinnaiye
Division Chief, Enterprise Infrastructure Division, Citizen and Immigration Services 
Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Phyllis Schneck
Former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications,
National Protection and Programs

Directorate Department
of Homeland Security
Program Office Department
of Homeland Security

Harrison Smith
Deputy Chief Procurement Officer,
Internal Revenue Service
Department of Treasury

Jaclyn Smyth
Director, DHS Strategic Sourcing
Program Office
Department of Homeland Security

Preston Werntz
Senior Strategist for Analysis and Operations, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications
Department of Homeland Security
WHSR Member Executives

David Moskovitz
Chief Executive
Accenture Federal Services

Wendell Ocasio
Chief Medical Officer
Accenture Federal Services

Kate Pardo
Advisory Senior Consultant
Deloitte & Touche

Amy Rall
Group Vice President,
Homeland and Critical Infrastructure
Unisys Federal

Stacy Schwartz
Vice President - Public Safety
AT&T Global Public Sector Solutions

Greg Souchack
Partner, Managed Services and Cloud Solutions

Eric A. Stahlberg
Director, High Performance Computing Strategy
Leidos Biomedical Research

Congratulations to Kevin McAleenan!

Kevin McAleenan Congratulations to longtime WHSR friend, Kevin McAleenan, who has been nominated by President Trump to be the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Acting Commissioner McAleenan has served as Deputy Commissioner since 2014 and currently functions as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer and senior career official. Under his leadership, CBP has developed strategies to protect the Nation’s borders from terrorism and transnational criminal networks while also ensuring the flow of legal commerce and trade. In 2015, Acting Commissioner McAleenan received the Presidential Rank Award, which is the Nation’s highest civil service award.

Congratulations Acting Commissioner McAleenan!

Congratulations to Elaine Duke!

Elaine Duke WHSR is delighted to congratulate Elaine Duke on her appointment as Deputy Secretary of DHS. Elaine is a long term friend of the Roundtable and has worked closely with us. Elaine is a veteran of DHS, serving as Undersecretary for Management from 2008 – 2010, as well as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition at the TSA, where she oversaw the agency's post 9/11 acquisition program that federalized passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports. Most recently, Elaine acted as principal at Elaine Duke and Associates LLC, an acquisition and business consulting firm.

During her 30 year career with the Federal Government Elaine has received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the DHS Secretary's Medal, the Transportation Security Administration’s Silver Medal for Customer Service, the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Public Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard's Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Congratulations Elaine! Welcome back!

Congratulations Chief Ron Vitiello!

Ron Vitiello Congratulations to friend and champion of WHSR, Ron Vitiello, on his appointment as Chief of US Border Patrol, effective February 1, 2016.

Chief Vitiello has served USBP for 30 years, beginning his career in 1985 as a Border Patrol agent in Laredo, TX. He has held many leadership positions, from Supervisory Border Patrol Agent to Senior Associate Chief. He also served as Chief of the Rio Grande Valley Sector, which is one of largest and busiest Sectors in the country. Ron was named Deputy Chief in 2010 and Acting Chief from Dec. 1, 2015 until July 20, 2016 and most recently served as Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support, a position equivalent to that of Chief.

Please join WHSR in congratulating Chief Ron Vitiello. Congratulations Ron! Welcome home!

Congratulations to DHS Secretary John Kelly

John Kelly Congratulations to General John Kelly on his confirmation as the fifth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He was confirmed by an impressively bi-partisan vote of 88-11. Secretary Kelly brings to DHS his 40+ years of experience in the Marines as well as his knowledge and expertise as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council under former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Kelly most recently served as Commander of USSOUTHCOM, and has held senior command positions in Iraq and as the Senior Military Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense.

Congratulations Secretary Kelly!

Congratulations Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Chief of Staff

Kirstjen Nielsen WHSR congratulates Kirstjen Nielsen on her appointment as DHS Chief of Staff!

Kirstjen is a longtime friend of the Roundtable and is extremely well regarded in the Homeland Security community.

In his initial letter to DHS employees, Secretary John Kelly wrote: "With her extensive experience in homeland security, she understands the complexity of the various agencies and policies within the Department and the larger homeland security enterprise." She has previously served DHS as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Prevention, Preparedness and Response on the White House Homeland Security Council from 2003-2007 and as Director of the Office of Legislative Policy for TSA from 2002-2004.

Kirstjen is the founder and President of Sunesis Consulting, a security management consulting firm. She is the appointed Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience and serves as a civilian expert for NATO, advising on cybersecurity and the creation and use of public-private partnerships to address transglobal risks; a credentialed risk expert through RANE: the Risk Assistance Network + Exchange; a Member of the East West Institute's Breakthrough Group on Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Resilience; an Advisory Board Member for the State of Colorado's Cyber Institute; and a Safety and Security Advisory Board Member for the Center for Naval Analysis. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University.

Congratulations Kirstjen!

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Upcoming Events

WHSR Luncheon
Thursday September 28, 2017

Please join us for our next Roundtable session with Michael Dougherty, the DHS Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration and Trade Policy.



WHSR’s TSA Academy
October 18-20, 2017

We will participate in a day of TSA TSO training, and tremendous behind-the-scenes access to their philosophy and methods of training TSOs.




"The Border Patrol Industry Academy – 2015 is a truly extraordinary opportunity for industry to gain an in-depth insight into the many faces and responsibilities of the United States Border Patrol. The Border Patrol and Washington Homeland Security Roundtable have pulled out all the stops to make this initiative an overwhelming success. The quality and candidness of the speakers is outstanding. You come away with not only a better understanding of the difficulty and complexity involved in defending our Nation’s borders but also a deep appreciation for the professionalism, sacrifice and service that the men and women of the Border Patrol exhibit every day.

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable hits yet another homerun in organizing this exceptional series of Government/industry engagements."

Merv Leavitt
Vice President, SCRA
"WHSR is simply a class act. They make it a point to keep senior officials and executives engaged, collaborative, and pushing the curve just enough to help influence change. There is no better engagement with SES DHS officials than WHSR - and they just make you feel good too.

Right mission. Right approach. Right size. You should be here too."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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