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Chuck Michel named a 4-Star Admiral by USCG

WHSR extends enormous congratulations to great friend and supporter, Admiral Chuck Michel, on being named a 4-Star! This accomplishment marks the first time that USCG has given this honor to a Vice Commandant. Pictured below left to right: Admiral Charles Michel, Mrs. Michel, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft (Commandant). Congratulations, Admiral – Semper Paratus!

DHS chooses WHSR Partners for Reverse Industry Day Panelists

On May 26, DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, will hold a second Reverse Industry Day. The program is designed to bring Industry Executives in to share with members of the DHS Procurement Staff and to promote strong DHS and Industry engagement.

Jeffrey Goldberg, COO of tiag, served as the WHSR Member of the RID Development Committee. With DHS guidance, this Committee chose the following topics for the day:


Plenary Session I: Demystification of the Private Sector

Plenary Session II: How Industry Decides to Bid (or Not): Industry’s View of the Procurement Lifecycle

Breakout Session IA: How Industry Responds to Evaluation Criteria and Contract Type in Making a Bid Decision

Breakout Session IB: Factors Affecting Innovation and the Participation of Non-Traditional Vendors

Breakout Session IIA: Factors Affecting a Proposed Solution

Breakout Session IIB: Industry Pricing Models and Factors that Determine Bid Price

Marlin Edwards, of ManTech will present on Plenary Session II. Marlin is VP of Strategic Capture and Business Development, and oversees ManTech’s Intelligence Community $12B business opportunity pipeline. He served as an Air Force Systems Acquisition Contracting Officer and was one of the founding architects of the NRO Benchmark Acquisition Center of Excellence.

Suzanne Petrie Liscouski, VP of Federal Civilian Agencies for NCI, Inc. will also participate in Plenary Session II. Suzanne is a former DHS HQ employee, and has worked for small, mid-tier and large businesses as a focused DHS executive.

Frank Kenniasty, Lead Counsel of Motorola Solutions will present for Breakout Session IA. He is a former government Acquisition Officer, and now as Lead Counsel for Motorola Solutions, he will provide insight on how DHS may better leverage industry capabilities while complying with Federal Procurement Law.

Mark Bonatucci, Strategic Program Capture for FLIR Systems
is participating for WHSR in Breakout Session IIB. Mark has worked with many different federal agencies over a 30 year career. He has worked as a bench and systems engineer, and led the entire capture process for large, mid-tier and small firms.

Alan Mancinelli from E3 Federal was chosen to represent WHSR in a Security AIR/Acquisitions in Innovation Roundtable for DHS.

For the first DHS Reverse Industry Day in October, 2015, DHS used the DHS/Industry Procurement LifeCycle chart produced by our Innovations in Acquisitions working groups throughout the day.

We appreciate our WHSR partners!


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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.

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Vice President, Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
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Don Fenhagen
Associate Partner, IBM
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Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, Raytheon Company