For Immediate Release: September 15, 2017 WASHINGTON – Former DHS official Chris Cummiskey has been named as a Senior Advisor to the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. The Council’s Senior Advisors consist of a select group of experts, most of whom are former high-level public officials who possess unique expertise in the Homeland […]
Blue Canopy, CACI, E3 Federal Solutions, and SureID
Two leading homeland and national security experts, Rajesh De and Andrew Maner, have been selected as Senior Advisors to the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council.
Members of the Council representing large, mid-tier and small government contracting companies participated as guest speakers and moderators in the DHS Reverse Industry Day III.
Capgemini Government Solutions; Eagle Ray, Inc.; Flatter & Associates; Information Innovators Inc. (Triple-i); Reed Tech, A LexisNexis Company; and Schambach & Williams Consulting
Industry executives and government leaders gathered at the Council’s Annual Dinner featuring keynote remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson.
Building off of the inaugural survey which established a baseline examination of the Department of Homeland Security, this report shifts focus to a mission-centric assessment of the broader Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). The goal was to collect insights directly from leaders on those mission-focused programs and initiatives that work well, are not achieving their intended goals, or may warrant greater emphasis by the new administration.
The forum was led by 18 Council members and focused on providing TSA program managers and contracting officials with the industry perspective of doing business with the DHS. It provided insight into how industry makes decisions and mitigates risk throughout the acquisition process. The session also highlighted how information sharing and engagement earlier and throughout the acquisition process can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.
The Council and Grant Thornton LLP jointly unveiled an inaugural survey that kicks off a five-year 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise, at our Symposium & National Conversation. The survey, which serves as a baseline assessment of DHS management and operational issues, indicates the agency has made many improvements, but still faces challenges in the areas of management unification that impact mission accomplishment, as well as workforce recruitment, retention and succession planning.
Admiral James Loy was presented with the Council’s Lifetime Distinguished Service Award at its 10th Anniversary Annual Dinner at the Willard InterContinental. Admiral Loy spent 45 years in the public sector and served as the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Administrator of TSA, and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.