Washington Days Conference in Review
Much is required to produce and sponsor such an extensive event as Washington Days Conference and when it comes to Board of Directors our board is second to none. And together, we appreciate the encouraging remarks made recently by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (La), Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Representative Sam Graves (Mo-6), Chair, U.S. House Small Business Committee on behalf of the Federal Allies Institute and our event held in Washington, D.C. We appreciate Dr. Winslow Sargeant and his staff at U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy for their strong support of the Federal Allies Institute.
Thank you for your support to the many federal agencies, military, and House and Senate staff that understand the opportunity to help their constituents back home by leveraging their relationships at Federal Allies Institute. This includes freshmen Members of Congress, such as Representative Jim Bridenstine (Ok -1) and Representative Markwayne Mullin (Ok -2) both active with the national office and Oklahoma Chapter of Federal Allies Institute. Although mainly a two-day conference, preparation and meetings with businesses and with the Congress and their staffs continue year round as part of a comprehensive Federal Allies business development and government relations programs.
We thank Orysia D. Buchan, Sidney L. Clay, and Robyn H. Snyder all of Lockheed Martin and John F. Long of Northrop Grumman Information Technology. And we thank all of our registrants and new members for placing their trust in the Federal Allies Institute federal contracting community. Our strategy to enable business development opportunities via the establishment of long-term relationships initiated at our relaxed conference environment works. Fort Belvoir’s Defense Logistic Agency’s Small Business Representative Amy Sajda, Howard County Md’s Base Business Initiative (Fort Meade area) Raj Kudchadkar and U.S. AID’s Daisy Matthews and others worked very hard on behalf of small business at this Federal Allies conference.
Washington Days Conference contained the Federal Allies Institute’s fourth recent event on the National Defense Authorization Act and Mentor Protégé and among many featured Emily Webster Murphy. In the 112th Congress, Ms. Murphy was the primary author of the small business contracting reforms in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which became Public Law 112-239 on January 2, 2013.
The conference launched the Federal Allies Institute’s affordable Corporate Ethics Certification program for small businesses. Federal Allies Institute lauds The Washington Post and many universities that encouraged applicants to register for full and partial conference scholarships. This is a method employed by Federal Allies Institute to encourage new entry-level participants into the world of federal contracting and federal contracting best practices.
All combined Federal Allies Institute and its Washington Days Conference offerings revolve around the three major tenants of the association: Business Development Allies, Federal Government Allies, and Back-Office Allies.
Congress came back in session during Washington Days Conference 2013, meetings in Austin, Texas were announced by FAI’s Texas Chapter Chair, and an Outstanding Service Award was presented to the Executive Director. Plus certificates of achievement were presented to graduates of the Federal Allies Institute Mentor Protégé and Washington Representative programs held during the conference. The Federal Allies Institute Reception at the National Press Club and Fort Myer Officers’ Club luncheon helped to announce the Corporate Ethics Certification program, 2013 Washington Days Conference Program Guide and scholarship recipients.
Government Accountability Office High Risk List
Recently 30 areas were posted on Government Accountability Office’s new High Risk List to improve performance and accountability of the federal government. Removed from the list are Management of Interagency Contracting and IRS Business System Modernization.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
And along the lines of government economic promises, one is left to imagine what former Dow Jones Barron’s Alan Abelson, would say, about new life given to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, to create the largest free trade zone in the world and expand access to government procurement markets.
David T. Boddie
Federal Allies Institute