Federal Allies News October 2013

October 11, 2013

Letter from the Executive Director

Fort Meade, Maryland is Growing Tremendously. 

With tight budgets and collaboration common issues among many governments worldwide, the U.S.A. sequester has left the surge in Cyber Command and Cyber Domain at Fort Meade including National Security Agency alone.  The size and strategic importance and scope and complexity of Fort Meade’s 54,000 military and civilian employees, 116 tenant organizations, post-BRAC includes 16 major construction projects counting NSA as a single project.

Bound for Maryland is between $900 million (U.S. House) and $1 billion (U.S. Senate) in military construction according to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Md., Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Construction is the fifth largest employment segment in the Maryland economy.

At the recent Air Force Association conference, “We are experiencing a short term fiscal crush,” said, Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force who seeks a 5th generation fleet of 1,763.  With reduction in budgets worldwide, collaboration among allies is more and more necessary.  Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, says that we must “Hug them a little closer”.

Federal Allies institute

Growing a partnering culture with agencies and industry includes a membership at Federal Allies Institute.  Opportunity for collaboration can be found among our members.   Developing a relationship at the time of bidding on a contract with someone you have never met before is not possible.  You can’t surge trust.  Trust has to be built over time.  Trust and capabilities sharing partnerships can be developed at FAI.  And this includes preparation, hard work, and learning from failure, training, and education to make you fully capable.


Congratulations to Brandon LaBonte and Michael Matechak of Ardent Management Consulting, Inc. (ArdentMC) and Pan America Computers, Inc. (PCITec) joint venture Ardent Eagle, JV, LLC, recipient of the prime contract number HSHQDC-13-D-E2042.

In This Edition

We welcome the first article by a FAI Chapter Chair, of Texas.  Interviewed is Gary Lindner of PeopleFund.

Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. begins a series on health care and the Affordable Care Act just as Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports the highest CEO turnover of health care executives during the third quarter.  The series promises to be informative and useful to small business.

Emerging Leadership

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to welcome new members: SBC Global, Front Rowe, Inc., SINTEL Group, Inc., and Distinctive Health Care.

As we celebrate our first five years and a growing membership, FAI Membership Committee Chairperson Patricia Driscoll plans additional meetings, receptions, and even golf outings to identify new members and members who seek volunteer leadership roles at FAI including positions on the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors.

Prior to 2014 a member of the FAI Board may have been called upon to perform in a wide variety of capacities including policy, working, and advisory.  Beginning January 1, 2014 the board will concern itself only with policy decisions and will meet in January, March, September, and December.

As the original strategist, founder and now Executive Director of what was once a small cadre of early believers, it is a privilege for me to now be able to involve more members in a process so vital to FAI’s future.   The following have been enlisted to review candidates to lead the 2014 Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors: 2013 FAI Board Chair Frank Clay, Jr., FAI Board Chair Emeritus Mary Fae Kamm, strategic planning committee members Raymond F. Goodrich, Michael Matechak, and the Executive Director.

Nominations for 2014 Chairman of the Board, Federal Allies Institute

Following an extensive meeting at Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor, Maryland nominations are sought for 2014 Chairman of the Board.

Membership Elections to Expand the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors November 4, 2013

The 10 day membership voting process is to begin November 4, 2013 and end November 13, 2013.  All member firms in good standing will each be asked to complete and return an election ballot.  The ballot will include space for write-in candidates.

David T. Boddie, Executive Director