2020 Election Aftermath and the GovCon Market

The 2020 election has ushered in a new president but we still face a very divided government. How will this impact the priorities and policies of the Biden Administration?

No matter what, the transition to a new president will have a profound impact on outlook for government contracts in 2021 and beyond.

Many top-line priorities will remain the same – a focus on COVID-19, cybersecurity, IT modernization and other technology driven initiatives aimed to make the government more efficient and more effective. The nation also faces emerging threats from rivals such as China and Russia.

These are bipartisan priorities for sure, but when it comes to implementation, we’ll likely see a significant shift under a Biden Administration.

In this Washington Technology Power Breakfast, we’ll explore what government contractors can expect in the next year and how they need to prepare. Veteran government observers and experts will lay out what you need to know and how your business will be impacted.

Speakers

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Jerry McGinn, Ph.D

Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting, School of Business

George Mason University

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Jerry McGinn, Ph.D

Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting, School of Business

George Mason University

Dr. Jerry McGinn is the Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU). In this role, he has established and is leading the first-of-its-kind university center for research, education and training, and collaboration on issues facing the $500B+ government contracting industry. He has an active Top Secret clearance and has recently been nominated for restoring his access to Sensitive Compartmentalized Information.

Jerry is also a trusted strategic advisor sought after for his expertise in U.S. industrial policy, supply chain, industrial security, export control, foreign military sales, and industrial base policies and he currently serves on the Economic Security Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Prior to joining GMU, Jerry served as the senior career official in the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense, leading efforts to analyze the capabilities and overall health of the defense industrial base, including the Presidentially-directed 2017-2018 interagency review of the manufacturing and defense industrial base. He also directed hundreds of reviews of high-profile mergers and acquisitions as well as transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Previous to DoD, Dr. McGinn spent a decade in senior defense industry roles at McGinn Defense Consulting LLC, Deloitte Consulting LLP, QinetiQ North America, and Northrop Grumman. Before industry, Dr. McGinn served in DoD as Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Undersecretary (Policy) and as a political scientist at RAND.

Dr. McGinn is also a widely acclaimed thought leader, author, and sought-after speaker. He has published numerous influential RAND monographs and articles in The Hill, Business Insider, Defense News, Washington Technology, War on the Rocks, and Joint Force Quarterly. He has also testified before the U.S. Congress and the UK House of Commons and he is regularly interviewed and cited in outlets such as USA Today, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Government Matters, Federal News Network, and Time. He has led advisory studies for and held leadership roles in the NATO Industrial Advisory Group, the Defense Science Board, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Professional Services Council.

Dr. McGinn was commissioned into the U.S. Army and served with distinction as an infantry officer and is a graduate of Ranger and Airborne Schools. He has received numerous civilian and military awards and has earned a Ph.D., M.S., and M.A. from Georgetown University as well as a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.

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Stan Soloway

CEO

Celero Strategies and Former President of the Professional Services Council

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Jonathan Raviv

Senior Analyst | Director, Aerospace & Defense Sector

Citi Research

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Jonathan Raviv

Senior Analyst | Director, Aerospace & Defense Sector

Citi Research

Jon Raviv has covered the US Aerospace & Defense sector for Citi Research since May 2010. He previously worked at The Cohen Group and Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital. He holds an MA in Strategic Studies and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

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Jean Stack

Managing Director

Baird l Global Investment Banking

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Jean Stack

Managing Director

Baird l Global Investment Banking

Jean A. Stack is a managing director in Baird’s Global Investment Banking group and is co-head of the firm’s Government & Defense practice. For over 25 years, Ms. Stack has been advising industry-leading companies on mergers & acquisitions, corporate divestitures, financing, and other corporate strategies. She has extensive experience in working with companies that operate in a broad range of technology and service domains including C4ISR, IT modernization, cyber security, space, BPO, software, and consulting, among other market segments.

Ms. Stack’s transaction experience includes sell-side advisory, buy-side advisory and leveraged buy-outs for founder-owned businesses, private equity-owned companies, and U.S. and international corporate divestitures. She has worked with some of the industry’s leading companies including Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Accenture and Boeing. She has closed transactions with private equity institutions including The Carlyle Group, Madison Dearborn, Veritas Capital, and Arlington Capital Partners. Under her leadership, Baird’s Government & Defense team executed 19 transactions valued at over $4.8 billion in 2018 and 2019. Since 2015, the team closed 48 transactions valued at over $9.8 billion.

Recent transaction experience include the acquisition of Dynetics by Leidos, the sale of Knight Point Systems to Perspecta, the sale of MTEQ to QinetiQ, and the divestiture of Leidos Health to ettain group.

Prior to joining Baird, Ms. Stack was a senior banker at Houlihan Lokey and a founding member of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services (ADG) group.

Ms. Stack is a frequent speaker on the government services and technology market and is often quoted in various publications including The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal.

She is a board member of ACG’s National Capital chapter and a board member and executive committee member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).

Ms. Stack graduated cum laude with a BA in economics from Duke University and studied at the London School of Economics.

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Diane Zanetti

Section Manager, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group

Capital One

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Diane Zanetti

Section Manager, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group

Capital One

Diane Zanetti has over 30 years of commercial banking experience providing capital and other banking services to a variety of industries. For the latter half of her career, Diane has focused exclusively with Government Contractors. She is currently Section Manager, leading the Government Contractor Banking team at Capital One. In this capacity she manages a team of bankers who serve the financing and banking needs of middle market and large cap Aerospace, Defense and Government Services companies.

At Capital One, Ms. Zanetti has seen tremendous growth in the portfolio and they now have nearly $2Bn in commitments to the space. Diane's team supports the entire ADG market, working with firms that are founder led, private equity backed and public companies.

Ms. Zanetti was previously the National Director of Government Contractor Banking at Citibank; an initiative she established and developed. She started her career at First Union Bank in Florida, and later worked at SunTrust Bank and Bank of America. She is actively involved in several organizations serving the Government Contracting community. She has served on the board of Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, ACG National Capital Chapter, as well as many charitable organizations. She has been named as one of Washington's Top Bankers and has appeared on Government Matters, and industry focused news show.

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The Honorable Tom Davis

Partner and Former Congressman

Holland & Knight

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The Honorable Tom Davis

Partner and Former Congressman

Holland & Knight

Tom Davis is a partner at the Holland & Knight law firm, who focuses his practice on handling a variety of congressional and regulatory affairs, including congressional investigations, land use and legislative strategy.

Tom served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He served as chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2003 to 2007, where he led a number of high-profile investigations. In addition, Mr. Davis was elected chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and served in that role from 1999 to 2002.

While in Congress, Mr. Davis was a chief author of more than 100 pieces of legislation that became law, including the Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and Federal Acquisition Reform Act (FARA). As chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, he presided over 150 hearings and investigations.

Prior to serving in Congress, Tom represented Mason District as a supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1994, and as the board chairman from 1991 to 1994.

Tom has served as a director on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Rector (Chairman of the Board) at George Mason University, where he is also a distinguished professor of Public Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

He is the author of a recently released book that he co-wrote with former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost about the polarization of the U.S. Congress, and is often asked to appear on Network TV political shows to discuss the current political landscape. Mr. Davis holds a B.A. from Amherst College (cum laude) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.

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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief

Washington Technology

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Nick Wakeman

Editor-in-Chief

Washington Technology

Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Agenda

8:15 AM

Friday, December 11, 2020

Opening Remarks

Nick Wakeman, Editor-in-Chief, Washington Technology

8:20 AM

Friday, December 11, 2020

Opening Fireside Chat | Can a divided Congress get anything done?

The Honorable Tom Davis, Partner and Former Congressman, Holland & Knight

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Editor Nick Wakeman will interview former Rep. Tom Davis. Davis is a long time part of the GovCon industry -- before, during and after his time as a congressman representing Virginia.

He knows how Congress works and the impact its decisions can have on the government contracting industry. He’ll discuss what industry should be watching for as the new Congress gets underway in January and what issues will likely drive the debate on Capitol Hill.

Davis has never been shy about sharing his opinions, so you won’t want to miss what he has to say.

8:50 AM

Friday, December 11, 2020

Administration Priorities and What They Mean to Contractors

Jerry McGinn, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting, School of Business, George Mason University

Stan Soloway, CEO, Celero Strategies and Former President of the Professional Services Council

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In this panel, our experts will share their thoughts on how the new Biden administration will move forward. While many overarching tech trends will not change, such as the push for IT modernization, the policies and people driving those trends will change.

Our panelists have been through transitions before and they’ll share insights on the key inflection points in the process as well as interpret how campaign promises will translate into actions.

9:20 AM

Friday, December 11, 2020

What the Financial Markets Expect

Jonathan Raviv, Senior Analyst | Director, Aerospace & Defense Sector, Citi Research

Jean Stack, Managing Director, Baird l Global Investment Banking

Diane Zanetti, Section Manager, Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group, Capital One

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Our panelists from the finance and banking worlds will share what they see coming in the market over the next year and how a new administration will influence the deals that get made. We’ll talk financing, mergers and acquisitions and what will be driving these activities going forward. Will the Biden administration trigger more dealmaking? Less? We’ll find out.

9:50 AM

Friday, December 11, 2020

Closing Remarks

Underwriters

Pluralsight
Splunk