Doing Business with DHS

The Homeland Security Department has a broad mandate to protect the United States, both the movement of goods and people across our borders as well as critical infrastructures including the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

DHS cannot accomplish its mission without the support and innovation of contractors. At this Power Breakfast, we heard DHS leaders from various DHS components describe their ever evolving IT needs and priorities. This included how major contract vehicles are being utilized and what services, solutions and technologies are in demand.

We dove into the numbers behind DHS’s spending habits including where their money is going and the contractors who are capturing those dollars.

At this Power Breakfast event, attendees were informed of the strategies put in place to pursue new work as well as the kinds of partnerships and technologies needed to invest in.

Speakers

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Dan McCoy

Chief Innovation Officer

Transportation Security Administration

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Dan McCoy

Chief Innovation Officer

Transportation Security Administration

Dan McCoy serves as Chief Innovation Officer for the Transportation Security Administration. He is focused on driving cultural, foundational, and operational innovation across TSA in coordination with Administrator’s intent.

Since joining TSA, Dan and team have begun developing an enterprise strategy for innovation to expand the ways TSA solves challenges, supports emerging leaders, and partners with non-traditional and traditional partners. The Office has launched numerous initiatives such as TSA’s first design thinking training module, a 12-week certificate program, and established TSA Launchpad, a detailee group to dedicated to incubating problem solvers testing hypotheses and developing pilot solutions.

Prior to TSA, Dan served as the Government & Public Services (GPS) Domain Manager for Deloitte Catalyst, focused on developing new partnerships, businesses, and technology assets to support Federal and State Governments. In this space, Dan focused on bridging emerging technology capabilities and government needs, building ecosystems were startups; venture capital; enterprise; and government can work together to accelerate innovation.

He holds Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Hofstra University. In his free time Dan listens to a concerning number of Podcasts per week and provides unsolicited recommendations on each.

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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.

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Amber Hart

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

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Amber Hart

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

A skilled Federal Business Developer, Ms. Amber Hart has over a decade of experience in all aspects of selling to the Federal Government. She brings critical knowledge and experience in navigating congressional and federal procurement data and sources, from legislation to appropriations and historical federal obligations. Her honesty and desire to invoke federal procurement change makes her a breath of fresh air in a convoluted and cumbersome industry. Ms. Hart received her Bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution & Global Affairs from George Mason University (GMU) and is currently an active Board Member of Women in Technology (WIT) and GMU’s Center for Government Contracting (CGC) Advisory Board in the School of Business.

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Lisa Shea Mundt

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

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Lisa Shea Mundt

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

Ms. Lisa Shea Mundt received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) from James Madison University (JMU). As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and CF APMP, she is a coveted Proposal Consultant who applies her ten years of federal procurement experience in the formulation of strategic, comprehensive, and compelling proposals for a wide array of Government Contractors. Ms. Mundt uses her experience to help manage the strategic direction of The Pulse. She is passionate about all methods of communications, and frequently leads industry-specific training, facilitates events, and engages in public speaking.

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Soraya Correa

Chief Procurement Officer

Department of Homeland Security

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Soraya Correa

Chief Procurement Officer

Department of Homeland Security

A 2018 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award winner, Soraya Correa was appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer in January 2015. In her capacity as the Senior Procurement Executive, Ms. Correa is responsible for the management direction of the acquisition system of DHS, including implementation of the unique acquisition policies, regulations, and standards of the agency. She oversees the work of ten Heads of Contracting Activity that provide operational procurement services to DHS components, directorates, and offices. She has initiated and led several key efforts designed to improve how the 1,400 member DHS procurement workforce focuses as a team on finding the right solutions to enable and support the DHS mission. These efforts include the Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM) framework, including the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), and the Education, Development, Growth, and Excellence (EDGE) mentoring program. Additionally, Ms. Correa has continued to grow and enhance efforts including the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute, the Acquisition Professional Career Program, the Strategic Sourcing Program Office, and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

Ms. Correa has been with DHS since its inception serving in key leadership positions including Head of Contracting Activity for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Associate Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Enterprise Services Directorate.

Ms. Correa has also held leadership positions at other federal agencies including the Naval Sea Systems Command, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Her accomplishments as a leader are well recognized by the government and industry communities. She has received awards including the Secretary’s Award for Excellence, Management Support Awards, Federal 100 recognition, Public Sector Partner of the Year, Top Women in Tech, and several other accolades that reflect her commitment to the acquisition workforce, procurement innovation, and promoting meaningful communications with industry.

Agenda

8:15 AM

Friday, May 21, 2021

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:20 AM

Friday, May 21, 2021

Opening Keynote: How Procurement Drive DHS’s Mission

Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Description

Insights on Homeland Security Department priorities and initiatives and how industry can support those efforts. As chief procurement officer, Soraya Correa leads the initiatives coming out of headquarters. She’ll describe how those efforts impact DHS’s mission and the different components of the department. She’ll also focus on how these initiatives will impact contractors and the competitive environment.



8:45 AM

Friday, May 21, 2021

DHS by the Number

Amber Hart, Co-Founder, The Pulse of GovCon

Lisa Shea Mundt, Co-Founder, The Pulse of GovCon

Description

An analysis of DHS budget and spending patterns, including information on top contracts, top contractors, what the department is buying and why. The analysis will dive into the efforts underway at DHS to leverage its buying power and drive efficiencies across the different parts of the department. A look at what the department is buying will serve as a roadmap for where your business can best position itself for success.



9:15 AM

Friday, May 21, 2021

Procurement Innovations at TSA

Dan McCoy, Chief Innovation Officer, Transportation Security Administration

Nick Wakeman, Editor-in-Chief, Washington Technology

Description

 

A dive into what the Transportation Security Administration is doing to bring innovation to how it buys goods and services and what that means for its federal contractors. With a budget of $8 billion and 55,000 employees disbursed across the country, TSA is a diverse buyer with a wide range of needs. This speaker will share how TSA is using innovative procurement methods to increase efficiency and effectness.

9:45 AM

Friday, May 21, 2021

Closing Remarks

Underwriters

Pluralsight
Servicenow