Three Chapter Members Featured in March CM Magazine!

Jennifer Aubel : March 16, 2017 3:00 pm : Chapter News, CM Magazine, Spotlight

Congratulations to chapter members Ray McCollum, Allan Burman, and Jessica Abrahams for being featured in the March 2017 CM Magazine!

Chapter President Raymond L. McCollum, CPCM, was selected for this month’s “Chapter President’s Corner”. In the article, Ray discusses the most rewarding aspects of being the president of our chapter, including how we have attracted enough new members to make us the largest NCMA Chapter in the country. He also talks about our investment in the younger generation through our annual Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

Ray is a Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting Officer at the General Services Administration (GSA). Prior to entering the federal workforce, Ray served for nine years in the U.S. Army. He received his Masters in Project Management from The George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University. He is FAC Level III certified in contracting and program management and FAC-C Level II certified in COR.

Dr. Allan Burman was selected for this month’s executive interview entitled “The Ultimate Focus Should Always be Great Outcomes.” In the interview, Al discusses his 20+ years of federal service, as well as how he spun off his company, Jefferson Solutions, a few years after moving to the private sector. He also talks about the benefits of his membership in NCMA, stating “I have found the connections and friends I have made through NCMA over the years to be invaluable to both my career and my enjoyment of the profession.”

Al is the President of Jefferson Solutions, the government consulting arm of the Jefferson Consulting Group. Jefferson Solutions provides analysis, evaluation, program management, and acquisition assistance to over 50 federal departments and agencies. Al also serves on the Section 809 panel. In his tenure with the federal government, Al served as the OFPP Administrator and in other policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and OMB. He earned his PhD from The George Washington University, a master’s degree from Harvard, an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, and studied at Bordeaux University in France as a Fulbright Scholar. Allan is an NCMA Fellow and serves on the national Board of Advisors.

Jessica Abrahams provided the Congressional Update in this month’s issue. The update contains critical information on legislation and regulations impacting the contracting community. Abrahams covers topics such as the regulatory freeze, expanding DHS security and privacy requirements for contractors, updated OMB guidance on preparing for and responding to PII breaches, and a FAR prohibition on contracting with companies that restrict whistle blower disclosures via confidentiality agreements.

Jessica is Partner and Chair of the U.S. Government Contracts practice at Dentons US LLP. Jessica is regarded as one of the nation’s leading government contracts lawyers. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including biodefense, health care, information technology, defense services, supply chain and infrastructure development. Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Congratulations to Linda Ditoro for Earning her CPCM!

Jennifer Aubel : March 16, 2017 2:02 pm : Certifications, Chapter News, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Linda Ditoro for earning her Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

Linda is employed by The Boeing Company as Senior Manager, International Finance. In this position, she supports Contracts organizations across the Enterprise and within subsidiaries with engagement of consultants that support international business. Prior to joining Boeing, Linda was the Director, Government Contracts at Navistar Defense and the Financial Controller for ADT’s Federal Systems Division. Linda spent 15 years with Motorola Inc. and during that time served as Director of Compliance for Motorola Credit Corporation and chaired Motorola’s Government Contracts Compliance Council. Early in her career Linda was a Contracts Specialist for both NASA and the U. S. Army.

Linda received her MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Congratulations, Linda, on your accomplishment! We are so pleased to have such experienced professionals in our Chapter.

 

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Congratulations to Alexander Gorelik for Earning his CPCM!

Jennifer Aubel : February 22, 2017 10:47 am : Certifications, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Alexander Gorelik for earning his Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Alexander also holds a DAWIA Level III certification in Contracting.

Alexander is currently a Senior Contracting Officer at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA. He has spent seven years at the Department of Defense (DoD) in the Contracting field, the majority of which was at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office.

Alexander is currently finishing his Juris Doctor degree at The George Washington University Law School. He has also earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Maryland, College Park.

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February CM Magazine Features Two Chapter Members

Jennifer Aubel : February 21, 2017 8:19 pm : Chapter News, CM Magazine, Membership, Spotlight

Congratulations to Chapter members Chris Robey, CPCM and Jessica Abrahams, J.D. for being published in the February, 2017 issue of CM magazine!

Chris Robey’s piece, “Whom Do You Trust? Part 2 – Blockchain Technology & Smart Contracting,” was selected as the cover article for the month. In the article, Robey argues that the “security of blockchain technology currently at work in financial markets…will soon serve as the basis of ‘smart contracts,’ which offer improved risk management through automated clauses, nonrepudiation safeguards, and other features.” This is just the latest piece on the convergence of technology and contract management for Robey, who had a series on artificial intelligence (AI) in CM last year.

Chris Robey is a Procurement Analyst for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and has worked for the federal government for more than 25 years. Chris earned his undergraduate degree and an MA in English from St. Bonaventure University. He earned an MBA from Long Island University and an MPP from Georgetown University. He also holds graduate certificates from the University of Virginia and The George Washington University. Chris is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM). Chris is also a member of the DC Chapter Executive Committee.

Jessica Abrahams provided the Congressional Update in this month’s issue. The update contains critical information on legislation and regulations impacting the contracting community. Abrahams covers topics such as anti-human-trafficking guidance, a DOD class deviation on independent research and development (IR&D) cost allowability, a final rule regarding prime credit for awards to small business contractors, and the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Jessica C. Abrahams is Partner and Chair of the U.S. Government Contracts practice at Dentons US LLP. Jessica is regarded as one of the nation’s leading government contracts lawyers. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including biodefense, health care, information technology, defense services, supply chain and infrastructure development. Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Congratulations to our Newest CPCM, Venita Mathias

Jennifer Aubel : February 21, 2017 7:22 pm : Certifications, Membership, Spotlight

The NCMA DC Chapter is proud to recognize Venita Mathias for earning her Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification. The CPCM is NCMA’s highest certification level and the exam is only open to professionals with undergraduate degrees, five or more years of contract management experience, and at least 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). In addition to her CPCM, Venita holds a FAC-C Level III certification.

Venita is currently a Senior Contract Specialist at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to entering the federal workforce, Venita was a contract specialist at CGI, a business process services company, where she provided auditing services for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Venita holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Boston University. She also earned an Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration (Acquisition and Contract Management) from Strayer University.

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