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.