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Government Contracts 2020


Speaker(s): Ashden Fein, Brian Hudak, Colonel Patricia Wiegman-Lenz, David A. Simon, David F. Dowd, E. Sanderson Hoe, Hon. David B. Stinson, Hon. Harold D. Lester, Jr. , Hon. Matthew Solomson, Jonathan L. Etherton, Marcia G. Madsen, Mark Montgomery, Michael A. Bishop, Michael Granston, Moshe Schwartz, Patricia M. McCarthy, Ralph O. White, Roger D. Waldron, Samantha L. Clark, Shelley Slade
Recorded on: Oct. 8, 2020
PLI Program #: 302160

Ashden Fein advises clients on cybersecurity and national security matters, including crisis management and incident response, risk management and governance, government and internal investigations, and regulatory compliance.

For cybersecurity matters, Mr. Fein counsels clients on preparing for and responding to cyber-based attacks, assessing security controls and practices for the protection of data and systems, developing and implementing cybersecurity risk management and governance programs, and complying with federal and state regulatory requirements. Mr. Fein frequently supports clients as the lead investigator and crisis manager for global cyber and data security incidents, including data breaches involving personal data, advanced persistent threats targeting intellectual property across industries, state-sponsored theft of sensitive U.S. government information, and destructive attacks.

Additionally, Mr. Fein assists clients from across industries with leading internal investigations and responding to government inquiries related to the U.S. national security. He also advises aerospace, defense, and intelligence contractors on security compliance under U.S. national security laws and regulations including, among others, the National Industrial Security Program (NISPOM), U.S. government cybersecurity regulations, and requirements related to supply chain security.

Before joining Covington, Mr. Fein served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence officer and prosecutor specializing in cybercrime and national security investigations and prosecutions -- to include serving as the lead trial lawyer in the prosecution of Private Chelsea (Bradley) Manning for the unlawful disclosure of classified information to Wikileaks.

Mr. Fein currently serves as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve.


Brian P. Hudak serves as a Deputy Chief in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 2000 and his Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2003.  Following law school, Brian worked as an associate in the litigation department of Mayer Brown LLP in New York before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007.  Prior to becoming a Deputy Chief, Brian worked as an civil Assistant U.S. Attorney handling all types of defensive and affirmative civil litigation involving the Government at all stages of the litigation process, totaling more than 300 cases and investigative matters.  Brian’s affirmative practice has focused on the False Claims Act and, in particular, matters concerning procurement, mortgage, and health care fraud.  Through his efforts, Brian has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for the Government and has received numerous recognitions from his Office and client agencies for his work on behalf of the United States. 


Colonel Patricia S. Wiegman-Lenz is the Air Force Chief Trial Attorney and Chief, Commercial Litigation Field Support Center (CLFSC), Joint Base Andrews, MD.  She leads a 36 person team of attorneys and paralegals representing the Air Force in all aspects of complex commercial litigation.  The CLFSC resolves multi-million dollar mission critical contract claims and disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution or litigation before the Government Accountability Office, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and federal district and appellate courts.  Colonel Wiegman-Lenz and her team advise senior Air Force and Department of Defense commanders and acquisition officials worldwide on contract dispute prevention and resolution.  

Colonel Wiegman-Lenz received her commission through Officer Training School in 1995 after graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1994 with a major in Psychology and a minor in German. After serving 7 years as a Communications Officer, Colonel Wiegman-Lenz separated to attend law school.  She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law in 2006 and re-entered active duty following graduation and admission to the bar.  Colonel Wiegman-Lenz’s previous assignments include service as the Staff Judge Advocate at the 52d Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Staff Judge Advocate at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Executive Officer to the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command.  Colonel Wiegman-Lenz is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the Supreme Court of Washington.


David Dowd is an experienced litigator whose practice has a strong emphasis in government contracting issues and controversies. He advises such clients as those involved in information technology, large military systems, engineering services, and other industries regarding federal procurements and related issues. His counsel in this area includes commercial items, conflicts of interest, cost allowability issues, defective pricing, contract and subcontract negotiations, contract financing, assignments and novations, leasing, prime/sub disputes, preparation of claims, and procurement fraud.

David also handles procurement controversies, as he litigates bid protests and disputes before the

Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, represents contractors in litigation and arbitrations involving government contracts, and tries federal court litigation focused on contract disputes and alleged fraud.

David has roughly 25 years of practice experience, having joined Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office in 2001 after practicing with two other national law firms.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif

Georgetown University, AB, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

District of Columbia

Virginia

Activities

American Bar Association (Member, Section of Public Contract Law)

Former Co-Chair, ABA PCL Bid Protest Committee


David Simon is a partner in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office and a leading member of the global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. He is also a member of the firm's National Security and Government Contracts practices. A former special counsel at the US Department of Defense (DoD), David has deep experience advising victims of state-sponsored cyber activity, ransomware attacks, and other forms of cyber extortion attacks. He regularly supports clients as the lead investigator and crisis manager for cross-border cyber incidents, including data breaches involving personal data, nation-state threats targeting intellectual property, state-sponsored theft of sensitive U.S. government information, and destructive attacks. David has directed and advised on dozens of complex cyber incident and data breach investigations in the last few years alone. He has counseled companies on major cyber incidents and incident preparedness across virtually every sector of the economy. David represents financial institutions, automotive manufacturers and self-driving car companies, tech companies, telecommunications companies, healthcare companies, insurance companies, defense and aerospace companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

David counsels companies, including management teams and boards of directors, as they address cyber vulnerabilities and breaches, as well as associated legal, regulatory, and reputational consequences. In addition, he has significant expertise regarding the evolving cybersecurity and privacy legal framework applicable to the Internet of Things (IoT) and product cybersecurity. David helps companies structure, negotiate and protect their commercial and compliance relationships with key national security government agencies. David also counsels US and foreign clients regarding economic sanctions, asset controls and transactions reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Clients appreciate that David, who has experience as special counsel in the Pentagon (2011-2015) and chief cyber counsel to a congressional cyber commission (2019-2020), can provide a practical insider perspective, pointed advice on their matters, and is able to quickly engage the appropriate government actors in the event of a cyberattack or other crisis affecting their business. During his time at DoD, David advised on the development of a legal and policy framework to address cyber threats, including one of the most destructive cyber attacks against the United States: North Korea’s 2014 cyber attack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. In addition, he advised on broader matters involving cyber policy, plans and operations, as well as autonomous technologies, the use of force, counterterrorism, treaties, sensitive investigations, and regional matters involving China, the Korean Peninsula, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and Israel.

David is widely recognized for his experience regarding the legal and policy issues at the intersection of cybersecurity, AI, and national security. He was recommended by his clients in 2020 as a “stellar” cybersecurity expert (Legal 500), named a “2017 Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal for helping to “make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity and towards adding much needed layers of data security in an increasingly digital world of commerce.” David is currently serving on a pro bono basis as Chief Counsel for Cybersecurity and National Security to the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a bipartisan commission established by Congress to develop a comprehensive strategy to defend the US, including the private sector, from significant attacks in cyberspace. He is an Adjunct Fellow in Cybersecurity and International Law at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he served as a member of a Cyber Policy Task Force that developed cybersecurity recommendations for the 45th presidential administration. David is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the College of Information and Cyberspace at the U.S. National Defense University. Currently, David also serves as an independent expert on cybersecurity, data privacy and international law to the United Nations (UN). Previously, David served, at the invitation of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia, as a peer reviewer of the second edition of the “Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.” He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, David graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a Heyman Fellow. Prior to attending law school, he received an M.Phil. in International Relations from Trinity College, Oxford, where he debated for the Oxford Union and was the managing editor of the Oxford International Review. David graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota, where he received a BA in Russian Area Studies.


Harold D. (Harv) Lester, Jr., was appointed to the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals on July 14, 2014.

Judge Lester began his legal career in 1988 as an associate with Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson (now Seyfarth Shaw LLP), where he was involved in litigating government contract claims and bid protests.  After four years at Seyfarth Shaw, he began a 20-year tenure – first as a trial attorney and, beginning in 1999, as an Assistant Branch Director – with the National Courts Section, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, during which time he was responsible for handling and/or overseeing hundreds of complex Government contracts litigation matters.  In early 2013, he left the Department of Justice to join the firm of Vedder Price, PC, where he again focused on Government contracts litigation and counseling, including False Claims Act litigation arising out of Government contracting matters.

He has been sole or lead counsel in numerous trials before the Court of Federal Claims; has presented more than 60 appellate oral arguments in the United States courts of appeals; has conducted extensive discovery in numerous trial court cases; and has developed numerous dispositive motions and briefs on a variety of Government contracting issues.  He was twice awarded the John Marshall Award by the Attorney General (for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Trial of Litigation, and for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Alternative Dispute Resolution) and has also received other awards from the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, including a Special Commendation from the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division for outstanding service and the Civil Division’s “Perseverance Award.”  He has been an instructor for courses in civil trial advocacy and the Federal Rules of Evidence at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center (NAC) and has given numerous lectures both at the NAC and elsewhere on common-law and governmental evidentiary privileges, expert witness issues, and other trial advocacy matters.

Judge Lester is a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee School of Law, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review.


Judge Stinson was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Maryland. He received a B.A. degree in Government and Politics, with a minor in American history, from the University of Maryland in 1982 and a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law, in 1985. Judge Stinson started his legal career through the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch. In 1989 he left Government service and engaged in the private practice of law, first as an associate with Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul, and later with Pompan, Ruffner & Werfel. In 1994, Judge Stinson rejoined the Department of Justice as a member of the A-12 Litigation Trial Team. While at the Department of Justice, he litigated Government contract disputes before the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2006 Judge Stinson left the practice of law to raise his three children. He coached youth baseball and served as general manager of a collegiate summer wooden bat baseball team. In 2016 he joined the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel, Naval Litigation Office, as a Senior Trial Attorney, where he litigated appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Judge Stinson was appointed to the Board in August 2019.


Marcia Madsen is Chair of the Government Contracts practice and Co-Chair of the National Security practice. She represents contractors in regulatory, policy, transactional, litigation, and investigative matters involving virtually every federal department and agency. Her clients include defense contractors, information technology and systems integrators, telecommunications companies, engineering firms, insurers, and manufacturing companies. Marcia's practice includes defense of False Claims Act matters, internal investigations, audits, bid protests, claims and disputes before administrative forums, and in the federal courts (with emphasis on the US Court of Federal Claims and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), as well as ADR and mediation proceedings. Areas of concentration include: aerospace and defense, systems integration, information systems and telecommunications, healthcare and bio-technology, homeland security, environmental remediation, and research and development.


Mark Montgomery serves as the Senior Advisor the Chairmen of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, an independent federal commission tasked to develop strategy and policy recommendations on how to best defend U.S. critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks of significant consequence. He is also the Senior Director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  He previously served as Policy Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Senator John S. McCain.  In this position he coordinated policy efforts on national defense strategy, capabilities and requirements, defense policy and cyber issues.

Mark also served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained surface warfare officer, retiring as a Rear Admiral in 2017.  His flag officer assignments included Director of Operations (J3) at U. S. Pacific Command; Commander of Carrier Strike Group 5 embarked on the USS George Washington stationed in Japan; and Deputy Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy (J5), at U. S. European Command.  He was selected as a White House Fellow and assigned to the National Security Council, serving as Director for Transnational Threats from 1998-2001.

Mark graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University, and completed the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power training program.


Matthew H. Solomson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2020, and entered on duty at the court on February 4, 2020. The son of a retired U.S. Army colonel, Judge Solomson lived in eight states before starting high school in Maryland, where he currently resides with his family. He completed a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Brandeis University. In 2002, Judge Solomson graduated, with honors and Order of the Coif, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and earned an M.B.A. (with a concentration in accounting) from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. Judge Solomson is the author of Court of Federal Claims: Jurisdiction, Practice, and Procedure, a legal treatise first published by Bloomberg BNA in 2016.

Prior to joining the court, Judge Solomson served as Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for an $11B federal contracting business unit of a Fortune 50 healthcare company. In that role, Judge Solomson managed a team of attorneys, compliance professionals, and internal auditors. He also previously led the government contracts practice group within the in-house law department of Booz Allen Hamilton, while serving as the principal government contracts counsel to the company's intelligence business unit. Judge Solomson's private practice experience includes having served as Counsel in the government contracts and litigation practice groups of Sidley Austin LLP, and as an Associate with Arnold & Porter LLP, both in Washington, DC.

In addition to his private sector experience, Judge Solomson was a Trial Attorney with the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented a variety of military and civilian agencies as counsel of record in dozens of cases before the National Courts, which include the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Following law school, Judge Solomson served as a law clerk to Judge Francis M. Allegra of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  Since 2008, Judge Solomson has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches government contracts law.  He is a member of the Maryland and DC bars, and previously was an officer of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association.  Judge Solomson enjoys studying Talmud, playing tennis, and spending time at the beach with his family.


Mike Bishop is a member of the GE Legal Department and represents the company in litigation, compliance investigations and government enforcement matters. 

Mike received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.  He completed a clerkship with the US Court of Federal Claims and then entered private practice with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington DC where he focused on government contracts and antitrust matters.  He later joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division as a trial attorney and led enforcement matters relating to collusion, market allocation, and merger activity. 

Mike joined GE in 2007.  He has held various roles managing litigation and enforcement matters and currently serves as the Global Chief Litigation Counsel for GE Aviation.  Mike represents GE across a range of commercial disputes and global venues.  He also handles matters in regulatory areas including the False Claims Act (FCA), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), economic espionage, and accounting/controllership issues. 


Moshe Schwartz is an associate at Etherton and Associates, serving as an expert in defense acquisition and industrial base policy. He served as Executive Director of the congressionally mandated Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations and spent 15 years providing analysis and legislative support to Congress on acquisition policy and industrial base issues, including as a specialist at the Congressional Research Service and senior analyst at GAO. He has testified before Congress and written extensively on a wide range of acquisition and industrial base issues, including defense acquisition reform, contract types, cost and pricing, Other Transaction Authorities, the use of Major Defense Acquisition Programs, socioeconomic policies, the Defense Production Act, GAO bid protests, and the DOD Audit, and wartime contracting.

Mr. Schwartz also served as senior advisor to the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an advisor at ISAF headquarters in Afghanistan.

Mr. Schwartz taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and spent five years teaching courses on congress and acquisition policy at National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

He received an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, a Masters of Science in Public Policy Management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and a J.D. from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law.


Patricia M. McCarthy is an Assistant Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the United States Department of Justice. Ms. McCarthy supervises commercial and international trade litigation. She also represents the United States in wide variety of matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of International Trade.  Ms. McCarthy has extensive expertise in complex government contract disputes, government procurement challenges, antidumping and countervailing duty litigation, Administrative Procedure Act causes of action, customs penalty actions, and state-to-state arbitrations.  She has received numerous awards, including two John Marshall Awards, the Department of Justice’s highest award offered to attorneys for contributions and excellence in specialized areas of legal performance.  Before joining the Department of Justice in 1994, Ms. McCarthy was an associate with the Boston law firm of Bingham, Dana & Gould. Ms. McCarthy graduated from Colby College, cum laude, and she received her J.D. degree from Cornell Law School.


Samantha Clark practices in the firm’s Public Policy Practice Group as well as the CFIUS and Government Contracts groups. Ms. Clark provides advisory and advocacy support to clients facing policy, political, and regulatory challenges in the aerospace, defense, and national security sector.

Before joining the firm, Samantha Clark served in a number of senior staff positions on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, most recently as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel. In this role, she managed the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense policy bill that authorizes the Defense Department’s budget. Ms. Clark worked on Chairman McCain's legislative priorities to modernize the military retirement system and reform the defense acquisition system and served as an investigative counsel for the committee's inquiry into cyber intrusions affecting U.S. Transportation Command contractors. During her time on the committee, she managed a multi-billion dollar policy portfolio that covered acquisition law and policy, national security law and policy, military, civilian, and acquisition workforce policy, congressional investigations, military end strength authorizations, military pay and compensation, law of war and detainee issues, and women in combat.

The Secretary of the Navy awarded Ms. Clark the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award for her "exceptional service to the Department of the Navy as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee," and the Department of the Air Force awarded Ms. Clark her second Distinguished Public Service Award for her work leading specific legislative initiatives to modernize acquisition authorities and reform the military and civilian personnel systems in support of the Air Force during her tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Sandy Hoe has practiced government contracts law for more than 45 years.

His expertise includes issues of contract formation, negotiation of subcontracts, the structuring of complex private financing of government contracts, public private partnerships, the preparation of complex claims, bid protests and the resolution of post-award contract disputes through litigation or alternative dispute resolution.  His clients include major companies in the defense, telecommunications, information technology, financial, construction and health care industries.  For many years he has been active in the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association, co-chairing the Section’s committee on Privatization, Outsourcing and Financing Transactions and serving on the Section Council.  Previously, he co-chaired the Section on Government Contracts and Litigation of the District of Columbia Bar.  He has worked extensively outside his formal practice to assist foreign governments develop both procurement and public private partnership capabilities.  These efforts have included serving as pro bono counsel to the Government of Liberia in the drafting of a new procurement code and implementing regulations, working with the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program to build public procurement and public private partnership capacity in the governments of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and joining Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, to lecture in China on public private partnerships.  Closer to home, he served as Outside General Counsel to the Section 809 Congressional Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying DoD Acquisition Regulations, taught procurement law as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, and is Chairman of the Board of Public Contracting Institute.  Super Lawyers 2013 recognized him as one of the nation's leading government contracts lawyers, and in 2009, the Washington Business Journal name Mr. Hoe “Top Washington Lawyer” in Government Contracts. 


Shelley R. Slade is a member of Vogel, Slade & Goldstein, LLP. Ms. Slade’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of qui tam plaintiffs in False Claims Act actions involving pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies. She was recognized as a Best Lawyer in the 2020 and 2021 Editions of Best Lawyers in America for her work in qui tam law. Since 2007, the Washingtonian Magazine consistently has named her a “top whistleblower attorney” in their ratings of best lawyers. In 2013, she was named “Whistleblower Lawyer of the Year” by Taxpayers Against Fraud for her work on a qui tam, off-label marketing case against Pfizer that resulted in a $491 million recovery for the government.

Ms. Slade has testified in hearings before the U.S. Congress, the New York City Council and the National Association of Attorneys General on the False Claims Act and related issues. She serves on the  President’s Council of Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the effectiveness of the False Claims Act’s qui tam provisions.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Slade served in 1998 and 1999 as the Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that position, she coordinated the Civil Division’s health care fraud enforcement efforts with other government agencies and the private sector, handled related policy and legislative matters, and instructed Department of Justice attorneys and investigators on the investigation and prosecution of false claims act matters. Between 1990 and 1997, she investigated and litigated cases under the False Claims Act for the Department of Justice. Between 1984 and 1990, she practiced law at Arnold & Porter. In 1989, the D.C. Bar named Ms. Slade Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for her work assisting immigrants obtain amnesty under the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.

Ms. Slade has served on the Boards of Directors of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, the Potomac Conservancy, Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) and the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund (TAFEF). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Potomac Riverkeeper.

Ms. Slade graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1980, where she majored in Near Eastern Studies. She obtained her law degree from Stanford University in 1984.


Roger serves as president of the Coalition for Government Procurement and brings more than 25 years of high-profile government contracting experience.  In his role as president, Roger promotes common sense in government procurement and works to ensure the procurement system provides sound business opportunities that deliver best value for customer agencies and the taxpayer.

Roger has extensive experience in GSA Multiple Award Schedule and IT GWAC Programs  including 20 years with the General Services Administration.  During his time at GSA Roger held several positions including Senior Assistant General Counsel, Director, Acquisition Management Center, and finally, as Acting Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, where he was responsible for the development, issuance and monitoring of acquisition policies and procedures governing GSA’s $60 billion procurement operations.  While at GSA Roger was selected by the Executive Office of the President, to serve on the 14 member Services Acquisition Reform Act (SARA) Acquisition Advisory Panel, which provided extensive recommendations to Congress and OMB on effective and efficient procurement of commercial services.

Prior to joining the Coalition Roger was counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, where he advised clients on all aspects of government contracting including review of solicitations, contract compliance issues, subcontracts and teaming agreements, data rights, organizational and personal conflicts of interest, ethics, suspension and debarment, performance disputes and audits.  In addition, Roger participated as litigation counsel in several major GAO bid protests including the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, NASA’s GOES-R and the FBI’s Next Generation Identification contract awards.

Roger is the host of the WFED radio show Off the Shelf, and the leading contributor to the FAR and Beyond blog. He has also appeared on Executive Leaders Radio, a program dedicated to honoring individuals who have risen to leadership roles through hard work and dedication.  Roger also serves as a Director on the Procurement Round Table. Roger is also a member of the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Advisory Board.

Roger holds a AB from Bowdoin College and a JD from University of Richmond.  Roger is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.


Jonathan Etherton, President of Etherton and Associates, Inc., has nearly 35 years of experience working in and with Congress and the Executive Branch on national security funding and acquisition policy issues.

Jon served 18 years as a staff member in the United States Senate, including 14 years on the professional staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. While serving on the committee staff, He was responsible for managing public policy and budget issues before the Subcommittee on Acquisition and Technology, including; acquisition policy, funding for technology base and research and development programs, industrial base policy and selected defense trade issues. Serving as the principal republican committee staff member for acquisition policy and reform from 1985 to 1999, he played a leading role in the development and enactment of such legislation as the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1996 (also known as the Clinger-Cohen Act).

Since leaving Capitol Hill in February 1999, Jon Etherton served first as Assistant Vice President, then Vice President, for Legislative Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association of America.

Jon served as a member of the Acquisition Advisory Panel from 2005-2007, a Federal advisory committee appointed pursuant to section 1423 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 to review and make recommendations on all Federal acquisition laws, policies and regulations. Jon Etherton is a member of the Procurement Roundtable, a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Contract Management Association, a member of the board of advisors to the Coalition on Government Procurement, and also serves as the Senior Fellow for Acquisition Reform at the National Defense Industrial Association. He is co-author of Pathway to Transformation: NDIA Acquisition Reform Recommendations submitted to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in November 2014. Jon also contributed to Defense Acquisition Reform: Where do we go from here?  Published in October 2014 by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Jon Etherton has received special recognition and several awards, including a Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award in 1995, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) Procurement Innovation Award in 1999, the David D. Acker Skill in Communication Award from the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association in 2004, and induction into the Defense Acquisition University Hall of Fame in 2008. Jonathan Etherton has been selected by the National Contract Management Association to receive the 2015 Herbert Roback Memorial Award for contributions to the betterment of public contracting. (NOVEMBER 2014) Jonathan Etherton has been appointed onto the Board of Trustees at The Subcontract Management Institute. 


Michael Granston is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Commercial Litigation Branch.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School.  Before joining the Department in 1997, he clerked for Judge David Ebel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and worked for the law firm of Covington and Burling.  His current responsibilities at the Department include overseeing enforcement of the False Claims Act.  He has lectured extensively and appeared on numerous panels relating to the False Claims Act and the Department’s civil enforcement activities.


Ralph White is a Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, within the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Since joining GAO in 1989, Mr. White has handled bid protests as a writing attorney/hearing officer, as an Assistant General Counsel leading a team of GAO attorneys, and since early 2010, as the Managing Associate General Counsel leading GAO’s bid protest forum.

Prior to joining GAO, Mr. White was an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C. Office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, where he practiced government contracts law from 1985 to 1989.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. White worked for six years as a Senate staffer, including serving on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Oversight Subcommittee of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.  In the Senate, Mr. White specialized in federal procurement policy, including staff work on the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984, and other procurement-related legislation.

Mr. White is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (B.S. 1978), and the Catholic University Law School (J.D. 1985).