August 1, 2018

Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman is the recipient of this year’s National Contract Management Association, (NCMA), Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Burman was recognized for his role as a commissioner on the congressionally established Section 809 Panel, aimed at streamlining and improving Department of Defense acquisition; service in policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton; and educational contributions as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and the International Law Institute.  Dr. Burman also served as a member of the congressionally established Section 800 and Services Acquisition Reform Act Panels, both of which were aimed at reforming federal acquisition.

Each year, NCMA’s World Congress brings together individuals from government (federal, state, and local); industry; and commercial business.  At last week’s World Congress, NCMA presented Dr. Burman with its Lifetime Achievement Award, NCMA’s highest honor.  It’s given to one person each year for exceptional and noteworthy contributions to NCMA and the contract management profession.  The individual must not only be a nationally renowned and distinguished contracting professional, but he or she must also uphold NCMA’s Code of Ethics and possess an extraordinary reputation and record of achievement.  

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January 31, 2018

Washington, D.C.-January 2018-Jim Blades, Senior Advisor of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), has joined Jefferson Solutions as Vice President.

Jefferson Solutions provides management consulting services to the federal government.  It is a small, woman-owned professional services firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jefferson Consulting Group (JCG).  “I am extraordinarily pleased that Jefferson was able to attract an individual with Jim’s extensive leadership, acquisition, and procurement experience, ranging from simplified acquisitions through major system acquisitions, as well as real property transactions,” said Julia T. Susman, JCG’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Before joining Jefferson, Jim spent 34 years in the federal government, to include the defense and civilian sectors.  Over the last 16 years, he served in a variety of executive roles, including as Vice President (VP), Deputy VP, Division, and Branch Manager, successfully leading operational contracting organizations.

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January 30, 2018

Article featuring Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan V. Burman:


Dr. Allan Burman is a Commissioner at the Section 809 Panel and the former Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton and currently the president at Jefferson Solutions and Chairman of the Procurement Round Table. He holds a PhD in Education and Economics from George Washington University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Political Studies. Gabriel Nelson is a staff researcher for the Section 809 Panel and previously worked for the Congressional Research Service.



September 20, 2017

Jefferson Solutions’ President and Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Section 809 Panel, Dr. Allan Burman testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO) Subcommittee. Representing the Section 809 Panel, Dr. Burman spoke on the issue of end-year federal spending surges in the Department of Defense.
Read his full testimony here: 809 PANEL TESTIMONY – END-YEAR SPENDING IN DOD


“Space the Next Frontier”

September 7, 2017

Procurement Round Table


The Procurement Round Table, chaired by Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman, hosted a panel on Space the Next Frontier at the George Washington University Law School on September 7, 2017. Panelists included BG Mark Baird, the Director of Space Programs for the U.S. Air Force, Bill McNally, the Assistant Administrator for Procurement and the Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer for NASA, Myland Pride, the Director of Government and Legislative Affairs at Intelstat, and David Harris, the Acting General Counsel at SpaceX. The panel was moderated by PRT Director, Deb Scheider, the former Senior Procurement Executive for the National Reconnaissance Office, and focused on the current and future Space-related endeavors both in Government and Industry.


Transportation Security Administration: An Assessment of Procurement Competition Policies, Procedures, Strategies, and Goals

August 30, 2017

At the request of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Contracting and Procurement, the National Academy of Public Administration assembled a panel of experts to conduct a review of how TSA can enhance its competitive procurement practices and goal setting. Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman chaired the panel that in a June 2017 report concluded that TSA’s procurement goal was reasonable and identified four practices that can support effective procurement planning and competitive procurements for TSA.

The full report titled, Transportation Security Administration: An Assessment of Procurement Competition Policies, Procedures, Strategies, and Goals can be found here:

Transportation Security Administration: An Assessment of Procurement Competition Policies, Procedures, Strategies, and Goals


Jeremy Arensdorf Named to the Association of Proposal Management Professional’s Inaugural Class of 40 Under 40 Recipients

June 15, 2017

The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) named Jeremy Arensdorf to its inaugural class of 40 Under 40 recipients. APMP is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, tenders, and presentations. Recognizing proposal management professionals from around the world, APMP’s 40 Under 40 program celebrates winners’ accomplishments to date and future aspirations. The program recognizes contributors who have already made a noticeable impression on their companies and the overall profession. Hailing from around the world, the 2017 class features proposal managers noted for winning big, revamping processes, facilitating teamwork, and giving back to their communities. The awards were presented at APMP’s 2017 Bid and Proposal Conference in New Orleans.


Conversations in Contracting S1E5: It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Journey to Sustainable Acquisitions

June 13, 2017

Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan Burman served as a Panelists for GSA’s Center for Acquisition Professional Excellence’s (CAPE) fifth episode of Conversations in Contracting on June 13, 2017, It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Journey to Sustainable Acquisitions. CAPE is an GSA  wide acquisition workforce development program with a mission to ensure that GSA is the Federal Government’s premiere employer for acquisition professionals by recruiting, developing, and retaining a community of strategic business partners with exceptional acquisition competency. Conversations in Contracting is an interactive acquisition applied learning series.

Dr. Burman, along with fellow panelists David Frye, Becky Zusman, Kevin Funk, Jed Ela, Sandra Britz, and Jennifer Hazelman focused on how to improve sustainability in government acquisitions. Dr. Burman spoke to the importance of not only accounting for the original purchase cost, but also the entire lifecycle cost of the product.  Additionally, as a former OFPP Administrator, Dr. Burman was able to shed light on the evolution of sustainability in the Government. His OFPP Policy Letter 92-4 titled, Procurement of Environmentally Sound and Energy Efficient Products, issued in 1992 was named number one in the Top 3 Policies that have had the Greatest Impact on the Current State of Sustainability in Acquisitions.

The webinar in its entirety can be seen here:

Conversations in Contracting S1E5: It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Journey to Sustainable Acquisitions


Dr. Burman featured in Contract Management Magazine

March 13, 2017

Jefferson Solutions’ President, Dr. Allan V. Burman was chosen for the feature article in this month’s Contract Management Magazine. Dr. Burman sat down with The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) for an executive interview about topics ranging from the current acquisition environment, to his experience in the government, to the benefit of ISO 9001 certification. NCMA has over 20,000 members worldwide and serves as the global leader of professional resource for procurement and acquisition personnel. Since its establishment in 1959, NCMA has been dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement for those in the contract management field. Dr. Burman has been a long time NCMA member, as well as a NCMA fellow, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. The entire article can be found here—article-detail/executive-interview-allan-burman


Julie Susman Elected to the Executive Committee of the Professional Services Council Board

January 3, 2017

The Professional Services Council announced its newly elected and re-elected continuing members to its board of directors and executive committee on December 15. The board and the executive committee are responsible for policy oversight and setting the direction of the association. The new members’ terms commence January 1, 2017.

  • Accenture Federal Services Chief Operating Officer John Goodman was re-elected chair of the association
  • Sotera Defense Solutions Inc. President and CEO Deb Alderson was elected to her second term as vice chair
  • Parsons Federal President Carey Smith was appointed secretary
  • Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group Partner Lexy Kessler was re-appointed treasurer.

PSC also honored three member executives with PSC Leadership Awards for their engagement with and commitment to the association: Wiley Rein LLP’s Rand Allen, TwoPavilions LLC’s Brad King and University Research Co. LLC’s Barbara Turner.

In addition to the officers, 16 PSC member company executives were elected to serve on the executive committee in 2017 (11 continuing and five new members; * denotes new member):

  • Deb Alderson, Sotera Defense Solutions president and CEO
  • Dan Allen, Serco chair and CEO
  • Jan Auman, Tetra Tech president of international development services*
  • Greg Baroni, Attain president and CEO
  • Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services vice president of worldwide public sector
  • Babs Doherty, Eagle Ray president and CEO
  • Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates Inc. president and CEO
  • John Goodman, Accenture Federal Services chief operating officer
  • DeEtte Gray, BAE Systems president of intelligence and security sector
  • Dan Helfrich, Deloitte Consulting principal*
  • Joe Martore, CALIBRE Systems Inc. president and CEO
  • Trey Obering, Booz Allen Hamilton executive vice president
  • Maria Proestou, Delta Resources Inc. president and CEO
  • Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada, Unisys Federal Systems president*
  • Carey Smith, Parsons federal president
  • Julie Susman, Jefferson Consulting Group president and CEO*