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*

Burman to Serve as Chair for TSA Study

November 29, 2016

image-519Jefferson Solutions’ President Allan Burman was invited by the National Academy of Public Administration to serve as the Panel Chair for the Academy’s study of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This study will be an independent expert assessment of TSA policies, procedures, and strategies for promoting competitive procurements, as well as assigned competition goals. 

Dr. Burman will chair the panel as it oversees the work of the Academy study team, provides strategic guidance on study approach and focus, and issues findings and recommendations. The Panel, with support from the professional study team, will produce a final report in June 2017.

Kathryn Wilson named one of Federal Computer Weekly’s Rising Stars

September 12, 2016

kathrynKathryn Wilson has been selected by Federal Computer Weekly (FCW) as one of 2016’s Rising Stars. The Rising Star Award is a prestigious award, similar to our industry’s Fed 100 award, but focused on phenomenal early-career employees in the government IT sector. Kathryn is one of only 30 winners in government and industry this year. Kathryn was nominated based on her work to improve government-industry communication in the award of a major IT recompete for the U.S. Forest Service in Boise, Idaho.

Kathryn was officially named a Rising Star in a September 6th FCW article, and a feature on Kathryn will appear in October.

Kathryn is a Director for Jefferson Solutions. She is PMP certified and supports federal agencies for acquisition, organizational development and program management efforts. For more information on Kathryn, please consult


September 1, 2016

dau_sealSection 809 of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act established the Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations (809 Panel) to review the acquisition regulations applicable to the Department of Defense with a view toward streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the defense acquisition process and maintaining a defense technology advantage. The panel is charged with making recommendations for the amendment or repeal of such regulations that the panel considers necessary, as a result of such review, to:
• Establish and administer appropriate buyer and seller relationships in the procurement system,
• Improve the functioning of the acquisition system,
• Ensure the continuing financial and ethical integrity of defense procurement programs, and
• Protect the best interests of the Department of Defense.

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August 28, 2016

img_0889Jefferson Solutions’ President Allan Burman was invited to travel to Beijing, China to lecture at the Beijing Bar Association Training Program.

This training session was held on August 28, 2016 at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and was conducted in cooperation with Washington’s International Law Institute.

Burman’s presentation focused on helping Beijing lawyers acquire skills in doing transactions relating to the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) whose head office is based in Beijing. The participants were lawyers serving potential clients of AIIB as well as serving the AIIB itself.


June 8, 2016

Washington, D.C.-June 2016nanette2Nanette M DeRenzi, the former Judge Advocate General of the Navy and a retired three-star admiral, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Jefferson Consulting Group.

DeRenzi succeeds Thomas A. Daffron, who has resigned after 10 very successful years as Jefferson’s COO.

Ms. DeRenzi’s appointment was recently noted by The Washington Post and CityBizList.

Jefferson Consulting Group is a small, woman-owned professional services firm that consists of two companies, Jefferson Business Consulting, which advises commercial clients on how to identify, create, win, and implement Federal contracts, and Jefferson Solutions, which provides management consulting services directly to the Federal government.

“I am extraordinarily pleased that Jefferson was able to attract an individual with Nan’s background to lead our day-to-day operations,” said Julia T. Susman, Jefferson’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to her outstanding accomplishments as a lawyer and naval officer, she has been a skilled manager of people, programs, and budgets – all of which are essential to ensure effective support of the Navy’s mission.”

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