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  Recap of the October 10, 2012 GovConNet Member Meeting Topic: United States Customs and Border Protection Trends in Federal Government Procurement and Implementation Diane Sahakian, Deputy Executive Director, Procurement, Office of Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) presented to MCCC members trends in government procurement and how they are being implemented at CBP, which is one of the  largest and most complex components of DHS.  She provided an... Read More
From left to right: Vice-Chair Gus Bauman, Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier, and MCCC President & CEO Gigi Godwin Vice-Chair Gus Bauman introduced the Committee and welcomed the guest speaker Francoise Carrier, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board. Ms. Carrier spoke about the process for filling the Planning Director vacancy. The timeline is to have someone in place by early 2013. The planning board has selected candidates to interview who have strong backgrounds in planning and... Read More
Representatives from the largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank joined forces today with the Advocacy Center, U.S. Commercial Services and Sheladia Associates, Inc., to educate the attending businesses on the magnitude of Global opportunity and how to compete for procurements.   The Keynote speaker was Mr. Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations, U.S.... Read More
Vice-Chair Josh Bokee welcomed the committee and introduced Montgomery County Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jennifer Hughes. Ms. Hughes began by presenting an overview of the Montgomery County budget and its organizational structure. She spoke about oversight and accountability including the County's internal audit, annual audit of financial statements by an independent audit, and CountyStat. CountyStat is an effort to investigate County spending and report on their... Read More
Vice-Chair Judy Stephenson introduced the committee and welcomed our speakers Al Wurglitz and Colleen Pleasant Kline from Miles & Stockbridge, PC. The speakers presented about the potential impact of federal sequestration on Small Businesses. Mr. Wurglitz discussed the Congrssional issues that most effect the American economy including funding the federal government through a continuing resolution, extending the Bush tax cuts, raising the debt limit, and sequestration. He spoke about the... Read More
  Jay Wilson (left) and Francisco Cartagena (center) address the economic development committee. Co-Chair Stew Edelstein introduced Jay Wilson and Francisco Cartagena from Justice for Students in America and the Montgomery County Young Democrats to speak about the economic case for the Maryland Dream Act. Francisco Cartagena began the conversation by describing himself as a "Maryland Dreamer", or an undocumented immigrant looking to pursue an education in the State. He told his... Read More
On September 12, 2012, Michael J. Schrier, Counsel, Jackson Kelly PLLC and Eric Whytsell, Manager, Jackson Kelly PLLC provided members with key information on the topic of sequestration. Sequestration is a mechanism through which automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are made. The Budget Control Act of 2011 will initiate sequestration if 1) Congress approves spending higher than caps set forth in the law or 2) a plan from the Super Committee fails to become law. Its implementation will... Read More
From left: Small Business Committee Co-chair Charles Atwell, Acting Manager of Business Relations and Compliance for Montgomery County Department of General Services Grace Denno, Director of Montgomery County Department of General Services David Dise, Vice-Chair of Small Business Committee Judy Stephenson, and Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Gigi Godwin  Vice-Chair Judy Stephenson welcomed the committee and introduced David Dise, Director of... Read More

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