DII Participates on Panel for ABA Debarment & Suspension Committee
Michele Brown, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at Leidos, represented DII as the Vice-Chair of the Working Group on a panel for the ABA Debarment & Suspension Committee on January 21, 2021 on “Key Considerations for Contractor Ethics & Compliance Programs.” The panel included Derek Santos, Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution), Suspending & Debarring Official for the Air Force, and Kerry Hotopp, Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity), Suspending & Debarring Official for the Navy, and was moderated by Mike Wagner, a Partner at Covington and Co-Chair of the Committee. The robust discussion covered a range of topics, including why it is important to have a well-developed and effective program in the context of a present responsibility determination, the most challenging elements of a program to get right, the integration of procedures for evaluating and making mandatory disclosures, how to incentivize ethical behavior, and best practices for keeping the program fresh and current.
DII Welcomes Its Newest Members
ABL Space Systems
Cambridge International Systems Inc.
Rhea Space Activity LLC
4th Quarter 2020 Best Practices Webinar Recap
DII held a successful 4th Quarter webinar on December 8, 2020 on the topic of the Department of Justice’s Updated Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The speakers were Matthew (Matt) Miner (Morgan Lewis, Partner) and Daniel (Dan) Kahn (Department of Justice Criminal Division, Head of Fraud Section). Matt and Dan gave a brief overview of the FCPA and then dove into a robust discussion and question and answer session led by the webinar facilitator and Working Group member, Cecilia Showalter (Aerojet Rocketdyne).
3rd Quarter 2020 Best Practices Webinar Recap
DII held a successful 3rd Quarter webinar on September 22, 2020 on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion E_orts in the Defense Industry as Impacted by 2020. The speakers were Josef Allen (GE Aviation, Chief Diversity O_cer), Suzanne Raheb (Lockheed Martin Corporation, Corporate Supplier Diversity Leader), Laura Maechtlen (Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department and Co-Chair of National Diversity & Inclusion Action Team). Josef, Suzanne and Laura led a robust discussion on the actions their organizations have been taking in 2020 as it relates to diversity and inclusion.
Vice Chair Announcement
In September 2019, the Defense Industry Initiative (DII) Steering Committee amended its charter to add Vice Chair positions to the DII Steering Committee and Working Group. DII is proud to announce that Roger Krone, CEO of Leidos, has accepted the position of Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, effective June 15 2020. Roger will be supported by Michele Brown, Leidos SVP, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel, as the Vice Chair of the Working Group.
In June 2021, Roger will assume the role of Chair for the DII Steering Committee, supported by Michele as the Chair of the DII Working Group. Leidos has been an active member of DII since 1987. We thank Roger and Michele for their dedication to the organization and industry and look forward to DII’s continued growth and impact over the next year.
COVID-19 Members-Only Call Series
On May 28, 2020, DII hosted the first call of a series geared towards sharing best practices and ideas on how our industry is navigating the many nuances we have been facing as a result of the global pandemic. The call was facilitated by Working Group members Joy Hayes (Boeing), Trish Olson (Raytheon Technologies), Cris Potter (SAIC), and Matthew Griggs, GE Aviation. The topics discussed, generally, included Ethics & Compliance issues surrounding cyber risk, procurement risk, privacy and data analytics.
The second call was hosted on June 19 from 11 AM - 12 PM. The call was facilitated by Working Group members Joy Hayes (Boeing), Blair Marks (Lockheed Martin), Shauna Brookshier (SAIC), and Kim Kaminski (BAE). The topics discussed, generally, included considering permanent telework, return from telework, and risk with engagement challenges.
2nd Quarter Best Practices Webinar
DII held a successful 2nd Quarter webinar on May 27, 2020 on the topic of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model. Our presenters were Charles “Chuck” Neff¬ of Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. and Tracy Scroggins of United Launch Alliance. There were 78 attendees with 51 companies represented.
Chuck and Tracy provided an overview of the new Department of Defense unified cybersecurity standards for acquisitions to help protect controlled unclassified information. Included in their presentation was a discussion of the requirements, examples that have led up the requirements, the actions being taken by companies with examples from both the prime contractor and the supplier perspective and how the ethics and compliance group is supporting the cybersecurity requirement effort.
Federal Publications Five-Part Webinar Series: Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers
DII recently conducted a five part webinar series with Federal Publications entitled “E_ective Ethics Programs for Suppliers” which was based on Lockheed Martin’s materials of the same topic. The webinars took place on April 7th, 15th, 28th, May 5th and May 12th.
In total, over 200 attendees participated. Over 29 states, District of Columbia, New Delhi, India were represented. The topics covered were:
(1) Why You Need An Ethics Program
(2) Setting Up An Ethics Program
(3) Developing Policies, Procedures and Codes of Conduct to Mitigate Risks
(4) Training and Communication On Ethics and Assessing Your Ethics Program
(5) Enabling Employees to Speak Up and Addressing Issues Raised
A special thanks to our speakers David Gebler of Lockheed Martin, J.B. Wakefield of G.E., Blair Marks of Lockheed Martin, Michael Miller of Health Net Federal Services, Shauna Brookshire of SAIC and Cecilia Showalter of Aerojet-Rocketdyne. We would also like to thank Federal Publications for co-sponsoring and advertising this webinar series.
Recordings of the webinar series can be accessed via the following link: https://www.fedpubseminars.com/FPSOnline/WebinarSeries/Effective-Ethics-Programs-for-Suppliers/?id=60