News & Events

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


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DII hosts a joint DOD Ethics Office and DII Brown Bag lunch meeting

DII and the Government Interagency Ethics Council hosted a joint lunch and learn on Tips on How to Make Your Ethics Program More Effective on April 25, 2019 at the Boeing offices in Washington, D.C. There was a panel and table top discussions on the topics of benchmarking and communication.


DII hosts a successful Best Practice Forum

DII members from over 21 companies came together for a 2 day conference on June 13th and 14th, 2019, to discuss best practices in the industry. The conference was attended by approximately 250 Ethics and Compliance Professionals. In addition to 2 distinguished keynote speakers there were 8 U.S. government speakers who presented at the conference.


DII Working Group member quoted in industry article

Jamal Ahmed, the Vice President, Internal Audit at Day & Zimmerman (and a DII Working Group Member) was recently quoted in an article by Carl R. Oliver in the September/October 20198 Ethikos article entitled "The Goldilocks Principle and the Proper HERO: Perspective on the ethics and compliance mission." HERO stands for "High Reliability Organization." The article discusses approaches to ethics that seek to find the spot between "to hard" and "to easy." Hence the reference to Goldilocks. Mr. Ahmed discusses his goal of "doing the right thing in everything we do" and that "business ethics is more than following the rules; it is about doing the right thing regardless of the rules." The article can be read in full at the link provided below.

http://bit.ly/2PUYLAY


News Briefs


DII meets with Navy Suspension and Debarment Officials
On August 30, 2018, a delegation from DII met with the Navy Suspension and Debarment Official and his staff to discuss DII and to listen to Navy concerns about contractors' compliance programs.

DII Meets with Navy and Air Force Ethics counsel
On October 24, 2018, a delegation from DII met with Air Force and Navy Ethics counsel to discuss DII and issues relating to post-employment restrictions

DII Comments on Transparency International's Proposed 2019 Defense Company Index and Evaluation
On November 2, 2018, DII submitted comments to Transparency International on TII's proposed 2019 Defense Company Index and Evaluation process.

DII Attends APTAC Conference
On November 12-14, 2018, DII attended the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers fall meeting in Washington, D.C. The APTAC organization represents the companies that run technical assistance centers for the SBA around the country to help small businesses learn how to comply with the many requirements in a government contract. As part of that conference, DII was included in the APTAC fall magazine. See page 6 of the attachment. Thanks to all that attended

DII Attends NACA Conference
On November 14, 2018, DII presented an hour long session at the Native American Contractors Association. NACA is focused on protecting and enhancing opportunities for Native government contractors and being the voice of Native 8(a) companies in Washington, D.C. Thanks to all that attended.

DII to Meet with Air Force Suspension and Debarment Official
On December 13, 2018, DII will meet with the Air Force Suspension and Debarment official to discuss DII and to listen to Air Force concerns about contractor compliance programs.


DII participates in NCMA conference

July 22-24 2018, Cleveland, Ohio

NCMA.jpgIn an attempt to expand engagement with government stakeholders and 3rd party organizations, the DII for the second year was an exhibitor at this year’s National Contract Management Association (NCMA) conference, called World Congress, held July 22-24 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The NCMA World Congress is the largest educational event for contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals which was attended by over 2,000 individuals this year from government (federal, state, and local), industry, and commercial business.

Tom McDaniel from Harris Corporation, Kim Kaminski from BAE Systems, and DII administrator Don Featherstun from Seyfarth Shaw shared DII’s compelling mission to attendees.

To learn more about how your company can implement and continually improve its ethics and compliance program, visit the Membership page.

Industry Expert says that DII "has made a difference"

DII was recently held out as an example for how other industries can approach ethics and compliance. The following article suggest DII’s approach for Silicon Valley. The final conclusion is that efforts like DII “make a difference.”

Read the complete article (Quartz at Work)