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Congressman Frank Wolf Discusses Section 815 of NDAA With NVTC

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) met with representatives of the Northern Virginia Technology Council on Monday, November 22, to discuss NVTC's concerns about Section 815 of the Senate Armed Services Committee's reported version of the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As described in last week's eNews, NVTC recently sent letters to Wolf, Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and other members of Virginia's congressional delegation formally requesting their support in advocating that Section 815 be dropped from the NDAA. As proposed, Section 815 attempts to address supply chain risk in the acquisition of sensitive IT systems by giving Defense Department agency heads or delegated senior procurement executives authority to exclude a prime contractor or to direct a prime contractor to exclude a subcontractor as a source of supply without having to disclose the reason for the action. Wolf was the first member of the congressional delegation to meet with NVTC on the issue. Meetings with other members of the delegation are expected in the coming weeks.


Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and NVTC Chairman Brad Antle
during the Section 815 meeting on Monday.
NVTC representatives at Monday's meeting included NVTC Chairman Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions, NVTC Treasurer Robin Lineberger of Deloitte Federal LLP, and NVTC Public Relations Advisor Evan Weisel of Welz & Weisel Communications, as well as representatives from NVTC Board member companies CSC, IBM, Microsoft and Northrop Grumman Information Systems. Congressman Wolf's Chief of Staff Dan Scandling and Appropriations Legislative Assistant Craig Whitham, NVTC Vice President for Policy Josh Levi, Alan Chvotkin of the Professional Services Council, and representatives from TechAmerica were also in attendance.