Tuesday, September 12, 2017
You are invited to join us as we host former congressmen Norm Dicks (D-WA) and George Nethercutt (R-WA); Bruce Evans, Majority Staff Director, Senate Committee on Appropriations; and Alex Keenan, Minority Staff Director, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS & Education for an exclusive look into the changing face of Washington, D.C. Learn about the new landscape for government contracting, best practices in pursuing federal procurements and more as our esteemed panel discusses the ins and outs of working “Inside the Beltway.”
This one-of-a-kind event will provide attendees with timely and topical information for government contractors as well as those companies or individuals who are interested in doing business with the federal government. You will have the rare opportunity to hear from these leading insiders on both sides of the aisle on hot topics and policy priorities that are essential for business and strategic planning. The panel will discuss infrastructure development, deregulation, outsourcing, cybersecurity and more. And all with their unique perspective of Washington’s “new normal.” In addition, you will have direct access to this esteemed panel during the Q&A period as well as during the reception that follows. This is a must attend-event for anyone doing business or seeking to do business with the federal government, CEOs, presidents, CFOs, general counsel and other in-house lawyers, and government relations executives.
This is a complimentary program hosted by DWT’s government contracts practice group.
About the Panelists
Norm Dicks, Former Congressman (D-WA)
Congressman Dicks represented Washington’s 6th district in the House of Representatives for 36 years (from 1977 – 2013) where he received a rare first-term appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a committee he served on for his entire tenure in congress. In addition, he served on and chaired the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee where he made environmental issues a priority and worked tirelessly on issues affecting the National Parks, National Forests, and Native American issues. Congressman Dicks also became the chair of the Defense Appropriations Committee and concluded his tenure in congress as a top-ranking Democratic member on the Defense Appropriations Committee, as well as a top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. From 1990-1998, Congressman Dicks served on the House Intelligence Committee and was awarded the CIA Directors Medal.
Former Congressman George Nethercutt (R-WA)
Congressman Nethercutt represented Washington’s 5th District from 1995-2005. He was first elected to Congress in 1994 in a dramatic election in which he unseated Speaker of the House Tom Foley. Congressman Nethercutt sat on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Science Committee. Currently he is the chairman of Nethercutt Consulting and he also founded the George Nethercutt Foundation aimed at fostering civic involvement.
Bruce Evans, Staff Director, Senate Committee on Appropriations
Staff Director Evans currently serves as the staff director for the Senate Committee on Appropriations. He has had a long and distinguished career in the senate and is widely known for his knowledge of the appropriations process. Previously he served as chief of staff to Senator Thad Cochran. Prior to that, he directed Republican staff on the Senate Appropriations Committee, addressing federal spending matters and preparing the annual budget, and served as staff director for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Alex Keenan, Democratic Staff Director, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS & Education
Staff Director Keenan has vast experience driving budget decisions at a variety of federal agencies. Currently he serves as the Democratic staff director for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS & Education. He has also worked as the staff director for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee (from 2009-2015). Previously he served as the chief financial officer at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and worked as the budget director at the FAA, during which time he dealt extensively with various congressional committees and appropriations panels. Staff Director Keenan also has more than two decades of experience in the executive branch, having spent 10+ years analyzing budgetary fine print for the Office of Management and Budget and the Justice Department.
Note: In D.C., registration begins at 4:30 p.m., program at 5 p.m., and reception and “meet and greet” with panelists at 6:30 p.m. The event will be livestreamed to Davis Wright Tremaine’s offices in Seattle (2 p.m.), Portland, Oregon (2 p.m.), and Anchorage, Alaska (1 p.m.).