CDCA CIC Members

Business Size
Heather Walker 843-746-5311 Large
Derrick Nixon (843) 300-4802 Mid-Size
Gary Jaffe 843-725-2285 Small

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Contracts Industry Council (CIC) Charter

Purpose: To increase the degree of integration and quality of the business partnership between SSC-LANT and industry. The CIC will create a forum with industry partners to develop a culture of continuous improvement in order to produce better products/services for the warfighter.
The CIC will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas to enhance processes to do things smarter, better, and more efficiently and to help the SPAWAR/Industry team co-evolve our technologies to maintain our competitive advantage.
Examples of Initiatives: Initiatives to be pursued by the CIC include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Integration of CMMI into contract vehicles.
  2. Standardization of Interfaces and Business Processes.
    • RFPs/Proposal formats, progress reports, EVM, CPARS, QASPs, etc.
  3. Improving implementation of performance-based and Multiple Award contracting.
  4. Updating of standard labor categories.

CIC Membership

Government Membership: The members of the SSC-LANT Contract Strategy Council, including the Deputy for Small Business, will comprise the Government membership of the CIC.
Government Members: The members of the SSC-LANT Contract Strategy Council, including the Deputy for Small Business, will comprise the Government membership of the CIC.
  • Steve Harnig (Chair)
  • Donna Murphy
  • Kristy Penninger
  • Kelly Cannady
  • Pete Van de Moulebroeke
  • Lisa Rosenbaum
  • Audrey Orvin
  • Sheela Casper
  • Robin Rourk/Timothy Wiand
Industry Membership: A total of six (6) Industry members will comprise the industry membership of the CIC. These industry members will be nominated by the respective Presidents of the Low Country Chapter of AFCEA (3 members) and the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) (3 members). Within each organization, members will be nominated to represent small, mid-sized and large business. Nominees will be approved and appointed by the Chairman of the CIC and will serve a three (3) year term.
Size Definitions: The definition for small, medium and large businesses is as follows:
  • Small – A company with less than the size standard for NAICS 541330, the most frequently applied code for contracts from SPAWAR. The Military and Aerospace Equipment and Military Weapons exemption applies.
  • Medium – A company who is larger than the standard for small, but not on the top 20 federal contractor list as discussed below.
  • Large – A company who is in the top 20 of the most recent Top 100 Federal Contractor list, as published in Washington Technology.
Qualifications for Industry Membership: Industry nominees’ companies must have a Prime Contract with SSC-LANT. In addition, nominees must be a full time employee of the company and be recognized by their Industry partners as having extensive experience and familiarity with the SSC-LANT business model.
Industry Membership Rotation: Beginning June 2011, Industry members will rotate as shown in the table below. Establishing the terms and rotation plan will allow these benefits:
  • Rotation dates align with AFCEA and CDCA elections of Board Members. Thus new Industry candidates can be nominated to the CIC Chair by the new board.
  • Allows AFCEA/CDCA Boards time to plan and nominate candidate replacements.
  • Provides Industry companies the view of CIC member openings and opportunities to apply.
  • Phases change of business size representation.
Industry CIC Rotations
Date Sponsor Size Representative
June 2019 CDCA Mid Derrick Nixon
January 2017 AFCEA Mid Manny Lovgren
June 2017 CDCA Large Heather Walker
January 2018 AFCEA Small Jennifer Osment
June 2018 CDCA Small Gary Jaffe
January 2019 AFCEA Large Amy Bare
In the spirit of sharing involvement with a variety of industry partners, when a member rotates off the council, CDCA and AFCEA will make every effort to identify a qualified replacement from another company.
CIC Industry members will select the individual to be the Team Lead.
Out of Cycle Rotation: Occasionally, industry members must be replaced out of their planned rotation cycle due to status changes or resignations. At these times, the sponsoring organization will make a nomination as quickly as possible to fill the position. Should more than one full calendar year remain in the term for the vacated position at the time the nominee is approved, the nominee will complete the term as scheduled. However, should one year or less remain, the nominee will complete the term and fill the next three year term for the position.
Associate Members: Other professional organizations, such as the Tidewater Area Services Contractors (TASC), National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Women in Defense (WID) and Gulf Coast Government Contractors Association (GCGCA), doing business with SSC LANT may nominate Associate Members. Associate Members are invited to attend  planning, ‘post-review, and action item execution’ meetings with the extended CIC partners, where issues and agendas are discussed; provide feedback to standing CIC members on issues; and submit issues/concerns to CIC members for presentation at meetings. Associate members have the flexibility to select the most competent and productive member from their organization to fulfill the CIC Charter requirements, and serve as their CIC Associate member representative.  Company size of the Associate Member representative is irrelevant as is the requirement that the representative be a member of the Associate Member Executive Board.
In addition, there may be occasions when a requirement arises to add additional Industry or Government representation to the CIC for the purposes of briefing, exercise execution, testing evolutions, etc. When the need arises to add additional representation, it shall be a coordinated effort between current Industry and Government CIC members. Industry members will provide their nomination to the CIC and the Government Chair, to make final appointment. These temporary appointments will remain in place for the duration of the activity requiring the additional personnel.