By Meghan Kennedy, Washington Capital Area Chapter President

The Washington Capital Area chapter has had a great winter. We’ve continued our monthly presentation series highlighting some of the best cost analysis work in the region, branched out with social and service events, and successfully conducted our annual membership meeting. There’s a summary of our biggest events below. In addition, our chapter website – – is now live. Check it out for all the latest on events, training, and presentations, as well as how to contact the board. Wishing you a great spring, and we look forward to seeing you in Portland this summer!

Monthly Presentations

The chapter continues to offer a popular monthly lunchtime speaker series. Some of our recent presentations include:

  • January 2017: “Applying Earned Value Management to Agile Software Development Programs”. Presented by Bob Hunt of Galorath Federal. Held at Technomics, Arlington, VA.
  • February 2017: “Better Cost Estimation Through Radically Improved Risk Identification”. Presented by Laurie Wiggins of Sysenex Inc. Held at Tecolote Research, Inc, Arlington, VA.

Planned events include:

  • March 15, 2017: “Failure to Reason: Intuition and Decision Making Under Uncertainty”. Presented by Capt Chris Thomas of AFCAA.
  • 2017 ICEAA National Workshop previews
  • Summer 2017: Chris Graham of DC Brau – forecasting, scheduling, and project management for the beer industry (happy hour presentation)

DC Chapter Service Project

Nine Washington Capital Area members met on the morning of December 4, 2016 to sort food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. It was a great event lauded by the Center director: “You did twice as much as we expected. Thank you so much for coming to volunteer!”

(photo here – Dec 2016 Service Event)

Watch for another chapter networking event, tentatively planned for April.

Annual Membership Meeting

Our annual chapter meeting was held on February 23, 2016 at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA. Over 60 members and guests attended, one of our highest annual meeting turnouts. A huge thanks to our event sponsors – Tecolote Research, Technomics, Cobec Consulting, and Herren – who were instrumental in its success. While it was a great opportunity to network and partake in good food and drink, the business of the meeting included: a chapter board of directors summary, a short update from Megan Jones of the International office, a keynote presentation by Ms. Shateela Winters of Edelman Financial Services, and a presentation of our annual chapter award winners.

We presented five chapter awards for great work and contributions to the cost estimating field during 2016. Our chapter winners will be put forward as nominees in their respective categories for the 2017 ICEAA Association awards presented at the Professional Development and Training Workshop. Congratulations to all of our winners:

Best Luncheon Presentation: Kammy Mann, for “Training Cost Analysts – a Cohesive Pedagogical Framework for Success”

Team Achievement: Columbia Class Component Cost Position Team, NCCA – Alan Behning, Michael Mender, Robert Aspden, Rashmi Kumari, Richard Lee, Catherine O’Keefe, Denitra Carter, Adonis Ajayi, Annette Harris, Uma Sivaramakrishnan, Nicholas Rodriguez, Michael Russano, Thais Canedo, Philip Koenig, Juan Avila, Todd Andrews, Samantha Green, Madeline Miller, Christopher Jensen, Jay Bottelson, Nicholas Lanham, Duncan Thomas, Stephen Pack, Alison Bell, Elise Anderson, Michael Perkins, Kevin Gallagher, Avishek Panth, Brittany Basilone, Matthew Lewis, Angela Buck, Lauren Mauceri, Nicolas Wilkoff, Matt England, Sheridan Ward, Bryan Powers, John Semanchick, Richard Wu, Anne Hasson, Aaron Spinak, Matthew Thomson, Stephen Salisbury

Leadership/Management: Michelle Petre, Technomics, Inc.

Technical Achievement: Nicholas Aaron Lanham, NCCA

Junior Analyst: Brandon Bryant, Technomics, Inc.