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The Department of Homeland Security is a wide-ranging federal cabinet department with an annual budget of more than $40 billion, and with substantial procurement and grant-making functions.

This webinar will:
(1) provide an overview of DHS' organization, including its operating agencies such as TSA, CBP, FEMA, Coast Guard, and others;
(2) discuss its procurement and grant-making challenges and strategies; and
(3) explain unique aspects of DHS' procurement rules as compared to other major federal agencies, e.g., differences between DHS procurement rules and the DOD procurement rules.

Speakers will include two former senior officials from DHS.
About Our Presenters ...
Stephen Heifetz, Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP


Stephen Heifetz is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office, where he helps clients navigate laws and policies at the nexus of international business and security.  He has worked in senior levels of the federal government and uses that experience to provide counseling regarding legal compliance and political risk, conduct internal investigations, and defend against government investigations and enforcement actions.  He is particularly experienced in the following areas:
  • Foreign investment reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
  • The Defense Department’s National Industrial Security Program (NISPOM) and its Foreign Ownership and Influence (FOCI) rules
  • Anti-money laundering laws administered by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), bank regulatory agencies, and other financial regulators
  • Economic sanctions administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and by the United Nations Security Council
  • United Nations Security Council resolutions, UN monitoring groups, and related rules and investigations
  • Travel and transportation facilitation programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), particularly the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Global Entry, and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
  • Cargo screening rules administered by DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agencies
  • Passenger screening rules administered by TSA
  • The SAFETY Act and other private sector counter-terrorism and preparedness programs administered by DHS
  • Anti-corruption laws (e.g., the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) enforced by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Security rules related to visa processing, administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in conjunction with an array of US security agencies
  • Codes of conduct applicable to private security providers
  • Private sector interface with the US intelligence and security establishments
About Our Presenters ...
Alan Cohn, Of Counsel
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Alan Cohn advises clients from a range of industries on cybersecurity, blockchain, and distributed ledger technology issues, and other national security and emerging technology issues. Mr. Cohn is co-chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Digital Currency practice. He serves as counsel to the Blockchain Alliance, a public-private forum established by a broad coalition of companies and organizations to help combat criminal activity on the blockchain, and advises companies and investors concerning a range of issues associated with the adoption and use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Mr. Cohn also coordinates the Coalition for Responsible Cybersecurity, which was formed by leading cybersecurity companies to prevent dual-use export control rules from harming defensive cybersecurity products, services, and technologies.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohn served in senior policy positions at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for almost a decade, most recently as the assistant secretary for strategy, planning, analysis & risk and second-in-charge overall of the DHS Office of Policy. 

Andrew D. Irwin, Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Andrew D. Irwin is a partner in Steptoe’s Washington office. He focuses his practice at the intersection of international regulatory law and government procurement, concentrating primarily on corporate investigations and related compliance counseling.  He has a particular background in laws and regulations that relate to export controls/sanctions, foreign corruption, and government contracting fraud.  He also has considerable experience in general corporate ethics/compliance counseling, as well as ethics/compliance program administration and development. He has conducted investigations and reviews in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (including on the ground in wartime Iraq).  Prior to coming to Steptoe, Mr. Irwin spent several years as inside counsel for one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies.

Mr. Irwin has been an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, a guest lecturer for its Government Contracts Program, and has given numerous CLE presentations on a wide range of international and government contracts topics for Federal Publications Seminars. His CLE presentations have included developing and teaching a course on ITAR compliance and voluntary disclosures as well as a course on the fundamentals of government contracts.  He also has developed, and co-teaches, Federal Publications’ live course regarding the FCPA.  He is also a frequent author on government contracts, international regulatory matters such as export controls/FCPA, and corporate compliance.  In 2011 he hosted, with Lucinda Low, a multi-part series of video tutorials for Thomson Reuters on global corruption issues and coordinated the firm's production of a series of videos on export control reform for Thomson Reuters in 2014.