Monday, February 26, 2018, 11:30 AM



Print journalism has been beleaguered from many sides – the increasing availability of digital news, the loss of subscribers, and the attacks by the current administration’s charges of fake news.  The Washington Post, however, has been buoyed up by billionaire Jeff Bezos and the appointment of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martin “Marty” Baron, who became executive editor of The Washington Post in 2013. He oversees print and digital news operations and a staff of about 650 journalists.

Before joining the Post, Baron was the editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years. Under his leadership, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. The paper won the Pulitzer for Public Service in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn, Westpark, in Rosslyn, VA. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a social period followed by lunch, the presentation, and a question and answer session and ends by 1:30 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $25 for COFFE members and $30 for non-members.

We urge non-members who attend luncheons to help support COFFE by joining.   The annual dues are $30 – tax deductible.  The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership to make COFFE a more forceful voice in the growing movement to protect civil servants.

We wish to thank our partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for helping to spread the word about COFFE”s luncheons.




January’s speaker Patrick Mulloy described how U.S. trade policies enabled China to build its industrial base—the source of its political power.  Mulloy stressed the importance of history to an understanding of China’s approach to industrialization, power, and international relationships.

A full review of Mr. Mulloy’s presentation is included in the COFFE News which is distributed to COFFE members.  Join COFFE and stay informed even on those occasions when you cannot attend the monthly luncheon.


In collaboration with the Arlington Public School System and to promote interest in public service, COFFE has initiated a program where one teacher each month is able to attend our luncheon, as our guest. Both teachers and students benefit from this collaboration.


Scott Vehstedt, a Ph.D. Candidate, ABD American History at American University received the 2017 COFFE Scholarship. In Scott submission, he stated, “After the completion of my Ph.D., I hope to go to work for a think tank or research organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the American people. With public trust in our institutions dangerously low, it will be incumbent upon future generations to restore our collective faith in our systems. I am most especially interested in educating youths on the importance of civic responsibility and helping them discern the difference between facts, opinions, and outright falsehoods… We must ensure that the next generation of Americans is armed with the tools of critical analysis that will allow them to discern truth from falsehood in a world in which information is everywhere, freely available and so frequently false.”


Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues.  COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member.  Read More