Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:30 AM

COFFE luncheons are on a summer break until September.  The luncheons during the September 2017 to May 2018 period were topical and very informative.  Our September speaker was Robert Litwak, a Wilson Center Scholar, who discussed the US/North Korea relationship.  In October, our largest audience of the season turned out to hear General David Petraeus speak on the topic of National Security. The extensive Q & A session demonstrated the breadth and depth of the General’s foreign policy knowledge.  In November, former ambassador Dan Feldman talked and answered questions on the US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With the possibility of a trade war with China looming, our January speaker Patrick Mulloy, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China Trade Policy gave a very informative presentation on the current state of the US/China trade relationship.  He also presented a very insightful historical perspective on past actions and decisions that helped to create the current problems.  With the term “fake news” being talked about daily, our February speaker, Martin Baron, Editor of the Washington Post, conducted a Q&A session on a range of issues including fake news and the role of the media in today’s political environment. in March, Luke Coffey, Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation spoke on the US/NATO relationship. Our April speaker, Dr. Judith M. Feder, Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, showed why she is one of the nation’s leaders in health policy–most particularly, in efforts to understand and improve the nation’s health insurance system. She had a captivated audience as she explained in understandable details the state of the Affordable Care Act and some of the intricacies of long-term care insurance. Our May speaker, the last one before our summer hiatus, was Congressman Don Beyer, the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District.  Congressman Beyer discussed some of his specific proposals and activities, as well as, giving a general overview of the challenges facing the current Congress in this election year.

The luncheons will resume in September with Ambassador Robert M. Beecroft, former Head of the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and former Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College.   He will be followed in October by Max Stier, President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service who will be discussing the challenges facing the federal workforce during the current administration.  Please check back in late August when detailed information about the speaker and topic for the September luncheon will be available.

COFFE was established in November 1988 and we will be celebrating 30 years of “Promoting Quality Public Service” during the luncheon season beginning in September 2018.  Please explore the website to learn more about COFFE.  The “Speakers” page will provide information about the speakers and the topics covered and the “History” page provides information about the formation and objectives of the organization.

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.




Congressman Don Beyer, the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, gave an interesting and very informative presentation on some of his key initiates and interests.  He also shared his views on the opportunities and challenges facing Congress. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer period.

 A full review of Congressman Beyer’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.


Michael Lawliss, a MPA candidate in the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration was selected, from 31 applicants, to receive the 2018 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Michael is a 2014 graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.  He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.  After graduating from the University of Vermont, Michael began working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders as a Legislative Intern before becoming a Staff Assistant and then Legislative Correspondent.  Michael’s ultimate goal is to work at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer so that he can have a role in shaping our foreign policy goals.

In his scholarship application, Michael wrote:  “As someone who has been interested in politics my entire life, I believe public service is the best way I can make a real difference in the lives of the American people.”

With young people like Michael pursuing careers in government, there is a reason for optimism about the future of public service!


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