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  COFFE’s NEXT LUNCHEON 

Monday, October 28, 2019, 11:30 AM

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS?

Congressman Jamie Raskin
Member of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees

There are seemingly almost hourly updates on Congressional activities that focus on the House Judiciary or Oversight Committees. What does it all mean? And, where are the Congress and the country headed relative to all the inquiries and hearings? You may not get specific answers to your questions and concerns but you should have a better perspective of where it all may be leading after the presentation by COFFE’s October luncheon speaker, Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Congressman Raskin proudly represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes parts of Montgomery, Carroll, and Frederick Counties. Congressman Raskin was sworn into his second term at the start of the 116th Congress on January 3, 2019.

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.  The dues help support  the COFFE Scholarship and our alliance with the Arlington County, VA school system to promote public sevvice by sponsoring a teacher’s attendance at our luncheons.  The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership and thereby 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.

LUNCHEON REGISTRATION

To RSVP for the luncheon please click on the link below. In the body of the email write your name and if bringing guests, please list each person’s name on a separate line. A confirmation email will be sent when your request is processed. Register here for luncheon.

MOST RECENT LUNCHEON

FACTORS IMPACTING THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Bill Corr, COFFE’s September luncheon speaker, outlined many of the issues that impact drug pricing. Some of the problems are associated with the way that drug patents are issued and regulated. Mr. Corr’s presentation was followed by an extensive and lively question and answer session.

A full review of Mr. Corr’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.

PROMOTING QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE 

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.

2019 COFFE PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Ms. Lina Stolyar is the recipient of the 2019 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship.  Ms Stoylar accepted the scholarship and gave brief remarks at the September 2019 COFFE luncheon.

Ms. Stolyar is a 1st year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her goal is to pursue a career in public service aimed at addressing health inequities and ensuring accessible and affordable health care to all. Her professor, Judith Feder, states in her nomination that during her first semester, “Lina demonstrated the intelligence, enthusiasm, and dedication to evidence-based policy that will make her a star in public service.

In order to help pay for her education, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant for McCourt’s Negotiation class and currently serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Jean Mitchell. Lina’s initiative, ability, and commitment are further demonstrated by an award she and her fellow MPP classmate Emilia Calmat received as winners of the Georgetown Public Policy Challenge. They received $3,000 to implement their innovative project, Breathe Easy–a proposal designed to address DC’s high asthma prevalence and ER utilization rates by supporting home visits by community health workers.”

Professor Feder concluded Ms. Stolyar with the following: “I’m confident this will just be the beginning of a stellar public service career that will make you proud, as I am, that you helped her on her way!”

ABOUT COFFE

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