Monday, January 28, 2019, 11:30 AM

Gregory Feifer

Journalist and Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian Studies


Nearly, every 24-hour news cycle contains a news item related to Russia.  Whether it is about meddling in U.S. elections or trying to expand their military and diplomatic overtures to other countries around the world, Russia is in the news. Vladimir Putin is determined to bring Russia back to what he believes is its rightful position among the world powers.  Our January speaker will offer insights that may help us in understanding the rationale behind the current chaos in the world order. 

COFFE’s January speaker is journalist Gregory Feifer whose book, Russians: The Power Behind the People (Twelve, 2014), “explores the seeming paradoxes of life in Russia by unraveling the nature of its people and what it is in their history, desires, and conception of themselves that makes them baffling to the West.”

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.


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COFFE was established in November 1988 and we are celebrating 30 years of “Promoting Quality Public Service” during this luncheon season (September 2018 – May 2019).  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.



COFFE’s November speaker, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an internationally renowned expert on the immune system, was appointed Director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at NIH in November 1984. A recurring theme in Dr. Fauci’s presentation was the inevitability of the emergence of new infectious diseases and the reemergence of older ones. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

A full review of Dr. Fauci’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