Monday, September 23, 2019, 11:30 AM




The average per capita spending on prescription drugs is $1000 and rising, while in other developed countries it is $600. The Trump Administration argues we are subsidizing these other countries, and the drug industry argues that the reason for the prices is their spending on research. The staggering data seem to argue against both excuses. This is an issue which affects all of us, especially those of us who are of “a certain age.”

Bill Corr, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and now working with former Rep. Henry Waxman at the non-profit Waxman Strategies, has co-authored a major study of the problem of skyrocketing prescription drug prices and what can be done about it, which he will discuss on September 23.

Bill has spent the bulk of his impressive career advocating for better healthcare access at almost every level of society.

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.


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.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cyber Security

Will Carter of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) discussed Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cyber Security.  Mr. Carter’s presentation highlighted some of the ways that AI is being used.  He also identified and addressed some of the cybersecurity threats and challenges facing individuals, corporations, and governmental organizations at the local, state and federal levels.

A full review of Mr. Carter’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.


Ms. Lina Stolyar is the recipient of the 2019 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship.

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!”


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