WASHINGTON – Today the IT Alliance for the Public Sector (ITAPS), a division of ITI, announced it has hired Eminence Griffin, an experienced legislative counsel who worked for the past several years on federal procurement issues for House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), as the new ITAPS Director of Federal Procurement and Legislative Counsel. Griffin’s work will focus on ITAPS’s advocacy to move the federal information technology (IT) acquisition system from maintaining costly, vulnerable legacy IT systems–which account for approximately 78% of the $82 billion spent on federal IT–to new, agile technology solutions goods and services.
“Eminence is one of the most well-respected congressional staffers on federal procurement issues,” Senior Vice President for the Public Sector Trey Hodgkins said. “Her experience will be a tremendous asset to our member companies as we work with policymakers to fix a broken acquisition system to move the government away from its dependence on antiquated and risky legacy systems to cutting edge technologies.”
Prior to joining ITAPS, Griffin served on the democratic staff of the House Small Business Committee as a counsel and professional staffer since May 2010. Her work focused on federal procurement, especially small business contracting in the federal marketplace, and oversight of the Small Business Administration, Department of Defense (DOD), and the General Services Administration. During her time with the committee, Griffin’s work saw the passage of several procurement reforms included in the National Defense Authorization Act, the DOD funding bill that is passed by Congress annually.
Griffin received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University. In addition, she studied government procurement law at the George Washington University Law School.
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