A Week of Federal Asset Management Leadership in Washington, D.C.
The Asset Leadership Network and the National Academies of Science Federal Facilities Council co-hosted a seminar as part of a week-long series of activities. The 2015 Asset Management Impact Awards Dinner at the National Press Club and legislative outreach on Capitol Hill were successful elements of the week. A summary is provided.
A Week of Federal Asset Management Leadership in Washington, D.C.
Multiple Successes Achieved During a Week of Asset Leadership in Washington, D.C.
Short summary of key activities followed by a Photo Essay
October 24, 2015, Washington, D.C. – by Michael Bordenaro, Asset Leadership Network Communications Team Leader
Federal Agency support for ISO 55000 asset management; well-received Asset Leadership Impact Awards; and, strong,
bipartisan interest in asset management from key Congressional offices were all registered during a week-long series of
Asset Leadership Network events in Washington, D.C. from October 19 – 23, 2015.
Centered on the Federal Leadership in Asset Management Policy Forum in the historic National Academy of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine facilities on the National Mall, October 20 - 21, the week revealed our Federal Government is
ready to implement improved asset management policies to better support mission objectives and save taxpayer
The Policy Forum was co-sponsored by the Federal Facilities Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering,
and Medicine (FFC Link) and the Asset Leadership Network. Featuring presentations and contributions from many high-
level Federal Executives (Agenda Link), Policy Forum interactive discussions revealed many existing asset management
best practices already in place within sectors and a unified desire for the guidance of ISO 55000 Asset Management
Systems policies and practices.
Alex Kurien, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of U.S. Government-Wide Policy, General Services
Administration stated, “Although I am extremely busy managing eight policies protecting the interests of the American
people, I made time to participate in this Asset Management Forum because supporting advanced asset management
processes, such as adopting ISO 55000, is a clear path to enhancing the stewardship of our Federal Assets and saving
The Asset Leadership Impact Awards Reception and Dinner at the National Press Club recognized individuals and
organizations for their significant impact in asset management programs and processes The Asset Leadership Network
● The National Guard Bureau and the Army National Guard for their use of ISO 55000 to help tie assets to mission;
● The DoD, VA, OMB and NAVFAC for their collaborative efforts to improve management of real property and
● Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) for the introduction of the bipartisan Savings, Accountability, Value, and Efficiency
Act (SAVE Act) to improve Federal asset disposition; and,
● Renowned author Dag Detter for his insight into the management of public assets described in “The Public
Wealth of Nations.”
A day of Legislative Briefings to the offices of numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives resulted in positive,
bipartisan responses for the potential adoption of ISO 55000 concepts to improve the Federal Government. Organized
for the ALN by The Chwat Group (Link), the Legislative Briefings resulted produced consistent interest in simple, short
language that can be added to the budget or to into active legislation. Opportunities and proven solutions, rather than a
recitation of problems, powered the conversations. The consistent, positive interest assured the Asset Leadership
Network that a Legislative Brief will well be received in both Republican and Democratic offices.
Also during the week, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US/TAG) for ISO 55000 meet to discuss an upcoming
international gathering in Japan and the Asset Leadership Network Executive Team meet to discuss immediate
legislative strategy and overall objectives for 2016.
All combined, the week-long series of activities highlighted the consensus approach to ISO 55000 promotion by Asset
Leadership Network Executive Team and provided positive visibility to Patrons Jacobs Engineering, Attainia, Trimble and
Images by Robert Smith and Michael Bordenaro
National Academy of Sciences exterior, reception hall and auditorium (above).
Alex Kurien, GSA Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of U.S. Government-Wide Policy (above), spoke at an Executive
Visioning Session including the leaders of Federal Real Property departments.
Co-hosted by Federal Facilities Council Director Cameron Oskvig, (below) the Policy Forum showed uniformity of interest
in advanced asset management policies, including use of the ISO 55000 series of standards published.
A panel of morning speakers addressing the importance of ISO 55000 series of asset management standards included
(from left to right) Jim Whittaker, President/CEO Facility Engineering Associates; Terry Wireman, Senior Vice President of
Strategic Development, Vesta Partners; Jim Dieter, of TTAMCL and Executive Director of the Asset Leadership Network;
Gareth Lifton, Vice President and Global Asset Management Lead at CH2M Hill; Thomas Smith, University of Wisconsin
Madison, College of Engineering, Faculty Associate/Program Director
Keith Cunningham, Government Accountability Office, Assistance Director, about the need for improved asset
management and cited noteworthy positives examples that can be emulated.
A panel on personal property and real property asset management included (from left to right)
Jim Dieter, TTAMCL and Asset Leadeship Network Executive Director;
Jim Whittaker, President/CEO Facility Engineering Associates;
John Bernhards, Associate Vice President for APPA, the leading international organization for educational facilities;
and Bob Holcombe, Director, Personal Property Management Policy for the General Services Administration, who
served as the panel moderator.
The panel addressing “Managing our Water Infrastructure Assets: Challenges and Opportunities, (from left to right)
- Steven Martinko, recently retired Deputy Chief of Staff for Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the
U.S. House of Representatives and currently K&L Gates Government Affairs Counselor:
- Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs, Director of the Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB) at the National Academy of
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- Dr. Nicole Carter, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy with the U.S. Congressional Research Service
- Douglas E. Ellsworth US Army Corps of Engineers, Senior Asset Management Specialist
- Panel Moderator David Wegner, Senior Scientific Consultant with Jacobs Engineering and former Senior
Professional Staff, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
Industry Sector Summit meetings resulted in assessment that were presented in a panel including, (from left to right)
Michael Bordenaro, Asset Leadership Network Communications Team Leader; Kimon Onuma, president, Onuma, Inc.;
Bob Holcombe, Director, Personal Property Management Policy for the General Services Administration; Marlene Lynne,
Asset Leadership Network Founding Member; Jack Dempsey, Global Buildings Partner, Jacobs Engineers and was
moderator by Cameron Oskvig, Director, Federal Facilities Council.
William Gookin, Mercury, Director Federal Fleet Management Consulting, gave a presentation titled
“Enabling ISO 55000: Strategic Asset Management Planning for Motor Vehicles” that explained ways U.S. Government
agencies are making repeatable progress with improved fleet asset management.
An Asset Leadership Impact Awards reception and dinner was held at the National Press Club on October 21, 2015. In
the foreground, Robert Leibrant, Camcode, is speaking with Gary Fisher, Senior Healthcare Architect at the Office of
Construction and Facility Management in the Department of Veterans Affairs, which shared Asset Leadership Impact
Award for Federal Agency Collaboration with the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency.
Christopher Fischer (above), Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the office of Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) accepted the
2015 Asset Leadership Impact Award for Innovation in Asset Legislation presented for the Introduction of the SAVE Act
of 2015 - H.R. Bill 614. Sponsored by Rep. Murphy, the SAVE Act aligns with key principals of ISO 55000 and promises to
improve disposition of unused Federal assets for deployment by State and Local Governments and as a source of liquid
The 2015 Asset Leadership Impact Award for Federal Agency Collaboration was given jointly to the Depart of Defense
Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs Construction and Facilities Management for their work
on the FED iFM and SEPS2BIM initiatives that visualize asset data on the web for increased efficiency. Also joining in the
Award were the Office of Management and Budget, Budget Systems Branch, MAX.gov Team, U.S. Navy NAVFAC, the
National Institute of Building Sciences and it’s contractor.
Pictured here are:
Front row from left: Pamela Norton, Trimble SketchUp, ALN Patron and initiative participant; Shahid Shah, MAX.gov
consultant; Kimon Onuma, lead consultant.
Top row from left: Michael Blair, Attainia, ALN Patron and initiative participant; Steve Hagan initiative consultant; Jim
Dieter, ALN Executive Director; Gary Fisher, Department of Veterans Affairs, Construction and Facilities Management;
Russ Manning, Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency; Phil Wenger, OMB; and Drew Rouland, National
Institute of Building Sciences
Dag Detter, co-author of “The Public Wealth of Nations” accepted and Asset Leadership Impact Award and issued a
challenge to have the United States look at its public assets in a new way to enable a reduction of national debt.
Jack Dempsey (above) Co-Chaired, the Federal Leadership in Asset Management Policy Forum. Dempsey is Principal,
Global Buildings for Jacobs Engineering, an Asset Leadership Network Patron for the 2014 and 2015 events focused on
the Federal Government.
Not pictured are Asset Leadership Impact Award winners Army National Guard Bureau and the Army National Guard,
who won the 2015 Asset Leadership Impact Award for Leadership in Asset Management.
Jim Dieter, (above), is ALN Executive Director and co-chaired the Forum. He is pictured here at the podium at a Capitol
Hill Club breakfast briefing prior the Legislative Outreach activities on October, 22 2015 organized by John Chwat,
president of The Chwat Group.
“Give instruction unto those who cannot procure it for themselves.”
Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress, 1897
Thank you to Asset Leadership Network Patrons: Jacobs Engineering; Attainia; Trimble; and, Ascot Associates.