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Alan Chvotkin of Professional Services Council: Did the VA Miss the Forest While Looking Only at the Trees In Buying Suicide Prevention Gun Locks?

Jeff Brody
Alan Chvotkin

Every once in a while, a GAO bid protest decision is issued that catches my attention for reasons having nothing to do with the underlying legal issue being decided. Such was the case with the June 3, 2019 decision in Veterans4You, Inc., that challenged a solicitation issued by the Government Publishing Office on behalf of the VA to procure suicide prevention locks. If you’re asking what the Government Publishing Office is doing buying suicide prevention locks, you’re raising the same question I did.

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About Alan Chvotkin

Alan Chvotkin has served as the executive vice president and counsel for the Professional Services Council since 2001 and is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. Prior to joining PSC, Chvotkin was vice president of Government Services for AT&T. He also served as the corporate director of government relations and senior counsel with the Sundstrand Corporation. He also has 13 years experience as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill and served on the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

Currently, Chvotkin is a member of the American, Supreme Court and the District of Columbia Bar Associations. He serves as a fellow and member of the national board of advisors for the National Contract Management Association. He co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association. Chvotkin also is a founding member and a continuing leader of the federal contracting industry’s Acquisition Reform Working Group.

Chvotkin graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He also earned a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

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