The annual AFCEA Homeland Security Conference brings together people responsible for the success of homeland security missions and enables the exchange of information about information technology, communications, and electronics. This year, the Honorable Claire M. Grady, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Management, provided the first day’s keynote speech while Deputy Under Secretary for Management Chip Fulghum provided the second day’s keynote remarks. They were backed up by several DHS leaders who joined panel discussions, including myself and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Director Kevin Boshears. Also on a panel were Component Heads of Contracting Activity Michael Derrios, Diane Sahakian, and Bill Weinberg. In the main hall, several DHS small business specialists staffed a booth and made meaningful connections with industry partners. Additionally, individuals from OCPO were recognized at the AFCEA Vigilance awards ceremony for their contributions to strengthening the homeland security enterprise.