Goals and History


Enable commercial companies to more effectively collaborate with the Federal Government using commercial practices, as much as possible:

  • By monitoring Federal Acquisition legislation, regulations, and policies to encourage the adoption of commercial practices that lower acquisition costs to the government and promote US economic growth and job creation
  • By assisting member companies to better understand government directions, programs, and objectives.
  • By educating and informing government stakeholders about the potential contribution of commercial companies.
  • By benchmarking and sharing knowledge regarding government R&D and commercial contract activities to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of these operations

IDCC Goals

  1. Learn about and respond (as requested) to proposed statutory and regulatory actions that affect commercial enterprise interactions with the Federal government.
    • Work for clear, broadly used definition of Commercial Entity (or business unit or non-traditional contractor.) – follow up on provided sample language.
    • Support acquisition reform improvements that more closely parallel the Uniform Commercial Code.
  2. Meet with Federal Agencies and laboratories (particularly DoD and DOE) to:
    • Learn about their priorities and technology needs,
    • Understand priorities and processes for targeted agencies,
    • Communicate technology strengths of IDCC companies that might best match their needs, (or best meet their program goals)
    • Discuss the processes and barriers that impede government access to the very best developments in commercial R&D labs.
  3. Broaden use of Other Transaction Authority (OTAs and TIAs).
    • Within DOE focusing on two offices: FE (Fossil Energy) and EERE (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy).
    • Focus on DoD.
    • Develop a generic OTA justification statement and model OTA.

IDCC Chairpersons 1991 TO Present

  • Robert C. Spreng, 3M
  • Gregory Barthold, Alcoa
  • Fred Abbott, DuPont
  • Ward Collins, Dow Corning
  • Merritt Marquardt, 3M
  • Vincent Sullivan, IBM
  • Stanley D. Fry, Eastman Kodak
  • Fred J. Quan, Corning, Inc.
  • James W. Brown, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Chris Herbst, Eaton Corporation
  • Scott Boyce, Dow Chemical Co
  • Diane Guerrazzi, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Neil O'Brien, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
  • Morgan Sibbald, The Sherwin Williams Co.
  • Russell Smith, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.


  • Government and Government Related Speakers
  • Government Contract Experts and Attorneys

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