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


  • We assist member companies to better understand government directions, funding, programs, and objectives.
  • We benchmark and share knowledge about conducting R&D and commercial contract activities with the gov’t to increase member effectiveness and revenue in these transactions.
  • We monitor Federal Acquisition Legislation, Regulations, and Policies and encourage the adoption of commercial practices that lower acquisition costs to the government and promote US economic growth and job creation.
  • We educate and inform government stakeholders about the potential
    contribution of member companies.

IDCC Goals

  1. Meet with Federal Agencies, laboratories, and government funded institutes and consortia to:
    1. Learn about their priorities, programs, objectives, processes, and technology needs,
    2. Communicate technology strengths of IDCC companies that might best match their needs (or best meet their program goals)
    3. Discuss the processes and barriers that impede government access to the very best developments in commercial R&D labs.
    4. Learn about capabilities and developed technologies.
    5. Obtain valuable contacts in Federal Agencies to promote your company’s business and R&D.
  2. Learn about and respond (as requested) to existing and proposed statutory and regulatory actions that affect commercial enterprise interactions with the Federal government.
    1. Work for clear, broadly used definition of Commercial Entity, Commercial Item, and non-traditional contractor.
    2. Track changes in acquisition procedures/policy and support acquisition reform improvements that more closely parallel the commercial business practices.
  3. Promulgate and learn how best to use commercial practices in government agreements, as well as, understand issues for government contract options.
    1. Collect tools and examples of commercial to government agreements including OTA and TIA’s.
    2. Define opportunities for training.
    3. Understand and mitigate the contract burden of traditional government contracts.
    4. Identify opportunities to simplify government contracting and execution.

IDCC Chairpersons 1991-Present

  • Robert C. Spreng, 3M
  • Gregory Barthold, Aloca
  • 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.
  • Mitch Dibbs, Dow Chemical Co.
  • Morgan Sibbald, The Sherwin Williams Co.
  • Michelle Toth, The Dow Chemical Co.
  • Uwe Beuscher- W.L. Gore & Associates


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