Imagine Nation ELC 2018

Philadelphia, PA | October 14-17 2018

Join us at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to collaborate and bring forward new innovations that will drive further advances in IT modernization, design the blueprint for tomorrow’s workforce, create new business models that take advantage of emerging technologies and fortify our nation’s data networks to achieve enterprise resilience.  Receive 20 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).

Three days in Philadelphia will change how government and industry work together.  For the people.  By the people.

Hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC)

Industry Member Registration Fee:  $1,895.00 per attendee (*no limit on attendees from the same company)
Industry Non-Member Registration::  $2,495.00 per attendee

Government Standard Fee:  $695.00 per attendee
Government Group Discount (4 or more):  $495.00 per attendee

(Hotel rooms are available in the room block; details provided after registration.)

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Innovating foR mission delivery

Imagine one place and time where government and industry come together on neutral ground and stand united in the collaborative pursuit of the greater good.

This year, ELC has been truly reimagined featuring a larger and open conference space, with a Partner Pavilion, TechKnow Showcase, and a Center Stage - in addition to traditional Tracks and Sessions.


Agenda - By Track

Business Innovation

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 1
Getting Real - Mission Value Being Achieved through Technological Innovations

Leading federal and commercial entities have already generated business-model-altering results through embracing automation, AI, and DevOps.

  • This panel will explore actual experience and hands on demos of industry or government implementation of emerging technologies and will explore the business model impacts short medium and longer term.
  • It will consider impact on: 1) cost of service delivery; 2) quality of service delivery; 3) human impacts; 4) creation of real options and other relevant experience that can impact service to the citizen.
  • Includes demos & case studies

Tony Cossa - OCI Senior Product Strategist, Oracle

Paul Gibson - Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Justin Wear - Director of Design Research, Capgemini Invent

Business Innovation : Embracing the Digital Revolution 

Learning Objectives: 

1. See actual examples of the impact of speed and quality driven by DevOps and automated testing at USCIS.
2. Learn about cost and service delivery improvements driven in a major outsourcing company's back office through implementation of robotic process automation.
3. Hear about how machine learning is changing the economics of service delivery in a major US Federal agency.

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 1
Technology Business Management - Tools to Transform Mission Delivery

This panel will give an overview of what TBM is, what it measures, and the kinds of conversations and decisions about incremental and transformational change the tool enables. Overview + Case study.


Sheena Burrell - IT Business Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jason Gray - Chief Information Officer, U. S. Department of Education

Denise Hill - Senior Technical Advisor, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy

Raymond Lewis - Deputy Program Manager, EIS PMO, General Services Administration

Thomas H. Murphy - VP for Information Technology and the University CIO, University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Morrison - Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Federal Government, Office of Management and Budget

Dave Newberry - Business Development, Leidos

Todd Tucker - Vice President, Standards, Research & Education, Technology Business Management Council

Bill Zielinski - Acting Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, General Services Administration

Business Innovation: Embracing the Digital Revolution

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 1
If Data is the New Oil, How Might Government Create Value From its Massive Proven Reserves?

No global entity has as many repositories of data and information as the U.S. Federal government. These untapped data reserves require extraction to produce the enegy needed for overall mission efficiency and effectiveness as well as economic growth.

  • Today the federal government has an opportunity to create a modern infrastructure to extract, transport, refine, and distribute this internal resource in incredible and innovative ways.
  • Commercial tools (e.g., analytics, natural language processing, automation, and artificial intelligence) are rapidly maturing in a way that can tranform the federal business model to produce remarkable governance and new economic growth that are yet to be imagined.

Avi Bender – Director , National Technical Information Service

Vincent Bridgeman – Vice President, National Security Services, Redhorse Corporation

Adam Goldberg –  Executive Architect, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) at the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service

William Spencer - Director - Government-Wide Category Management PMO, General Services Administration

Tom Temin - Federal News Radio

Business Innovation : Embracing the Digital Revolution

Learning Objectives: 

1.  Trigger the imagination of agency leadership and industry partners regarding the potential energy that exists within the government's data reserves.
2.  Learn what some of the best, most forward thinking agencies and companies are doing to take advantage of AI, automation, and algorithms to create value.
3.  Understand technological, policy, political, social and human barriers that need to be considered in data initiatives.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 1
The Oxygen of Technology -- The Network

The transition from Networx to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) represents a significant shift from traditional telecom, to fully converged technical capabilities leveraging a fully aware, flexible and secure network infrastructure. A futurist will walk the audience through the next 10 years out, the end of the next decade, 2028- 2030 to show us how consumption will change and what agencies will need to do as it relates to the Citizen experience and expectations. An agency and industry panel will discuss the transition, how they will address the requirements of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), whether this will be an evolution or revolution and how modern telecommunications will be the nervous system / oxygen to make it all possible.


Tom Cuneo - Vice President, Vision Technologies, Inc. (moderator)

Jeff Flick - Transition Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Crystal Philcox - Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Category Management, GSA

Jim Soltys - Senior Fellow, Noblis

Business Innovation: Embracing the Digital Revolution

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Provide a potential long-term of the future of Federal government telecommunications into the next decade.                                                                        
  2. Examine how the convergence of mobility, IoT, security and customer expectations will evolve as agencies modernize.                                                          
  3. Explore strategies for evolutionary and revolutionary change in Federal network architectures/infrastructures.

Enterprise Resilience

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 11:35am to 12:00pm
Center Stage
Face-Off: IT Contractors Working with the Government Must Have Cyber Insurance

Cyber-insurance is used to protect businesses and individual users from Internet-based risks, and risks relating to information technology infrastructure and activities.

  • Over the past 24 months, the discussion around cybersecurity has changed from a technical problem to be solved to a major risk that needs to be managed. In the United States, no discussion of major risk management can be held without addressing the role of the insurance industry.
  • Cybersecurity is no different. Insurance is embedded in our daily lives when dealing with risk.

From the requirement for businesses to hold insurance to the critical role in national safety to recover from major disasters such as hurricanes, epidemics and even war, insurance is a key element of the solution. So what is the insurance industry’s role in the cybersecurity fight?

  • Who pays for the recovery of a major cyber attack and how does insurance provide needed support?
  • Should Government contractors be required to hold insurance to assure that critical federal programs can survive an attack?
  • Is there enough coverage that critical infrastructure and major business can recover from a cyber attack?

Chip Block – Vice President, Evolver

Ross Nodurft – Principal, Government Solutions

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will:

  1. understand the pros and cons of requiring government contractors to carry some level of cyber insurance in order to do business with the government;
  2. gain insights into how the commercial sector is approaching cyber insurance with its contractors and suppliers;
  3. learn about the potential federal market impact of cyber insurance requirements; and
  4. discover how cyber insurance would change federal versus contractor financial responsibilities when breaches or incidents occur.
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 3
Data Breach Implications

When exposed or leaked data comes into the public eye what happens? News media skims through what they can, political opponents look for ammo, blame is placed, and lawsuits begin. What about the long game? A determined adversary would look at this data and ask: how can I develop assets and long-term access into specific organizations at the right level?

  • What are the possible implications to national security and the privacy and integrity of the individuals whose data has been stolen and what risks does that pose?
  • Examine the foundational doctrine approach to HUMINT (Human Intelligence) and who is a target and why.
    • This can include key decision makers, scientists, local political personalities, law enforcement personnel, religious leaders, and many more.
    • We discuss how PAA (placement, access, and accessibility) are applied to groups, trends, programs, science, military, and government.
    • This is what Foreign Intelligence Services may be doing with the data

Brian Done – Deputy Chief Technology Officer,  Department of Homeland Security

Steve Wallace – Technical Director of the Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Shanna R. Webbers -  Acting Senior Procurement Executive, Office of the Procurement Executive, The Department of the Treasury 

Enterprise Resilience: Moving to the Edge 

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 3
Security in Hybrid Cloud/Multi-Cloud Environments

Wherever you are in your cloud journey, this panel is a MUST SEE. Come hear about GSA's Cloud Center of Excellence, USDA's experience leveraging the CoEs, a former Government leader in Cybersecurity now gone to the dark side, and a CDM & FedRAMP expert from industry as they discuss best practices, lessons learned and what's next for Cloud Security. This is a no press session.

This panel will discuss:

  • GSA's Cloud Center of Excellence
  • USDA's experience leveraging the CoEs
  • Former Government leader in Cybersecurity now gone to the dark side
  • A CDM & FedRAMP expert from industry will discuss best practices, lessons learned and what's next for Cloud Security.

Thomas DeBiase - Senior Director, Information Security Office - Shared Tech, Capital One

Jay Huie – Secure Cloud Portfolio, U.S. General Services Administration

Scott Finke - Deputy Director, Cloud Adoption Center of Excellence, United States Department of Agriculture

Michael Pitcher - Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal


Enterprise Resilience - Moving to the Edge

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Best practices for planning and implementing cloud security in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 3
Zero-Trust Architectures - Planning, Practice and Reality

Addressing the challenges and lessons learned from attempting to plan, develop and deploy a zero-trust computing environment, and share out how agencies and industry can best work together to apply this methodology into specific mission environments and address those that this may not be applicable to.


Darren Death - Vice President, ASRC Federal

Sean Frazier - Advisory CISO-Federal, Duo Security

Theodore Gates - Security Services Consultant, CISCO Systems

Steve Hernandez - Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of Education

John Kindervag - Field CTO, Palo Alto Networks

Stephen Kovac - VP of Global Government and Compliance, Zscaler

Enterprise Resilience: Moving to the Edge

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Demystify the concepts around zero trust.
  2. Educate the attendees on the capabilities surrounding zero trust that will improve organizational security.
  3. What is the state of the industry around zero trust?
  4. Discuss the ACT-IAC project status for zero trust and discus the deliverables that will be available. 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 2
Election Infrastructure - The Newest Critical Infrastructure. Are we secure? Are we prepared?

A decade past the Project Everest analysis of Ohio’s e-voting system and on the heels of the recent attempts by a foreign government to influence the most recent Presidential election, efforts are underway to secure the vote prior to the upcoming mid-terms.

  • Election infrastructure was designated as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure as a subsector under the Government Facilities sector in January 2017.
  • The Department of Homeland Security has declared that “Elections play a vital role in a free and fair society and are a cornerstone of American democracy.
  • We recognize the fundamental link between the trust in election infrastructure and the confidence the American public places in basic democratic function. A secure and resilient electoral process is a vital national interest and one of our highest priorities at the Department of Homeland Security.”
  • In March 2018, Congress appropriated $380 million in grants for state election security expenses. The funds may be used to train local officials, acquire more sophisticated and secure software, and purchase machines to create auditable paper trails. As of July 16, 2018, 100 percent of the appropriated funds have been requested by all 50 states and five territories. What are we doing to protect the vote? Are we prepared? What will we be doing going forward?

Justin Forbes - Applied Network Defense Team Lead, CERT/SEI

Robert Giles - Director, New Jersey Division of Elections, State of New Jersey

Hon. Tom Hicks - Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Retired Air Force Brigadier General Greg Touhill - President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Mike Weber - Vice President, Coalfire Labs

Enterprise Resilience: Moving to the Edge

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn about the status of the latest critical infrastructure sub-sector.  
  2. Are States prepared?  
  3. What needs to be done to mature and evolve the program going forward?

Modernizing for Mission Success

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 2
FITARA Forward - Propelling the Mission Forward

This interactive session will be a panel of government FITARA experts who will discuss the ways they have approached the continually evolving FITARA requirements for CFO-ACT agencies.

  • Topics will include the organizational changes they have made to comply with FITARA, how they have approached the FITARA scorecard process, and how they have reacted to and changed their processes to improve their scores that were not in line with what they wanted to receive.
  • The discussion will also include conversation surrounding the new portions of the FITARA scorecard, such as SLM, direct report to Secretary, MGT, and TBM.
  • Finally, the discussion will surround how FITARA has helped make a difference in agency success, and ability to meet mission-critical goals.

Flip Anderson – Director, FITARA Operations, Office of the Information Resource Management Center

Lesley Briante - Associate CIO of Enterprise Planning and Governance, General Services Administration 

Max Everett - Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

Leigh Anne Giraldi –  Associate Chief Information Officer,  IT Business Management

David Powner - Director for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, MITRE Corporation

Modernizing for Mission Success: Making Modernization Happen

Learning Objectives: 

1. Learn how several Federal Agencies are dealing with the impact of FITARA legislation in the 2 ½ years they have been required to comply with its requirements.
2. Understand how FITARA legislation and scorecards are impacting Federal agencies and improving their IT processes and policies.
3. Engage with several Federal agencies what they would like to change or see incorporated into future.

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 3
Driving Cross-Fed Efficiency via PMA [#ThreadingPMAneedle]

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) is much more than a blueprint for good government and management.

  • It can help agencies become a more modernized, efficient and customer-focused organization. Engage with panel members, understand “user profiles” and learn how the PMA can accelerate modernization, with a particular focus on IT Modernization and Sharing Quality Services.
  • Bring your questions and be part of the conversation on driving efficiency.

Courtney Anderson – Electronic Records Policy Analyst, National Archives and Records Administration

Stephanie Mango – Senior Vice President, CGI Federal

Dan Pomeroy – Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, General Services Administration

Modernizing for Mission Success: Optimizing for Excellence [#Optimizing4Excellence]

Learning Objectives: 

1. Learn how the PMA can help agencies achieve their modernization goals.
2. Understand how goals and milestones of the PMA intersect and support common outcomes.
3. Help agencies tactically understand how to leverage PMA via the “user profiles”.

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 4 - Imaginarium
IT Modernization Dark Data Discovery & Classification in your Journey to the Cloud

There is a recognition that agencies are fearful of moving to cloud due to the fact that they do not know what data they have on premise. What do they do with their sensitive data?

  • This session will discuss the roadblocks to cloud and how to overcome them.
  • The goal will be to help create a roadmap for agencies to determine what they have and how they should move to cloud for a smooth transition.

Torrin Cummings -  Senior Manager for Intranet Portal Solutions, Internal Revenue Service

Ashley Mahan - Acting Director, General Services Administration

Jason Miller - Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shane Perry - IT Specialist, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)

Donna Roy - Executive Director, Information Sharing and Services Office, Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security 

Modernizing for Mission Success: Making Modernization Happen 

Learning Objectives: 

1. How to assess what data you have and what you need to secure.
2. How to reduce risk and reduce the possibility of breaches.
3. How to develop a roadmap to move content to the cloud (or a hybrid solution)
4. How to identify what data can be on prem and what should be in the cloud.  5.  How to address privacy, governance, and security.

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 1
The Cosmic Gorilla Effect: Adoption of Emerging Tech in the Federal Government​​​​

A panel conversation with public sector and industry experts. The panel will discuss issues encountered when they are faced with the challenge of modernizing technical infrastructure while implementing emerging technology. Topics will include:

  • Organizational Maturity - Skill sets and experience required to drive the perceived business value promised by emerging technologies
  • Acquisition and Procurement - Creating a process to acquire and procure technology
  • Gaining Adoption within an Organization - Organizational change required to work with new technology
  • Product and Vendor Management - New technology built to support the commercial industry does not necessarily take into consideration the requirements imposed by the Government

Michael W. Hermus – CEO, Revolution Four Group

Harrison Smith - Internal Revenue Service

Modernizing for Mission Success: Emerging Technology

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the challenges that public sector leaders have faced when planning for and implementing and the plans they put in place to overcome these challenges.
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 2
CX: Unscripted with the CX Fantasy League

An unscripted, dynamic and candid discussion with well-respected leaders sharing honest perspectives on improving customer experience across government 

  • The speakers will share their insight on timely, high impact issues that reveal each participant’s distinctive experience and expertise, including CX challenges and aspirations.
  • The audience will be drawn into the conversation for interactive, engaging  discussion

Kathy Conrad - Director of Digital Government, Accenture Federal Services (Moderator)

Martha Dorris - Founder, Dorris Consulting International

Mariela Melero - Chief of the Office of Citizenship and Applicant Information Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Barbara Morton – Deputy Chief, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs 

Anahita Reilly - Chief Customer Officer, General Services Administration


Modernizing for Mission Success: Customer Experience

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Participants listen in on a heart-felt and engaging conversation between 8-very-diverse perspectives of CX projects.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 2
The Innovators and the AcqHack: Those Who Are Doing it and Those Who Have Creative New Ideas

The session is divided into two parts:

  1. Brief presentations from some of the more innovative professionals across government, covering GSA, IRS, DHS and the City of Philadelphia. They will each talk about what they are doing to disrupt, enhance and innovate in the acquisition environment.
  2. The AcqHack: All ACT IAC members have been invited to propose new acquisition innovations--what THEY would change or implement if given the chance. Proposals were collected ACT-IAC by August 31, 2018. The track co-chairs and members of the ACT-IAC Partners Program will select the most original and innovative submittals for presentation in this session. Following the presentations, the audience will rate the proposals--with the winner(s) announced at the Banquet. The winner(s) will then be invited to present their innovative idea to the Chief Acquisition Officers Council at their regularly scheduled October or December meeting.

Christine Derenick-Lopez - Chief Administrative Officer, City of  Philadelphia

Tim Shaghnessey - Senior Program Analyst, Internal Revenue Service

Laura Stanton - Assistant Commissioner, General Services Administration

Arum Vemury  - U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Traci Walker - Director of Digital Service Procurement, United States Digital Service

Modernizing for Mission Success: Acquisition Innovation:  Acquisition Innovation Part I: The Innovators Part 2: The #ACQHACK Competition 

Learning Objectives: 

1. learning what others across the community are doing to innovate the typically sluggish and rigid acquisition process. 
2. Provide encouragement to attendees that innovation in acquisition IS possible and actually occurring—thus hopefully spurring their creativity. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 4 - Imaginarium
"Power to the People" - How to Capture the Voice of the Customer Through Empathetic Research

An exercise in tangible empathy: Empathy is the imaginative projection of feelings and understanding to thoughts, and ideas of another, without having explicitly been told or having experienced it. With this session, we take a lesson in the power of qualitative research and the power of empathetic thinking.

  • We explore: How many touch points are composed in an entire customer journey? What are the challenges of each interaction? What do the users feel?
  • Facilitators will set up stations that represent each touch point, and participants will attempt to find the information they need for a task.
  • Facilitators are also speakers who are direct subject matter experts of the domain and will speak to how they deal with these challenges.

Martha Dorris – Founder, Dorris Consulting International (DCI) 

Matt Ford - Deputy Chief Customer Officer, General Services Administration

Charlotte Lee – Chief Executive Officer, Kastling Group

Arianne Miller – Office of Personnel Management

Anahita Reilly – Chief Customer Officer, General Services Administration

Modernizing for Mission Success:  Customer Experience

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Attendees participate in a simulated activity that exemplifies a user journey.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 1
TMF Pioneers: Business Case Tips & Project Status [#TMFpioneers]

The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act laid the foundation for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) and Board.

  • Agencies presented their business cases to drive modernization, and the Board began awarding funds.
  • Come hear from the first 3 pioneers to learn tips for a solid business case.
  • And get an update on how these TMF pioneer projects are progressing.

Vera Ashworth – Vice President, CGI Federal

Melvin Brown  – Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security (invited)

Kevin R. Cooke, Jr. – Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Denise Hill - Senior Technical Advisor, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy

Gary Washington – Chief Information Officer, USDA
Bill Zielinski - Acting Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, General Services Administration
Learning Objectives: 

1. Understand the TMF Board and how it operates from agencies who submitted modernization projects.
2. Learn tips for a successful business case.
3. Hear how the first 3 projects are going.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 3
Augmenting, Not Replacing the Workforce - Actionable Intelligence in the Hands of Our Users

A lively panel discussion and demonstration of the use of emerging technology to demonstrate how workloads can be offloaded to AI, thereby increasing the productivity of the user. We will discuss how we use AI to get actionable intelligence in the hands of the user to enhance their work performance. Possible demos:

  • Object and sentiment detection via video - Nvidia demo on querying video for keywords and returning clips of the video that contain those keywords
  • Facial recognition on the Dark Web - MEMSql demo on the Thorn project for child exploitation

Edward Dowgiallo - Duke of Data and Earl of Enterprise Architecture, Federal Transit Administration

Jim Liew, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor in Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and co-Founder of, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and

Kyle Tuberson - Vice President, ICF

Modernizing for Mission Success: Emerging Technology- Imagine the Future

Learning Objectives: 
  1. The audience will see interaction between people on the panel that have a need and people on the panel who provide a service similar to what the user is asking.
  2. The takeaway is that the audience will understand how to take what they are asking and identify possible solutions to their need
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Track Theater 4 - Imaginarium
Navigating the Labyrinth from Legacy to Modernization

Federal agencies are under pressure to modernize operations and systems to deliver cost-effective, innovative, and secure solutions. But IT Leaders face the challenge of “HOW” to do this against the backdrop of obsolete business processes, funding constraints, capability/skill gaps, and/or cultural and organizational challenges.  There isn't a “one size fits all’ approach to modernization.
This dynamic and interactive session will provide the audience with practical advice and insights from multiple viewpoints (Policy, Programs, Culture, Change Management, Technology, and End User/Customer) that will inspire attendees to recognize the various modernization challenges and devise a ‘best fit’ strategy for their agencies.


Matthew Cornelius – Senior Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor, Office of Management and Budget

Darren Ash – Assistant Chief Information Officer, USDA/Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area

Jay Huie – Secure Cloud Portfolio, U.S. General Services Administration

Richard A. Spires – CEO and Director of Learning Tree International

Modernizing for Mission Success: Making Modernization Happen

Learning Objectives: 

1. Understand IT Modernization as a key pillar of the President’s Management Agenda and ensure agencies know the critical goals and strategies the Administration is supporting as part of its modernization focus.
2. Understand MGT, impact, and how modernization projects are prioritized.
3. Gain practical knowledge and understanding of tools, strategies, techniques and resources to help agencies achieve their modernization and mission goals.
4. Gain essential information that will help agencies determine their state of Modernization Readiness.
5. Gain a better appreciation for the ways in which modernization and transformation improves security, in line with the PMA's objective.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 2
Normalizing the Abnormal - It's Time to Make the OT Process THE Process

There has been a boom in the use of Other Transaction Authorities; moreover, their use has extended well beyond traditional R&D into operational business systems.

  • Some argue that we need to limit OTA use to the purpose for which they were created
  • Others maintain that if we can demonstrate that OTAs are delivering results faster, at reasonable prices, in competitive environments and with adequate transparency, they should become far more prevalent.
  • This session will center on this debate.

Elliott Branch - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Soraya Correa - Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Chris Dorobek - Host, (Moderator)

Jason Knudson - CEO, Vyzva Lab, LLC, former Program Manager, Defense Innovation Unit

Ben McMartin - Chief, Acquisition Management Office, US Army Research Development and Engineering Command - Ground Vehicle Systems Center


Modernizing for Mission Success: Acquisition Innovation

Learning Objectives: 

1. Why are OTAs suddenly so popular? 
2. How has customer dissatisfaction with the current system driven their growth?
3. Do they provide for competition, results and transparency?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 4 - Imaginarium
The Art of the Possible is Now Just the Possible - What Our Future Looks Like Today

Amy Haseltine – Deputy Chief Information Officer and Executive Director for Enterprise Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Jennifer Hoover – Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation,  Array Information Technology

Nagesh Rao  – Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS), US Small Business Administration’s Office of the Chief Information Officer

An interactive demonstration of the use of AI and VR. During this demo we will present the use of tools and technology available today.

  • C4ISR Demo
  • Deep Detection in Remote Sensing
  • Cognitive Computing for Fraud Detection
  • Smart Cities


Modernizing for Mission Success: Emerging Technology: Imagine the Future

Learning Objectives: 
  1. The audience will see practical demos and should take away take with them an understanding that the ideas of how emerging technologies can make life better in the future can actually be implemented today.


Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Track Theater 4 - Imaginarium
Talent Management - Aligning the Workforce to IT Modernization Goals & Priorities

This session links with PMA CAP Goal 1: IT Modernization, CAP Goal 2: Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset,  and CAP goal 3: Developing a Workforce for the 21st Century. This session is focused on what will be required to successfully transform the Government workforce as IT Modernization increasingly requires new skill in IT and other areas (Acq, HC, etc).

  • Session will include an overview from government leaders around the challenges ahead and facilitated small table discussions about overcoming challenges to create a successful future state of the Federal Workforce.

Dorothy Aronson - Chief Information Officer, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Anjelica Dortch - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Management and Budget

Trey Kennedy - Senior Advisor, Federal CIO Council, General Services Administration

Joanie Newhart - Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Management and Budget

Robyn Rees - Senior IT Governance & Strategy Advisor, Budget Lead, National Science Foundation, Office of Information and Resource Management, Division of Information Systems

Debra Tomchek - Vice President, ICF

Traci Walker - Director, Digital Service Procurement, US Digital Service

Empowering the Workforce in the Digital Age

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn about Federal Workforce challenges associated with IT Modernization Efforts.
  2. Create a vision for an Evolved Federal Workforce empowered to use IT Modernization to better meet mission and drive employee development.
  3. Introduction to solutions being implemented within federal government to overcome WF development Obstacles.
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 4 - Imaginarium
The Aha Moment – When Training Contributes to Organizational Performance

Panelists will discuss the evolving expectation and application of learning-as-a-service, evolutions in learning design, development and delivery, and finally, discuss the optimal ecosystem for creating sustainable application of learning investments. This discussion will include the unique and complex intersections of learning technology, learner access and notably, the environment, opportunity and challenges required to permit employees to accelerate their engagement with peers, customers and contractors.


Bob Fecteau  – Chief Information Officer, SAIC

Glenn Hernandez - CISO | Cyber Strategy Advisor & AFCEA Cyber Workforce Committee Chair, U.S. Coast Guard (retired)

Joanie Newhart – Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Federal Procurement Policy

Glenda Scheiner - Director, Human Capital & Resource Management, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller, DoD

Veronica Villalobos - Principal Deputy Associate Director, Office of Personnel Management

Traci Walker – Traci Walker, Director of Digital Service Procurement, United States Digital Service

Empowering the Workforce in the Digital Age:  Investing in Learning as a Change Management Strategy

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Explore how professional communities are improving learning at the Moment of Need – both for the employee and the organization’s benefit.
  2. Discuss how modern learning strategies are evolving to deliver on the expectations of diverse learning assets.
  3. How is Agile redefining the traditional training / coaching model.
  4. Explore the direct and indirect costs associated with training, and explore strategies for creating improved sustainability of knowledge and skills.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Track Theater 3
Coming Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on the Government Workforce

The Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget have recently noted artificial intelligence as a shaping technology that will impact the Government workforce in multiple ways. OPM in its Quadrennial Workforce Priorities report said automation will certainly play a role in federal jobs, but its impacts won’t be immediate.

  • OPM is also encouraging agencies to consider how automation may partially replace some work or entire job functions in the future. OMB and its Office of Federal Procurement Policy will first find three areas in the federal workforce “most suited” for automation and develop pilot programs to show cost savings.
  • Both offices will also develop a reskilling plan for federal employees most impacted by automation.
  • This panel discussion will highlight artificial intelligence evaluation projects throughout the Government, lessons learned so far, and the panelists’ insights on future developments in this area

Dan Chenok - IBM Center for The Business of Government

Adam Goldberg –  Executive Architect, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) at the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service

Makada Henry-Nickie - David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution

William J. Wiatrowski - Acting Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Empowering the Workforce in the Digital Age

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn how is AI is currently being used.
  2. Learn how AI is being incorporated into strategic planning.
  3. Learn how AI is likely to affect career paths and the government workforce (staffing composition and levels) in the short- and long-term.
  4. Hear lessons learned in evaluating/using AI.



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Stephen Billy
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Personnel Management

Stephen Billy was appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in March of 2018.  As Deputy Chief of Staff, Stephen supports the Office of the Director in carrying out the President’s Management Agenda to meet the needs of the Federal Government in the 21st Century.  Prior to serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, Stephen led the confirmation efforts for the OPM Director and Deputy Director, as Director of Congressional, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. These efforts culminated in the first successful confirmations of the OPM Director and Deputy Director since 2015 and 2011.

Melvin Brown
Senior Advisor, Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security

Melvin Brown II is a currently the Senior Advisor/Branch Chief of the Consulting Services Branch, for the Office of Chief Information Officer, within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS).

Prior to joining OCIO he served as the Senior Logistics Program Manager at FEMA, where he developed the national logistic support feeding strategy in support of a presidentially declared disaster. Prior to joining FEMA Melvin served as the Program Manager for the DHS Performance and Learning Management System (PALMS) where he oversaw the consolidation of the 9 Component-based Learning Management System (LMS) requirements into a single Department-wide integrated LMS solution.

Steve Censky
Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr. Censky is the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was sworn-in on October 11, 2017 after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Mr. Censky previously served for the past 21 years as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a national, not-for-profit trade association that represents United States soybean farmers on policy and trade. He served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in running our nation’s export programs.

Dana Deasy
Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO)

As the DoD CIO, Mr. Dana Deasy is the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for matters of information management, information technology, and information assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation and timing programs, spectrum, and telecommunications.
Mr. Deasy previously held several private sector senior leadership positions, most recently as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase. There, he was responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure across all of the firm’s businesses worldwide.

Mr. Deasy managed a budget of more than $9 billion and over 40,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase’s Retail, Wholesale and Asset Management businesses. He has more than 35 years of experience leading and delivering large scale IT strategies and projects, to include Chief Information Officer and Group Vice President at BP. 

Emily Murphy
Administrator, General Services Administration

Emily W. Murphy was sworn in as administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) by U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on December 12, 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated Ms. Murphy to lead GSA in September 2017. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 5, 2017.  Administrator Murphy leads a staff of 11,600 employees nationwide, overseeing more than 371 million square feet of property, and approximately $54 billion in annual contracts.

Maria Roat
Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration

Maria A Roat became the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 bringing more than 30 years of professional experience in information technology.  Ms. Roat served more than 2 years as the U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer, and for 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joining in June 2004 in a number of capacities including Federal Risk Management and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS Chief Information Security Officer and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program. 

Margaret Weichert
Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

Ms. Weichert currently serves as Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Weichert is a seasoned business executive who has served as a Principal at Ernst & Young, LLP since 2013. In her 25 year professional career, Ms. Weichert has also held executive leadership positions at Market Platform Dynamics, First Data Corporation, Bank of America, and Andersen Consulting focused on strategy, innovation, and business process improvement in banking and payments technology. An innovator and entrepreneur, Ms. Weichert also co-founded an Internet company, Achex, Inc., and sold that company to First Data in 2001. 

Dorothy Aronson
Chief Information Officer, National Science Foundation

Ms. Aronson was named the Chief Information Officer for the National Science Foundation in December 2017, after serving for almost six months as both the Acting CIO and as the Director for the Division of Information Systems within the Office of Information and Resource Management.  

Darren Ash
Assistant CIO, USDA/Farm Production and Conservation mission areas

Since April 2018, Mr. Ash has led and set the IT strategic direction while working in partnership with the three mission agencies and FPAC Business Center leadership, and with other USDA agencies to provide information resources for policy and decision making.  In this position, he is responsible for the overall IT strategic direction.

Session Speaker Track 1:  Modernizing for Mission Success

Chip Block
Vice President, Evolver

Chip Block has 30 years of advanced technology research and development experience, with the last 15 years in the information assurance and cyber technology arenas. He leads new market/technology development at Evolver which supports Security Operations Centers for Federal/commercial markets. He works extensively in the areas of cybersecurity, advising Evolver’s clients on cyber operations, cyber risk quantification, and cyber insurance.

His research includes federal projects with DARPA and the Air Force Research Laboratory in the development of advanced cyber technologies and commercial work with Internet of Things, focusing on medical devices. Chip was awarded an R&D 100 award as Co-Principal Investigator, received the ACT-IAC Individual Contributor of the Year Award in 2016, and is a certified Open FAIR™ analyst.

Vincent Bridgeman
Vice President, National Security Services, Redhorse Corporation

Vincent Bridgeman is Redhorse’s Vice President of National Security Services. In addition to a 20-year career as a Marine Corps intelligence officer, Vince served as a DoD representative to In-Q-Tel—the venture capital arm of the US Intelligence Community—where he leveraged early stage investment to help the government keep pace with technological change.

Sheena Burrell
IT Business Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), NASA

Sheena Burrell currently serves as the IT Business Manager for the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), where she is responsible for collaborating and building coalitions with agency senior leadership to establish the guiding policies and executable processes for Information Technology (IT) portfolio management.

Kathy Conrad
Director, Digital Government

Kathy Conrad leads digital government strategy for Accenture Federal Services.  She focuses on transforming government to be more customer-centric, data-driven, and efficient.  She works with the Accenture Federal Digital Studio to help agencies use Human Centered Design and service design to solve complex challenges, create great customer experiences and deliver impact at scale.

Kevin R. Cooke, Jr.
Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, HUD

Mr. Cooke is the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer at Housing and Urban Development providing leadership and strategic direction for the daily operations and partnering with the CIO to provide direction, oversight, and management for IT investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across HUD.  He has over 25 years of experience implementing IT solutions and managing IT resources, budgets, contracts, and programs for Federal agencies.

Matthew Cornelius
Senior Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB

Matthew T. Cornelius leads OMB’s Federal IT Modernization Cross Agency Priority Goal, recently published as one of the key pillars of the President’s Management Agenda. He worked with Congress to authorize and appropriate the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act); established the Technology Modernization Board and serves as executive secretary and principle executor of the TMF.

Anthony Cossa
OCI Senior Product Strategist, Oracle

Mr. Tony Cossa has been Director, Product Strategy for OCI Public Sector at Oracle since August 6th, 2018. Mr. Cossa served as Chief Technology Officer/Cloud Strategy Director at United States Department of Agriculture since August 2015.  Mr. Cossa has held several positions with the GSA (FAS CTO, E-Gov Travel Exec Program Director) and the DHS under the CFO driving transformation initiatives. He brings his 25 years of commercial and public-sector service having significant modernization/transformation successes.

Dominic Delmolino
Chief Technology Officer, Accenture Federal Services

Dominic Delmolino is Accenture Federal Services’ chief technology officer and leads the development of Accenture Federal’s technology strategy. He has been instrumental in establishing Accenture’s Federal activities in the open-source space and has played a key role in the business by fostering and facilitating Federal communities of practice for Cloud, DevOps, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. 

Martha Dorris
Founder, Dorris Consulting International (DCI)

Martha Dorris is the Founder of Dorris Consulting International (DCI) where she works with federal agencies and private companies to improve the lives of Americans through transformed government services.  Martha leverages her almost 34 years of federal service at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to drive efficiencies and improve government services both internally and to the citizen.

Anjelica B. Dortch
Senior Policy Advisor , Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) , Office of Management and Budget

Anjelica Dortch is a Senior Policy Advisor within the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) where she directly advises the Federal CIO on human capital management issues and strategies affecting the federal IT and cybersecurity community.  Ms. Dortch leads coordination of federal IT and cybersecurity workforce initiatives along with contributing to IT modernization workforce policies to include the formation of the President’s Management Agenda, Cross Agency Priority Goals, Government Reform Plan, and the much-anticipated update to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.

Max Everett
Chief Information Officer , U.S. Department of Energy

Max Everett was selected in July 2017 to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Energy. In this position, he oversees the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio and cybersecurity efforts, serves as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary, and leads and manages the various functions within the Office of the Chief Information Officer.   Mr. Everett has extensive experience in managing and implementing IT and cybersecurity for both public and private sector organizations.  He has previously worked as a consultant for public and private sector organizations, supporting development of network security services, cloud security policies, and cyber information sharing programs. Mr. Everett has held a variety of technology leadership roles at the White House, the Department of Commerce, and on several National Special Security Events. 

Bob Fecteau
Chief Information Officer, SAIC

Bob Fecteau is the CIO for SAIC responsible for guiding technology investments and delivering operational services in direct support of the SAIC business.  He focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise IT operations in support of both internal business needs and customer support processes.  Prior to joining SAIC, Bob served as the CIO of BAE Systems’ Intelligence and Security sector and as Chief Information Officer, United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). In 2001, he was selected for the Department of Defense’s Chief Information Officer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Information Management.   

Theodore Gates
Security Services Consultant, Cisco Systems Inc.

Theodore Gates is a Security Engineer with over a decade experience of focus in Identity Management and Access Control networking solutions.  Father of two he revels in the ever-evolving landscape that is Information Security and welcomes the next challenge that is brought on a daily basis.  Currently consulting with Cisco Systems in the Federal Civilian market and supporting missions and efforts with a focus on next generation of technologies and solutions.

Robert Giles
Director, New Jersey Division of Elections

Robert Giles was appointed Director of the New Jersey Division of Elections on May 1, 2008.  Prior to that, he was employed by the Ocean County Board of Elections beginning in 1995 working as an investigator, a voting machine technician, assistant supervisor and supervisor.  He currently serves on the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council.  He is currently the President of the National Association of State Election Directors.

Michael W. Hermus
CEO, Revolution Four Group

Michael is the founder & CEO of Revolution Four Group, a next-generation advisory firm that helps clients understand and leverage the power of technology to succeed in the modern digital era.  Michael was the CTO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2015 to 2018, where he drove innovation and transformation initiatives to enhance cyber-security, leverage emerging technologies, adopt modern development techniques and practices, and drive continuous improvement.

Commissioner Thomas Hicks
Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) where he is currently the Chairman.  Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a Senior Elections Counsel and Minority Elections Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration.

Jennifer Hoover
Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation, Array Information Technology

Prior to coming to ARRAY, Jennifer spent 8 years at DHS, most recently as the Deputy Director for the Office of Venture and Innovation, where she was largely responsible for working with DHS components to understand mission needs and help connect them with technology and the venture capital community. Prior to coming to DHS HQ, Jennifer was the DevOps project manager at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection before that.  Jennifer holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management.

Jay Huie
Director, Secure Cloud Portfolio, U.S. General Services Administration

Jay Huie has spent over 15 years guiding the evolution and adoption of technology within federal and enterprise environments. His expertise includes bringing a multi-discipline approach to help Agencies achieve their missions. He currently serves as the Director for the GSA Technology Transformation Services (TTS) Secure Cloud Portfolio, which includes the FedRAMP program. Most recently, Jay has been tasked to lead GSA’s Cloud Adoption Center of Excellence supporting the White House Office of American Innovation. In this role, he will build specific capabilities to assist efforts by Federal Agencies to leverage modern technology and cloud services.

Gus Hunt
Managing Director and Cyber Strategist, Accenture Federal Services

Mr. Hunt is currently Managing Director and Cyber Strategist for Accenture Federal Services.  He is responsible for setting the cyber strategic direction and developing differentiated approaches and solutions to address the cyber threat environment.  He retired in 2013 as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served for 28 years. 

Trey Kennedy
Senior Advisor, Federal CIO Council, GSA

Trey Kennedy serves as a Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO Council, responsible for coordinating and executing on the Council’s mission to improve Federal IT practices and make policy recommendations to the Federal CIO.  Trey also managed the development of the State of Federal IT report, which provided the incoming Administration with recommendations for how to continue the progress being made in modernizing and improving Federal IT

Jason Knudson
CEO, Vyzva Lab, LLC

Jason Knudson, founder and CEO of Vyzva Lab, LLC, cut his teeth building innovation organizations within the world’s largest bureaucracy, the Department of Defense. Over a 20 year naval career, he served in both enlisted and officer ranks working as a Cryptologist, Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, and Submarine Officer.

As Design Thinking Lead and Product Manager for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) he has extensive experience with Other Transaction Agreements. He has also been involved in the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell, Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, Naval Innovation Advisory Council, Seventh Fleet Innovation Cell. 

Charlotte Lee
Kastling GroupKastling Group

Charlotte Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Kastling Group, a WOSB that provides IT modernization design, management, and strategy consulting. She founded the company in 2013 as a demonstration of her belief in small business and entrepreneurship. Kastling Group seeks to provide actionable plans and solutions architecture to organizations seeking digital transformations --rooted in Customer Experience (CX) and Ethical Modernization principles.

stephen Kovac
VP of Global Government and Complianc, Zscaler

Stephen has responsibility for overall strategy, productizing, and certification of the Zscaler platform across all Global Governments.  He also runs the global Compliance efforts for all of Zscaler.   His primary focus over the last two years is FedRAMP, TIC/MTIP Policies, ZTN for Federal.  Under Stephen’s leadership, Zscaler became the first FedRAMP certified ZTN Platform.  

Raymond Lewis
Deputy Program Manager, EIS PMO, General Services Administration

Raymond Lewis has over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Presently, he is the Deputy Program Manager for the NS2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) Program Management Office (PMO). His previous position was Director of Network Services in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Region 2, the Northeast and Caribbean Region. 
Mr. Lewis joined GSA in 1997 and held positions of increasing responsibility up to his appointment to Division Director in 2001.  

Christine Derenick-Lopez
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Philadelphia

Christine Derenick-Lopez is the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the City of Philadelphia. The CAO’s office was created by the Kenney administration in January 2016. This office works to modernize city government and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. The CAO oversees 10 City departments and offices, innovating and strengthening their administrative functions and supporting their resident-facing operations to evaluate, plan, and continually improve their service delivery.

Prior to joining the Kenney administration, Christine worked as a senior HR business partner with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company, operating in over 100 countries. In this role, Christine provided strategic HR leadership for over 2,200 diabetes primary care and endocrinology specialty employees and leaders.

Ashley Mahan
Acting Director, Department of Health and Human Services

Ashley Mahan is Acting Director for the General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) Secure Cloud Portfolio and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Ashley is a trusted liaison between Federal Agencies, Industry Cloud Services Providers, and other stakeholder groups advocating for and facilitating the adoption of secure cloud technologies across the federal Government.

Stephanie Mango
Senior Vice President, CGI Federal

As the CGI Federal SAJE business unit manager and senior vice president, Ms. Mango leads the development and execution of the business and solutions strategy for a diverse client portfolio, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Intelligence Community, and also the Legislative and Judicial Branches.  Ms. Mango has worked with federal organizations in the civilian, defense and intelligence communities to improve operations through business and information technology solutions. Her business proficiency encompasses government mission support functions. 

Mariela Melero
Chief, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Mariela Melero became the chief of the Office of Citizenship and Applicant Information Services (CAIS), within the External Affairs Directorate, on May 25, 2018. Under her leadership, CAIS provides information and case assistance to applicants and the public through a wide array of services, including USCIS’ English and Spanish websites, numerous digital self-help tools and telephonic and email support through the USCIS Contact Center.

John Mullins
President’s Management Agenda Project Manager, OPM

John Mullins is a Senior Advisor to the Director and serves as the President’s Management Agenda Project Manager.  He advises the Director of OPM on strategic workforce matters and orchestrates the implementation of the President’s Management Agenda.  Additionally, Mr. Mullins represents OPM and serves as a primary liaison for several Federal Management Councils, OMB, GSA and other pertinent stakeholders regarding the President’s Management Agenda and other workforce and performance improvement efforts.

Joanie Newhart
Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Federal Procurement Policy

Joanie F. Newhart, CPCM, has 35 years’ experience in Federal government contracting.  She is currently the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at OFPP within OMB.  Prior to her position at OFPP, Ms. Newhart gained a variety of work experience as a contractor, as an Army civilian, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as the Senior Procurement Executive at both the Small Business Administration and the Department of Transportation.  Ms. Newhart has Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration. She is a Fed 100 winner from 2012 and 2017.

Dr. Makada Henry-Nickie
David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution

Makada Henry-Nickie is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Throughout her career her research has examined ways to expand equitable access to responsible credit and she has recommended policies that advance inclusive economic opportunities for disadvantaged families and low-income communities. She is part of Brookings’ Race, Place, and Inclusion Initiative.

Rob Palmer
EVP & CTO, ShorePoint, Inc.

Rob Palmer, EVP and CTO of ShorePoint Inc, is a former Senior Executive with the Department of Homeland Security where he most recently held the position of Deputy CTO and Executive Director for Strategic Technology Management. His broad and varying career experiences provide a unique perspective on the challenges facing the delivery and security of IT services. In his role as the ShorePoint CTO, Rob is responsible for exploring and understanding the latest methodologies, concepts and capabilities that align with the objectives of both ShorePoint and their customers.

Basil Parker
Senior Advisor for Information Technology Workforce Development, OPM

Basil Parker is a Senior Advisor at the Office of Personnel Management for Government-wide Information Technology and Cyber Workforce Development.  In this role, Mr. Parker advises the Director of OPM on workforce related matters in IT, Information Systems Security and Cybersecurity. Additionally he represents OPM and serves as a primary liaison between the Federal CIO Council, OMB, eGov/IT, CHCO council, Federal Chief Learning Officers, and other pertinent stakeholders regarding Federal IT workforce development.

Crystal Philcox
Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Category Management, General Services

Crystal Philcox is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, in the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.

Nagesh Rao
Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS), US Small Business Administration’s Office of the Chief Information Officer

G. Nagesh Rao currently serves as Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS) at the US Small Business Administration’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. Prior to his promotion, he previously served as Chief Technologist & Entrepreneur in Residence with the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment & Innovation. 

Michelle Quaid
Founder and President, Sunesis Nexus

Michele is Founder and President of Sunesis Nexus. Her career has been at the nexus of National Security, Domestic and Foreign Policy, and Technology. Michele is a gifted communicator, coach, and consultant, who works globally with both the public and private sectors, utilizing her experience and expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, coalition building, technology, innovation, leading change, organizational transformation, and operations.  Prior to founding her own company, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist working with partners and clients around the world.

Robyn Rees
Senior IT Governance & Strategy Advisor, Budget Lead, National Science Foundation, Office of Information and Resource Management, Division of Information Systems

Robyn Rees is a strategic advisor for the NSF Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Division of Information Systems (DIS).  In this capacity, she leverages her deep understanding of the formulation, planning, execution and oversight of the Agency’s IT budget, as well as IT operations, to facilitate packaging of ideas and communication across all levels of the agency.

Tim Shaughnessy
Senior Program Analyst, IRS Office of Procurement

Tim Shaughnessy currently serves as a Senior Program Analyst to the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition to advising on specific procurement matters, he manages strategic planning and process improvement initiatives across IRS Procurement offices.  He has over 30 years of government and private sector contracting and acquisition management experience

Richard Spires
CEO, Learning Tree International

Richard A. Spires is the CEO of Learning Tree International, a leading provider of IT and management workforce development services.   Mr. Spires served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 2009 till 2013.  Mr. Spires held a number of positions at the IRS from 2004 through 2008, including CIO and Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support.  

Laura Stanton
Assistant Commissioner, GSA

Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Enterprise Strategy Management, where she directs Federal Acquisition Service’s strategic business planning, category management, and Acquisition Gateway. Currently, she is leading GSA’s initiative to bring commercial e-commerce providers to the federal government. Laura is a 2015 Fed 100 Award winner. 

Richard Thurau
Remote Sensing Specialist, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Office of Aviation Services, U.S. Dept. of the Interior

Rich Thurau is currently one of more than 300 UAS “remote pilots” for the Department of the Interior, but he is among about 10 individuals across the Department whose main focus is UAS (instead of collateral duty).  His primary duties at DOI’s Office of Aviation Services, Unmanned Aerial Systems division include training new remote pilots, testing and evaluation of new aircraft and sensors, and working with the Department's nine Bureaus in developing a UAS program that meets their needs and those of the American people.

Keith Trippie
CEO, The Trippie Group, LLC

Keith Trippie is the CEO of The Trippie Group LLC, which provides executive consulting services to help companies generate revenue in a number of innovative technology arenas including cyber/risk management, cloud computing, mobile, big data/analytics, and agile/DevSecOps, among others.  He also serves as an advisor and board member with several organizations supporting investment decisions, due diligence and strategy.  Mr. Trippie is a former Government Senior Executive, change agent and innovative thought leader with over 20 years of experience driving revenue in the private sector and delivering innovative results for commercial and government entities.  

Gary Washington
Chief Information Officer, USDA

Gary Washington was selected as the USDA Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2018. Formerly the CIO for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Washington also has served as CIO and Director of the Information.  Mr Washington spent 5 years in private industry as well as 10 years as a Computer Operator and Command Control Specialist in the U.S. Air Force.

Mike Weber
Vice President, Coalfire Labs

Mike Weber is responsible for Coalfire Labs operations, including penetration testing, application security assessments, forensics, and research and development. He leads a team of over 50 security professionals and is an expert in development and management of information security programs tailored to highly-regulated industries like government, healthcare, banking, and utilities.

Bill Zielinski
Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Bill Zielinski is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). FAS provides buying platforms and acquisition services to federal, state, and local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles.  As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions. 

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Foreign Policy Expert and CEO, New America

Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy expert, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and a Work-Life leader, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership.

As President and CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City.  She also writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.

Debra Tomchek
Vice President, ICF

Debra Tomchek is a Vice President at ICF, a global consulting firm, where she develops innovative human capital solutions for federal agencies. She is Industry Chair of the Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest for ACT-IAC and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. As a federal senior executive, Ms. Tomchek served in the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, Defense, Justice and Commerce. She began her career as an Army intern, followed by 18 years at OPM. She holds a B.A. from Christopher Newport University and M.Ed. from the College of William and Mary.

Jack Uldrich
Futurist, Speaker, Author

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning bestsellers.  He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents.

He regularly makes television appearances and is a frequent guest on major media outlets.

John Roach
Director of the Data Analytics Practice, KSM Consulting

John Roach is the Director of the Data Analytics Practice at KSM Consulting, an Indiana-based data and technology consulting firm. John leads the team in serving both the public and private sectors, providing insight by transforming data and technology into strategic assets to better serve citizens, make data-driven decisions, and access actionable information in real time. His guidance has led the team to become Indiana’s premier provider of strategic and technical data services, tackling challenges like the opioid epidemic, infant mortality, criminal recidivism reduction, and other complex, multi-faceted challenges for the State of Indiana.

Greg Touhill (Retired Air Force Brigadier General)
President, Cyxtera Federal Group

Greg Touhill, President of the Cyxtera Federal Group, is one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and information technology senior executives. Selected by President Obama as the US government’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He previously served as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. Greg is a retired Air Force general officer, a highly-decorated combat leader, an adjunct professor at CarnegieMellon University, an accomplished author and public speaker, a former American diplomat, and a senior executive with documented high levels of success on the battlefield and in the boardroom.

Michael Pitcher
Vice President, Technical Cyber Services, Coalfire Federal

Mr. Pitcher has over 15 years of experience in leading the design, development, and implementation of tailored cybersecurity solutions for enterprise and cloud-based environments at both U.S. Federal agencies and for commercial customers. He currently serves as the lead of Coalfire Federal’s Technical Cyber Services practice that specializes in identifying and closing the gaps in security programs via engineering and penetration testing, specifically enhancing defensive capabilities against cyber threats.

He has extensive experience in the development of system architectures that deliver a range of capabilities including security event monitoring, vulnerability assessment, configuration compliance, hardware/software asset management, analytics, and information sharing. 

Kimberly Graham
Acting Director, Customer Experience Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Kimberly V. Graham is currently Acting Director for the newly created Customer Experience Office in the USDA Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area and is also Acting Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Bill Northey. In this position, Graham leads and oversees implementation of FPAC customer experience initiatives.  Her career with USDA spans 30 years, covering farm program policy development and implementation, information technology development, business process improvements implementation and administrative management and leadership at various levels within the Department.

David Powner
Director for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, MITRE Corporation

Dave Powner is Director for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships at the MITRE Corporation. In this role, he enhances MITRE’s strategic corporate partnership interactions and promotes development of new business opportunities with the federal government, states, the private sector, and academia.  Dave has more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining MITRE, he served as a Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he led numerous reviews of federal information technology that resulted in Dave testifying before Congress more than 100 times.


Center Stage

Compelling presentations throughout the day on forward-leaning topics of wide interest, including:

Cybersecurity - 

  • TIC-TOC: A New Approach to Trusted Internet Connections in the Cloud
  • Moving From the Hunted to the Hunters in Cybersecurity
  • Face-Off: Should IT Contractors Doing Business with the Government Carry Cyber Insurance:  Whose Liability is It?
  • Automated Security Authorizations Can Unclog ATO Backlogs
  • Quantum Computing Will Break Cryptology – and We Won’t Care

Emerging Technology - 

  • Avoiding Bias in AI and Machine Learning: Possibilities/ Bad Actors?
  • Face-Off: Blockchain – Ready for Prime Time in Government?
  • VR and Augmented Reality: Training for USDA Food Safety Inspection Service
  • IOT in Action: DOI Drone Program for Emergency Response

Healthcare - 

  • Using Emerging Technologies to Battle the Opioid Epidemic
  • 100 Years after the 1918 Flu Pandemic: How Technologies Are helping Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Fusing Technology & Business Leadership - 

  • Culture Can Eat Innovation for Lunch:  Creating a Recipe for Success

Digital Government/Modernization - 

  • Intelligent Personal Assistants for Government; Alex, Hal, Emma, Siri: Ready for Voice User Interface in the WorkPlace?

Training Day


Introducing a day of training to kick off Imagine Nation ELC 2018!  Receive up to eight (8) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).

Sunday morning and afternoon will offer options for immersive training, led by experts in their field.

Separate training fee applies and registration is required.  Space is limited so select your training course early.


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Training courses offered:

Strategic Thinking and Management

  • Design Thinking for Agile Problem-solving: A Hands-on Workshop
  • Change Management - A Rational Approach to Managing the Irrational


Hot Technology Topics

  • Blockchain Training for Government & Business Professionals:  An Overview and Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity Essentials for Government and Industry Leaders
  • Introduction to Cyber Warfare: The application of DOD Cyber Warfare Strategies to the Civilian Marketspace


Emerging Trends & Innovative Practices

  • Strengths-Based Winning in Federal Contracting
  • A Deep Dive into NASA SEWP's Acquisition Tips, Tools, and Innovation

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Travel, Hotel, Networking & Excursions

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