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2022 ATARC Federal Cloud & Infrastructure Summit

October 20, 2022, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM ET | Marriott at Metro Center, Washington D.C.

6.0 CPE Credits Available for this Event***

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7:30 AM

Registration   |    Breakfast

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8:20 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tom Suder

Tom Suder

Founder / CEO, ATARC

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8:30 AM

Visionary Keynote Briefing

Brian Conrad

Brian Conrad

Secure Cloud Portfolio and FedRAMP Director (Acting), Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Office, Office of Products and Programs, U.S. General Services Administration (pending agency approval)

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8:45 AM

Emerging Technology Talk

Power Move: AI-Driven Observability to Modernize your Agency

Federal agencies struggle to manage complex IT environments because they lack full visibility throughout their entire IT ecosystem. With the digital transformation at the top of their priority list, they need to pursue a path that allows them to drive rapid changes, foster team collaboration and improve user experiences. And they must do so with zero trust-level security.  

That’s why AI-enabled, observability – or automatic and intelligent observability – is playing such a critical role today. In this presentation, Dynatrace Federal Solutions Executive, Mark Rine will demonstrate how observability is empowering agencies to simplify the complexities and challenges of technology while automating operations and maximizing performance, thus guiding them toward a fully realized digital transformation. 

In this presentation Mark will share how IT leaders are leveraging AI-Driven observability for:

  • Full-Stack Observability/Visibility within applications and infrastructure 
  • Application Security (AppSec) 
  • Continuous Monitoring 
  • Automated problem resolution at scale with root cause analysis
  • Zero Trust enablement
Mark Rine

Mark Rine

Federal Solutions Executive, Dynatrace

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9:00 AM

Visionary Panel: Cloud Modernization and Migration within the Federal Government

Leveraging both cloud and hybrid environments has become more prevalent as agencies transform how they manage data and work towards their cloud smart goals. This modernization allows flexibility and supports the operational needs of Federal agencies’ missions. Migrating towards a full cloud environment is not a new topic, as decades of work has been done to ensure that Federal agencies can utilize off-site storage securely, but there can always be improvements.

This panel will discuss how they came across the best practices for migration, through challenges and successes, as well as some tips and tricks they’ve learned while working in the Federal government. Tune in to learn more about how cloud modernization can shift the way you see data.

Casey Cook

Casey Cook

Cloud Architecture Branch Chief, Enterprise Applications Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Steven Grunch

Steven Grunch

Chief, Enterprise Cloud Services, Office of Information Technology, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy

Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Trustees Program, U.S. Department of Justice

Heather Kowalski

Heather Kowalski

Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. National Central Bureau of INTERPOL, U.S. Department of Justice

Steve Boberski

Steve Boberski

Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, Genesys

Moderator: Jason Miller

Moderator: Jason Miller

Executive Editor, Federal News Network

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10:00 AM

Visionary Panel: Getting One Step Ahead: Data Breaches and the Cloud

As federal government agencies are trying to determine the extent of and recover from recent data breaches, IT professionals need to realize that data policies, governance, and IT must be continually monitored and updated. Tightening security features around applications, technologies, and networking infrastructure is even more important when coupled with the accelerated transition to remote and hybrid work environments, brought on by the pandemic. It has been unavoidable for agencies to reevaluate their technology needs and furthering IT modernization through the Cloud. As the boundaries of an agency’s IT are expanded from the cloud to the edge, there is an ever-increasing need for the broadest set of visibility, control, and security functions at the cloud edge.

Join us for this panel, which sets out to discuss how advancements in the federal cloud space, mobility and distributed workforces have driven the focal point for security to shift. Topic experts will discuss lessons learned in successfully implementing cloud methodologies, tools, and techniques in a time of continuous change and telework. Together, panelists explore available and desired solutions to rectify past and pre-empt potential future data breaches, as both citizens and the government agencies serving them embrace “the new normal.”

Raghav Vajjhala

Raghav Vajjhala

Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Executive Director, Federal Trade Commission

Lt Col Todd Watson

Lt Col Todd Watson

Deputy Senior Material Leader, Enterprise Information Technology and Data Transport Division, Command Control Communication and Intelligence Directorate, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, U.S. Department of the Air Force

Michael Epley

Michael Epley

Chief Architect and Security Strategist, Red Hat

Moderator: Tobias Naegele

Moderator: Tobias Naegele

Editor in Chief, Air & Space Forces Magazine

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11:00 AM

Visionary Panel: Cloud Innovation, Migration, and Skill Sets

Migration to the cloud is a fairly accepted practice as it can solve a lot of data storage and funding issues. However, the shift to cloud infrastructure can be a long process as well as the procurement of cloud. As Federal agencies invest more and more each year into cloud strategies, training and reskilling for the cloud environment becomes integral. The use of cloud and other modernization technologies can only benefit the agency if their people know how to effectively use it!

Tune into this session to hear about the role of training and reskilling in implementing cloud environments as well as technical solutions to migrating. Expert leaders will explain their experiences with the acquisition processes and human capabilities.

Skip Jentsch

Skip Jentsch

Cloud Products Manager, General Services Administration

Guy Cavallo

Guy Cavallo

Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (pending agency approval)

Andre Mendes

Andre Mendes

Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce (pending agency approval)

Drew Firment

Drew Firment

Head Cloud Strategist and A Cloud Guru, Pluralsight

Moderator: Jason Miller

Moderator: Jason Miller

Executive Editor, Federal News Network

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11:45 AM

Lunch   |   Emerging Technology Showcase

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12:45 PM

Visionary Keynote Briefing

Bill Hunt

Bill Hunt

Assistant Director, Cloud Center of Excellence, Office of Information Technology, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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1:00 PM

Emerging Technology Talk 

Delivering Empathetic Service with Technology

In this session, we will take a look at cloud-based technologies available to help government agencies deliver more empathetic services to constituents. Government agencies recognize that seamless, efficient and connected services are a critical component to rebuild pride and trust in government. But legacy systems remain a major obstacle. And it’s impossible for agencies to meet the increasing demands for public services and information by scaling their workforce. Advancements in cloud technology make it easier for agencies to deliver experiences similar to what consumers experience in the private sector, including scalability, reliability, security and even – digital empathy.

Steven Boberski

Steven Boberski

Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, Genesys

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1:15 PM

Visionary Panel: Hybrid Cloud and Security Risks

New ways of working and sharing information have emerged within the Federal
Government. This has pushed agencies to reevaluate their technology needs and develop plans to further their IT modernization strategy. This panel will examine the current challenges, recent successes and lessons learned by Federal IT Government Leaders within the Federal Cloud space.

Hear as topic experts dive into how they reevaluated their agencies’ technology needs during this pandemic, and further strengthened their agencies’ Cloud capabilities. What strategies have been put in place in order to strengthen Cloud as the shift to a “Hybrid Cloud” Environment became the “new normal” within the Federal Government? What type of solutions have been made available to help strengthen securing a Hybrid Cloud?

Jonathan Feibus

Jonathan Feibus

Director, Governance and Enterprise Management Services Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Ron Williams

Ron Williams

Lead, Cloud Adoption, IT Modernization Centers of Excellence, U.S. General Services Administration

Landon Van Dyke

Landon Van Dyke

Chief Technology Officer, Office of Management Strategy & Solutions, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State

Ken Myers

Ken Myers

Identity Assurance and Trusted Access Division Director, Office of Technology Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration

Brian Mikkelsen

Brian Mikkelsen

Vice President and General Manager, Datadog

Moderator: Dave Nyczepir

Moderator: Dave Nyczepir

Tech Reporter, FedScoop

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2:15 PM

Visionary Panel: Over a Decade of Work: Cloud Implementation and the Future of Modernization

Federal use of cloud is a result of over a decade of legislation and funding being driven towards modernization. As more and more agencies have switched to cloud environments, further modernization of their IT systems has encouraged the Federal government to look at new technologies.

The 2022 report from the White House National Science and Technology Committee focuses on the advantages and success stories of implementing cloud environments across the Federal government and how these lessons can lead to a better understanding of AI and other tools. The investments and infrastructure, set up by the implementation of cloud, creates opportunities for the future.

Tune in to hear experts talk about where they are in the cloud journey and how it has impacted their abilities to implement other new technologies!

Jane Zentmyer

Jane Zentmyer

Deputy Director for the Architecture and Transformation Division, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jose Torres

Jose Torres

Chief Information Officer, Marine Corps Community Services, Marine and Family Programs Division, U.S. Marine Corps

Col. Ed Teague

Col. Ed Teague

Chief Information Officer, G6 Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of the Army

Gregg Bailey

Gregg Bailey

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderator: Natalie Alms

Moderator: Natalie Alms

Staff Reporter at Federal Computer Week, Government Executive Media Group (GovExec)

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*** ATARC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. Program Level: Overview, no prerequisites required. Advance preparation: none. Delivery Method: Group Live. Field of Study: Information Technology. Registration #140762. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour. Refund, cancellation and complaint resolution policy.