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ATARCs Federal IT Modernization Virtual Summit

December 8-9, 2021
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Agenda

December 8

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10:00 AM

Introduction

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10-10:15 AM

Visionary Keynote Briefing

Raylene Yung

Raylene Yung

Executive Director, Technology Modernization Fund, General Services Administration

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10:15-10:22 AM

Technology Talk: How To Stop Modernizing Federal IT

In the looming shadows of the White House’s Federal Data Strategy (and specifically the targeted pressures of the 2021 Action Plan), IT organizations within agencies are now being tasked to transition to operational conventions founded on the concepts of deploying consistent data infrastructures.  However, current systems of record are often decades-old, each with its own supporting personnel, technologies, and data stewardship logic.  Further, many agencies have already spent significant dollars on “big-bang” modernization efforts with the aim to facilitate a consistent data underpinnings…often with very little to show for it.  In this talk, Mr. Graham will explore an alternative to modernization that will accelerate the transition of Federal IT systems toward proactive evidence-based decisions based on consistent data infrastructures.

Darryn Graham

Darryn Graham

Solutions Architect, Software AG Government Solutions

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10:22-10:30 AM

Technology Talk

Building community through citizen-first digital transformation

Today, government agencies of all types are focused on investing in the community to improve overall civic life. Modernizing government IT offerings, and ensuring those efforts put the citizen in the center, are the keys to doing it effectively.

In this session, we’ll discuss how the savviest government agencies are:

Moving quickly to deliver more: Building out data centers, and other traditional approaches, are too lengthy for today’s needs. To become truly citizen-centric, agencies at all levels need to respond quickly, drive engagement and feedback, and demonstrate responsiveness. We’ll explain how a cloud approach enables agencies to deliver more, sooner.

Seeking to build community: Boosting capability and responsiveness isn’t helpful if citizens aren’t aware of what’s available. We’ll discuss how agency advocates who are excited about advancements can effectively engage with the community, explain the latest investments in digital, and help citizens understand how those investments can benefit them.

Kevin Cochrane

Kevin Cochrane

SVP, Product Marketing, Acquia

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10:30-11 AM

Visionary Panel: Furthering Federal Digital Modernization

Digital modernization is the adoption of new technology. It involves upgrading systems, platforms and software to meet today’s modern needs. When agencies set out to improve their digital transformation, they must take advantage of innovative technology to reimagine an organization’s processes, culture, people and customer experiences. It can result in new business models, revenue streams, policies and values. 

Tune into this panel to hear from topic experts on the best practices for furthering an agency’s Digital Modernization, as well as the benefits and importance of Digital Modernization. Where do these experts see the Future of Digital Modernization going? 

 

G. Nagesh Rao

G. Nagesh Rao

Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Jaime Holcombe

Jaime Holcombe

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

Thomas Santucci

Thomas Santucci

Director, IT Modernization GSA Office of Government-wide Policy (pending agency approval)

Industry Panelist

Industry Panelist

REI Systems

Moderator: Jason Miller

Moderator: Jason Miller

Executive Editor, Federal News Network (invited)

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11-11:07 AM

Technology Talk

Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Senior Solutions Engineer, Saviynt

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11:07-11:15 AM

Technology Talk

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11:15-11:45 AM

Visionary Panel: Using Emerging Technologies to Enable IT Modernization

Join this panel to hear Federal thought leaders explore digital IT modernization during the time of a pandemic, as the workforce is rapidly changing and shifting. These topic experts will focus on security and cloud advancements and challenges in a time of social distancing and moving to a hybrid workforce. Here thought leaders will discuss how they are using emerging technology to enable IT Modernization, and the importance behind using Emerging Technologies to help further IT Modernization within federal agencies. Where do these topic experts see the role of technology in the future of work going? What emerging technologies will help Federal Agencies enable and improve their IT Modernization? What challenges have these topic experts faced when using emerging technologies to enable IT Modernization?

Eric Ewing

Eric Ewing

Director, Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence, GSA

Vaughn Noga

Vaughn Noga

Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information, EPA (invited)

Willie Hicks

Willie Hicks

Sales Engineer, Dynatrace

Moderator: Dave Nyczepir

Moderator: Dave Nyczepir

Tech Reporter, Fedscoop

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11:45-11:52 AM

Technology Talk

Robbi Richmond

Robbi Richmond

Emerging Product Specialist | Databases, Nutanix

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11:53 AM-12 PM

Technology Talk

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12-12:30 PM

Visionary Panel: The Future of IT Modernization

Modernization is key to success in this area as well as adapting to the “new normal” brought on by COVID-19. New ways of working, new consumer behaviors and new business reorganization all require new digital tools and technology within the business, to find out how to rapidly innovate your digital capabilities. 

 Tune into this panel to hear from topic experts as they discuss how Government agencies have had to adapt to the new workforce, as well as where they see the future of IT Modernization going. What best practices do these topic experts recommend to help further agencies IT Modernization?

Eric Hysen

Eric Hysen

CIO, DHS (invited)

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller

Deputy CIO, U.S. Department of State(invited)

Industry Speaker

Industry Speaker

ForcePoint

Moderator: Melissa Harris

Moderator: Melissa Harris

Staff Writer, GovernmentCIO (invited)

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12:30-12:45 PM

Technology Talk

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12:45-1:15 PM

Visionary Panel: Modernizing Federal IT through DevSecOps

New ways of working have emerged, both for citizens and the government agencies serving them. Agencies are reevaluating their technology needs during this pandemic time, and furthering their IT modernization, through DevSecOps. This panel will set out to discuss how advancements in DevSecOps lead to an increased visibility for security and push for further modernization in the Federal IT space. These topic experts will also discuss solutions for successfully implementing DevOps methodology, tools, and techniques within Federal agencies in a time of continuous change and telework. What best practices do these topic experts recommend for modernizing Federal IT through DevSecOps? What does this look like within the Federal Government?

Eric Roettgen

Eric Roettgen

Acting DevSecOps Service Lead, U.S. Air Force

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Lead DevSecOps Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity, US NAVY (pending agency approval)

Stephen Magill

Stephen Magill

VP of Product Innovation , Sonatype

Moderator: Nicole Johnson

Moderator: Nicole Johnson

Managing Editor, GovLoop (invited)

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1:15 PM

Closing Remarks

December 9

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10 AM

Introduction

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10-10:15 AM

Visionary Keynote Briefing

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson

Chief Data Officer and Deputy Digital Transformation Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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10:15-10:30 AM

Technology Talk

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10:30 -11 AM

Visionary Panel: Modernizing Federal Cybersecurity

Federal agencies are improving their cybersecurity posture to some degree, particularly as they develop better basic cyber hygiene and modernize their legacy systems. At the same time, hackers are getting better at finding new ways to attack and access federal IT. Tune into this panel to hear from topic experts on how they are helping to modernize their agencies’ cybersecurity, the benefits of this, as well as challenges they have run into. What best strategies do these topic experts have for implementing cybersecurity modernization? Listen as these cybersecurity leaders discuss the latest challenges they are facing in dealing with emerging threats, securing a more remote workforce and advancing in their cybersecurity modernization.

Beth Killoran

Beth Killoran

Deputy CIO, GSA (invited)

Wanda Jones-Heath

Wanda Jones-Heath

CISO, USAF (invited)

Industry Speaker

Industry Speaker

Rubrik

Moderator: Lamar Johnson

Moderator: Lamar Johnson

Tech Reporter, MeriTalk (invited)

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11-11:07 AM

Technology Talk

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11:07-11:15 AM

Technology Talk

Nick Psaki

Nick Psaki

System Engineer - Federal, Pure Storage

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11:15-11:45 AM

Visionary Panel: Using Data Transformation to Guide Federal Innovation

The Digital Transformation of government is a powerful idea. It has sparked great enthusiasm and speculation about how technology and data might revolutionize government efficiency, policy-making and service delivery. Tune into this panel to hear from topic experts as they discuss Data Transformation within the Federal Government, what that looks like and the benefits of this. In what ways can Data Transformation help guide Federal Innovation? What best practices do these topic experts recommend to help implement Data Transformation, so that it helps guide Federal Innovation?

David Spirk

David Spirk

CDO, DoD (invited)

Sharon Kitts

Sharon Kitts

Chief Data Technology Officer, VA (invited)

Marshall Guillory

Marshall Guillory

Vice President, Government Practice, Agile Rising & Atlassian

Moderator: Jory Heckmann

Moderator: Jory Heckmann

Reporter, Federal News Network (invited)

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11:45 AM-12 PM

Technology Talk

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12-12:30 PM

Visionary Panel: Accelerating the Adoption of Emerging Automation Solutions Within the Federal Government

As agencies make the push to further their IT Modernization journey, establishing a baseline understanding for participants of emerging automation solutions including RPA, Blockchain, and AI, has become very important. Tune into this panel to hear from topic experts on the best practices for adopting automation, as well as the best strategies for accelerating this practice. This panel will also highlight how the solutions are currently impacting the Federal Government and the potential for growth. What challenges have these panelists identified within this area? What lessons have they learned?

Gil Alterovitz

Gil Alterovitz

Director of Artificial Intelligence, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, The Department of Veterans Affairs (invited)

Ignatius Liberto

Ignatius Liberto

Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, DoE (invited)

Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman

Senior Solutions Engineer, Saviynt

Moderator: Patience Wait

Moderator: Patience Wait

Senior Writer, Tech Writers Bureau (invited)

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12:30-12:37 PM

Technology Talk

Willie Hicks

Willie Hicks

Public Sector CTO, Dynatrace

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12:37-12:45 PM

Technology Talk

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12:45-1:15 PM

Visionary Panel: The Power of the Digital Native: Closing the Digital Native Gap

Learn from an all-women’s panel as they discuss the barriers they had to overcome to reach their careers in STEM. Topics will cover a variety of challenges they experienced along their collective journeys, ranging from government, nonprofit, corporate, military, and academia inequities. With Generation Z now entering the workforce and projected to be 10 million people larger than the once largest generation, the Baby Boomers, how will organizations infuse their talent pipelines with these sought-after digital natives? Discover their recommendations on removing barriers that could be preventing access to STEM jobs for women and minorities. Each panelist will provide a unique perspective, ranging from data-driven workforce planning and talent strategies for the federal government to

Monica Breidenbach

Monica Breidenbach

Human Capital Strategist, United States Office of Personnel Management

Amber Chaudhry

Amber Chaudhry

Customer Experience Strategist, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Alison O’Mara

Alison O’Mara

Innovation Adoption Lead, Centers of Excellence, GSA TTS

Moderator: Melvin Brown

Moderator: Melvin Brown

Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer at U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

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1:15 PM

Closing Remarks

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