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IRS Emerging Technology Day Virtual Event

October 13, 2020 9:00 AM-12:30 PM EST
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October 13, 2020

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9:00-9:05 AM EST

Opening Remarks

Tom Suder

Tom Suder

President, CEO, ATARC

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9:05-9:15 AM EST

Commissioner’s Welcome

Chuck Rettig

Chuck Rettig

Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

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9:15-9:25 AM EST

A Focus on Industry Partnership, Case Management and Digitalization

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith

Digitalization Office Director, Internal Revenue Service

Shanna Webbers

Shanna Webbers

Chief Procurement Officer, Internal Revenue Service

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9:25-9:30 AM EST

Program Overview

Caiyi Lang

Caiyi Lang

IT Program Leader, Internal Revenue Service

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9:30-10:25 AM EST

Panel Discussion: Digitalization in Tax Administration

The IRS has achieved significant operational efficiencies by digitizing some paper, thereby increasing operational efficiency (e.g. Records Management, eDiscovery, FOIA). Over the course of the next years all agencies, including IRS, must become fully digital. To get there the IRS seeks a coordinated approach to scan paper, convert it to OCR content, apply standardized metadata, and integrate the
digital result with records and content management systems, so content is systematically maintained and easily retrieved.

Since digitization is transitional, IRS sees no need to acquire in-house digitization technology. Rather, the agency seeks a vendor digitization solution that allows integration with and simple retrieval from existing content and records management systems. What emerging technology could assist in the effort to digitize information and integrate with IRS systems to search, retrieve, and store?

Melissa Kaminin

Melissa Kaminin

Enterprise Architecture Director, Internal Revenue Service

Tracy Keeter

Tracy Keeter

Deputy Associate CIO,Enterprise Operations, Internal Revenue Service

Brad Bouton

Brad Bouton

IRS Enterprise Case Management Office Director, Internal Revenue Service

Gbemi Acholonu

Gbemi Acholonu

Digitalization Strategy Executive Project Director, Internal Revenue Service

Moderator: Celia Doggette

Moderator: Celia Doggette

Identity and Records Protection Director, Internal Revenue Service

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10:25-10:30 AM EST

Industry Perspective

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Account Director, Federal Secure, DOD and Intel, MFGS, Inc.

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10:30-10:45 AM EST

Emerging Technology Talks

IT Modernization through Software Delivery Automation (SDA)

It takes core SDA capabilities in order to connect, automate and orchestrate tools across development, operations and shared service teams to optimize software delivery.  In this TechTalk, CloudBees will talk about the core SDA capabilities that Federal Agencies should be considering as part of their IT Modernization efforts to better manage and monitor your path to production and meet the evolving needs of Government. 

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson

Senior Solutions Architect, Cloudbees

Considerations for Technology Integration Risk Management

The potential of new and emerging technologies to change the way we do business – and better serve the taxpayer – is tremendous. Yet the implications of implementing innovative technologies in large and complex environments must be considered, from both the standpoint of the resource demands on the IT and Operations units, the impacts on Business Operations Divisions, and the effects on the ultimate end-user – the taxpayer. Potentially cost-effective COTS solutions aren’t built with these factors in mind – therefore their implementation requires a deep analysis of risk, costs, and projected results. In this TechTalk, Elizabeth McCarthy will provide insights and lessons learned into how Maximus has supported the IRS to define and manage new technology implementation, as well as offering key takeaways for successful integrations.

Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Program Manager, Maximus

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10:45-10:50 AM EST

Doing Business with the IRS

Ali Pourghassemi

Ali Pourghassemi

Industry Liaison, Internal Revenue Service

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10:50-11:00 AM EST

Emerging Technology Talks

A Unified Approach to Automation in Tax Administration

When automating tax administration, it is easy to take a siloed approach for each individual process. However, it is important to think holistically when considering digitization across agency operations and constituent-facing processes.  This session will show you how to think about end-to-end optimization — from the creation, versioning, and acceptance, through to management and analysis of critical records. We’ll discuss how agencies can accelerate and automate workflows across multiple stakeholders and how a unified approach brings greater insights and lower risk.

Greg Buchholz

Greg Buchholz

Senior Vice President, CLM at DocuSign

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11:00AM- 11:55 AM EST

Panel Discussion: Modernizing Information Return Systems

In a continual effort to provide the secure and seamless tax filing experience the public expects, IRS is assessing and identifying opportunities to modernize tax administration, including its information returns systems,. As part of the second phase of the IRS Modernization Plan, the IRS seeks to address information returns processing systems, which are built on legacy technologies, to more efficiently and effectively respond to changing legislative and business requirements.

What emerging technology could assist in modernizing the information returns
pipeline, which involves creating modern and flexible solutions for the ingestion,
validation, perfection, management, and use of information returns data?

Jim Keith

Jim Keith

Assistant Director, Submission Processing, Applications Development, Internal Revenue Service

Sri Rao

Sri Rao

Solution Engineering Director, Internal Revenue Service

Courtney Williams

Courtney Williams

Senior Technical Advisor, Internal Revenue Service

Michael Harper

Michael Harper

Senior Advisor, Internal Revenue Service

Moderator: Kaschit Pandya

Moderator: Kaschit Pandya

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations, Internal Revenue Service

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11:55 AM- 12:00 PM EST

Industry Perspective

Brandon O'Leary

Brandon O'Leary

Senior Developer Evangelist, Gitlab

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12:00-12:15 PM EST

Emerging Technology Talks

Infrastructure Innovation

IRS, like many agencies, is looking for solutions that will infuse innovation into their environment and increase their operational efficiency. During this session, hear how Hitachi Vantara Federal’s products and services can inject Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into the IRS’ environment.

Gary Hix

Gary Hix

CTO, Hitachi Vantara Federal

Automating Critical Processes for Government

There is a new category of analytics called Analytic Process Automation (APA) which is available to support critical missions. APA is a platform software capability that is swiftly differentiating itself by accelerating the rate at which organizations can make critical, data-driven decisions. Through these platforms, methods that have historically required a high level of skill can now be executed by any level of data worker regardless of technical acumen thanks to code-free and assisted building blocks that can construct models with transparency and make data science learning and up-skilling easier.

Alteryx is the market leader in APA and uniquely provides unified analytics, data science, and process automation all in one platform. APA solves the challenges of automating data inputs from any data source (everything from traditional data sources, local files and applications to more modern and diverse sources such as process automation bots, data in the cloud and external business processing logic) and aggregates the analytic steps by providing users with over 260 automation building blocks, covering the full spectrum of the analytics lifecycle including higher level analytic capabilities such as predictive, geo spatial and Machine Learning all in a code free or code friendly environment.

Gerald Mann

Gerald Mann

Sales Engineering Manager, Public Sector, Alteryx

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12:15-12:20 PM EST

Looking Ahead with ATARC

Tom Suder

Tom Suder

President, CEO, ATARC

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12:20-12:30 PM EST

Closing Remarks

Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Strategy & Modernization, Internal Revenue Service

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