Agenda & Speakers

Check out who will be at the 2024 GITEC Conference and what topics we will be discussing!

Opening Ceremonies – April 14

Charlottesville, VA

Day #1 – April 15

Kimpton Forum, Charlottesville, VA

8:15 AM

Opening Remarks

8:30 AM

Keynote Briefing

Clare Martorana

Clare Martorana

Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget (invited)

9:00 AM

Charting the Future: How Federal Leaders are Reshaping their Agencies

In the evolving technological landscape of the federal government, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) play a pivotal role in driving transformative change across agencies. These CIOs, in strategic collaboration with Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and Chief Data Officers (CDOs), are leading initiatives that extend beyond IT management to include comprehensive organizational reform.

Their collective efforts focus on aligning technological advancements with broader agency goals, addressing key challenges such as cybersecurity, data management, and infrastructure modernization. This united front is essential for navigating the complexities of digital governance, ensuring that innovative IT strategies are balanced with security and data integrity, thereby setting new standards for efficiency and responsiveness in government services.

Don Bauer

Don Bauer

Chief Technology Officer, Bureau of Global Talent Management, U.S. Department of State

Gerald Caron

Gerald Caron

Chief Information Officer, International Trade Administration

Bruce Begnell

Bruce Begnell

Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of State (Pending Agency Approval)

Togai Andrews

Togai Andrews

Chief Information Security Officer, Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Pending Agency Approval)

Frank Indiviglio

Frank Indiviglio

Deputy Director (Acting), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Steven Brand

Steven Brand

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Resource Management, U.S. Department of Energy (Pending Agency Approval)

Jason Bonander

Jason Bonander

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Centers for Disease Control

Thomas Sasala

Thomas Sasala

Deputy Director, Office of Business Transformation, Under Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Navy (Pending Agency Approval)

10:30 AM

Smart Governance: Navigating the AI Frontier in Government Work

This panel promises an engaging exploration into the transformative influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the landscape of public service. This discussion will bring together thought leaders, policymakers, and experts to delve into the complexities of AI integration in government operations. From enhancing efficiency in bureaucratic processes to redefining citizen-centric services, the conversation will navigate the vast and evolving frontier of AI in the public sector.

Participants can expect insightful discussions on the ethical considerations, challenges, and opportunities that arise as governments adopt smart technologies. Join us for a compelling dialogue that unpacks the potential of smart governance powered by AI, shaping the future of how governments serve and interact with their citizens.

Peter Sima-Eichler

Peter Sima-Eichler

Director, Data Office, U.S. Department of the Interior (Pending Agency Approval)

Vicki Michetti

Vicki Michetti

Director, Cybersecurity Program Integration, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (Pending Agency Approval)

Anthony Boese

Anthony Boese

Interagency Programs Manager, Ethics Officer, and Associate Researcher, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Pending Agency Approval)

Gardy Rosius

Gardy Rosius

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Architecture Engineering Technology & Innovation, U.S. Department of Energy (Pending Agency Approval)

Omar Bouaichi

Omar Bouaichi

Data Technology Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Pending Agency Approval)

Kenneth Klinner

Kenneth Klinner

Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Interior (Pending Agency Approval)

11:30 AM

AI Reskilling: Revolutionizing the Workforce

Reskilling the workforce for the AI revolution has become a critical focus in educational and professional training programs. As AI technologies rapidly reshape various industries, there is an increasing need for current professionals to adapt and acquire new skills relevant to AI applications. This shift involves integrating AI-focused modules into existing curricula, emphasizing machine learning, data analysis, and ethical AI deployment.

These programs are designed not only for new students but also for working professionals seeking to update their skill set in response to the evolving technological landscape. Partnerships between universities, industries, and government agencies are also vital in this reskilling initiative. They provide opportunities for real-world application of AI skills through internships, apprenticeships, and collaborative projects. This practical exposure is essential for understanding the nuances of AI in different sectors and for developing the ability to innovate and apply AI solutions effectively.

The objective of these reskilling programs is not merely technical proficiency, but a comprehensive understanding of how AI can be used responsibly and effectively across various domains. This holistic approach is crucial in ensuring that the workforce is not only capable of using AI but also adept at addressing the ethical, legal, and societal implications of its integration into our daily lives and work environments.

Todd Conkin

Todd Conkin

Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary Cyber, U.S. Department of the Treasury (Pending Agency Approval)

Angela Cough

Angela Cough

Senior Advisor, Digital Talent, DoD Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, U.S. Department of Defense (Pending Agency Approval)

Eric Sanders

Eric Sanders

Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Pending Agency Approval)

Rajeev Dolas

Rajeev Dolas

Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation (Pending Agency Approval)

Bo Berlas

Bo Berlas

Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, General Services Administration (Pending Agency Approval)

Karen Howard

Karen Howard

Executive Director, Office of Online Services, Internal Revenue Service (Pending Agency Approval)

Anil Chaudhry

Anil Chaudhry

Associate Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation (Pending Agency Approval)

Edward McLarney

Edward McLarney

Digital Transformation Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Pending Agency Approval)

12:15 PM

Lunch in Emerging Technology Showcase

Breakout Sessions

Artificial Intelligence Sessions

1:30 PM

Keynote Briefing

Ann Dunkin

Ann Dunkin

Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

2:00 PM

The AI Frontier: Revolutionizing Federal Agencies with GenAI

The integration of Generative AI (GenAI) within the federal government signifies a transformative leap in how governmental agencies operate and innovate. This utilization of GenAI spans various domains, including public service delivery, policy formulation, and national security. By harnessing the power of GenAI, federal agencies are able to analyze vast datasets more efficiently, simulate complex scenarios for better decision-making, and enhance citizen engagement through more personalized and responsive services. However, this integration is not without challenges.

It necessitates stringent measures for data privacy, ethical use of AI, and addressing potential biases in AI-generated outcomes. Additionally, the federal government faces the critical task of balancing technological advancement with regulatory frameworks to ensure that GenAI is used responsibly and effectively for the public good. The strategic implementation of GenAI within the federal sector also underscores the importance of developing AI literacy and expertise among government employees, emphasizing the need for ongoing training and collaboration with industry and academic experts in the field.

Sheena Burrell

Sheena Burrell

Chief Information Officer, National Archives and Records Administration

Dr. Hala Nelson

Dr. Hala Nelson

Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, James Madison University

Lt. Col. Joe Chapa

Lt. Col. Joe Chapa

Chief Responsible AI Ethics Officer, U.S. Air Force (invited)

Bonnie Evangelista

Bonnie Evangelista

Tradewinds Execution Lead & Acquisitions Policy Director, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)

2:45 PM

Navigating the New Wave: AI and Cybersecurity in the Remote Work Era

Emerging technologies, particularly in Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI), are rapidly evolving, reshaping the way we approach data security and IT solutions. In the post-pandemic era, with an increasing number of people working remotely, the demands for robust cybersecurity and accessible data solutions have surged. AI and Machine Learning (ML) are at the forefront of this transformation, offering innovative protections against a myriad of cyber threats. The synergy of AI and ML is proving more effective than their individual use, leading to their widespread adoption in safeguarding information and data.

This session’s panel discussion will dive into the critical need for policies that support these emerging technologies. It will explore how AI, data security, and cybersecurity are pivotal in IT modernization, particularly within Federal Agencies. The panelists will discuss the most effective applications of these technologies, providing insights into how they can be leveraged to meet the unique challenges of modern IT infrastructure and data protection in the government sector.

Johnson Wu

Johnson Wu

Cyber Portfolio Leader, Defense Innovation Unit, U.S. Department of Defense

Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson

Co-Lead Portfolio Manager, AI & Machine Learning, Defense Innovation Unit, U.S. Department of Defense

Kenneth Bible

Kenneth Bible

Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Pending Agency Approval)

Jane Rathbun

Jane Rathbun

Chief Information Officer, U.S. Navy (invited)

Cybersecurity with AI Sessions

1:30 PM

Keynote Briefing

Melinda Rogers

Melinda Rogers

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Information Resource Management and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Justice (invited)

2:00 PM

Quantum Leap in Security: Integrating Zero Trust and Quantum Encryption in Federal Networks

The Zero Trust model, a key concept in modern cybersecurity, forms the cornerstone of this panel discussion. Recognized as a blend of security principles and coordinated strategies, Zero Trust operates on the principle that threats can originate from within and outside of traditional network boundaries. This paradigm shift has become increasingly pertinent, especially with the adoption of remote and hybrid work environments.

Federal Leaders will delve into the integration of Zero Trust in existing infrastructures, highlighting the complexities and challenges in implementing this model across diverse and expansive government networks. Tune in to this panel to understand how federal leaders are applying Zero Trust principles within their agencies, addressing its significance and discussing strategies for strengthening cybersecurity in an era where the nature of work and the scope of threats are constantly evolving.

Dr. Daniel Corbin

Dr. Daniel Corbin

Deputy Chief Information Officer & Technical Director, U.S. Marine Corps (Pending Agency Approval)

Stacy Bostjanick

Stacy Bostjanick

Acting Director of Supply Chain Risk Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Defense (Pending Agency Approval)

Ross Foard

Ross Foard

Senior Engineer and ICAM Subject Matter Expert, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Pending Agency Approval)

Angelia Vicchiollo

Angelia Vicchiollo

Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (Pending Agency Approval)

Rudolph Rojas

Rudolph Rojas

Information Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Pending Agency Approval)

Sam Navarro

Sam Navarro

Director, Client Services, Centers of Excellence, General Services Administration (Pending Agency Approval)

2:45 PM

Securing the Future: Navigating the Intersection of AI and Cybersecurity

In an increasingly interconnected world, the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity stands as a pivotal frontier in shaping the future of digital security. This panel invites you to a thought-provoking panel discussion where experts delve into the dynamic relationship between AI and cybersecurity. Listen in as they explore how AI technologies, ranging from machine learning to predictive analytics, are reshaping traditional cybersecurity paradigms, and navigate the intricate landscape of cyber threats and vulnerabilities, unveiling the potential of AI as a powerful ally in fortifying our digital defenses.

The panelists will share insights on innovative strategies, emerging trends, and the collaborative efforts required to navigate the complex challenges at the forefront of securing our digital future. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the symbiotic relationship between AI and cybersecurity and its profound implications for the evolving landscape of information security.

Heather Kowalski

Heather Kowalski

Chief Information Officer, Interpol, U.S. Department of Justice (Pending Agency Approval)

Greg Sisson

Greg Sisson

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)

Paul Blahusch

Paul Blahusch

Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor (invited)

Day #2 – April 16

Kimpton Forum, Charlottesville, VA

8:30 AM

Keynote Briefing

Cheri Pascoe

Cheri Pascoe

Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce (Pending Agency Approval)

9:00 AM

Beyond Boundaries: Securing Tomorrow with AI-Powered Cyber Resilience

In an era where social engineering poses a pervasive threat to organizations worldwide, this panel explores the universal applications of artificial intelligence in bolstering defenses against human-centric cyber attacks.

Join our panel of experts, featuring distinguished figures from government, industry, and academia, as they delve into the transformative potential of AI in mitigating the risks associated with social engineering. Explore cutting-edge strategies and technologies that transcend sector boundaries, offering attendees insights into building a resilient cybersecurity posture against human manipulation.

The discussion will not only dissect the current state of social engineering threats but also showcase successful case studies where AI-driven solutions have proactively thwarted malicious attempts across diverse sectors. Attendees will gain practical insights into implementing AI-powered defenses, ensuring a robust cybersecurity framework applicable to various agencies, companies, and organizations.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of a cross-sectoral dialogue that explores the transformative potential of AI in mitigating social engineering risks and strengthening the cyber resilience of organizations across different domains. Join us for an engaging discussion that transcends boundaries and shapes the future of cybersecurity defenses.

John Sprague

John Sprague

Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer, Technology & Innovation Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

CAPT Brian Erickson

CAPT Brian Erickson

Chief Data & Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Coast Guard (invited)

Scott Flanders

Scott Flanders

Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (invited)

10:30 AM

Navigating Cyber Threats: Protecting Data and Intellectual Property

In the dynamic landscape of today’s digital era, safeguarding sensitive information and intellectual property is paramount for the federal government. As cyber threats continue to evolve, posing significant challenges to data security, a robust and proactive approach is essential.

This panel will explore the imperative of navigating cyber threats and outlines strategies to protect critical data and intellectual property. From implementing advanced cybersecurity measures to fostering a culture of awareness and compliance, the federal government must stay vigilant in the face of emerging threats.

Lillian Herrera

Lillian Herrera

Mobile Services Manager, Cybersecurity Shared Services Office, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (invited)

Drew Malloy

Drew Malloy

Technical Director, Cyber Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency (invited)

Shane Barney

Shane Barney

Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)

11:15 AM

Modernizing IT Recruitment in the Federal Sector: Challenges, Initiatives, and Future Directions

The hiring process for Information Technology (IT) professionals within the federal government is currently laden with complexities and outdated practices. This presents significant challenges in an era where technological expertise is increasingly critical for national and administrative efficiency. In an effort to address these challenges, various federal agencies are actively working to overhaul their hiring processes. Key initiatives include revamping job descriptions to better reflect a diverse range of IT skills, simplifying the application procedures, and integrating digital tools for more effective candidate evaluation. Despite these efforts, the pace of IT hiring in the federal government continues to be a point of concern.

This panel will delve into the intricacies of these issues, offering a platform to discuss innovative approaches for improving the hiring process including adopting agile practices, enhancing collaboration with key stakeholders, and prioritizing the growth of professional development opportunities. By exploring these viable strategies, the panel aims not only to bridge the current hiring gap but also to position the federal government as a leading, competitive employer for IT professionals.

Brian Peretti

Brian Peretti

Deputy Chief AI Officer and Director, Domestic and International Cyber Policy, Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Treasury (Invited)

Jaime Holcombe

Jaime Holcombe

Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (invited)

David Larrimore

David Larrimore

Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)

12:00 PM

Closing Keynote

Robert Costello

Robert Costello

Chief Information Officer, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)