AI Gov: Data Insights

AI Gov: Data Insights

AI Gov: Data Insights
AI Gov: Data Insights
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AI can transform the way government captures and uses data. But federal agencies are still sitting on hoards of data to demystify, and with new data insights and faster decision-making comes a host of ethical and privacy questions. This event will consider new strategies for capitalizing on data as well as the ethical and privacy considerations associated with AI.

April 29, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
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AI Gov: Data Insights



Dr. Kenneth (“Ken”) Clark is the ICE Chief Data Officer and Assistant Director, Office of Information Governance and Privacy responsible for advancing ICE's data and information management program efforts in privacy, records and data
management, information governance, and Freedom of Information Act compliance. Prior to this position, he was the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Director, Office of Information Governance and Privacy, and the Deputy Assistant Executive Director, Law Enforcement Information Sharing Initiative in the Homeland Security Investigations directorate responsible for planning and coordinating operational, administrative resources, and functions related to law enforcement information sharing and statistical program reporting. This included providing expert law enforcement information sharing policy, strategic planning, and program planning support to ICE and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and ensuring proper safeguarding and adherence to policy, procedures, and laws regarding law enforcement information sharing activities with federal, state, local, and foreign partners.

Joining the ranks of the Senior Executive Service in 2012, Dr. Clark served as the Director, Information Sharing and Intelligence Enterprise Management in the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis. In this position he led strategic program planning and priorities development efforts to guide interagency intelligence sharing and analysis, program management for multi-mission threat information sharing, and Homeland Security Enterprise resource planning. This included partnering with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to establish a joint program that increased critical infrastructure threat information sharing to the private sector, leading cross-DHS efforts that implemented White House information safeguarding mandates affecting classified information technology networks, and initiating a new mission requirements approach to develop a DHS-wide command and control and common operating picture capability, and improve intra- and inter- departmental law enforcement information sharing.

Dr. Clark has over 30 years of professional experience in the Federal Government and in the private sector working with diverse organizations from the homeland security, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and diplomatic communities. He designed and led nationwide information sharing policy, standards, and enterprise architecture programs, and full-scope continuity of operations, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure protection programs. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and served in positions that included Presidential Communications Officer under Presidents Clinton and Bush, White House Military Office Director of Information Technology Management, and Commander of the National Reconnaissance Office headquarters' telecommunications and information technology operations and maintenance organization supporting over 5,000 customers.

Dr. Clark received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in public policy from the George Washington
University, and his Master of Engineering degree in electronic engineering from the California Polytechnic State University. He is Chief Information Officer certified through the Department of Defense, and holds Senior Level Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers. Ken and his wife Sheila live in Virginia.

Chief Data Officer, ICE, DHS
General Manager, Public Sector, Icertis

A winner of the 2018 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service, Soraya Correa was appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer in January 2015. In her capacity as the Senior Procurement Executive, Ms. Correa oversees the work of nine Heads of Contracting Activity that provide operational procurement services to DHS components, directorates, and offices.  She has initiated and led several key efforts designed to improve how the 1,400 member DHS procurement workforce focuses as a team on finding the right solutions to enable and support the DHS mission. These efforts include the Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM) framework, including the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), and the Education, Development, Growth, and Excellence (EDGE) mentoring program. Additionally, Ms. Correa has continued to grow and enhance efforts including the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute, the Acquisition Professional Career Program, the Strategic Sourcing Program Office, and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

Ms. Correa has been with DHS since its inception serving in key leadership positions including Head of Contracting Activity for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Associate Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Enterprise Services Directorate.

Ms. Correa has also held leadership positions at other federal agencies including the Naval Sea Systems Command, General Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Her accomplishments as a leader are well recognized by the government and industry communities. She has received awards including the Secretary’s Award for Excellence, Management Support Awards, Federal 100 recognition, Public Sector Partner of the Year, Top Women in Tech, and several other accolades that reflect her commitment to the acquisition workforce, procurement innovation, and promoting meaningful communications with industry.

Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

Dr. Tina Hernandez-Boussard is an Associate Professor at Stanford University in Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Biomedical Data Sciences, Surgery and Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy). Her background and expertise are in the field of biomedical informatics, health services research, and epidemiology. In her current work, Dr. Hernandez-Boussard utilizes high-volume digital data to accurately and efficiently monitor, measure, and predict healthcare outcomes using natural language processing and machine/deep learning techniques to analyze both structured and unstructured data. Through this developed infrastructure, her team captures heterogenous data sources, transforms these diverse data to knowledge, and uses this knowledge to improve patient care and outcomes. More recently, her work focuses on the development of artificial intelligence technology to develop more precise, fair and patient-centric treatment approaches that maximize benefits and minimize risks for patients.

Associate Professor in Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Stanford University

Gina Ligon received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining University of Nebraska Omaha, she was a full time faculty member at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. She also worked as a Director of Performance Consulting at St. Louis-based Psychological Associates. Her research program focuses on the identification and development of high level talent; she has specific expertise in innovation and leadership, and has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. Organizational structures and leadership in non-normative organizations (e.g., violent ideological) are also of interest to her.

Director, National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology and Education Center of Excellence, DHS S&T



Welcome Remarks


Fireside Chat: Making the Most of Data with a National AI Strategy

As federal agencies adopt AI to decipher treasure troves of data, they need a plan to maintain best practices as well as ethics and privacy standards. During this fireside chat, we'll hear how the U.S. government can pave the way to transform national security, research and development, and the workforce with AI.


Streamlining Procurement with AI

AI can assist federal procurement by streamlining the RFI process, helping ensure compliance, and improving data reporting. In this panel, IT leaders from DHS, the IRS, and the VA will discuss their challenges, successes and progress with using AI for procurement.

  • Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS
  • Diane Fraser, Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, NIH*
  • Ali Pourghassemi, Industry Liaison, IRS*

AI to Support Mission Integrity

AI can improve mission integrity by quickly sorting and prioritizing data for federal officials to make prompt, sound decisions. From cybersecurity to law enforcement to improving service delivery, there are dozens of ways federal agencies can use AI to support their missions. Hear from federal officials about how they’re using AI to transform the way they do work.

  • Ken Clark, Chief Data Officer, ICE, DHS
  • Gina Ligon, Director, National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology and Education (NCITE) Center of Excellence, DHS S&T
  • Adan Vela, Assistant Professor of Industrial Systems and Engineering, NCITE Center of Excellence, DHS S&T

Ethics & Privacy

The rapid, widespread adoption of AI throughout the .gov landscape opened a Pandora’s box of ethics and privacy concerns. Health-focused organizations in the public eye face heightened scrutiny, especially when dealing with national crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts discuss how health professionals can ensure compliance with ethical and privacy standards while making the most of AI.

  • Katherine Blizinsky, Policy Director, All of Us Research Program, NIH
  • Tina Hernandez-Boussard, Associate Professor, Stanford University
  • Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations, CBP*

Closing Remarks