AI Gov: Future Workforce

AI Gov: Future Workforce

 
AI Gov Future Workforce
AI Gov Future Workforce
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Artificial intelligence is increasing productivity and driving federal agency missions forward. But challenges remain on getting the workforce productive and integrated into the technology, and also hiring and recruiting the best talent. AI leaders discuss change management principles and how they are upskilling and training the next generation of the public service AI workforce. 

Date
February 10, 2022
Time
11:00 am
Where
Virtual event
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AI Gov Future Workforce

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Red Hat
 

Speakers

 

Gil Alterovitz is the director of the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). NAII seeks to develop AI research and development capabilities at the VA as a means to support veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers. The Institute also designs and collaborates on large-scale AI research and development initiatives, national AI policy, and partnerships across agencies, industries, and academia. Dr. Alterovitz has led national and international collaborative initiatives for developing novel informatics methods and approaches for integrating clinical, pharmaceutical, and genomic information, from research to point-of-care. He is a member of the Precision Medicine Task Force under the White House’s Office of the National Coordinator. He is also one of the core writers of the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy’s National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, which was recently updated. The policy supports a national AI initiative and includes an additional strategic priority for public-private partnerships. He has degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon in electrical, biomedical and computer engineering (including a doctorate). He’s a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. His work on integrative methods for “big data” in the biomedical informatics space has been published or presented in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications ranging from academic journals and international conferences to three books (including “Systems Bioinformatics: An Engineering Case-based Approach,” ranked #1 in new Amazon bioinformatics category).

Director, National AI Institute, VA

For two decades, Ben Cushing has been a leader in emerging technology solutions across multiple industries and is committed to radical innovation in healthcare. Before joining Red Hat, he served as the Chief Technology Officer for MDLogix, a behavioral health IT firm supporting Johns Hopkins Medicine. There he architected and brought to market a behavioral health cloud platform for use with employer, healthcare, and education markets.

In addition to supporting analytics and operations at the National Institutes of Health for 6 years, Cushing had the opportunity to practice a scaled agile framework with Accenture where he led the technical architecture and design for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Electronic Health Management Platform, an industry leading Health Management and Care Coordination platform serving 9 million patients.

His tenure at Accenture began with the acquisition of Agilex, where he designed LSI solutions, developed systems to automate the Post-9/11 GI bill, and supported in-theater data collection and analytics tools. While at Agilex, Ben architected and led the development of a mobile Software Development Kit, still in use today by the VA to produce more than 60 applications.

Federal Healthcare Practice Lead, Red Hat

Lieutenant General Michael S. Groen assumed his current position as the Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center on 1 October 2020. As a member of the JAIC team, he leads the transformation of U.S. Joint warfighting and departmental processes through the integration of Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to this nomination, General Groen was assigned to the National Security Agency and served as the Deputy Chief of Computer Network Operations, leading this premier Computer Network Exploitation organization. In 2018/2019, he served as the Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff (J2) in direct support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Joint Staff. He also served as the Vice J2. Prior to his Joint Staff assignments, General Groen served as the Director of Marine Corps Intelligence (DIRINT) where he championed the redesign of intelligence capabilities into a Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE). 

General Groen has served in a variety of operational, ground, air, and naval units. His service has included Central America, the Western Pacific, the Philippines, the Balkans and Iraq, General Groen served afloat with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and supported aviation units in the U.S. and Okinawa. In 2003, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division. He initially served as the Deputy Intelligence officer, then became the Intelligence Officer (G-2) in 2004. He has supported both conventional combat and counter-insurgency operations. General Groen was a principal in the redesign of Marine Intelligence to meet the emerging demands of the Global War on Terror. Later, General Groen served with the U.S. European Command as the Chief of Intelligence Planning for Europe and Africa. He was instrumental in transitioning intelligence processes into the Joint Intelligence Operations Center.

General Groen has commanded intelligence and operational units including the 3d Radio Battalion (conducting its first deployment to the Southern Philippines in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM) and the Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California. He was also given additional duties as the Division’s Chief of Staff. As a perpetual change-agent, he has served as a Combat Development, Requirements, and Acquisition officer. He served as the initial Director of the Commandant's Amphibious Capabilities Working Group (Capabilities), the Ellis Group (Expeditionary Futures) and as the Director of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG).

General Groen is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He has received multiple Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California (Systems Management) and from the Naval Postgraduate School (Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics.) General Groen is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College.

General Groen's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

General Groen is a native of Michigan with three sons.

Director, JAIC

Dr. Kathleen Kaplan serves as the FEMA Chief Data Officer, Chair, Data Governance Council, and Director, Enterprise Analytics Division. Dr. Kaplan served in leadership positions in four major departments – Energy, Defense, Commerce, and now Homeland Security. Prior to her government service, Dr. Kaplan served in academia as a professor at Howard University, Oklahoma City University, and Oklahoma State University. Dr. Kaplan received her bachelor of science in computer science with a minor in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, master of science in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a doctorate of science in computer science from the George Washington University. In addition, Dr. Kaplan is an Acquisition Corps member and holds the highest certifications in Program Management, Science and Technology Management, and Engineering, along with other accreditations, such as Information Technology, Test and Evaluation, and Quality Assurance. Dr. Kaplan is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, registered Patent Agent, Professional Engineer in training, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellow.

Chief Data Officer, FEMA

Mr. Todd Simpson serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary, DevSecOps within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Information and Technology. He has 30 years of information technology (IT) leadership and management experience from the private sector and the Federal Government. For the last 15 years, he has led at the executive level focusing on strategic planning, technology modernization, organizational development, and operational efficiency.

Mr. Simpson began his career in the United States Air Force, serving three years active duty and three years active reserve.

He worked in the IT field as a systems analyst, developer, network engineer, IT manager, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the private sector for 18 years.

In 2010, Mr. Simpson began his Federal Government career as the CIO for the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. As the CIO, he led the IT and litigation support units, which supported over 2,000 investigators. Under Mr. Simpson’s leadership, the organization reduced the annual IT and litigation support budgets by more than 50 percent, achieved a net annual savings of more than $3 million from data center and server consolidation, and implemented a disaster recovery and continuity of operations solution that increased network and application availability by 22 percent and realized an annual cost savings of $3 million.

In 2014, Mr. Simpson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Associate Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). His responsibilities included leading the IT Shared Services organization that supported 72,000 users; providing the vision, leadership, and oversight in the development of the strategic direction of DOT’s Common Operating Environment and Enterprise Architecture; as well as IT policy and procedure planning, formulation, and direction.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Simpson was the CIO at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Washington, D.C. In this role, Mr. Simpson was responsible for providing IT services and support to approximately 25,000 federal personnel and contractors that comprised the FDA community throughout the continental United States and internationally. During his time at FDA, Mr. Simpson developed a cloud brokerage model, moved over 10 percent of FDA’s application portfolio to the cloud, modernized technology, fundamentally transformed the agency’s security posture, automated dozens of legacy workflows, and created a true DevOps framework.

In 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services selected Mr. Simpson to be their first Chief Product Officer. In this role, Mr. Simpson provided the Department's data, cloud, platform, security, and development services. Mr. Simpson also managed the Department's Vendor Management Office where he consolidated software purchases that gained efficiencies and saved the Department millions of dollars, most notably a VMWare deal that saved the Department $33 million over the next five years.

Mr. Simpson earned a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from Drexel University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Resource Management from Ohio State University, and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. Mr. Simpson also holds several Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certifications, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification, a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, a strategic planning certification (BSC), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certification.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for DevSecOps, VA

Martin Stanley, CISSP, is the Branch Chief for Strategic Technology at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Martin previously led the Cybersecurity Assurance Program at CISA and the Enterprise Cybersecurity Program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to his federal service Martin held executive leadership positions at Vonage and UUNET Technologies. Martin is co-author of Digital Health: Understanding the Benefit-Risk Patient-Provider Framework, published by Oxford University Press (March, 2021).

Branch Chief, Strategic Technology, CISA

Scarlett Swerdlow is the Acting Deputy Director of Defense Digital Service. In that role, she is responsible for developing new DDS projects and engaging with key stakeholders. Scarlett joined DDS in 2020 as the organization’s first data scientist. She built DDS’s data team and established DDS as a strategic partner in the Department’s efforts to become a data-centric organization.

Prior to joining DDS, Scarlett worked at Civis Analytics as a data scientist, data science lead, and ultimately director of data science. Throughout her career as a data scientist, Scarlett has helped dozens of companies, nonprofits, state and local governments, and federal agencies — such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Red Cross, the State of Illinois, FDNY, and FEMA — become more effective data-driven organizations.

Scarlett is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she teaches a class on data analysis and public policy. She has also spoken at conferences convened by SXSW, Bloomberg, the Association of National Advertisers, and the Nonprofit Technology Network. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School and a Bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley.

Deputy Director, Defense Digital Service

Agenda

 
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Welcome Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editorial Director, GovernmentCIO Media & Research
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Fireside Chat: The New AI Workforce

As technology advances and AI changes the nature of work, the federal worker faces both challenges and opportunities. New initiatives are studying impacts of AI on the workforce as government eyes the future. 

  • Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, Director, JAIC
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Leading Through Change 

As agencies embrace emerging technologies and introduce infrastructure for realizing the full potential of AI, teams are implementing various strategies for new ways of operating. These may include strategies around DevSecOps, agile software development and change management. These leaders discuss how they are embracing these changes and communicating them across organizations.

  • Kathleen Kaplan, CDO, FEMA
  • Todd Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for DevSecOps, VA
  • Scarlett Swerdlow, Deputy Director, Defense Digital Service
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AI Use Cases 

AI has potential for transformative benefits across technology and service delivery, which also ultimately impact personnel regarding job satisfaction, quality and efficiency. This includes improved processing capabilities for health care and benefits claims, cybersecurity support and human capital management initiatives. Leaders discuss how they are integrating AI capacities across job functions to accelerate missions. 

  • Gil Alterovitz, Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, VA
  • Ben Cushing, Federal Healthcare Practice Lead, Red Hat
  • Martin Stanley, Branch Chief, Strategic Technology, CISA
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Closing Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editorial Director, GovernmentCIO Media & Research