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As agencies continue modernizing their systems and capabilities, cloud computing, infrastructure and applications have become a critical piece of the puzzle. How can the government continue delivering to the nation in faster, more secure and modern ways? Hear from agency leaders about how they’re approaching cloud adoption to improve the way their agencies do business.

November 19, 2020
11:00 am - 1:30 pm EST
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Full event video, 2 hours 30 minute running time.

Hear from agency leaders about how they’re approaching cloud adoption to improve the way their agencies do business. Panelists included Chris Nichols, Defense Health Agency; John Short, VA; Maria Roat, Deputy Federal CIO; Brian Conrad, FedRAMP Program Manager; Luis Coronado, Jr., DHS; George Duchak, DLA; David Stickley, Dell Technologies; Jose M. Padin, Zscaler among others.

The federal approach to cloud initiatives and security requires strong collaboration between agencies and a cohesive central strategy. Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat shared perspectives about how the cloud can enable agencies long-term modernization strategies and support data efforts. 

Federal health agencies are using cloud-based architectures and computing to expand and modernize electronic health records, make health data more available and scale up medical IT solutions.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Alboum, Federal CTO and Principal Digital Strategist, ServiceNow
  • Chris Nichols, Program Manager and Chief of the Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions (EIDS) Program Management Office, DHMS, Defense Health Agency
  • John Short, Chief Technology and Integration Officer, Office of EHRM, Department of Veterans…

IT leaders from the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Logistics Agency and Dell Technologies discussed how telework and the shift toward edge computing triggered the need for new cybersecurity strategies, like zero trust. Panelists also discussed how federal agencies and cloud service providers can work together to enhance security, and why it’s important to focus on protecting data instead of the network.


In this fireside chat with GovernmentCIO Media & Research Staff Writer Melissa Harris, FedRAMP Program Manager Brian Conrad discussed how FedRAMP is uniquely positioned to augment cloud security while answering common questions cloud service providers and federal entities may have about federal cloud security.

Speaker: Brian Conrad, FedRAMP Program Manager

In this panel discussion from the Nov. 19 Cloud Summit, federal officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discussed the benefits of multi-cloud environments, how the agencies supported IT transformation journeys for timely software deployment and service agility, and what are some of the best practices for those looking to make similar transitions.

Speakers featured in this video include:

  • Dave Catanoso, Director of Enterprise…

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Jonathan Alboum is the Principal Digital Strategist for the Federal Government at ServiceNow. In this role, Jonathan works with federal agencies to deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity.

Before joining ServiceNow, Jonathan was the Public Sector CTO for Veritas Technologies. In addition, Jonathan has held a variety of senior executive positions in the federal government. His Federal government tenure includes serving as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he led the development of USDA’s IT Modernization strategy, including Cloud computing, network modernization, and enhanced information security protections for a $3 billion annual technology spend. In addition, he served as a leader in USDA’s Acquisition community, supporting the oversight, assessment, and strategic planning of an acquisition portfolio of more than 70,000 awards, worth $6 billion annually. Jonathan also worked at GSA as the Associate CIO for Enterprise Governance and Planning and led the creation of GSA's consolidated IT organization. He began his federal career at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), where he served as Deputy CIO and CIO. Before government, Jonathan worked as a management consultant for both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ventera Corporation.

Jonathan earned a MS in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Jonathan lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and three children. He enjoys practicing yoga, watching the Yankees, listening to Bruce Springsteen.

Federal CTO and Principal Digital Strategist, ServiceNow

David Catanoso has over 25 years of experience in fields ranging from database development to enterprise architecture design and enterprise cloud solutions, contributing to a solid track record of success culminating in the overall growth of multiple technology initiatives. Mr. Catanoso led a cross-organizational team over three years to design and implement the VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC), capable of hosting most of the VA’s applications. The VAEC is designed to be controlled by the VA and to accommodate all applications up to and including the FedRAMP High security level.

Prior to joining the VA in 2011, Mr. Catanoso worked in the private sector serving in roles related to project management, strategic planning, and systems integration. He also served as a Signal Officer in the US Army. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Catanoso holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2017 he completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He currently serves as Director for the Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). ECSO enables the leveraging of cloud solutions by internal and external customers and ultimately Veterans by providing standardization and common services. ECSO will support the efficient migration to and utilization of cloud technology by project teams/business sponsors and their customers.

Mr. Catanoso is married with 4 children. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time he enjoys alpine skiing, scuba diving, target shooting, video games and photography.

Director, Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office, VA

Brian Conrad joined the FedRAMP team in December 2018, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and leadership experience. Prior to joining GSA, Brian served for over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, gaining experience in leadership, telecommunications/IT, government acquisition, and project management.

Upon his transition from active duty, Brian joined Booz Allen Hamilton where he spent over seven years building his IT, cybersecurity, and project management skills supporting various clients across the Department of Defense including the United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, and the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Defense. During this time, Brian became recognized as a cloud computing/cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert within the Federal Government.

At GSA, Brian leads multiple efforts associated with Joint Authorization Board assessment and authorization activities that facilitate the authorization and adoption of commercial cloud services across the federal government. 

Brian holds an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.A. in History with a minor in Economics from the University of Memphis.  

Program Manager, FedRAMP

Luis Coronado, Jr. is responsible for providing secure, reliable, and redundant Information Technology support to the Department and to the Management Directorate, which includes approximately 12,000 personnel located in offices across the country with more than 30 major sites across the National Capital Region. He manages a staff of more than 150 federal employees and several hundred contractors with a budget exceeding $400 million per year.

Mr. Coronado previously served as OCIO’s Acting Executive Director for ITOPS. His
prior experience included serving as OCIO Deputy Chief Information Security
Officer (CISO) and Acting CISO, where he enhanced, updated, and improved the
Department's cybersecurity defense. He oversaw the Enterprise Security Operations Center and Security Engineering, ensured compliance with Federal Information Security Modernization Act implementation of the Supply Chain Risk Management Program, and supervised facilitation of the DHS High Value Asset Program and other congressional mandates.

Executive Director, IT Operations, DHS

Dr. George Duchak is the Chief Information Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Command, Control, Communications, Cyber & Business Systems (C3CB). Prior to becoming a DASD, he was the founding Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in Mountain View, CA, where he served as a conduit between leading edge Silicon Valley innovators and the Department of Defense. Prior to that, he led the Air Force's and nation's premier research organization for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) and cyber technologies as the Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, Rome, NY.  There, he was selected as the Federal Laboratory Director of the Year from over 300 federal lab directors.  He is also a former DARPA Program Manager where he conceived of, developed, and transitioned to the services a portfolio of programs in the broad area of C4I and Cyber.  He was a private sector entrepreneur and businessman with more than a decade of private industry experience starting several companies that served the US Government by providing technical consultancy or product. His private sector experience was software product focused principally in the area of intelligence exploitation using crowd sourcing techniques, big data analytics and cloud services well before industry in general and DoD began to move in this direction. Finally, and most importantly, he is a retired naval officer.

Dr. Duchak is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, The Ohio State University, George Mason University and University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business earning degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Avionics, Aeronautical Engineering, Public Policy, and Business Administration. He completed the Program Management Course at the Defense Acquisition University and is a certified level 1 in Program Management as well as Systems Engineering, and level 2 in Test & Evaluation and Budgeting.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has completed the Carnegie Mellon University Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) course and Harvard’s Information Security course.  He is a senior fellow Auburn University’s McCrary Center for Cyber Security, a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Cyber Security Committee, and a current board member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Cybersecurity Subcommittee.  Dr. Duchak is married to Sonya Milley, Esq., an attorney, and they have two grown children, Alexander and Tatiana.

CIO, Defense Logistics Agency

Steve Grunch is the Branch Chief for Enterprise Cloud Services at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He is responsible for providing cloud engineering and infrastructure services to internal business units.  His branch is also responsible for providing platform engineering services for the DevOps products offered to the enterprise. 

Before joining USCIS, Steve worked as contractor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has over 20 years of experience in delivering infrastructure services to a variety of companies in financial services, emergency management, and biotech sectors.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland University College, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Enterprise Architecture from Penn State University.


Branch Chief for Enterprise Cloud Services, USCIS
Program Manager, Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions (EIDS) Program, Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems

Jose M. Padin is Zscaler’s US Public Sector Director of Sales Engineering. Jose engages with government customers at a strategic level to identify solutions to their top IT challenges, including security and compliance, digital transformation, and cloud migration. Jose combines 20 years of IT leadership with more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, including advising the Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, federal system Integrators and state and local governments.

As SE Director, Jose creates and communicates Zscaler technology vision for the US public sector. He and his team of engineers help government organizations understand how current and upcoming Zscaler technologies can help them fulfill their mission. He is a featured speaker and panel member at numerous industry events.

Jose joined Zscaler in 2020. Prior to Zscaler, he spent 14-years with Citrix, in various  leadership positions. Earlier in his career, he gained hands-on experience in IT as a manager and engineer.

Jose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector, Zscaler

Maria Roat is the Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Chief Information Officer. She was previously the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer, and served at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation in a number of technology leadership positions. Maria began her career in the United States Navy as a Data Processing Technician and later worked for the Department of the Navy in various technology and engineering positions. She was in the private sector for 5 years deploying and managing global enterprise technology programs. Maria retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician. 

Maria is a graduate of the University of Maryland earning a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems Management, Harvard Business School Executive Education Program for Leadership Development, and the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.

Deputy Federal CIO, OMB

John Short is the chief technology integration officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). Through his instrumental leadership, OEHRM has successfully migrated more than 111 billion VistA health records of 23.7 million Veterans to VA’s new electronic health record (EHR) solution, as of August 2020. This migration of information enables advanced data analytics that will drive stronger connections between military service and health outcomes.

Short’s career in the VA began in 2010 with various roles in cyber security, architecture, EHR interoperability, and Joint DOD/VA management and implementation. Before he joined OEHRM, Short managed all aspects of the Vista Evolution (VE) Program strategy, budget planning, development prioritization, and briefings to U.S. Congress. Short also served as acting deputy director for the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA Interagency Program Office (IPO), Rosslyn, Virginia. In this role, alongside the director of the IPO, Short collaborated with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Standards Development Organizations. His work on the VE program and at the IPO fostered the collaborative work required for the future OEHRM vision.

Prior to joining the VA, Short ran his own consulting business. He also worked at Progress Telecom, Florida Power, Sprint, BellSouth, AT&T and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Short served in the U.S. Army as a Signal Corps Officer in the 35th Airborne Signal Brigade and as an Infantry Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. He ran the Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort network hub for all communications.

Chief Technology and Integration Officer, Office of EHRM, VA

David Stickley directs Strategic Programs and manages Business Development for the Department of Defense at Dell Federal Systems Group. In this role, he leverages over thirty years of federal government experience matching Dell Technologies intellectual property with federal government customer requirements to solve operational mission challenges with the department. He represents the full range of technology, solutions and services Dell offers to include client solutions, enterprise systems, software and services to meet government Information Technology & cyber requirements. Dell Federal has cultivated close customer relationships in the U.S. government and military across the globe to help them better accomplish their mission through the use and proper application of efficient and effective IT solutions.

Prior to coming to Dell in 2015, Mr. Stickley served as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) leading architectural engineering and design within the Defense Information Systems Agency in support of the Department of Defense’s Joint Information Environment (JIE). He also served as the SES leading DISA’s Services portfolio, where he managed Core Data Centers and delivered IT Enterprise Services for the Department of Defense.

Mr. Stickley served in the United States Air Force for 29 years, culminating his career as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency. He served in numerous other positions at the squadron, wing, NAF, HAF and MAJCOM levels. He commanded both fixed Communications and Combat Communications Squadrons. Mr. Stickley was the Assistant Adjutant General (Air) for the Virgin Islands Air National Guard and also served the HQ ACC staff as the ANG assistant to the Director of Communications. Mr. Stickley was then the Director, Communications, North American Aerospace Defense Command 1AF (AFNORTH)/A6, Tyndall AFB, FL. He served as the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer for the Air National Guard. He also served as the National Guard Advisor to the Commander, United States Cyber Command, Ft. Meade, Md.

Strategic Program Development, Dell Federal Systems

Nick Weber serves as the Program Manager for Cloud Services at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Information Technology (CIT), where he works to enable access to cloud computing capabilities for NIH and NIH-funded researchers, particularly via the NIH STRIDES Initiative. Previously, Nick worked at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where he led product development teams on a variety of scientific computing and infrastructure-related projects. He has a passion for applying technology and innovation to scientific research.

Program Manager, Cloud Services for Research, NIH

Alex Brown is a seasoned technology consulting executive and business leader with more than 20 years of experience in building and leading multidisciplinary technology solutions teams. He oversees GovernmentCIO’s development and delivery of IT strategy and emerging technologies across the federal space. He successfully led large-scale, high-profile transformation and modernization efforts for various organizations.

Senior Vice President, GovernmentCIO

Jeff Gieber leads the Strategic Advisory Services, Technology and Platform Services, and Veteran Experience Services portfolios for GovernmentCIOs VA Account. His background consists of nearly 20 years strategic Health IT consulting within state and federal government. Jeff's current technical interests include Hybrid-Cloud architectures and management, platforms and containerization/Kubernetes, and Software Factories/CI/CD Automation. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys hiking, fishing, running, and skiing with his family.

Senior Portfolio Director, GovernmentCIO

Melissa Harris is a staff writer and researcher for GovernmentCIO Media & Research, where she covers federal health and defense IT and co-hosts HealthCast.

Prior to joining the team in October 2019, Melissa worked as a technology reporter for MeriTalk, where she covered IT acquisition, Congressional hearings, and federal technology reports and events. She was also was a local news reporter for the New Jersey Hills Media Group, the Editor-in-Chief at The Oberlin Review, and an intern reporter at Homeland Security Today.  

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in history and English at Oberlin College.

Staff Writer/Researcher, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Amy Kluber is managing editor of GovernmentCIO Media & Research. Previously she managed two aviation publications at B2B media company Access Intelligence. She was nominated for The Innovation in Aerospace Journalism & Publishing Award for launching and hosting an aviation podcast. Prior to that she wrote news scripts and produced videos for the network Newsy.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Having traveled around the world since an early age, she grew up a U.S. Army brat born in Vicenza, Italy, and spent most of her youth living in Seoul, South Korea.

In her free time, you may find her at Disney World.

Managing Editor, GovernmentCIO Media & Research
Senior Portfolio Director, GovernmentCIO



Welcome Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Fireside Chat

  • Maria Roat, Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, OMB
  • Moderator: Amy Kluber, Managing Editor, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Scaling Up Health Care Delivery with Cloud

Federal health agencies and organizations are looking toward cloud-based architectures and computing to expand and modernize electronic health records, make health data more available and scale up medical IT solutions. Hear from leaders across public-sector health IT to learn how they’re strategizing cloud delivery.

  • Jonathan Alboum, Federal CTO and Principal Digital Strategist, ServiceNow
  • Chris Nichols, Program Manager and Chief of the Enterprise Intelligence and Data Solutions (EIDS) Program Management Office, DHMS, DHA
  • John Short, Chief Technology and Integration Officer, Office of EHRM, VA
  • Nick Weber, Program Manager, Cloud Services for Research, NIH
  • Moderator: Fernanda Manzano, Senior Portfolio Director, GovernmentCIO

Securing the Cloud with Zero Trust

As agencies look to replace legacy systems with the cloud, zero trust has risen as a best cybersecurity practice to protect cloud-based environments and capabilities. Whether on-prem or in the cloud, zero trust protects the IT environment from the inside out. Learn best practices in zero trust implementation for the cloud from federal officials in this panel discussion.

  • Luis Coronado, Jr., Director, IT Operations, Department of Homeland Security
  • George Duchak, CIO, Defense Logistics Agency
  • David Stickley, Strategic Programs Executive, Dell Technologies
  • Moderator: Alex Brown, Senior Vice President, GovernmentCIO

Streamlining ATO for the Cloud 
A rapidly shifting cyber threat landscape requires continuous verification of cloud infrastructure, especially as IT modernization and cloud adoption surges in federal agencies. Hear from cloud security-focused IT leaders about how federal agencies are finding new ways to streamline, automate, and accelerate the ATO process for cloud services.

  • Brian Conrad, Program Manager, FedRAMP
  • Moderator: Melissa Harris, Researcher/Staff Writer, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

What Makes a Good Multi-Cloud Environment?

Migrating to the cloud requires hybrid, multi-cloud software, platforms and environments. How are agencies applying different elements that cloud solutions offer to improve their organizations’ missions?

  • Dave Catanoso, Director of Enterprise Cloud Solutions, VA
  • Steven Grunch, Branch Chief, Enterprise Cloud Services, USCIS
  • Jose M. Padin, Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector, Zscaler
  • Moderator: Jeff Gieber, Senior Portfolio Director, GovernmentCIO

Closing Remarks

Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

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