CXO Tech Forum: Uncle Sam Meets Silicon Valley

CXO Tech Forum: Uncle Sam Meets Silicon Valley

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GovernmentCIO Media & Research's CXO Tech Forum: Uncle Sam Meets Silicon Valley gathered government and industry leaders to discuss current opportunities and challenges in innovation. Speakers and panelists involved experts from the Army Research Laboratory, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, 18F General Services Administration, U.S. Digital Service and Veterans Affairs.

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GovernmentCIO Media & Research President Michael Hoffman kicked off the Uncle Sam Meets Silicon Valley program.

Leaders from Army Research Laboratory, DHS and In-Q-Tel spoke about programs to tackle national security challenges.

Dr. Jaret Riddick, director of the Vehicle Technology Directorate at the Army Research Laboratory, Douglas Maughan, director of the Cyber Security Division at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Paulo Dutra, a senior program manager at In-Q-Tel, spoke on a panel about the opportunities and challenges facing national security agencies try to collaborate with new technology companies.

Leaders from GSA's 18F, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security spoke on a panel about the innovation hubs attracting new technology companies to government work.

Angela Colter, acting executive director of 18F at the General Services Administration, Sanjay Koyani, executive director for Innovation at HHS, and Nadia Carlsten, director of Commercialization at the Science & Technology Directorate at Homeland Security joined the panel.

Colter leads 18F,  the organization stood up by GSA to partner with federal agencies to build and buy…

Officials from the U.S. Digital Service and the Veterans Experience Office spoke on a panel discussing new programs to improve digital services. 

David Bao, deputy executive director of the Digital Service at Veterans Affairs and Barbara Morton, the deputy chief Veterans Experience Officer at Veterans Affairs spoke about initiatives such as the redesign of and the pursuit of new technology companies to tackle veterans' challenges.


Deputy Executive Director of the Digital Service at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Director, Commercialization, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
Acting Executive Director, 18F, General Services Administration
Senior Program Manager, In-Q-Tel
Executive Director for Innovation, Health and Human Services
Director, Cyber Security Division, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
Director, Vehicle Technology Directorate at Army Research Laboratory

Erin Siminerio has been leading VEO’s portfolio of enterprise design work since 2017.  In this role she established VEO’s Enterprise Design Office and spearheaded a capacity building program to expand VEO’s capacity to support the VA with human centered design services and to scale the use of more customer-centered approaches.  

Erin oversees all aspects of operating a design organization including managing innovative and creative design teams, developing design strategy, building design capacity and establishing and managing strategic partnerships. She is a design strategist and evangelist who advocates for the use of human centered design and innovative, creative approaches to solving complex problems. 

Prior to joining VA, she co-founded the Office of Consumer eHealth within the Department of Health and Human Services’ and played a key role in developing and executing a federal strategy for engaging and empowering individuals in their health through information and technology.  She helped develop and launch the Blue Button Initiative, a public-private partnership that recruited more than 650 organizations who committed to expanding individuals’ access to and use of their digital health information.  She advocated on behalf of consumers to integrate their perspectives into ONC and HHS programs and policies and led the creative development and design of a consumer campaign to drive greater consumer demand for their health data.  Prior to joining HHS, Erin led the marketing and communications strategy for the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a health services research think tank that is part of Deloitte LLP.   

Siminerio earned a master’s in Public Health, with a Health Policy concentration, from George Washington University and currently resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, three daughters and a black lab named Lincoln--a tribute to Washington D.C. where she lived and worked for most of her career.



Chief Design Officer, VEO, VA
Chief Technology Officer, GovernmentCIO
Reporter, GovernmentCIO Media & Research