Agencies are continuously updating their software development lifecycles and IT operations. More than ever, it’s critical for them to maintain a short timeframe during this process to improve workflows for optimized systems security and operational efficiencies. This includes updating legacy systems through collaborative teaming, and quickly modernizing and enhancing product-delivery capabilities using automation. Hear from agency leaders from the United States Digital Service, the Air Force, the Department of Homeland Security, and more about their mission-driven efforts to advance federal DevSecOps efforts.
Mr. Nicolas Chaillan, a highly qualified expert, is appointed as the first Air Force Chief Software Officer, under Dr. William Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Arlington, Virginia. He is also the co-lead for the Department of Defense Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative with the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. As the Air Force’s senior software czar, Mr. Chaillan is responsible for enabling Air Force programs in the transition to Agile and DevSecOps to establish force-wide DevSecOps capabilities and best practices, including continuous Authority to Operate processes and faster streamlined technology adoption.
The Chief Software Officer works with the Program Executive Officers and is responsible for analyzing current software and cloud migration plans to avoid vendor lock-ins while allowing for rapid prototyping and a streamlined process for deployment. To keep up with the pace of technology, Mr. Chaillan evaluates and authorizes new commercially available off-the-shelf software and cloud-related technologies to help with their adoption across various Air Force programs based on their mission needs.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Chaillan was the Special Advisor for Cloud Security and DevSecOps at the Department of Defense, OSD, A&S and Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Chief Architect for Cyber.gov at the Department of Homeland Security. He designed the new robust, innovative and holistic .Gov cybersecurity architecture (Cyber.gov), that mitigates cyber threats by leveraging best practices and implementable solutions with minimal impact to workforce efficiency.
In addition to his public service, Mr. Chaillan is a technology entrepreneur, software developer, cyber expert and inventor. He has over 19 years of domestic and international experience with strong technical and subject matter expertise in cybersecurity, software development, product innovation, governance, risk management and compliance. Specifically, these fields include Cloud computing, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, Big Data, multi-touch, mobile, IoT, Mixed Reality, virtual reality and wearables.
Mr. Chaillan is recognized as one of France’s youngest entrepreneurs after founding, WORLDAKT at 15 years of age. He has founded 12 companies, including AFTER-MOUSE.com, Cyber Revolution, Prevent Breach, anyGuest.com among others. Over the last eight years alone, he created and sold over 180 innovative software products to 45 Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he is recognized as a pioneer of the computer language PHP.
Mr. Chaillan is a sought after adviser and speaker, including participation in multiple industry conferences and experience working in close collaboration with many Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. Government.
Lauren Barrett Knausenberger is the Deputy Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Knausenberger leads two directorates and supports 20,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. She provides oversight of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio including the Information Technology investment strategy from networks to cloud computing, Enterprise policies, information resources management, IT innovation initiatives, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Deputy Chief Information Officer, Ms. Knausenberger delivers cyber security, and enforces Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. She integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking and securing air, space, and terrestrial assets. Ms. Knausenberger also leads career management initiatives for 10,000 IT/Cyber civilian personnel across all human resources facets from recruiting to professional development.
In 2017, Ms. Knausenberger joined the Air Force to drive innovation across the Department of Defense, speed adoption of emerging technologies, and create stronger partnerships between DOD, start-ups, and the venture community as the Chief Transformation Officer and Director of Cyberspace Innovation under the Deputy Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining the Air Force, she was the founder and President of Accellint Inc., a consulting firm and Venture Partner with NextGen Angels, specializing in solving problems of national security importance, and investing in commercial technologies that could be applied to a government mission.
Ms. Knausenberger has held positions of increasing responsibility at American Management Systems (acquired by CACI) and CACI, beginning as a systems analyst and designer, then as a go-to project manager for program turnarounds, a program manager for large IT and finance programs, and finally as a division manager overseeing much of the company’s Intelligence Community portfolio. During this time Ms. Knausenberger also served the mission of the CIA directly as well as leading and mentoring cross-functional teams and organizations supporting national security missions.
Ms. Knausenberger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in decision and information sciences from University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
2003 Bachelor of Science, Decision and Information Sciences, University of Maryland-Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, Md
2012 Master of Business Administration, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia
June 1998–August 1999, Gifted and Talented Program (Cryptography/Intelligence Analyst Intern), National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
July 2003–July 2004, Business Systems Analyst, American Management Systems, Fairfax, Va.
July 2004–October 2015, Division Manager-Program Director for Large IT Programs and Intelligence Community Finance, CACI, Fairfax, Va.
October 2015–June 2017 President, Accellint Inc., Arlington, Va.
June 2017–August 2020, Chief Transformation Officer and Director of Cyberspace Innovation, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
August 2020–present, Deputy Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
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Opeyemi “Yemi” Oshinnaiye was appointed as the USCIS Deputy Chief Information Officer, effective March 18, 2019. He previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for Dev Technology, an IT services and integration company, where he led the company’s efforts in IT strategy, innovation, and solutions for federal clients. Yemi previously served as a federal civil servant within OIT from 2012 – 2017. In 2012, Yemi was the Chief of Biometrics Systems where he used biometric scanning tools to validate applicants’ identities in the field. Additionally, he helped migrate the Verification Information System to DHS Data Center 1 (DC1).
In 2014, Yemi served as Associate Chief of Systems Operations in OIT’s Systems Engineering Division. In that role, he was responsible for implementing software projects and collaborating with other program offices and directorates across the agency. As Chief of the Enterprise Infrastructure Division starting in 2016, Yemi extended the cloud services platform to more systems, expanded automated deployment capabilities, and modernized the USCIS Contact Center.
Before joining USCIS, Yemi was an entrepreneur and provided IT support, software development, and internet-based telephone services to local government agencies, non profits, and health organizations. Yemi received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Georgetown University in 1997.
Ron Thompson is the Associate Chief Information Officer for (ACIO) for Transformation and Data and NASA's Chief Data Officer (CDO). Mr. Thompson has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors where he was responsible for the data design, innovation, engineering, operational management, and governance of complex IT solutions. Ron’s hands-on experience in organizational design and transformation bring new perspectives to partnerships and creative problem solving.
Prior to joining NASA, Thompson served as Director of the Information Technology Division and Chief Information Officer of US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, charged with protecting agency data and providing IT services. He was responsible for innovative solutions and designs while maintaining systems for data capture, analysis, and dissemination.
As the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 2016-2017, Ron improved the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations and assisted administrations across the department.
Before serving at the VA, Thompson was the Executive Director for Engineering, Design and Operations in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Chief Information Officer. In this role, he transformed the IT service management model which increased service levels, ensured reliance and agility, and lowered overall costs. Ron also led the implementation of IT governance and innovation across the Domain Governance Office, focusing on improved business outcomes from the agency’s IT investments.
From 2009 to 2011, Ron held the position of Director of Program Management and Finance for the Internal Revenue Service where he managed finance, employee and labor relations, and talent management. His federal service also includes Chief Enterprise Architect and Program Manager for the Data Access and Dissemination System Office within the US Census Bureau and Director of Web Application Infrastructure with the Department of Treasury.
In the private sector, Thompson held Senior Account Manager and Consulting Manager positions with Hewlett Packard and Compaq Computer, leading software development, system design, and program execution.
Thompson is a fellow in the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). He has an Executive Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management, both from the University of Maryland. Ron resides in Maryland with his wife and two sons, and is active in the Boy Scouts of America as Scoutmaster.
- Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research
- Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer, U.S. Air Force
- Lauren Knausenberger, Deputy CIO, U.S. Air Force
- Moderator: Amy Kluber, Managing Editor, GovernmentCIO Media & Research
Infrastructure as Code
Infrastructure as code (IaC) provides the same repeatable, predictable processes used to build hardware that’s used to build software systems. Hear from agency officials on their perspectives on IaC, its impact on software development and delivery, and where it falls on their technology roadmaps.
- Ty Schneider, Systems Engineer, VA
- Yemi Oshinnaiye, Deputy CIO, USCIS
AIOps and Data Analytics
Leaders discuss how artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) and advanced data analytics can make their agencies more proactive rather than reactive throughout the product life cycle. Technologies like robotic processing automation (RPA) and AI are also helping them shift manual processes within IT infrastructure environments.
- Mark Kelley, Platform Product Manager, VA*
- Sunil Madhugiri, Acting CTO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection*
- Ron Thompson, Acting CIO for Transformation and Data and CDO, NASA
- Matt Walker, Regional Sales Director, Federal, Dell Technologies
- Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research