Infrastructure: Modernization

Infrastructure: Modernization

 
Infrastructure: IT Modernization
Infrastructure: IT Modernization
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Telework induced by the COVID-19 pandemic forced federal agencies to pivot their IT modernization strategies. In 2021, emerging technologies like 5G and new approaches to IT like Agile are shaking up the way agencies tackle modernization. This event will draw insight from agencies and federal IT leaders at the cutting edge of IT modernization trends.

Date
February 25, 2021
Time
11:00 am - 1:30 pm EST
Where
Virtual event
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Telework induced by the COVID-19 pandemic forced federal agencies to pivot their IT modernization strategies. In 2021, emerging technologies like 5G and new approaches to IT like Agile are shaking up the way agencies tackle modernization. This event will draw insight from agencies and federal IT leaders at the cutting edge of IT modernization trends.

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
  • Beth Cappello, Deputy CIO, DHS
  • Jeff Chancellor, Principal Systems Engineer, Software AG Government Solutions
  • George Linares, Chief Technology…

Some agencies are farther along in their IT modernization journey than others, but one factor remains constant: technology constantly changes, and innovative methods and technologies threaten to leave federal agencies behind and compromise mission integrity. Congressman Gerry Connolly, chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs has advice for federal agencies modernizing their IT in 2021.

The father of FITARA details progress in agency scorecards, the next iteration of which is planned to come in…

Federal agencies are shifting from legacy IT systems to the cloud, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all model for what that looks like. Some agencies want an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud model, some are moving to a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model, and still others may need a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to meet agency-specific needs.

Plus, federal agencies are employing automation, artificial intelligence, and centralized information-sharing strategies to optimize and secure their migration journeys to the cloud.

  • Beth…

As the world prepares for 5G, federal agencies need to modernize their networks to support capabilities for the faster speeds. 5G will allow federal agencies to move data closer to the edge, connect more “internet of things” devices, reduce response times and fulfill their missions more effectively.

The implementation of 5G networks across federal agencies is allowing for a new phase of government modernization, especially in allowing quicker sharing of data to power a new range of technologies and draw a greater wealth of insights from available…

Federal IT modernization successes rely heavily on being user-friendly and streamlining the agency mission. Some federal agencies are turning to DevOps, Agile processes and human-centered design to shape their IT infrastructure. 

Panelists explained that Agile adoption is a way they’re iterating alongside agency end-users’ shifting requirements and how Agile methodology makes their teams better equipped to deliver services better both in IT and acquisition.

  • Keith Johnson, Lead Contracting Officer, National Institutes of Health Information…

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Gold Sponsors

Software AG Government Solutions
 
Dell Technologies
 
National Government Services
 
 

Bronze Sponsor

 
 
Acquia
 
 

Speakers

 

Scott Bowman currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer within Mission Support’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Mr. Bowman has more than 20 years of experience with FEMA, supporting various programs within the OCIO.

In 2000, he joined the FEMA OCIO as the Application Team Lead for Enterprise Operations. His work there included supporting Enterprise Systems including the National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS), eCAPS, and Active Directory. In 2007, Mr. Bowman served as the OCIO Individual Assistance Branch Chief, where he provided leadership and support as the liaison to the Individual Assistance Program business area. In addition, he served as the Program Manager for the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) to support Executive Order 13411, which was successfully deployed in 2008.

In 2009, Mr. Bowman served as Deputy Branch Chief for Systems Development and Integration. In this role, he focused on enterprise planning and software development. In 2011, Mr. Bowman served as Deputy Division Director for Architecture Engineering & Enterprise Services (AEES). As Deputy Division Director, he executed the Automation Modernization Data Resiliency effort to establish active-active capability for DAIP and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and delivered enterprise voice, video, and data solutions.

From 2014-2018, he served as the Division Director for OCIO Service Operations.  As Division Director, he led FEMA’s 24x7 Helpdesk, OCIO Disaster Response, End User Computing, Video Operations Center, Network Operations Center, Mobility Services, and Application/Data Center Hosting.   

As the Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer for Disaster Operations, Mr. Bowman is proud to serve our citizens and first responders as he works to build, sustain and improve information technology and interoperable communications support for the FEMA mission and its Partners.

Mr. Bowman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Shenandoah University. He is currently certified as a DHS Level 2 Program Manager, a Contracting Officer’s Representative, and a Project Management Professional.

Deputy CIO, FEMA

Elizabeth A. Cappello serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

As Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ms. Cappello is responsible for managing the Department’s information technology infrastructure and security. She arrived at DHS OCIO in August 2019 and served as the Acting CIO from November 2019 – May 2020.

Previously, Ms. Cappello served as the Acting CIO and Deputy CIO for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While at ICE, Ms. Cappello led several large technology initiatives, including Data Center 1 migration to the cloud and the retirement of legacy mainframe dependency. She oversaw deployment of Microsoft Office 365 and led Security Operations Center optimization efforts, including a highly successful Defense Information Systems Agency assessment.

Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Cappello served as the Executive Director, Field Support Directorate within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Information Technology.

Ms. Cappello began her federal service as a U.S. Marine and has more than 30 years of government leadership and management expertise. She served in the legacy U.S. Customs Service at the National Data Center and at field offices in Southern California. Before this, she provided centralized information technology support at ICE.

Ms. Cappello is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Managers in Government program and the National Defense University Advanced Management program with federal Chief Information Officer and Information Assurance certifications. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in management from Johns Hopkins University.

Deputy CIO, DHS

Jeff is an accomplished Enterprise Architect with over 28 years’ experience with the focus areas of Strategy, Methods and Tools. At Software AG Government Solutions, he advises customers and agencies on the implementation of Alfabet to support Portfolio Governance and Rationalization, and speaks frequently on effective approaches for digital business transformation. He has worked in numerous industries including Federal and State Governments, Defense, Telecommunications, Automotive Manufacturing, and Financial Services. His broad experiences help to shape the sharing of best practices throughout the Federal and State Government.

Principal Systems Engineer, Software AG Government Solutions

Andrew Conn is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of National Government Services, a subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. and trusted partner to federal health agencies for more than 50 years. Conn leads NGS’ operational excellence in information technology and administrative services for federal health agencies to establish and deliver flexible, innovative solutions to keep our nation’s health care systems and technology online, secure and available.

Mr. Conn has more than 29 years of health care experience. He possesses deep federal health program and technical expertise, which has been integral during National Government Services' digital transformation to modernize federal health using emerging technology to consolidate systems, reduce costs, and improve timeliness. Using DevSecOps, Agile, and Human-Centered Design practices, his leadership enables the organization to deliver technology solutions for its federal agency customers. National Government Services is dedicated to transformation strategies that optimize business operations without sacrificing security.

Chief Operating Officer, National Government Services

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority.

In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, including federal workforce and federal agency oversight, federal procurement and information policy, national drug policy, regulatory reform, the United States Postal Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the District of Columbia.

He also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, he passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region’s air quality.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.

(D-Va.)

Mahtab Emdadi is an accomplished federal business leader and strategist who was named Rising Star for 2019 by FCW. In her role as Civilian sales director with Dell Technologies, Mahtab and her team deliver mission critical solutions and emerging technologies across Homeland Security Components. With a decade of sales and management experience, Mahtab is building a stronger workforce through Dell’s Diversity and Leadership Acceleration Programs.

Mahtab is a member of the advisory committee for the Homeland Security and Defense Forum. She received her master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of West Virginia. Mahtab volunteers with D.C. charities, such as the Walk for Freedom and the USO. She is an advocate for putting an end to human trafficking and supporting the victims. Mahtab volunteered as a teacher in an underprivileged school in rural South Africa.

Besides spending time with family and her Peloton, Mahtab enjoys the theater, reading, and travel.

Federal Sales Director, Dell Technologies

Keith Johnson currently serves as a Contracting Officer for the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). NITAAC administers three best in class governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs)—CIO-CS, CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business--of which Keith is the lead contracting officer for all three. Keith is an experienced FAC–C Level III Certified Contracting Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.  His expertise lies in negotiating contracts and developing long term sourcing strategies for federal agencies.

Keith is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and holds dual degrees in Political Science and History and a Master of Public Administration.

Contracting Officer, NITAAC

George Linares is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As CTO, George serves as one of the Agency's principal officials responsible for information technology (IT) at CMS. George advocates for enhancements to CMS IT and information technology practices to maintain cost-effective offerings, with an emphasis on the ever evolving and maturing of CMS’ technical environment.

Additionally, George fosters and enables the introduction of innovative technologies in the areas of Service-based Architectures, Enterprise Shared Capabilities, Cloud Services and Data Analytics, and practical opportunities to balance program needs with technology advancements.

George has worked at CMS since 2003, assuming the responsibility of various roles, including Technical Advisor and Application Architect. Prior to joining CMS, George worked as a software developer in multiple industry settings where he implemented several banking, manufacturing, and financial IT initiatives. George also served in the U.S. Army and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Towson University.

Chief Technology Officer, CMS
Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Acquisition, GSA

Sabrina Parker Colwell is the acting Program Manager/ Branch Chief for Digital Innovation and Development DID(IT), an in-house software delivery branch that is committed to delivering high-value and innovative solutions in support of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services operations using industry best practices such as Human-Centered Design, Lean Product Management, and Continuous Delivery. As the program manager, she supports day-to-day operations such as staffing management, budget management, equipment and licensing management, and contract management. These tasks help to ensure that than branch’s 20+ delivery teams have the resources needed to deliver reliable solutions to USCIS stakeholders.

Mrs. Parker Colwell has 10 years of federal government experience, all at USCIS. Prior to becoming the acting branch chief for DID(IT), served as the deputy branch chief for DID(IT) for two years, she was a product manager in the Digital Services Division where she lead development teams for the myUSCIS program, and served as the platform product owner for the enterprise Salesforce solution, STARS.

Sabrina has a bachelor’s in Politics from Wake Forest University and a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.

DIDit Program Manager, USCIS
Chief Officer, Healthcare Innovation and Learning, VHA

Ms. Sharon Woods is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Cloud Computing Program Office (CCPO) in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, Ms. Woods is responsible for transforming cloud to enable the warfighter. As a part of this responsibility, Ms. Woods oversees the acquisition and execution of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI Cloud) program, as a critical piece of the overall DoD Digital Modernization Strategy. CCPO is also responsible for deploying the Commercial Virtual Remote environment, the largest Office 365 deployment in the world. CCPO continues to resolve enterprise cloud capability gaps that support the Joint Force.  

Prior to this role, Ms. Woods served as the General Counsel for the Defense Digital Service (DDS) where she provided legal counsel and bureaucracy hacking expertise for a team of federal government technologists working on high impact challenges at the Pentagon. Prior to joining DoD, she was an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Navy, specializing in information technology acquisitions.  

Ms. Woods holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University and a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has received numerous awards from the Defense and Acquisition communities in recognition of her leadership and accomplishments including the Pinnacle Award for Cloud Government Executive of the Year (November 2020), Secretary of Defense Coin (January 2017), the Department of the Navy SPAWAR Exemplary Achievement Award (November 2015), and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (December  2013).

Executive Director, Cloud Computing Program Office, DISA

Mr. James Punteney serves as the Executive Director of the Digital Service Directorate (DS), a branch of the U.S. Digital Service, within the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

Since joining DS in February 2017, Mr. Punteney has led efforts to improve international travel, help disaster survivors, and modernize the tools and techniques used to build software within the government.

Mr. Punteney previously helped drive the relaunch of the application system for U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler Program, which allows over six million members to travel hassle-free in and out of the United States. He also led a team of Digital Service engineers, designers, and product managers supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the Grants Management Modernization project, a FEMA-wide initiative to modernize and consolidate existing FEMA grant management systems while reducing costs and increasing impact.

Mr. Punteney has more than 20 years of experience in technology. Prior to joining the federal government, he served as vice president of Product and Engineering at Manzama, a social monitoring platform for legal firms in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He previously held senior executive positions at Genius Rocket, Transcendigital and other startups.

Mr. Punteney earned a Master of Business at Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Administration degree in management information systems at Washington State University.

Executive Director, Digital Service Directorate, USDS, DHS

Michael Hoffman is president of GovernmentCIO Media & Research. He joined the company in 2017 after leading Tandem National Security Innovations, a community of startups and small businesses working with government agencies. He previously was managing editor at Military.com, and he spent five years as a defense reporter at Military Times and Defense News.

President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Amy Kluber is editorial director and 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.

 

Editorial Director, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Erin Mirsky is an accomplished public sector executive with proven success in technology modernization, solution development, strategic growth, and digital solutions across civil, health, defense, and intelligence markets. Erin is a creative and driven professional with an extensive public sector network and established trusted relationships with government executives, procurement professionals, integrators, product companies, and small businesses.

Erin has experience and passion for designing and delivering innovative solutions that reinvent and modernize federal government and citizen services. Her detailed experience includes over 20 years in management consulting, account management, and an MS in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University.

Senior Vice President, GovernmentCIO
Vice President, GovernmentCIO

Andrew Underhill has 20+ years of broad experience spanning business development, solution development, and professional services in the United States and Europe.

He launched his career as an application developer in manufacturing and healthcare enterprises, rapidly advancing through solution design, analysis, program management, and client account management and operations roles to gain technical, business, and resource management expertise. He was appointed Chief Technical and Operating Officer of Wise Systems, a leading Healthcare Software and Services company. in 1997. There, he directed company operations for 9 years, managing prime accounts and relationships with industry partners. Through this, he helped deploy complex enterprise wide solutions into 40 hospitals.

After moving to the United States in January 2006, he served as the Director of Product Planning for Applied Visual Sciences, a medical and security imaging company. His awareness and vision were instrumental for strategic initiatives, supporting marketing, expansion planning, solution architecture, and business partnering driving forward solutions for the Global Healthcare and Security Industry. The results of his efforts are utilized across the industry, including in key products from leading vendors that are found in hundreds of hospitals and airports around the world.

Mr. Underhill joins GovernmentCIO from Systems Made Simple, A Lockheed Martin Company, where he served as lead Solution Engineer, Chief Technologist, and Technical Account Manager. He architected solutions for over $800M, while contributing to $1.4B of business won with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Underhill is an advocate of Interoperability and Standards development. He previously served as a member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Health Level Seven (HL7), and Digital Image Communication in Medicine (DICOM). Additionally, he was instrumental in the development of the new and sister Digital Imaging Communication (DICOS) Standard for the security industry, where he worked as a co-editor and workgroup chairman for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association Standard efforts.

Mr. Underhill holds a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University, studied Business and Management at the City of Bath College, Electronics and Electrical engineering at Norton Radstock College, and Communications and Engineering Drawing at Norton Hill Math and Computing College.

Vice President, GovernmentCIO

Agenda

 
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Welcome Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research
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Fireside Chat: Effective Modernization Strategies for Long-Term Efficiencies

Some agencies are farther along in their IT modernization journey than others, but one factor remains constant: technology constantly changes, and innovative methods and technologies threaten to leave federal agencies behind and compromise mission integrity. Congressman Gerry Connolly has advice for federal agencies modernizing their IT in 2021.

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
  • Moderator: Amy Kluber, Editorial Director & Managing Editor, GovernmentCIO Media & Research
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Cloud Solutions to Support Agency Missions

Federal agencies are shifting from legacy IT systems to the cloud, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all model for what that looks like. Some agencies want an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud model, some may prefer a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model, and still others may need a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model to meet agency-specific needs. Hear from federal IT leaders about the cloud solutions they’re adopting to ensure maximum mission efficiency while streamlining operations.

  • Beth Cappello, Deputy CIO, DHS
  • Jeff Chancellor, Principal Systems Engineer, Software AG Government Solutions
  • George Linares, Chief Technology Officer, CMS
  • Sharon Woods, Executive Director, Cloud Computing Program Office, DISA
  • Moderator: Andrew Underhill, Vice President, GovernmentCIO
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Network Modernization and 5G

As the world prepares for 5G, federal agencies need to modernize their networks to support capabilities for the faster speeds. 5G will allow federal agencies to move data closer to the edge, connect more “internet of things” devices, reduce response times and fulfill their missions more effectively. Military and emergency response IT leaders will discuss how they’re preparing their networks for 5G in 2021 on this panel.

  • Mahtab Emdadi, Regional Sales Director, Dell Technologies
  • Keith Nakasone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition, Office of IT, GSA
  • Scott Bowman, Deputy CIO, FEMA
  • Ryan Vega, Chief Officer, Healthcare Innovation and Learning, VHA
  • Moderator: Mark Rahnama, Vice President, GovernmentCIO
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Agile Processes and Human-Centered Design

Federal IT modernization successes rely heavily on being user-friendly and streamlining the agency mission. Some federal agencies are turning to DevOps, Agile processes and human-centered design to shape their IT infrastructure. In this panel, some of the tech-savviest federal agencies will share their secrets for IT modernization.

  • Andrew Conn, COO, National Government Services
  • Keith Johnson, Contracting Officer, NITAAC
  • Sabrina Parker, DIDit Program Manager, USCIS
  • James Punteney, Executive Director, DHS, USDS
  • Moderator: Erin Mirsky, Senior Vice President, GovernmentCIO
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Closing Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research