IT Reforms: Still Relevant or Revolutionary?

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
February Monthly Speaker Series
Clyde's of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Since the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) was passed in December 2014, this Administration has worked with Congress to implement the law. In an effort improve Information Technology (IT) operations and acquisition, OMB and the Agencies have implemented about 46% of the 800 related GAO recommendations, according to the GAO.

What will happen in the next administration? Congress just issued their third FITARA Scorecard, ten Chief Information Officers involved in FITARA reform will soon be replaced, and some serious effort to fine-tune the FITARA reforms have been proposed. The proposed repeal of other legislative reforms has led to speculation on whether FITARA reforms will be supported by the new administration. How Agencies will implement IT reforms and manage their operations and acquisitions will critically impact their IT industry partners.

Join AFFIRM and contribute to the debate with key Congressional, OMB, Agency panelists along with industry participants to map out an action plan for reform in these uncertain times.

Registration: 11:30am
Luncheon: 11:50am
Program: 12:15pm

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Government Attendees
Government or Academia Member Pre-Registered (before 2/15, 12pm) - $0; log in to register and reserve your seat
Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 2/15, 12pm) Government Member Walk-in - $0
Government Non-member Walk-in - $15

Industry Attendees
Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 2/15, 12pm) - $70
Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 2/15, 12pm) - $110
Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
Industry Non-member Walk-in - $120

Additional materials:

  • CIO Council: State of Federal IT Report
  • FITARA at a Crossroads
  • Agency Working Group Performance Metrics
  • GAO FITARA Scorecard
  • PSC 45: Agenda for the Next President of the United States
  • PSC: 2016 Federal CIO Survey
  • Speakers: 

    Jonathan Alboum

    Chief Information Officer
    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Jonathan Alboum was appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in June 2015. In this role, Alboum works with stakeholders across USDA’s 17 component agencies and throughout government to formulate Information Technology (IT) strategies and to develop policies that support IT budget formulation and execution, portfolio management, governance, IT operations and information security.

    Prior to his appointment as CIO, Alboum held several leadership positions at the USDA and the General Services Administration (GSA).

    Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

    Chief Information Officer
    U.S. Department of Treasury

    Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has 30 years of experience in industry and the Federal Government in technical, management, and senior executive leadership capacities, utilizing Information Technology (IT)/Information Resource Management (IRM) to transform organizations and achieve mission success.

    Soraya Correa (Confirmed)

    Chief Procurement Officer
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Soraya Correa was appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Procurement Officer in January 2015. Ms. Correa provides leadership, policy, oversight, support and professional workforce development for the DHS contracting workforce of approximately 1,500 individuals including the nine operational contracting activities, each of which is led by a Head of Contracting Activity supporting the DHS Components. As the Senior Procurement Executive she also oversees a centralized certification and training program for the DHS acquisition workforce and assists the Chief Acquisition Officer in managing major acquisition programs ensuring each has a sound acquisition strategy, conforms to the Secretary’s Unity of Effort initiative, and fully supports DHS mission needs.

    Prior to being appointed as the DHS Chief Procurement Officer, Ms. Correa served as the Associate Director of the U.S.

    Jonathan Kraden

    Director, Customer Coordination and Communications
    U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Information, Integrity & Access, Office of Government-wide Policy

    Jonathan (Jon) Kraden currently works at the General Services Administration, Office of Government-wide Policy. As the Director for Customer Coordination and Communication in the Office of Information Integrity and Access, Jon worked closely with the Federal CIO Council on the creation of the State of Federal IT report and supported OMB in the implementation of the FITARA Common Baseline.

    Prior to coming to GSA, Jon was Senior Counsel to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he worked for eight years. Jon’s portfolio for the Committee focused on the federal government’s management of information and information technology. During his time at the Senate, Jon served as the lead counsel for the Committee on the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).

    David M. Wennergren

    Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
    Professional Services Council

    David M. Wennergren is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry. He has extensive leadership experience in information technology and change management and has served in a number of senior positions, most recently in the private sector as a Vice President at CACI International Inc., and prior to that, across the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government, including DoD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer and Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council.

    Francis Rose, Moderator

    Host, Government Matters, ABC 7 & News Channel 8 at WJLA-TV

    Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC’s WJLA/ABC7 and NewsChannel 8. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of “In Depth with Francis Rose” on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.

    Francis’s first book, “The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History” is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

    Government Experts: 

    Flip Anderson

    Director of FITARA Operations
    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Flip has over 30 years of hands on and managerial experience in all aspects of information technology, to include information management, information and physical security systems, and program management. He specialized in the development and management of Information and Knowledge Management systems with a strong background in Program Management and Systems Development.

    During the past four plus years at USDA Flip served as the Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer, Information Resource Management and Acting Associate Chief Information Officer for Information Resource Management. Mr. Anderson assists the Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer in providing leadership, strategic direction, and executive oversight of the Department’s $3 billion information technology (IT) investments.

    Eric Cho

    Project Lead
    Department of Homeland Security Procurement Innovation Lab

    Eric Cho is the project lead for the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), a DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer-sponsored initiative aimed at experimenting with innovative techniques for increasing efficiencies in the procurement process. Eric also serves the role as the Acquisition Innovation Advocate for DHS. Eric previously served as a DHS detailee on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (2012–2015). Eric’s former roles include director of acquisition operations at GSA/FAS Integrated Technology Services (2011–2012), detailee on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2008–2010), and staff for the Acquisition Advisory (a.k.a. Services Acquisition Reform Act, SARA) Panel (2005–2007). Before joining the government, he was director of operations at an Internet start-up in Southern California that specialized in MP3 and streaming media.

    Maria Green

    Chief of Staff, Enterprise Business Management Office
    Department of Homeland Security

    As EBMO’s Chief of Staff, Maria is responsible for the management and direction of EBMO’s complex strategic initiatives including the implementation and reporting of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Maria ensures compliance and adherence to external and internal statutes, regulations, policies, directives, and procedures through her interface with the Office of Management and Budget and GAO/OIG. She also manages and drafts responses to Congressional inquiries and all data requests while maintaining liaison with internal and external executive secretariat offices. Maria is also the DHS CIO Council Coordinator.

    Amy Haseltine

    Executive Director
    US Department of Health and Human Services Office of IT Strategy, Policy, and Governance

    Amy Haseltine currently serves as the Executive Director for HHS’s Office of IT Strategy, Policy and Governance, having just completed recent assignments as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of the Secretary and serving as the Deputy for Operations for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    Carlene Ileto

    Executive Director
    Enterprise Business Management Office
    Office of the CIO, Department of Homeland Security

    Carlene C. Ileto was named Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO), responsible for the governance, segment and data management architectures of the Department of Homeland Security’s $6 Billion IT Portfolio. Prior to assuming this role, she was the Executive Director of the Transformation and Systems Consolidation (TASC) Program where she joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2010.

    Jennifer Kuk

    IT Category Management Specialist
    Office of Management and Budget

    Jennifer Kuk the IT Category Management Specialist in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget. In this role, Ms. Kuk supports the government-wide IT Category Management activities for the nearly $50 billion in IT spending, including subcategories such as hardware, software, telecommunications, and related goods and services with the goals of improving coordination across federal agencies, streamlining the IT acquisition process, and achieving significant efficiencies and cost savings. Ms. Kuk also supports the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform (FITARA), which gives agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs) more authority over the budget, governance, and personnel processes for agency IT investments and provide areas of opportunity for greater collaboration and reduction of duplication. Ms.

    Kelly Morrison

    Performance Analyst
    Office of the Federal Chief Information Officerr, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

    Ms. Kelly Morrison is a Policy Analyst within the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. In this capacity, she is responsible for oversight of the President’s ~$90 Billion IT budget. In this role, Kelly is responsible for IT investment and portfolio oversight (PortfolioStat, TechStat, CyberStat); monitoring performance, and alignment with technology initiatives for multiple federal agencies. Kelly is leading an initiative to revise federal IT Capital Planning & Investment Control policies and processes to drive improved value and she coordinates Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) requirements for agencies, agency support and oversight.

    Table Moderator: 

    Richard Beutel

    Principal Founder
    Cyrrus Analytics LLC

    Richard Beutel is the Principal and founder of Cyrrus Analytics, LLC, a cloud consultancy and business development firm that specializes in assisting clients overcome obstacles to the Cloud First policies of the federal government. Prior to this, Beutel was the senior IT policy staffer for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and was the staff author and legislative manager for the Federal IT Acquisition reform Act (FITARA.)

    Josh Breen

    Senior Manager
    Public Sector IT Advisory

    Josh Breen is a Senior Manager in IT Strategy & Governance practice at Grant Thornton. He has supported IT initiatives in the Federal Sector for 15 years, providing expertise in IT Strategy, FITARA compliance, Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC), Earned Value Management (EVM), performance management, Agile coaching, and portfolio and program management. He has worked in a variety of agencies including Dept. of Navy, DHS, DOI, and currently the USPTO. Mr. Breen has led the financial and investment management team at the USPTO for 5 years, helping the agency manage IT investments through business strategy planning, monitoring and reporting on technical and financial performance, and evaluating investments against business expectations.

    Kevin Cheung

    Censeo Consulting Group

    Kevin Cheung is a Principal at the Censeo Consulting Group and is a leader in the Strategic IT practice where he helps federal CIOs and senior IT leaders address their IT strategy challenges. Kevin also serves as Censeo’s CIO. Prior to working with federal clients, Kevin was a Principal at A.T. Kearney, helping private sector CIOs with their IT strategies.

    Joe Devlin

    GSA and Commerce Portfolio Sr. Program Manager
    Leidos Transportation and Financial Solutions

    Joe Devlin serves as the Senior Portfolio Program Manager for Leidos’s GSA and Department of Commerce Business. In this position, Mr. Devlin serves as the Program Manager for the GSA CAMEO Program, which include 320 staff that provide Application Maintenance, Operations and Enhancements for over 75% of the FAS Business Applications at GSA. Mr. Devlin also manages a team of >50 Leidos personnel supporting a Technical Integration contract for the US Census Bureau’s 2020 Decennial Census.

    Karem El-Alaily

    Managing Director
    Censeo Consulting Group

    Kareem El-Alaily is a Managing Director at Censeo Consulting Group and runs the firm’s Strategic IT practice. Kareem authored a high-profile and well-received study “FITARA at a Crossroads – Ten Recommendations to Improve FITARA Implementation”. Prior to working with Censeo, Kareem was a restructuring expert with AlixPartners and a strategy consultant with Booz & Company.

    Charlie Gelatt

    Censeo Consulting Group

    Charlie Gelatt is an Associate at Censeo Consulting Group. Charlie has worked numerous IT projects across multiple federal agencies with a focus on IT organizational optimization. Prior to joining Censeo, Charlie worked at Lockheed Martin where he focused on cybersecurity and IT infrastructure initiatives for his clients.

    Madaleine Hillsberg

    Director of Consulting Services
    CGI Federal

    As a Director of Consulting Services, Ms. Hillsberg supports federal customers within the Regulatory Agency Programs (RAP) business unit of CGI Federal. In this role she is a member of the RAP Business Engineering team, responsible for helping determine the strategic direction and operational priorities with a primary focus on several agencies within the civilian space. CGI is a large company with offices throughout the United States, specializing in Cyber Security, Cloud Solutions, IT Infrastructure and Engineering support.

    Adam Hughes

    Director Of Marketing and Government Affairs
    Grant Thornton Public Sector

    Adam Hughes is currently the Director of Marketing and Government Affairs at Grant Thornton Public Sector. He is responsible for the overall marketing and government affairs strategy for the Public Sector team as well as leads the firm’s branding and communications work.Previously, Adam served as the Senior Advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) Council, as the Director of Strategic Planning and Senior Advisor to the Senate Budget Committee, and as the Director of Fiscal Policy for the nonpartisan policy watchdog organization OMB Watch.

    Lou Kerestesy

    Founder and CEO

    Lou Kerestesy is founder and owner of GovInnovators, LLC, which specializes in government innovation and culture change. Lou has enjoyed a 30-year career as a local and Federal facilitate employee, and as a consultant to federal, state and local government.

    Ian Moore

    Business Development Manager
    General Dynamics Information Technology

    As a business development manager at General Dynamics IT, Ian Moore supports several large Departments within the Federal Civilian market, including Homeland Security and USDA, by working with customers to create tailored solutions that support mission success. He has also served on several working groups focused on acquisition reform and works with leaders across the civilian space to further their IT modernization and mission support efforts.

    Ken Newcomer

    Vice President

    Ken Newcomer is a Vice President at ICF where he leads business development for the Information Planning and Management practice that provides technology advisory and program management support services to federal agencies. Prior to ICF, Mr. Newcomer was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at NewGen Technologies. His previous experience includes executive leadership positions with EDS, BT, and DRC.

    Gloria Parker

    CEO and Senior Partner
    Parker Group Consulting

    Gloria Parker is CEO and Senior Partner of Parker Group Consulting in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She was the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) at both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to her government service Ms. Parker was employed by the IBM Corporation for 17 years.

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