January Monthly Speaker Series

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Program Management Lessons Learned – Steering a Course to Success
Jonathan Benett, Program Manager, SNAP, USDA
Horace L. Blackman, Acting Senior Advisor and Benefits Consumer Advocate, VA
Chase Garwood, Deputy CIO, SBA
Francis Rose, Host, In Depth with Francis Rose, on Federal News Radio 1500AM (Moderator)

AFFIRM is closely monitoring the weather reports for tomorrow. The luncheon is scheduled to go on as planned. In the event we need to cancel or postpone it we will alert all attendees.

The “performance culture” within government is structured around aggressive goals for using transparency and data to drive results. Best practices from across government demonstrate ways to reduce cost, consolidate, eliminate fraud and abuse, and use analytics to course-correct throughout.

When providing mission-critical services, starting over is not always an option. More often, a troubled program needs to be triaged, its course corrected and lessons rapidly learned. How do program managers balance the need to analyze lessons learned, which takes time, with the need to triage and make immediate corrections for stakeholders?

Join AFFIRM at our January 17th luncheon for a detailed look at how Federal agencies are steering complex programs to mission success and sometimes navigating the narrow path to helping troubled programs.

Government acquisition professionals, program managers, CIOs, CFOs, and others will gather invaluable insight on management techniques that work.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore with agency program managers techniques used to insure success.
  • Discuss ways to encourage partnership both inside and outside the agency to advance your program goals.
  • Look at the importance of analytics in promoting program progress and preventing missteps.
  • Evaluate best ways to share results openly and transparently.

Date and Location:

Thursday, January 17, 2013
11:30am - 1:30pm

The Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Metro: McPherson Square(Orange & Blue)
(map and driving directions)


Government Attendees
  • Government Subscribers - included in subscription; log in to register and reserve your seat
  • Government Member Pre-Registered (before 1/16, 12pm) - $20
  • Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 1/16, 12pm) - $25
  • Government Member Walk-in - $30
  • Government Non-member Walk-in - $35
Industry Attendees
  • Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 1/16, 12pm) - $70
  • Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 1/16, 12pm) - $90
  • Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
  • Industry Non-member Walk-in - $100


Jonathan Benett Jonathan Benett

Program Manager, SNAP, USDA

Mr. Benett is a business and Information Technology (IT) professional with extensive experience in Program and Project Management, Strategic Planning, Operations, and Business Development; specializing in the identification of federal business requirements, and the development of innovative technology solutions to meet the unique challenges of the federal government. He is currently a Program Manager at the United States Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Service responsible for the portfolio of IT systems and projects that support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which puts healthy food within reach for more than 47 million people or nearly 1 in 7 Americans. Prior to that he was responsible for leading the Project Management Division (PMO) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after nearly ten years of successful industry experience.

Horace Blackman Horace Blackman

Acting Senior Advisor and Benefits Consumer Advocate, VA

Mr. Blackman serves as the VA Central Office (VACO) CIO and Director of VACO IT Support Service. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Planning and Programs, Enterprise Operations and Field Development (EOFD) within the Office of Information and Technology.In his current role, Mr. Blackman manages the delivery of customer facing IT services across the National Capital Region. He also supports the Deputy CIO for Service Delivery and Engineering (SDE) on matters pertaining to capital planning, program management, and infrastructure analysis

Chase Garwood Chase Garwood

Deputy CIO, SBA

Mr. Garwood joined the SBA in 2012 after a decade of serving the DHS. As part of DHS since its inception, Chase has been part of leadership teams in multiple DHS components and programs. Prior to joining the SBA, Chase was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, focusing on emerging identity and biometrics solutions for the Nation. Chase also served as the Chief Information Officer for National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), where he was responsible for information technology policy and programs for all component operations (Office of Cyber Security and Communications (CS&C), Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), US-VISIT Program, Office of Risk Management and Analysis (RMA), and the Federal Protective Service (FPS). Chase served previously with US-VISIT as the Assistant Director for the Information Technology Management (ITM) Division, where he provided overall management of information resources and IT operations. Additionally, Chase’s career work has included program manager for the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program, and as program manager for the ICE modernization program, ATLAS. Prior to his work with DHS, he worked at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he was a part of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Spectrum Auctions Program, as well as private sector consulting.

Francis Rose Francis Rose

Host, In Depth with Francis Rose, on Federal News Radio 1500AM (Moderator)

Francis Rose is the host of In Depth with Francis Rose weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on Federal News Radio 1500AM. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station's morning drive program, The Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily two-hour show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better. The show was expanded to four hours in 2011.

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