May Monthly Speaker Series

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Cuts, Consolidation and Savings – An Agency Playbook on IT Consolidation
Tom Temin, Anchor, The Federal Drive, WFED Radio

Jonathan Alboum, IT Transition Executive, GSA

Larry Gross, Deputy CIO, Department of the Interior

Barbara Hoffman, Principal Deputy CIO, Department of the Navy

Charles McClam, Deputy CIO, USDA

AFFIRM’s May 23rd program will explore OMB’s plans for 2013 and the next few years and the Federal agencies’ experiences given the realities of our current fiscal landscape. Consolidation efforts and programs across government are in various stages from start-up and preparation to full implementation. The goals for consolidation are to update areas and programs that have duplication, unclear objectives or are simply outdated,and to improve operational efficiencies.

During our program, we’ll explore:

  • What are the “lessons learned” from consolidation projects already underway or nearing completion?
  • What was the process for identifying programs for consolidation?
  • Are the consolidation efforts and projects sustainable?
  • Do the programs have clear objectives, and how are they measured?
  • Are we achieving taxpayer savings?
  • How are the cuts affecting the mission and the employees, both Federal employees and contractors?

Date and Location:

Thursday, May 23, 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)


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Government Attendees
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  • Government Member Pre-Registered (before 5/22, 12pm) - $20
  • Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 5/22, 12pm) - $25
  • Government Member Walk-in - $30
  • Government Non-member Walk-in - $35
Industry Attendees
  • Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 5/22, 12pm) - $70
  • Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 5/22, 12pm) - $90
  • Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
  • Industry Non-member Walk-in - $100


Jonathan Alboum Jonathan Alboum

IT Transition Executive, GSA

Mr. Alboum is the Transition Executive responsible for the creation of GSA's consolidated IT organization. In this role, he works with stakeholders at all levels of the organization to provide leadership in formulating IT strategies, policies and initiatives to support the new organization. Prior to starting this project, Mr. Alboum served as the Deputy CIO for the Federal Acquisition Service within GSA and as the CIO for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Larry Gross Larry Gross

Deputy CIO, Department of the Interior

On June 28, 2010, Mr. Lawrence Gross a career senior service executive who has served in a variety of leadership positions across both the Civilian and DOD sectors of the Federal Government was selected as the Department of the Interior, Deputy Chief Information Officer. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Gross served as the Associate Chief Information Officer, Electronic Government at the U.S. Department of Treasury from April 2005 – June 2010. The Department of Treasury, is an organization with over 100,000 employees, twelve Bureaus the Departmental Office, and a $2.3 billion dollar IT investment portfolio. In his role as Associate Chief Information Officer, he was responsible for providing the strategic direction of the Departments’ Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Solutions, EGovernment Programs as well as, formulation and implementation of an integrated investment review governance framework to effectively influence the strategic direction of the Department’s 2.3 billion dollar IT investment portfolio.

Barbara Hoffman Barbara Hoffman

Principal Deputy CIO, Department of the Navy

Ms. Hoffman serves as the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Department of the Navy (DON). In this role, she manages and provides strategic guidance to DON CIO functional teams, including Enterprise Architecture, Naval Networks and Enterprise Services, Cybersecurity, Investment Management, Information and Knowledge Management, and Cyber/Information Technology (IT) Workforce. Ms. Hoffman leads the development of policies, plans, architectures, standards, and process guidance with the goal of achieving and sustaining interoperability, security, and IT business transformation consistent with the Department’s vision, goals and mission. Additionally, she collaborates with Navy and Marine Corps leadership and provides strategic guidance for Integrated Product Teams chartered by the DON CIO to identify and implement cost saving efficiencies in the information management (IM) and IT/cyberspace (including national security systems) environments. Ms. Hoffman also serves as the DON Senior Security Assurance Officer, responsible for developing and maintaining an agency wide information security program, including associated policies.

Charles McClam Charles McClam

Deputy CIO, USDA

Charles McClam was appointed as USDA Deputy Chief Information Officer in January 2009. In this position, he is responsible for providing department-wide leadership and strategic direction for USDA’s information technology and cyber security programs. This includes providing policy leadership and operational oversight of twenty-nine USDA agencies Chief Information Officers to ensure the effective design, delivery and use of information technology computer programs and technical solutions that effectively supports and delivers agriculture programs and services to farmers and producers, families, and school lunch programs across rural America.

Tom Temin Tom Temin

Anchor, The Federal Drive, WFED Radio

Mr. Temin is a broadcaster, writer, editor and consultant who brings more than 30 years of business-to-business media experience to clients in media and information technology products and services. Mr. Temin is co-host of The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, a weekday morning news and talk program on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Washington D.C. He also authors the twice-a-month FedInsider newsletter, analyzing trends and developments in the federal IT market. A frequent industry speaker, Tom continues to comment in online columns, discussing trends in government technology and management, topics on which he has particular expertise.

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