|When:||March 25, 2015; 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.|
|Where:||Newseum, Washington, D.C.
|Cost:||Complimentary for Government; Industry rates apply|
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At this half-day conference, more than 150 "data center-fluent" Federal IT professionals from a variety of agencies gathered to discuss pressing and trending topics, including Accelerating Energy Savings, Infrastructures of the Future, and Application Rationalization. Attendees heard from a great lineup of Federal agency and industry speakers, including keynotes from Jack Wilmer, Infrastructure Development Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency and Tim McCrosson, Leader of the Agency Oversight and Implementation Team, Office of E-Government and IT, Office of Management and Budget.
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Defense Information Systems Agency
Department of the Navy
Mr. Terry Halvorsen serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Navy (DON). As the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen heads the Office of the DON CIO and is the DON's senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources Management (IRM). Mr. Halvorsen has oversight for the IM function within the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Headquarters Marine Corps. He develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards, and guidance, and provides process transformation support for the entire Department of the Navy. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Department's objectives and vision. Mr. Halvorsen also serves as the Department's Cyber/IT Workforce Community Leader, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and the Senior Military Component Official for Privacy and Civil Liberties.
Prior to becoming the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in this position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to this, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 computer network users, all globally dispersed. In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management. Mr. Halvorsen was directly involved in establishing governance structure, processes and mechanisms to optimize over $8 billion in Navy resources.
Mr. Halvorsen entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 as the Executive Director, Naval Personnel Development Command, responsible for overseeing all individual training in the Navy. Mr. Halvorsen was personally selected for the Chief of Naval Operations-directed Executive Review of Navy Training, which resulted in the Navy's Revolution in Training. At the conclusion of this project, Mr. Halvorsen was selected as the Director of Task Force Excel Atlantic, charged with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy training. He also served as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education CIO. In February 2006 Mr. Halvorsen was designated Acting Executive Director, Naval Education and Training Command.
Mr. Halvorsen entered Federal Civil Service in 1985 as the Curriculum Instructional Standards Officer for Navy Cryptology Training, Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla. He has held numerous positions in the training community to include Deputy for C41 Training, Director Training Policy and Standards, and Director of Assessment, where he was one of the principal architects of the Navy's training reengineering efforts.
He graduated with honors from Widener University with a degree in history. He was a distinguished military graduate and a George C. Marshall award winner. Following graduation, Mr. Halvorsen was commissioned a Regular Army 2LT in May 1980 and attended Army Officer Basic Course and the Intelligence Officer Course. His first assignment was Executive/Operations Officer, Army Intelligence Detachment Pensacola, supporting the Army's training with the Navy. During this tour, Mr. Halvorsen obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of West Florida.
Bureau of ATF
Walt Bigelow is the Chief of the Information Technology (IT) Systems Management Division, Office of Science and Technology for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF&E). He has been at ATF&E for over 5 years and has full operational and fiscal responsibility for all facets of IT services; specifically all IT infrastructure and operations around data centers, LAN/WAN networks, desktops/laptops, printers, phones, cell phones, tactical radios, help desk, end-user services, COMSEC, visual information services, mobility and several major IT outsourcing contracts.
Walt has more than 20 years of IT industry experience across the private sector, higher education, state government, DOD and NASA. Recently at ATF&E he led a multi-year joint effort with the U.S. Marshalls Service for a new $500M+ IT support contract for both organizations, from inception to development through contract award and execution that will likewise be open for other DOJ and federal components to join. He also led the consolidation and virtualization initiative of over 50 percent of ATF&E's server infrastructure and a highly successful end user hardware refresh. He is leading efforts to evaluate and move appropriate AFT&E services into the cloud. He is actively moving ATF&E to the forefront of enabling mobility empowered services to over 4000 iOS smartphones and tablets and is also actively moving the bureau to Windows 8.1 tablets and laptops.
Bigelow holds a Bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in Business Administration and a Master' degree from Johns Hopkins University in Information Technology Management.
Executive Office of the President
Dr. Alissa Johnson
Dr. Alissa Johnson is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Executive Office of the President (EOP). She provides vision, guidance, and leadership for the development and implementation of Information Technology (IT) initiatives at the EOP. Dr. Johnson has experience growing and managing IT programs and developing strategic IT solutions for various government agencies. Her background includes areas such as information technology management, cybersecurity, systems engineering and program management. Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Information Technology Management; an M.S. in Telecommunications and Computer Networks; and a B.S. in Mathematics. Dr. Johnson has most recently won the 2014 Federal Computer Weekly Fed100 Award and the 2013 FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award.
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Air Force
Frank Konieczny, a Senior Level executive, is the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Konieczny has completed advanced degrees in computer science engineering and administrative science, and in 1987 he completed all coursework for a doctorate in computer science. He has extensive experience as a systems analyst and chief programmer, working with a variety of firms including Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC and General Research Corporation. He has supported the programming and analytical analysis for a wide spectrum of government projects including ballistic missile defense, network design, missile test analysis, radar systems analysis and simulation, and operations research and statistical analysis. Mr. Konieczny would go on to serve as a project manager, business unit manager, Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer. He has managed more than 20 significant government sector programs involving multiple large and small business subcontractors and academic institutions in areas of Army and Navy manpower, logistics, force structure, undersea warfare, real time statistical analysis, biometric authentication, enterprise architecture, work flow management, and simulation and modeling.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Konieczny was employed for 10 years with AT&T Government Solutions professional services business unit. He served as the CIO, CTO and Executive Director for Operations where he managed internal research and development efforts; multi-location infrastructure management and upgrade; process improvement and standardization; support organization coordination; and development of technical solutions for a wide spectrum of projects within the government sector.
National Technical Information Service
Kathie Koenig is a Program Manager at the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Office of Federal Services (OFS). She is the OFS subject lead for its emerging Federal Energy Management line of business. NTIS' business model offers unique opportunities for providing solutions to other federal government entities.
As a Federal government employee for the last 19 years, Kathie worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Technology Administration/Office of Technology Policy before moving to NTIS. She has a B.S. degree in Psychology with an emphasis on science, math and technology.
Kathie's broad career background includes work in psychology, photography, graphics, website design and implementation, multimedia and managing projects/programs. She expanded her entrepreneurial experience through 20 years in her photography business and 27 years in rental investment/management.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Darren L. Smith
Department of Labor
Fred Whiteside currently serves as Program manager for the Department of Labor Data Center Consolidation (DCCI) Program. He previously in various capacities supporting the Federal Cloud Computing Program including Chair, NIST Cloud Computing Security Working Group where he led the development of the NIST Publication "Challenging Security Requirements for USG the Adoption of Cloud Computing" and is also a contributing author to the NIST Special Publication 500-293: US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap (Release 1.0). Fred also served as Co-Chair, ISMC Network and Infrastructure Security Sub-committee and supports the Cloud Computing at the Department of Commerce, Office of the Chief information Officer as Senior Enterprise Architect.
Since 2002 he has served as Manager, Cybersecurity Operations and Critical Infrastructure at the Department of Commerce and Chief, Security Operations Division and Acting Director of the IT Security Program Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office. His extensive experience in Cybersecurity Operations and Incident Response allow him to effectively articulate federal requirements and considerations regarding Cloud migration, and has worked with various agencies in their requirements development migration planning.
Department of the Interior
On June 7, 2010, Bernard J. Mazer was selected as the Department of the Interior Chief Information Officer (CIO), assuming oversight responsibility for the Department's estimated $1 billion information technology (IT) portfolio. The Interior Department with an annual $15.8 billion budget is considered a large, decentralized Cabinet agency with over 67,000 employees and 236,000 volunteers located in approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and Native American Lands.
As the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Mazer is responsible for providing strategic leadership and advice to the Secretary of the Interior on the effective use of Information technology assets. Mr. Mazer is focused on infrastructure modernization and ensuring that IT investments are cost effective, scalable, and aligned to DOI's mission and strategic direction. Further, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the eGovernment Act of 2002, and all other applicable laws, regulations, and directives. Before accepting this position, Mr. Mazer served as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a bureau within the Department. He has over twenty five years experience in the field of information technology and communications, including 16 years of project management and 10 plus years experience in program development. During his tenure with Fish and Wildlife Service he served as the Acting Deputy Director for unified communications services on behalf of the Department.
Prior to his tenure at the Department of the Interior in 2008, he served as Deputy Director, and Chief of Information Communications and Technology team, within the Infrastructure and Engineering Office in the Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade Bureau in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His last two years in USAID were devoted to working with various United States Government entities on reconstruction and stabilization efforts in post conflict countries on infrastructure and governance issues. Mr. Mazer supported and provided technical leadership and field support to USAID Missions in the areas of energy, information communications technology, and engineering services related to the development and effective use of critical economic infrastructure. He supported the USAID field missions largely through programs designed to: strengthen the legal, regulatory and institutional environment to promote private investment; promote the adoption of innovative technologies and approaches such as wireless broadband to increase access to infrastructure services by the underserved; promote and strengthen public participation in decision making to improve the governance of infrastructure services. Additionally, he also worked in the E-Government area building in various countries and within the Agency which included development of workforce planning, IT capital planning and investment management, enterprise architecture, information security, last mile initiatives, and strategic planning.
Mr. Mazer has also worked on the design to implement public-private partnership activities (often in conjunction with the USAID Global Development Alliance program) with private sector partners, including the U.S. Telecommunication Training Institute, private corporations and specialized Non Government Organizations (NGOs). Previously, Mr. Mazer worked in the Department of Defense in information management and telecommunications in the United States, Europe and Southwest Asia. He served as a Community Director of Information in Europe where he was responsible for automation, communications, IT security and privacy, records management and FOIA. Prior to that he was an instructor for the University of Maryland, European Division, where he taught information management courses on such topics as relational databases, operating systems, and business process design. He also worked in the deployment of standardized installation support systems for the US Army. Mr. Mazer, is a certified Project Management Professional, holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
Office of Management and Budget
Scott Renda currently serves as the Cloud Computing and Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative Portfolio Manager in the E-Government & Information Technology Office at the Office of Management and Budget. His work includes facilitating the adoption of cloud computing across the Federal government, directing Federal data center consolidation efforts, including policy formation and budget guidance, and supporting these programs under OMB’s PortfolioStat initiative. Scott also oversees ~7 billion in Federal IT spending at the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Transportation and the Small Business Administration.
Scott Renda is an alumnus of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, both of Syracuse University. He holds an M.A. in International Relations and B.S. in Public Relations. Hobbies include cycling, hiking, gardening and cooking. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Department of Agriculture
Rory D. Schultz is a 28 year federal employee with 22 years experience in IT customer service, 19 of which have been in leadership positions. He began his Federal career as a summer intern and research analyst with the Executive Office of the President during the Reagan Administration. After several summers, he returned as a GS-4 Research Analyst with the Records Management Branch at the Department of the Treasury. Over the next 27 years, he was steadily promoted through increasingly complex and more responsible positions.
Currently he holds the title of Deputy Chief Information Officer the Food and Nutrition and Consumer Service, an agency of the US Department of Agriculture. He is responsible for the complete scope of support including Infrastructure Operations Support and Customer Support, overseeing FNS's network, mail and data servers, VTC, and telecommunications systems, and the IT Service Desk which provides end user support. Additionally, he is responsible for the complete range of Portfolio Management including project management, application development, and Strategic Planning. Finally he is also responsible for oversight of Security policies and processes to ensure the integrity of the FNCS network.
Prior to this position he served as the Chief Technology Officer for FNCS overseeing daily operations and the introduction of new technology to the Agency. Before coming to FNCS he served as the Director, HQ IT Operations, and was responsible for the complete scope of end user computing at Treasury Headquarters, including the LAN, MAN and SAN, Service Desk, Desk side Support, Customer Advocates, Application Development and Maintenance, Wireless and VTC support, and Disaster Recovery. Previously, he was also responsible for the Treasury Secure Data Network (TSDN) and Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network (TFIN), two classified networks which were subsequently established as a separate office after he developed the organizations.
Mr. Schultz holds a degree in Political Science with a minor in Theater (useful attributes in Washington) and is also active in external organizations such as ACT-IAC (American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council), having graduated from the Partners program in 2008 and serving as a member of the ACT Executive Committee, and numerous leadership positions within Voyagers, Partners and Associates. He serves on the Treasury Historical Association (THA) Board of Directors and is a docent for the historic Treasury Building on weekends. He is a strong advocate of personal growth and promotion from within, with many of his former staff now having moved into leadership roles of their own. He encourages Industry-Government Partnerships, as evidenced by the successful ten year Seat Management contract which provided IT services to Treasury HQ until September 2009.
He is single and lives in Annandale VA with his two dogs, Reese and Lilly. An avid Giants and Yankees fan, his hobbies include reading from his library of over 1000 volumes, gardening, online computer gaming, brewing beer, collecting fine cigars, and hiking and camping.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Ron Ross
Dr. Ron Ross is a senior computer scientist and information security researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He leads the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project for NIST and is also the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework.
A former Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, Dr. Ross also currently supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection.
A frequent speaker at public and private sector venues, Dr. Ross is a two-time recipient of the Federal 100 award, has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame, received the Scientific Achievement Award and the Defense Superior Service Medal from the National Security Agency. He has also authored several publications
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Program Management School at the Defense Systems Management College.
Government Accountability Office
Dave is responsible for leading GAO's work on federal data center consolidation and other areas related to information technology (IT) reform. His work has resulted in several reports on the status of 24 federal agencies' data center inventories and consolidation plans, agencies' consolidation cost estimates and schedules, and common consolidation challenges faced by the agencies. He has also continued to focus on GAO's identification of data center consolidation as an area of interest for GAO's annual reporting on duplication and overlap across the federal government.
While at GAO, Dave has also led a significant body of work reviewing a major biometric identification investment at the Department of Homeland Security. These reviews covered many information technology areas including strategic planning, software development maturity, information security, enterprise architecture, contract management, and IT human capital. He also has led work reviewing the accreditation of federal voting system testing laboratories.
In the private sector, Dave has held several consulting positions in the technology services industry, including overseeing client system selection, as well as custom application development and implementation for public utility and financial services companies. He also served for four years in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer.
Dave has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona's Eller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
James P. Flanagan
James P. Flanagan is currently the Deputy CIO and Director, Office of Information Services (OIS) of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC). Mr. Flanagan has over 28 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field. In his capacity with the NRC Mr. Flanagan oversees the continued evolution of the NRC IT organization and infrastructure to a more customer centric and responsive IT culture. He comes to the NRC from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he served as the Chief Technology Officer and most recently the Director of Program Management and Administration. In both capacities, Mr. Flanagan was responsible for the “Transformation Roadmap,” an IT-wide transformation program that focused on the modernization and improvement of technology, service delivery, and organizational effectiveness of the Office of the Chief Information Officer. In his most recent position, Mr. Flanagan focused on institutionalizing all of the gains and transformations accomplished by the program through the development of key business controls, project management processes and standards, budgetary acquisition reforms, and human capital strategies that supported the broader agency wide "next generation" transformation. Before working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Flanagan served as Chief Technology and Operations Officer with Amtrak (2000-2008); Regional Director with Compaq Computer Corporation (1997-2000); Program Manager and Associate Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (1994-1997); and Director, Systems Integration, with Digital Equipment Corporation (1988-1994). Mr. Flanagan received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Monmouth University in West Long Beach, New Jersey.
Health Resources and Services Administration
Since July 2007, Adriane Burton has served as the Director of the Division of Computer System Services (DCSS) at the Center for Information Technology (CIT) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ms. Burton manages NIH’s Central Email System, Active Directory, NIH’s Central Data Center, hosting services, video service, and NIH’s Scientific Computing Cloud. Prior to this role, she was the Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Indian Health Service (IHS). Before working at IHS, Ms. Burton was the Deputy Director of the Division of Network Systems and Telecommunication within the Center for Information Technology at the NIH for five years. She managed NIH’s network, security, video, telecommunications, and cabling programs.
Before joining the NIH, Ms. Burton began her federal career at the Internal Revenue Service as a computer systems programmer for eight years. She transferred to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Justice Management Division where she served as the Branch Chief of DOJ’s premiere Network Service Center and consolidated DOJ’s fourteen networks into one enterprise network infrastructure. Ms. Burton has a Masters of Telecommunications Management and a Bachelors of Science in Computer and Information Science.
Department of Commerce
Simon Szykman was named Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Commerce in May 2010. As the Department's CIO, Szykman is responsible for providing leadership, establishing policy, and maintaining oversight for the information technology investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across the Commerce Department's dozen bureaus. Szykman most recently served over three years as the CIO of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to his work at Commerce, Szykman served in two separate assignments at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and worked at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Department's first Director of Cyber Security R&D.
Federal Aviation Administration
Mary Beth Lauderdale
Beth Lauderdale is the program manager for the Data Center Consolidation Initiative (DCCI) at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She leads efforts to develop and implement strategies and policies for consolidating data centers across the agency. She is also responsible for managing FAA compliance with federal mandates to consolidate data centers and is active in standing up a new data center service delivery organization at the FAA. Prior to joining the FAA, Beth was an Associate at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH). At Booz Allen, Beth led strategic, technical, and policy planning efforts for federal agencies undergoing IT modernization and consolidation. Her clients included the Treasury Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Before joining BAH, Beth managed programs to promote telecommunications equipment standards in Western and Eastern Europe for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). She began her career in Washington in 1991 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has a B.S. in Broadcasting and an M.A. in French.
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- Program Level: Intermediate
- Prerequisites: Recommend previous experience in data center consolidation
- Advance Preparation: No advance preparation necessary
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