Tech Trends Agenda

Monday, September 11, 2018

Agenda announced this summer! Check out last year's agenda below: 

8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Kevin Cummins, VP of Technology, Professional Services Council

Kevin Cummins serves as Vice President of Technology for PSC, where he leads work on tech and innovation issues, including federal government IT modernization. Prior to coming to PSC, Kevin served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Sen. Tom Udall and has been instrumental in championing technology legislation in Congress including FITARA, Spectrum Relocation Fund Act, and other efforts to improve how the federal government acquires and uses information technology.
9:05 a.m. Driving Innovation in Government
Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy & Initiatives, White House Office of American Innovation

President Trump established the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI) to develop innovative solutions and bring new thinking to challenges facing government. Working with career staff as well as private-sector and external thought leaders, OAI will make recommendations to the President on policies and plans that improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans, and spur job creation.
9:25 a.m. Modernizing & Securing Government Technology
U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman, Subcommittee on Information Technology, U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Congressman Will Hurd served as an undercover officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was a senior advisor at a cybersecurity firm before being elected to represent the 23rd District of Texas, which stretches from San Antonio to outside El Paso. He has introduced legislation and led oversight efforts on modernizing federal IT systems. Rep. Hurd serves on three House Committees: Homeland Security; Oversight and Government Reform; and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
9:50 a.m. Networking Break
10:05 a.m. Tech Talk: Cybersecurity
Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Cybersecurity is one of the most significant strategic risks to the United States. As the chief cybersecurity official for DHS, Assistant Secretary Manfra leads efforts to secure critical infrastructure, collaborate with the private sector and protect federal civilian networks from malicious cyber activity.
10:25 a.m. Tech Talk: Healthcare and Cyber Threats
Chris Wlaschin, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Health and Human Services

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack highlighted cyber risks facing the healthcare and public health sector. Patient information vital for healthcare providers is also valuable to cyber criminals. Public private partnerships, collaborative initiatives and sharing best practices offer ways to improve digital security.
10:45 a.m. Tech Talk: Improving the Public’s Experience with Government
Rob Cook, Deputy Commissioner and Director, Technology Transformation Service, General Services Administration (GSA)

GSA’s Technology and Transformation Service (TTS) helps agencies think differently about how they are buying and managing IT to better serve the public. TTS applies principles like agile development and user-centric design to help agencies make their services more accessible and effective.
11:05 a.m. Tech Talk: Shared Services
Beth Angerman, Executive Director, Unified Shared Services Management, GSA

How can government focus resources on fewer and more standardized systems to improve the quality and agility of administrative services?  Learn about GSA’s vision for how shared services can eliminate redundancy, reduce risk, and leverage government’s buying power to improve the way the government serves the American public.  
11:20 a.m. 2017 CIO Survey Results
Learn the results of an extensive survey of federal IT and cybersecurity leaders and gain valuable insights on how to help the government deliver more effective mission results.
George DelPrete, Principal, Business Consulting & Technology, Grant Thornton
11:35 a.m. Federal Perspectives: IT Leadership & Transformation
Renee Wynn
Thomas P. Michelli, Acting Principal Deputy, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Defense
Moderator: Frank Konkel, Executive Editor, NextGov

There is increasing focus on bringing innovation into government and harnessing cutting-edge technologies to improve government operations and service delivery. How are federal IT leaders meeting enduring challenges such as legacy IT modernization and increasing cyber threats while also embracing new opportunities? 

12:10 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. Wrap-up & Adjourn