|When:||September 10, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET
|Where:||Newseum, Washington, D.C.
|Cost:||Complimentary for government; industry rates apply|
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For more information on event details, please contact Alex Butera at (703) 883-9000 ext. 142.
Don't miss MeriTalk's third annual Cloud Computing Brainstorm on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
It's been four years since OMB issued its cloud first policy. FedRAMP seems poised to deliver on the promise of a standardized approach to cloud security assessments. Cloud implementations are growing. New initiatives and enabling technology are making cloud migrations a must for many agencies. Despite these efforts, questions still exist surrounding networking capabilities, cloud as a service, growing big data analytics, and budget pressures.
The half day Cloud Computing Brainstorm will feature more than 100 cloud-fluent Federal IT professionals to share practiced techniques, collaborate on challenges, and discuss what is needed to continue to promote government cloud adoption.
For more information on event details, please contact Alex Butera at (703) 883-9000 ext. 142.
Congressman Darrell Issa
Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California's 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southern Orange County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.
As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained the rank of captain. He completed his active-duty military service in 1980 and turned his interests to the private sector.
At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation's largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. In 1994, Issa was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The San Diego Union Tribune. During his leadership of Directed Electronics, Issa served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, an organization of 2000 companies within the consumer technology industry that hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When he stepped down as CEO to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Directed Electronics employed nearly 200 people.
As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.
Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. As the holder of 37 patents himself, Issa has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America's position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement. His watchful concern to guarantee that U.S. taxpayers receive the royalties they are owed from mineral interests on federal lands exposed fraud and mismanagement at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) in 2006.
In 2008, when Congress was asked to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the wake of an historic financial crisis, Issa stood by his instincts as a businessman and opposed giving a blank-check bailout to Wall Street – he voted against all bailouts during the financial crisis. Refusing to give up and concede to those who favored a bailout-centered response to this and future financial failures, Issa put forward a proposal to create a bipartisan commission to uncover the root causes of the financial crisis. This idea was passed into law in early 2009 and the investigation commenced in January 2010. Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect U.S. taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.
Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. In the first year of his leadership, the committee has undertaken numerous detailed investigations of the Countrywide Financial VIP Program that benefited government officials with special reduced-rate mortgage loans, the illegal use of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the decades-old misplaced government agenda to manipulate the U.S. housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that created the housing crisis, the politicization of science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a broad investigation into the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars. He's pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. And he's offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what's happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.
Congressman Gerald Connolly
Congressman Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 11th District, which encompasses Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. He was first elected in 2008 and reelected in 2010 and 2012.
Congressman Connolly serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
He is the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, which covers many key issues relating to Northern Virginia's workforce and economy. Connolly also serves on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs. He is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and also serves on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Connolly is vice-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, co-chairing its Technology, Education and Entrepreneurship Task Force, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.
Connolly has earned a reputation in Congress as a results-oriented legislator who does his homework and gets results for his Northern Virginia district.
Since being elected, Connolly introduced and passed the bipartisan Telework Enhancement Act which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region's air quality. He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.
Connolly also has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the federal commitment of $150 million annually for the regional Metro system.
He is considered an expert on local and state government matters and issues affecting federal employees and federal contractors, two large constituencies in his suburban Washington district. He has sponsored and supported a number of legislative initiatives on behalf of active-duty service members, military families, and veterans, including measures to protect them from predatory service fees, enhance Veterans Administration services to veterans, provide more funding to treat brain injuries incurred on the battlefield, and assist military families when they must move to a new duty station.
Prior to his election to Congress, Connolly was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. Connolly served a total of 14 years on the Fairfax County Board, the last five as Chairman. He earned a reputation as a results-oriented leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. Fairfax was rated a Best Managed County during his tenure as Chairman.
Congressman Connolly received a M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After graduating from Harvard, Connolly spent 10 years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he handled numerous foreign policy issues including oversight of international economic issues and policies concerning the Middle East and the United Nations.
Congressman Connolly also worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.
He resides in Fairfax with his wife Cathy and his daughter Caitlin.
General Services Administration
David L. McClure, Ph.D.
Dave McClure was appointed as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Communications effective August 24, 2009. In 2010, the office was re-established as the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.
As Associate Administrator, McClure advances GSA's responsibilities in serving the American people through open and transparent government initiatives to provide increased government accessibility to the public. McClure also identifies and applies new technologies to improve government operations and service delivery.
The Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is a powerful advocate for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory. Through the use of innovative technologies, the office connects the public to government information and services through various channels, including collaborative and public dialogue tools, call centers, and other emerging new media and citizen engagement technologies. As part of this effort, the office runs the award-winning USA.gov, the official website of the federal government, Data.gov, created and hosts Challenge.gov, and several other high profile transparency federal web sites. In addition, he oversees the Federal Cloud Computing PMO which is responsible for the creation and management of FedRAMP (a governmentwide security accreditation, certification, and authorization program), assists OMB in governmentwide data center consolidation. He serves on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee.
McClure previously served as the managing vice president for Gartner Inc.'s government research team. There, he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support, and was lead researcher on government information technology management practices. McClure also served on the Obama-Biden transformation, innovation, and government reform transition team, which examined federal agency IT plans and status for the incoming administration.
Before working at Gartner, McClure served as vice president for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government. He founded the CIO SAGE program that provides mentoring advice from prior government CIOs to newly appointed CIOs. Previously, McClure had an 18-year career with the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging reviews of major systems development and IT management capabilities in almost all major Cabinet departments and agencies.
McClure has also provided key input on major federal government IT reform legislation, such as the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 that created federal government CIOs and IT business-case requirements, and the e-Government Act of 2002. He is a four-time winner of Federal Computer Week's "Top Federal 100" (1998, 2001, and 2004, 2012) for impact on government IT directions and improvements. He received the American Council for Technology's John J. Franke Award in May 2013 and the Fed100 Government Eagle Award in March 2012, the highest recognition for impact on federal IT. He was elected a Member of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2009, received AFFIRM's 2010 Government-wide IT Leadership Award, AFCEA Bethesda 2011 Award for Cloud Computing Leadership, the 2011 AFFIRM Leadership Award for Advancement of Open Government, and was selected by InformationWeek in February 2012 as one of the top ten most influential people in government security. His office has received numerous national and international awards for government innovation activities.
McClure received his Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Texas. He also completed post-graduate work in IT management at Harvard and George Washington universities.
Department of Labor
Mr. Hamid Ouyachi is the Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Labor (DOL), where he is setting the strategic direction for technology architecture, integration and adoption. Current areas of focus include: Cloud architecture, and Cloud adoption strategies and best practices, Analytics, Data Warehousing, Data Visualization, and Open Government. He is also the chair of the DOL's Technology & Innovation Forum.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Ouyachi held various leadership positions within DOL, including Director of Infrastructure and Data Center Services, responsible for IT services delivery to DOL staff, and enterprise systems hosting and management.
Mr. Ouyachi is a Government Advisor to the American Council for Technology/Industry Network and Telecommunication, as well as the Emerging Technology Shared Interest Groups. Mr. Ouyachi was educated at New York University and is a graduate of the Sorbonne.
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.
Office of the Texas Secretary of State
Frosty Walker is the Chief Information Security Officer with the Office of the Texas Secretary of State. He has over 19 years of experience in information security fields, ranging from forensics to policy and procedure implementation. His role includes analyzing potential threats, enhancing the awareness program, conducting security risk assessments, and establishing information security policies and procedures to improve the agencies information security posture and compliance programs. Frosty is active on the Statewide Information Security Advisory Council (SISAC) which was created to provide guidance to the State of Texas information security and risk management programs and currently is the chairman of the SISAC Communications Subcommittee which provides guidance to the SISAC, State Agencies and the communities they serve.
Since 2011, Frosty has worked closely with the Texas Department of Information Resources on the Pilot Texas Cloud Offering (PTCO) which was designed to encourage a small group of agencies to choose a cloud-based infrastructure as a service from a marketplace of service providers made available by a cloud broker. The model included a solution design, pricing, approval workflow, provisioning, and system monitoring of the site, and all governed from a single web portal.
Frosty graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to working with the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, he spent 30 years with AT&T in their Marketing, Information Technology and Legal Divisions.
Emery Csulak is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is responsible for the implementation of the department's information security program. He leads and facilitates information security policy and guidance and architecture requirements for all DHS systems and networks. Mr. Csulak has over 20 years of experience in information technology, information security and management consulting.
Since January 2004, Mr. Csulak has supported the DHS Information Security Office in varying capacities in addressing the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
Mr. Csulak is the DHS Technical Representative supporting the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for Cloud Computing adoption with the federal government. He is the co-chair for the Federal Joint Continuous Monitoring sub-group for Ongoing Authorization.
Mr. Csulak leads the development, implementation and maintenance of the DHS Information Security Performance Plan and Scorecard. He is responsible for addressing new and emerging technologies for developing information security policy and requirements within the Department. He has worked since the inception of the FedRAMP Program to develop and refine the federal cloud computing security requirements and processes. Currently he is working to refine the Departments continuous monitoring and mobile technology information security strategies.
Mr. Csulak is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Mr. Csulak has a M.S. in Software Development Management and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Csulak was named a Federal 100 Award Winner in 2012 by Federal Computer Week.
Department of Defense
Mr. Kevin Dulany is the Chief, Risk Management Oversight Division at the Defense-wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP) Office. His duties include the oversight of DoD Continuous Monitoring and Risk Scoring efforts, DoD's Certification and Accreditation (C&A) transformation efforts, DoD's Cloud Security efforts, and the DoD's support to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Mr. Dulany also co-chairs the Joint Continuous Monitoring Working Group, and provides support to other CIO Council's Information Security and Identity Management Committee (ISIMC) led efforts as directed.
Mr. Dulany is a retired U.S. Marine (Master Sergeant) who held the IA Technician Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and was the USMC Information Assurance Chief for his final of 4 years prior to retirement. After retirement, he worked at the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and was the Exercise Support Team Lead which conducted IA/Computer Network Defense (CND)/Cybersecurity assessments during Combatant Command Exercises (the largest and most notable was Bulwark Defender). Mr. Dulany was also responsible for the oversight of external Certification and Accreditation taskings, IA Metrics development, as well as provided IA policy support to US Africa Command.
Mr. Dulany has been in the IT career field (programming, networking, IA/Cybersecurity) since1988; focusing on IA/CND since 2000. Mr. Dulany holds numerous commercial certifications to include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).
General Services Administration
Maria A. Roat became FedRAMP Director, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, General Services Administration in January 2013 bringing 30 years of professional experience in information technology, including operations and intelligence. Ms. Roat previously served in a number of capacities at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Director for Administration at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and as the Chief of Staff for the DHS Headquarters Office of the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining DHS, Ms. Roat worked for the Department of the Navy in enterprise network management and engineering, as well as IT operations. Ms. Roat retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
Securities and Exchange Commission
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Pamela C. Dyson has been named the SEC's Deputy Chief Information Officer and will work to further modernize and enhance the agency's information technology systems.
Technology is a vital component of SEC initiatives to protect investors, maintain orderly markets, and promote capital formation. Ms. Dyson has filled a number of key roles in the agency's Office of Information Technology (OIT) since joining the SEC staff in November 2010. As Deputy Director, Ms. Dyson will coordinate closely with the agency's divisions and offices to maintain an innovative, secure, and efficient technology infrastructure.
"Pam is an outstanding professional with a valuable combination of technical knowledge and leadership experience," said Thomas A. Bayer, the SEC's Chief Information Officer. "Her efforts to increase the efficiency of OIT operations have already made a significant impact on the agency, and we're pleased to welcome her to this new position."
Ms. Dyson said, "I am honored by the opportunity to serve the SEC in this new capacity. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions to help the SEC serve investors, and look forward to advancing the agency's strategic vision through better use of technology."
In recent years, the SEC has taken significant steps to enhance its technological capabilities and modernize its computer system. This includes deploying a centralized database for the thousands of tips and complaints it receives, installing a new automated work-flow system to track and triage enforcement actions, creating a new automated e-discovery system to help investigators rapidly review evidence, setting up a national standardized collection and storage system for SEC inspections and examinations, developing and procuring a unique system to analyze market data, and refurbishing its financial management system. By leveraging modern, reliable, and innovative technologies and predictive analytics, the SEC is transforming the way it performs its mission.
Ms. Dyson's first position at the SEC was Assistant Director for Enterprise Operations. She managed day-to-day operations such as network engineering, database administration, data storage, telecommunications, and support services for the SEC's headquarters and 11 regional offices. She was later promoted to Chief Technology Officer, a role in which she implemented a rigorous and persistent security program, managed enterprise architecture and system development, and enhanced the project management and investment oversight functions.
Prior to joining the SEC staff, Ms. Dyson was the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she held several positions of increasing responsibility and served as an auxiliary member of several agency-wide executive committees.
Ms. Dyson is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park.
Karen Petraska is presently serving as the Service Executive for Computing Services in the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer, leading NASA's response to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and exploring larger overall agency computing issues including cloud computing. Karen has a Master's Degree in Computer Science and 25 years of experience between academia, industry and government. She has worked in several areas of enterprise IT infrastructure services including messaging, directories, authentication/authorization, networks, data centers and IT security and has a significant interest in the challenges of technology and policy integration in large organizations. Karen most recently served as the NASA Service Executive for Authentication and Authentication where she led NASA's HSPD-12 implementation and delivered several key capabilities to ensure NASA's compliance. Previously she served as the Chief Information Officer at NASA's Ames Research Center and before that, as the Chief of the Information Services and Technology Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
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