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  • Date:9 December, 2019

2019 December Summit

D.C. Metro Area Washington, DC


The “smart” modernization of your IT infrastructure and workforce is becoming a necessity.  Recent legislative mandates are now no longer just documents, but they are a call for action. The federal government continues to fall further behind private industry in both its plan to address IT network vulnerabilities as well as its approach to the customer experience.

At the American Innovation & Modernization Fall Summit, you’ll get a “triple-dose” of educational content:

  • How to create a more resilient government practice and enhance the workforce
  • How to build a roadmap for modernization & technology
  • How to develop and execute your cybersecurity strategy

Day 1:

Registration 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Event 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Day 2:

Event 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Why Attend

1 Create a Resilient Government Practice

Talk with the experts that will help you build your government practice including tools and tips for maximizing your opportunities through the GSA schedule, methods and best practices you can use to establish and grow your federal supplier / contracting business,  how to be effective in your day to day operations, and effectively train your workforce, and impress leadership.

2 Build a Modernization & Technology Roadmap

by learning how to allocate budgets to fund new technology acquisition, and learn about solutions that federal agencies need today meet their critical mission. Discuss how to build a foundation to utilize new innovations (i.e.: Block Chain, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing.)

3 Develop and Execute a CyberSecurity Strategy

in a highly evolving cyber world where technological innovations are driving how Americans do business. How can you ensure that your agency is safely serving your customers? You’ll learn how to build a cyber-secure culture in your agency and identify and address insider threats before it becomes a cyber incident. How do you hire, train and retain an effective cyber security workforce and create a path of continuity and promotion in your cyber workforce. We will review the 5 core functions that provide a strategic view of the lifecycle of an organization’s cybersecurity risk management.

Meeting the Needs of the President’s Management Agenda

We are excited to have added our FIRST EVER fall summit to our roster of events! We developed this year’s summit around the President’s major management agenda.

  1. Modern Information Technology
  2. Data, Accountability, and Transparency
  3. The Workforce for the 21st Century

Whether it’s your first time at Governance Conference or you’ve been attending for years, we have something for everyone’s Governance maturity level.

Create Connections

Our membership consistently tells us, one of the greatest benefits of attending our summits is the new connections they make. While growing, our membership is still small enough to have personal access to our speakers and presenters, many of whom have worked with our senior membership or Board of Directors. Often times, presentations, questions, and ideas spark introductions that create collaborations for new solutions that impact the whole industry!

Latest & Greatest Tools & Solutions

Take away new ways to optimize IT, accelerate innovation, and demonstrate value. Learn about the connection between information architecture and transformative technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Process Automation. Hear from subject matter experts on best practices related to Cloud, Agile-at-Scale, Blockchain, AI, and Cybersecurity.

Enhance your Governance Practice with in-depth Workshops
Delve into topics like cloud optimization, Blockchain, project/program management, CPIC, IT Architecture, and Technology Business Management. Hear from long-time Subject Matter Experts and receive physical take-a-ways that assist in task execution.


Nitin Pradhan, Former CIO, US Department of Transportation

Nitin Pradhan is the former federal CIO for the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) where he provided IT leadership, vision, strategy, policy, and oversight for US DOT’s more than $3.5 billion annual IT portfolio and for over 3,000 IT employees, 10,000 contractors, and over 200 major transportation systems. He is currently the Managing Partner of ScaleUP USA and the co-founder of GOVonomy an “Innovation as a Service” for government and government contractors.

Darryl E. Peek II, Former Director of Digital Innovation & Solutions, US Department of Homeland Security, OFCTO

Mr. Peek has been in executive leadership, acquisitions, digital transformation, cybersecurity, workforce, and business operations roles for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Salesforce in 2018, Mr. Peek was Director of Digital Innovation and Solutions at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. He previously held positions supporting the intelligence community, federal civilian, foreign affairs and defense mission areas.

Flip Anderson, Executive Director FITARA Operations, US Department of Agriculture

Flip Anderson has over 30 years of hands-on and managerial experience in all aspects of information technology, to include information management, information, and physical security, project and program management, knowledge, and systems management. Flip currently serves as the USDA Executive responsible for FITARA and Acting Deputy Director of the Business Modernization Office. He is also serving as the Government Sponsor for the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT- IAC) Information Technology Management Maturity Model development.

Max Stier, President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service

Max is the founding president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. Under his leadership, the Partnership has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal government management issues.

Max has worked previously in all three branches of the federal government. In 1982, he served on the personal staff of Congressman Jim Leach. Max clerked for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992 and clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court in 1994. Between these two positions, Max served as Special Litigation Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Anne Bingaman at the Department of Justice.

Ronald S. Ross, Computer Scientist, NIST Fellow

Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include cybersecurity, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States’ critical infrastructure.

Gustavo A. Calderón, President, Acquisition Workforce, Inc.

Gustavo A. Calderón provides Full Life cycle Programmatic and Acquisition Support Services to federal and state agencies and industry.  Gustavo’s professional background and interests center on supporting mission-critical programs with Systems Engineering, Analysis Alternatives, Technology Assessments, Process Improvement, SDLC Methodologies, Cost Estimation, Earned Value Management, Capital Planning, Business Case Development, Performance-Based Acquisition, Programmatic Support, Independent Verification & Validation, Change Management, and Governance.   Gustavo excels at fostering teamwork, collaboration, and communication by developing unified project missions and visions.  Gustavo is an effective collaborator, mentor, and leader.  He works well alongside stakeholders at all levels of an organization, from operational support personnel to mid-level managers, to CxO’s.

Janet Vogel, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Janet L.D. Vogel has initiated transformation projects related to machine learning, authorization to operate, and cybersecurity reporting standardization.  Ms. Vogel was previously the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Director for Operations for the Office of Information Technology for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Janet also served as the Director for the Financial Management Systems Group (FMSG) in the Office of Financial Management (OFM) at CMS.  The FMSG operates, manages, and maintains the major financial systems for CMS and related program integrity, provider enrollment and enumeration, and electronic submission of Medical Documentation systems.  In this role, Ms. Vogel led the software development, implementation, and technical operation of the Healthcare Integrated General Ledger Accounting System, a secure, integrated, Internet-based accounting system, through which CMS manages financial transactions.  Additionally, her experience includes directing data projects, such as the One PI, providing system maintenance of Provider Enrollment and Integrity systems, and implementing Health Insurance Marketplace capabilities.

Karen Simpson, Program Manager, AgLearn office (USDA learning management system), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Information Office

Karen Simpson joined the Federal Government over 19 years ago because she has a great passion for public service.  Her education and degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, BA in Political Science and Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, Master of Public Administration further ignited her passion.  After graduating from Wagner, Ms. Simpson moved to Washington D.C. to take a position with the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.  She has worked for other agencies including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the learning and development policy office. Currently, Ms. Simpson is a Program Manager for U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Information Office, AgLearn office (USDA learning management system). She leads many e-learning initiatives USDA’s learning and development programs. These initiatives include an effort to re-create a USDA new and experienced supervisors training program for USDA Mission Areas, Agencies and Staff Offices and worked with IT Modernization Centers of Excellence teams to identify training needs and highlight them on AgLearn. She is also leading the efforts to redesign the 360 and technical competency assessments in AgLearn.

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