About Federal Networks 2016
Mark your calendars! We are pleased to announce that the 29th annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area February 17-18, 2016. The Federal Networks 2016 Conference will bring together senior decision-makers from key agencies across the government to share their latest plans for how they will design, purchase and operate their networks as well as the IT services that these networks enable and deliver.
This year, top technology officials from the Defense Department and civil agencies will give us an in-depth look at how enterprise-level initiatives including the JIE, IC ITE, and NS2020 will shape the government’s next generation infrastructure and service upgrade requirements.
The Federal Networks Conference has become the most important government-wide forum focusing on net-centric solutions to the government’s top challenges. Whether it’s strengthening our nation’s defense, defending against cybersecurity threats, providing top quality care for our nation’s military forces and veterans, or delivering next-generation mobile solutions, the government is now turning to enterprise-level network technologies for results.
The leading defense and civil agency decision-makers are taking valued time from their busy schedules to prepare focused substantive presentations for Federal Networks 2016. They know that this conference provides a direct channel to the senior representatives from industry who can mobilize the innovation, technology and talent needed to ensure success in government’s transformation to next generation network infrastructure and services during turbulent times.
We look forward to joining you on February 17th and 18th to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions.
Twenty-Ninth Annual Federal Networks
2016 Conference Agenda (PDF)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
7:30 - 8:30 AM: Registration, Networking and Exhibits
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Keynote Address
Keynote Address: Next-Generation Federal Networks: Opportunities and Risks
The conference chairman will identify new government marketplace opportunities and risks as agencies across the government design, acquire, and transition to their next-generation networks. The presentation will discuss how changes in the customer environment will reshape the competitive landscape for carriers, integrators, system manufacturers, and professional services companies.
Warren Suss – President, Suss Consulting Inc. and Conference Chairman
9:00 - 10:30 AM: Conference Session
General Services Administration (GSA) Integrated Technology Services
GSA’s Assistant Commissioner for Integrated Technology Services (ITS) and her executive team will provide an update on the top ITS initiatives, including Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS), Satellite services, and mobility. Presentations will highlight GSA’s work with agencies across the government to prepare for the upcoming EIS task order competitions for transitioning from Networx to EIS. The session will also cover the latest on GSA’s next-generation contracts and service offerings, including cloud services, Alliant II, and cybersecurity.
Mary Davie - Assistant Commissioner, Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Amando E. Gavino - Director, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Jim Russo - Technical Director, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Program, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
David Peters - Director of Mobility and Niche Programs, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Kevin Gallo - Director of the Service Development Division, Office of Integrated Technology Services, General Services Administration
Debbie Hren - Network Services Transition Director, Office of Network Services, Office of Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Bill Lewis - Program Manager, Networx, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS), GSA
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Break/Networking
11:00 - 12:00 PM: Conference Session
DHS Enterprise IT Strategies and Opportunities
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Technology Officer will provide an update on the latest DHS strategies and initiatives to deliver the next-generation of cost-effective, secure, and reliable IT infrastructure and product/service offerings for the DHS enterprise. His presentation will highlight requirements from industry to support the DHS mission.
Mike Hermus - Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
12:00 - 1:30 PM: Luncheon Keynote Presentations
Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Federal Communications Commission
Admiral Simpson will discuss the evolving landscape of public safety communications, including the transition to Next Generation 911 and a new paradigm for the nation's public safety warning systems, the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.
David G. Simpson, Rear Admiral (ret.) USN - Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Luncheon Keynote Presentation: FirstNet
The FirstNet Director of Government Affairs will provide an update on the multi-billion dollar FirstNet initiative to build, operate, and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications. The presentation will focus on the near-term, mid-term and long-term opportunities for industry and on the major program challenges that FirstNet will be looking to industry to address with innovative technical, financial, and operational solutions.
Edward Parkinson - FirstNet Director of Government Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, US Department of Commerce
1:30 - 2:15 PM: Conference Session
VA Technology Strategy and Plans
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Strategy and Design will provide an update on how VA’s IT architecture and technology strategy will drive high priority upcoming VA requirements from industry to enhance IT infrastructure, security, information sharing services, and communications technologies.
Paul Tibbits, M.D. – Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Strategy and Design, Department of Veterans Affairs
2:15 – 3:00 PM: Conference Session
VA IT Acquisition Strategy and Plans
The Executive Director for VA Information Technology Acquisition Strategy is responsible for VA’s acquisition program management oversight, information technology governance, industry liaison, federal strategic sourcing, customer interface support, dissemination of acquisition policy and procedures, and federal interagency agreements. She is also the VA Chief Information Officer's Small Business Representative for all socioeconomic categories. She will provide an overview of VA’s evolving acquisition strategies and how they will shape VA’s major IT acquisition programs and contracts.
Luwanda Jones - Executive Director of IT Acquisition Strategy and Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs
3:00 – 3:15 PM: Break/Networking
3:15 – 4:00 PM: Conference Session
Department of Interior Network and IT Requirements Update
The Department of Interior’s (DOI) Chief, Office of Enterprise Information (OEI) will provide an update on the agency’s plans for their next-generation networks, IT infrastructure, and related IT services and capabilities. He will cover DOI’s mobility, cloud, and cyber priorities, with a focus on upcoming DOI requirements from industry.
Timothy Quinn - Designated DOI Executive Sponsor for EIS, Chief, Office of Enterprise Information (OEI), U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Interior
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Conference Session
The Federal Aviation Administration Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure II
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning its replacement for its Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) contract, which supports National Airspace System (NAS) operations by providing the connectivity required by FAA systems as well as applications like e-mail, Internet, payroll, and other administrative services. The FTI II Acting Program Manager and Chief Systems Engineer will provide an update on the upcoming FTI II acquisition, highlighting FTI II’s technical, cyber, and management priorities.
Jennifer Gendell - FTI-2 Business Manager, Federal Aviation Administration
Michael (Todd) Gardner - Chief Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Cocktail Reception
Thursday, February 18, 2016
(Conference Sessions, Day 2)
7:30 - 8:15 AM: Registration and Networking
8:15 – 9:00 AM: Conference Session
Update on the Joint Information Environment (JIE)
The Deputy Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise will provide an update on the Department’s effort to build and enable the JIE. The presentation will highlight recent JIE accomplishments and the Department’s plans for JIE throughout Fiscal Year 2016. The presentation will focus on the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) initiative, Computing and Storage enhancements, efforts to share information with coalition partners, and the rollout of Windows 10.
David A. Cotton - Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense
9:00 – 10:30 AM: Conference Session
Five top Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) executives will describe their latest strategies and plans for the Defense Department’s networks, network services, and capabilities with an emphasis on upcoming requirements from industry. The presentations will cover network infrastructure, services, enhancements, and upgrades; Enterprise Services; Information Assurance (IA); cloud; cybersecurity and other next-generation DISA IT and network technology requirements. The presentations will also include updates on Encore III, Enterprise Unified Capabilities as a Service (UCaaS), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), HBSS, DECC Operations and Technical Support, and SETI/ASEC.
Alfred Rivera - Director, Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency
Dave Bennett - Director, Infrastructure and Sustainment, Defense Information Systems Agency
Jessie Showers - Infrastructure Executive, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
Jack Wilmer - Infrastructure Development Executive, Infrastructure Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Break/Networking
11:00 – 12:00 PM: Conference Session
Army Enterprise Requirements Update
The Army's Deputy Chief Information Officer will provide an update on Army Enterprise IT initiatives for Department of Defense and Army business and combat service support systems, as well as the Army's communications and computer infrastructure. The presentation will highlight the Army's role in the evolution of the Joint Information Environment (JIE), and will cover specific upcoming requirements from industry for near-term and mid-term support to create the next-generation Army IT infrastructure, services and applications.
Gary Wang – Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 U.S. Army
12:00 – 12:30 PM: Conference Session
Army Installation Requirements Update
The Army's Project Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) leads the organization responsible for acquiring and delivering the generating force network capability required to ensure a single Army network from each post/camp/station to the tactical edge. He will highlight his organization’s upcoming requirements for modernizing Army installation IT infrastructure to deliver data, voice and unified capabilities/communications services on classified and unclassified domains, at coalition networks, at permanent fixed installations, at semi-fixed foreword operating base/contingency operating base sites, and at mobile ground operations.
Michael Padden - Project Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2), PEO-EIS, U.S. Army
12:30 - 2:00 PM: Luncheon Keynote Presentation
Opportunities in the Intelligence Community (IC)
The Intelligence Community’s new Chief Information Officer will provide an update on the community’s top requirements from industry, with a focus on the opportunities created by the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE). He will cover the requirements for industry to support the design, development, implementation, and ongoing operations and maintenance of IC ITE elements, and will discuss how elements of current and planned IC programs will be modified as IC ITE ramps up.
Raymond Cook, M.D. - Chief Information Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
2:00 – 3:00 PM: Conference Session
Air Force Information Technology Update
The Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer of the Air Force will present an overview of the Air Force’s strategies, plans, programs, and requirements for enhancing and operating the Air Force networks and network-related information technology, focusing on specific upcoming Air Force requirements for support in the implementation and operation of targeted network and IT enhancements.
Frank Konieczny - Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Air Force
3:00 – 4:00 PM: Conference Session
Navy Network Opportunities
The Navy’s Executive Director and Command Information Officer (ED/CIO), of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet has broad responsibilities, including directing, operating, maintaining, securing, and defending the Navy’s portion of the Global Information Grid; delivering integrated cyber, information operations, cryptologic, and space capabilities; and delivering global Navy cyber network common cyber operational requirements. He will provide updates on Navy IT and cybersecurity, enterprise networking operations, plans, and budgets, ashore and afloat, with an emphasis on upcoming requirements from industry.
Matthew H. Swartz -- Executive Director and Command Information Officer (ED/CIO), U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, U.S. Navy [invited]
4:00 PM: Federal Networks 2016 Concludes