About Federal Networks 2015
Mark your calendars! We are pleased to announce that the 28th annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area February 23-24, 2015. The Federal Networks 2015 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 2015. 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 23rd and 24th to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions.
Twenty-Eighth Annual Federal Networks
2015 Conference Agenda (PDF)
Monday, February 23, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 AM: Registration and Networking
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Keynote Address
The Government’s Move to the Enterprise: Opportunities and Risks
The conference chairman will identify new government marketplace opportunities and risks as agencies across the government seek to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of their IT investments by expanding the range and power of enterprise services available to their user communities, including emerging commercial cloud and mobile technologies. The presentation will discuss strategies and tactics for carriers, integrators, system manufacturers and professional services companies to improve their market share and profitability during this period of significant marketplace disequilibrium.
Warren Suss – President, Suss Consulting Inc. and Conference Chairman
9:00 - 10:30 AM: Conference Session
General Services Administration 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 Network Services 2020 (NS2020), Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS), Satellite services, and mobility. The session will also cover the latest on GSA’s next generation offerings and contracts, 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, Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Bill Lewis – Networx Program Manager, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Fred Haines – Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) Program Manager, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
David Peters – Deputy Director of Mobility and Niche Programs, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
Jon Johnson – Enterprise Mobility Program Manager, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Break/Networking
11:00 - 12:00 PM: Conference SessionDHS Enterprise Infrastructure Challenges and Opportunities
The Department of Homeland Security’s Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is responsible for the central implementation and management of Enterprise programs and activities that support the integration of the Department’s information technology (IT) infrastructure. The ITSO Executive Director will provide an update on the latest ITSO initiatives to provision 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 ITSO mission.
Mr. Mike Brown -- Executive Director, Information Technology Services Office (ITSO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
12:00 - 1:30 PM: Luncheon Keynote Presentation
Report from the Veterans Affairs Executive in Charge for Information Technology
The Executive in Charge for Information and Technology for the Department of Veterans Affairs will give an update on how his agency plans to work with industry to transform the VA’s IT and network technologies at VA healthcare facilities around the country to support our nation’s veterans.
Mr. Stephen W. Warren – Executive in Charge and Chief Information Officer, Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs
1:30 - 2:15 PM: Conference Session
VA High Priority Requirements from Industry
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Strategy and Design will focus on high priority upcoming requirements from industry to enhance the VA’s information technologies and 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 Enterprise Program Management Office
The leader who has been responsible for facilitating the management of the VA’s 16 major initiatives will focus on how industry can work effectively with the VA to deliver results to address the VA’s top enterprise requirements.
Mr. Greg Giddens – Executive Director of the Enterprise Program Management Office, Office of Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans Affairs
3:00 – 3:15 PM: Break/Networking
3:15 – 4:00 PM: Conference Session
Defense Health Innovation
The Acting Chief of Innovation for the Defense Health Agency will provide an overview of the Defense Health Agency’s strategies, plans, programs, and requirements for enhancing and operating the DHA networks and network-related information technology, focusing on specific upcoming DHA requirements for support in implementing and operating targeted network and IT enhancements.
Steve Steffensen, M.D. – Director, Acting Chief of Health Innovation, Defense Health Agency
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Conference Session
The Defense Health Contracting Organization
The Acting Director of Procurement and the Component Acquisition Executive for the Defense Health Agency will provide an overview of the DHA contracting organization. Their presentation will provide an overview of the Defense Health Information Technology Services Generation I, as well as other upcoming Defense Health Agency opportunities for large and small business.
COL Beverly Beavers – Component Acquisition Executive (CAE,) Defense Health Agency
COL Scott Svabek – Acting Director of Procurement, Defense Health Agency
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Sponsored Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
(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 Acting Principal Deputy DoD Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise will provide an update on how the Joint Information Environment (JIE) will shape DoD’s most important initiatives, including the latest developments related to cybersecurity, cloud computing, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), and secure mobility. The presentation will highlight new opportunities for industry to partner with DoD to achieve the objectives of the JIE. It will also include an overview of the DoD IT budget and an update on new strategies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defense Department’s IT infrastructure.
Mr. David Devries – Acting Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense*
9:00 – 10:30 AM: Conference Session
Five top 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, as well as updates on Encore III, Enterprise Unified Capabilities as a Service (UCaaS), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), HBSS, and DECC Operations and Technical Support.
Mr. Alfred Rivera – Acting Director, Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency
Mr. David Stickley – Services Executive, Services Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
Mr. Jessie Showers -- Infrastructure Executive, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
Mr. Jack Wilmer – Infrastructure Development Executive, Infrastructure Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
CAPT Craig (Al) Holtslander – Military Deputy, Services Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency
10:30 - 11:00 AM: Break/Networking
11:00 – 12:30 PM: Conference Session
Army Enterprise Requirements Update
The Army's Deputy Chief Information Officer and the Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) 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 presentations 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 its next generation network infrastructure, services and applications.
Gary Wang – Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 U.S. Army*
Douglas Wiltsie – Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) U.S. Army*
12:30 - 2:00 PM: Luncheon Keynote Presentation
Opportunities in the Intelligence Community
The Intelligence Community’s 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.
Al Tarasiuk – Chief Information Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Conference Session
Air Force Information Technology Update
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 implementing and operating targeted network and IT enhancements.
Steven Wert – Program Executive Officer for Battle Management, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB (Invited)
Robert Carl “Shof” Shoffner – Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) and Director of the BES Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base
3:30 – 4:30 PM: Conference Session
Navy Network Opportunities
The Navy’s Director of Communications and Networks Division, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) 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.
Mr. Matt Swartz – Director, Communications and Networks Division, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6), U.S. Navy
4:30 PM: Federal Networks 2015 Concludes
* Pending final agency approval.