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Meet the “Who’s Who” of the federal government’s network initiatives - Speakers at Federal Networks 2017

Captain Mike Abreu, Navy

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Treasury

Kenneth W. Bible, USMC

Randall Conway, DoD

Mary Davie, GSA

Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis, Air Force

Amando E. Gavino, GSA

Martin Gross, DISA

John Hickey, DISA

Captain Craig (Al) Holtslander, DISA

Jason Martin, DISA

Michael Padden, Army

Alfred Rivera, DISA

Jessie Showers, DISA

Paul Tibbits, VA

Gary Wang, Army


For information about sponsoring Federal Networks 2017 please contact Lauren Ravitch by email at Lauren.ravitch@ sussconsulting.com - or by phone at 215-884-5900

"Very informative"
- Avi Deolalikar
Lockheed Martin

"Excellent content and top notch speakers."
- Walter Henderson

"Good, deep content. Plenty of time for Q&A"
- Alan Thomas
Data Networks Corporation

"This conference provided very good access to industry executives, in both civilian and DoD."
- Jill McKinnon

"Great insight and information to assist with planning for FY 12, 13, 14, 15 regarding Federal directions."
- Jimmy Lee

"Provides a snapshot of the strategic plans of the agencies for the next 10 months."
- Rodney Walker

"Great set of government speakers."
- Jim Soltys
Noblis, Inc.

"GSA session was a highlight."
- John Geraghty
The MITRE Corporation

"It is good to hear the government leadership's perspective on the current IT challenges and issues."
- Phillip Parmer
Sarum LLC

"The content provided a good understanding of where agencies were headed in regards to IT."
- Eric Sosnitsky
NES Associates

"... regard this conference as one of a small, select number of conferences, that I intent to support and attend for years to come."
- Annie Williams

"Warren's intro remarks are worth the price of admission every year."
- Robert Coulson
Harris Corporation

"Wide range of information from overall plans to innovative ideas being put into practice today."
- Rodney Pieper

"Kick off meeting was outstanding. Good structural analysis of market and participants."
- Michael J King
STG Inc.

“This conference is a great way to get an insight into what the government is working on and where they need contractor help!”
- YuHua Liang
Federal Sources

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to announce that the 30th annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area February 14-15, 2017.

Federal Networks 2017 brings together senior decision-makers from key agencies across 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.

Over the past 30 years, Federal Networks has become the most important government-wide forum focusing on net-centric solutions to the government’s top challenges. Each year the program attracts the top technology officials from the Defense Department and civil agencies where they give attendees 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 reason leading defense and civil agency decision-makers take their valuable time to prepare focused substantive presentations is that they know Federal Networks provides them 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 next February 14-15, 2017 to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions.

We expect to have the preliminary agenda posted by November 2016. Until then, please refer to the 2016 agenda posted below to get an understanding of the program format, topics and representative speakers.

If you have any questions or interest in sponsoring the program, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Warren Suss -- President, Suss Consulting and Federal Networks Program Chair
Matthew Lucas - Vice President, TeleStrategies Inc.

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks 2017 please contact Lauren Ravitch by email at: Lauren.ravitch@sussconsulting.com - or call Lauren at 215-884-5900


Federal Networks Networks 2017
Conference Agenda

Tuesday - February 14th, 2017

New Administration, 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 administration and 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

GSA:  The Transition to EIS

GSA’s Assistant Commissioner for Integrated Technology Category (ITC), the ITC Director of Network Services Programs and the ITC Director of Transition and Service Delivery, along with Federal Agency representatives to the GSA Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG)  will provide an update on plans for the transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.  Presentations will also cover the transition to EIS from the GSA Regional and WITS contracts and an update on other GSA mobility, cybersecurity and cloud computing initiatives.

Mary Davie – Assistant Commissioner, Integrated Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Amando E. Gavino – Director, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Bill Lewis – Program Manager, Network Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Raymond F. Cwenar - Director, Transition & Service Delivery, Office of Network Services Programs, Integrated Technology Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Agency Representatives from the GSA EIS Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG) To Be Announced.

DHS Enterprise IT Challenges and Opportunities

The DHS Digital Service Director of Engineering, who comes to the government with 20+ years as an engineer and executive in wireless telecom, will focus on how DHS will team with industry to deliver the next generation of federal network-related technologies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of DHS operations and better serve the American people.  The presentation will include an update on the DHS Secure Enterprise Network Systems Services Support (SENS3) program and other significant upcoming DHS opportunities.

Ed ChaoDirector of Engineering, United States Digital Service, Department of Homeland Security [Invited, Final Approval Pending]

Keynote:  How the Treasury Department will Leverage Next Generation Network Technologies

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, who oversees a $ 3.5 Billion IT Portfolio, will outline Treasury’s requirements from industry to support Treasury’s network infrastructure, information sharing, cybersecurity, mobility, and cloud computing objectives. 

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia – Chief Information Officer, Department of Treasury [Invited, Final Approval Pending]

VA Technology Strategy and Plans

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Strategy and Design will share the latest 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.  He will provide an update on how VA’s IT architecture and technology strategy will drive high priority upcoming VA requirements from industry to enhance VA’s IT infrastructure, cybersecurity, information sharing services and communications technologies. 

Paul Tibbits, M.D.Deputy Chief Information Officer for Architecture, Strategy and Design, Department of Veterans Affairs  [Invited, Final approval Pending]

Office of Personnel Management National Background Investigation System (NBIS)

The National Background Investigation System (NBIS) is the all-encompassing IT applications, storage, security, services, operations, and support system initiative for the National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB), a new entity housed within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that will change how the Federal Government performs background investigations for military, civilian, and government contractors.  A DISA official will provide an update on plans to develop NBIS, with industry support, in a way that will enhance the efficiency, cybersecurity, and flexibility of the government’s background investigation technologies.

Martin GrossProgram Executive Officer, Command and Control Capabilities, Defense Information Systems Agency [Invited, Final Approval Pending]

Department of Justice

The Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Justice will provide an overview of his agency’s plans for designing and implementing their next-generation networks and the services and capabilities that these networks will enable.  The presentation will focus on opportunities for industry to support DOJ’s key network and IT objectives and initiatives.

Ron Bewtra – Chief Technology Officer, Department of Justice [Invited]

The Federal Aviation Administration Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure Replacement (FTI- 2)

The FAA is planning its replacement for its multi-billion dollar 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-2 Program Manager will provide an update on the upcoming FTI II acquisition, highlighting FTI II’s technical, cyber, and management priorities.

Joe LaHoud – Program Manager, FTI-2, Federal Aviation Administration

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Keynote:  Update on the Joint Information Environment (JIE)

The 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 network infrastructure and upgrades, cybersecurity, cloud computing, Unified Communications (UC), 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 update on the DoD IT budget and on new strategies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defense Department’s Information Enterprise.

Randall Conway – Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense

DISA Update

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.  The presentations will also include updates on major upcoming opportunities including Encore III ; System Engineering Technology and Innovation (SETI); the Global Information Grid Services Management Operations (GSM-O) replacement; Defense Enterprise Office Solution (DEOS):  Enterprise Unified Capabilities, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and DECC Operations and Technical Support.

Alfred RiveraDirector, Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency

Jason Martin – Chief, Enterprise Infrastructure, Enterprise Services Division, Defense Information Systems Agency

Jessie ShowersInfrastructure Executive, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

John Hickey – Program Manager, Mobility, Defense Information Systems Agency

Captain Craig (Al) Holtslander – Acting Director, Services Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

Army Network and IT Update

The Army's Deputy Chief Information Officer will describe the Army’s near-term and mid-term objectives and plans for modernizing the Army’s network and information technology.  The presentation will cover 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 [Invited, Final Approval Pending]

Army Enterprise Information Systems Requirements Overview

The Army's Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), who executes programs valued at approximately $2.5 billion per year, will focus on the Army’s top near-term and mid-term requirements from industry to support the Army’s readiness, modernization and cyber defense objectives.

Brigadier General Patrick Burden Program Executive Officer (PEO) Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), U.S. Army [Invited]

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 [Tentative, Final approval Pending]

DISA Cybersecurity Update

DISA’s Vice Director will describe future directions for the Defense Department’s networks, network services, and capabilities with an emphasis on the need for next generation cybersecurity solutions.

Maj. Gen. Sarah E. Zabel – Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency [Invited, Final Approval Pending]

Air Force Information Technology Update

Two top Air Force IT executives will provide an update on their high priority requirements from industry.  PEO C3I and Networks is responsible for a $10.9 billion portfolio developing, deploying and sustaining Air Force, joint and coalition cyberspace, networks, cryptologic and data link systems to enable decisive combat operations. The PEO BES acquires, operates and sustains operational support information technology systems for the Air Force and the Department of Defense.  Their portfolio comprises more than 150 programs, 2,100 military, civil service and contractor support personnel located at four bases throughout the United States with total funding of $800 million.

Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis Program Executive Officer, C3I and Networks, U.S. Air Force [Invited]

Navy Network Opportunities

Three top Navy and Marine Corps officials will discuss their evolving strategies and plans for Navy and Marine Corps to provide the next generation of integrated communications and information technology systems that enable information dominance and the command and control of maritime forces.  The presentations will include a focus on how the Navy, Marine Corps, and industry will work together to design and implement the replacement for the $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) program. 

Captain Donald Harder, Deputy Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information System, U.S. Navy

Captain Mike Abreu – Program Manager, Naval Enterprise Networks Program Management Office, U.S. Navy

Kenneth W. Bible – Deputy Director, C4/Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Marine Corps [Invited, Final Approval Pending]