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Meet the “Who’s Who” of the federal government’s network initiatives - Speakers at Federal Networks 2016

David Cotton, DoD

Mary Davie, GSA

Kevin Gallo, GSA

Amando E. Gavino, GSA

Mike Hermus, DHS

Debbie Hren, GSA

Luwanda Jones, VA

Michael Padden, Army

David Peters, GSA

Alfred Rivera, DISA

Jim Russo, GSA

Dave Simpson, FCC

Jessie Showers, DISA

Matt Swartz, Navy

Paul Tibbits, VA

Gary Wang, Army

John (Jack) Wilmer, DISA


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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 2016 Agenda
Previously held, February 17-18, 2016

Twenty-Ninth Annual Federal Networks
2016 Conference Agenda (PDF)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Timothy Quinn - Designated DOI Executive Sponsor for EIS, Chief, Office of Enterprise Information (OEI), U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Interior

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

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

DISA Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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