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Federal Networks Speakers

Joseph Harris, DHS

Brian Hermann, DISA

Shawn Hughes, DHS

Joe LaHoud, FAA

Jason Martin, DISA

Tony Montemarano, DISA

Charles Osborn, DISA

Jeffrey S. Scheidt, Navy

Steve Wallace, DISA

Bill Zielinski, GSA



For information about sponsoring Federal Networks please contact Sarah Salko by email at: 
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"
- 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 32nd annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area February 25-26, 2019 at the Tysons Corner Marriott.

Federal Networks 2019 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 32 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 25-26, 2019 to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions.

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

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

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks 2019 please contact Sarah Salko by email at: sarah.salko@sussconsulting.com or by phone at 215-884-5900.

Thirty-Second Annual Federal Networks
Conference Agenda

Monday, February 25, 2019

Next Generation Federal Networks and Services: Opportunities and Challenges

The conference chairman will identify the latest government marketplace opportunities as agencies across federal government and Defense Department agencies design, acquire, and transition to their next generation networks. The presentation will discuss how evolving network, mobile, cloud and cyber technologies, including SDN and NFV, as well as 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

GSA:  Update on EIS Transition, Mobility, and Cyber

The GSA network technology team will provide an update on the latest plans and schedules for the transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.  Presentations will also cover an update on other GSA mobility, cybersecurity and IT Category initiatives.

Bill Zielinski – Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category
Laura Stanton – Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, ITC
Larry Hale – Director, IT Security Subcategory, ITC
Fred Haines – Director, Supplier Engagement Division, Office of Telecommunications Services, ITC

Next Generation IT Service and Network Modernization Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security

The Executive Director of the DHS Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) and the Director of the DHS Enterprise Network Modernization Program will provide an update on their next generation IT Service and enterprise modernization initiatives.  Their presentations will include an update on DHS-wide network infrastructure, cloud, mobility and cyber requirements from industry to support DHS component organizations.

Joseph Harris – Executive Director, Information Technology Services Office (ITSO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Shawn Hughes Director, Enterprise Network Modernization Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Gary Washington - Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Department of Interior Network Modernization and Zero Trust Architecture Update

The Associate CIO for USGS and the DIO EIS Executive Sponsor will describe plans for modernizing Department of Interior networks to improve support for DOI’s critical mission systems.  The presentation will also include an update on DOI’s Zero Trust Architecture initiative under joint development with NIST, other federal agencies, and industry.  

Tim Quinn – Associate CIO, U.S. Geological Survey and DOI EIS Executive Sponsor

VA Next Generation Network Strategies and Plans

A senior Veterans Affairs official will provide an overview of his agency’s requirements for next generation network technologies and services, including VA requirements for network infrastructure and service upgrades to support component cloud, mobility and cyber requirements.  The presentation will include a discussion of VA’s requirements for access in rural areas to address the need for identity and data protection to support operations in geographical dispersed organizations serving the nation’s veterans.

David Cheplick Director, Unified Communications, Solution Delivery - IT Operations Office of Information Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs

Update on the Federal Aviation Administration Enterprise Network Services (FENS) Program

An update on the FAA’s plans for replacing 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 FENS Program Manager will provide the latest on the upcoming FENS acquisition, highlighting FENS’s technical, cyber, and management priorities.

Joe LaHoud – Program Manager, FENS, Federal Aviation Administration

Keynote:  DoD Enterprise Technology Update

An update on DoD’s most important enterprise 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 Joint Information Enterprise (JIE).  The presentation will also include an update on the DoD IT budget.

Rory S. Kinney – Principal Director for Deputy Chief Information Officer, Information Enterprise (DCIO(IE)), Department of Defense

DISA Update

Five top DISA executives will describe the 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 upcoming DISA requirements for network infrastructure, services, enhancements, and upgrades; enterprise services; cloud migration; and cybersecurity. The presentations will also include updates on the Encore III and System Engineering Technology and Innovation (SETI) roll-outs; the Global Information Grid Services Management Operations (GSM-O) replacement; Defense Enterprise Office Solution (DEOS): and DECC Operations and Technical Support.

Stuart Timerman – Director, Development and Business Center, DISA
Jason Martin – Services Executive, Services Executive Directorate, DISA
Charles Osborn Acting Director, Infrastructure Executive Directorate, DISA
Steve Wallace – Director, Emerging Technology Directorate, DISA
Brian Hermann – Acting Director, Services Development Directorate, DISA

Army Networks

A senior Army official will provide an update on the Army’s plans and requirements for meeting their long-term goal: a single unified network connecting everything from the home base to the battlefield, easy for the service to upgrade, easy for soldiers to use amidst the stress of combat, and hard for enemies to take down.

Ronald Pontius -- Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command

Tony Montemarano Executive Deputy Director, DISA

Next Generation Air Force Networks and IT

The leader of the Air Force C3I Infrastructure Division will provide an update on the top Air Force IT infrastructure programs including: Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI); Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS); Cyber Security and Control System (CSCS); Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC); Air Force Cyberspace Defense (ACD); Common Computing Environment (CCE); Emergency Management Notification System (EMNS); and Theater Deployable Communications (TDC).

Colonel Robert F. “Bobby” King Senior Materiel Leader for the C3I Infrastructure Division, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Next Generation Naval Information Warfighting

The Commander of the Naval Information Warfighting Development Center will provide an overview of the Navy’s efforts to adopt new and emerging technologies that could transform maritime warfighting tactics. The presentation will emphasize how industry can best support the Navy as they shift from traditional platform-centric warfare tactics toward a holistic approach that capitalizes on warfighting power in multiple domains at sea and on shore.

Rear Admiral Jeffrey S. Scheidt  Commander, Naval Information Warfighting Development Center


For information about sponsoring Federal Networks 2019 please contact Sarah Salko by email at: sarah.salko@sussconsulting.com or by phone at 215-884-5900.