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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

Randall Conway, DoD

Mary Davie, GSA

Dave DeVries, OPM

Amando E. Gavino, GSA

Captian Donald Harder, Navy

Captain Craig (Al) Holtslander, DISA

Jason Martin, DISA

Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin, Cybercom

Harry Oldland, USMC

Manish Patel, Army

Jessie Showers, DISA

Jack Wilmer, DISA


For information about sponsoring Federal Networks 2018 please contact Ann Nguyen by email at ann.nguyen@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 31st annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area February 12-13, 2018 at the Tysons Corner Marriott.

Federal Networks 2018 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 31 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 12-13, 2018 to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions.

The 2018 agenda should be posted by mid-November. Please see the 2017 agenda below for an idea of the topics, speakers and agenda.

If you have any questions or interest in sponsoring Federal Networks 2018, 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 2018 please contact Ann Nguyen by email at: ann.nguyen@sussconsulting.com - or call Ann at 215-884-5900

Federal Networks Networks 2017
Conference Agenda

(previously held: February 14-15, 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 Information Technology Category (ITC), the ITC Director of Network Services Programs and the ITC Network Services Transition Director, 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, Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

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

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

Debbie Hren – Network Services Transition Director, Office of Network Services, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration

Jonathan Alboum – Chief Information Officer, United States Department of Agriculture

Joseph Klimavicz – Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer, Department of Justice

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

Overview of U.S. Digital Services: Mobilizing to transform the Government’s digital services: lessons learned and case studies

Eric Hysen – Executive Director, United States Digital Service, Department of Homeland Security

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

John Skudlarek – Deputy Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) CIO Update

The Chief Information Officer of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will provide an update on his department’s initiatives to leverage the latest modern technology, protect the sensitive information used to effectively adjudicate background investigations, and bring the fullest security resources to bear against increasingly sophisticated and evolving threats.

David DeVries - Chief  Information Officer, Office of Personnel Management

Department of Interior (DOI) Network Services

The Program Manager for the U.S. Department of the Interior will present a plan for completing the transition from the Networx contract to the GSA Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.  Antonio Chantre will also outline opportunities for advancing the DOI network infrastructure after the transition.

Antonio Chantre - Senior IT Program Manager, Branch of Telecommunication Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer,  U.S. Department of Interior

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

The FAA is planning the 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.

Jack Wilmer - Vice Director, Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency

Jason Martin – Services Executive, Services Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

Jessie ShowersInfrastructure Executive, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

Col. Brian Lyttle – Deputy Director, Cyber Development, Defense Information Systems Agency

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

Army Network and IT Update

Speaker TBD

Army Installation Requirements Update

Manish Patel * - Chief Information Officer, Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems, U.S. Army

Cyber Command Capabilities Development Group Update

Dennis Bartko –Director, Capabilities Development Group and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Cyber Command

Naval 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

Harry Oldland – Program Manager, Marine Corps Systems Command, U.S. Marine Corps