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Meet the “Who’s Who” of the federal government’s network initiatives - Speakers at Federal Networks 2018

Michael C. Brown, DHS

Terry Carpenter, DISA

Randall Conway, DoD

Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis, USAF

Kay Ely, GSA

Amando E. Gavino, GSA

Fred Haines, GSA

John Hickey, DISA

Captian Donald Harder, Navy

George Hoffmann, Center for Medicare and Medicaid

Debbie Hren, GSA

Joseph Klimavicz, DOJ

Joe LaHoud, FAA

Bill Lewis, GSA

Ellen Lord, ATL

Jason Martin, DISA

Captain William “Ben” McNeal, Navy

Jessie Showers, DISA

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, NAVY

Stuart Timerman, DISA

Timothy Quinn, DOI

Major General Sarah E. Zabel, USAF


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

Thirty-First Annual Federal Networks
Conference Agenda

Monday, February 12, 2018

Next Generation Federal Networks:  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 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, Cloud and Cyber

GSA’s Assistant Commissioner for Information Technology Category (ITC) and her 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 cloud computing initiatives.

Kay Ely – 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

Fred Haines Acting Director, Supplier Engagement Division and EIS Program Director, 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

DHS ICE: Evolving Network Technology Requirements at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Chief Information Officer of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will describe the evolving network and related IT requirements to enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions.  He will describe the critical near-term and mid-term initiatives that will help ICE modernize its IT systems, adapt and conform to modern IT management disciplines, and provide IT solutions throughout ICE, with an emphasis on cloud, mobility and security.  His presentation will include an update on DHS-wide network infrastructure, cloud, mobility and cyber initiatives that will support ICE and other DHS component organizations.

Michael C. Brown – Chief Information Officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of Justice, who oversees a $2.7 Billion IT Portfolio for DOJ and its bureaus, will outline Justice’s requirements from industry to support Justice’s network infrastructure, information sharing, cybersecurity, mobility, and cloud computing objectives.

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

CMS: Enterprise Network, Cloud, and Security Requirements at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Acting Director and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide an update on his agency’s enterprise development and integration of programs to support agency-wide operations, including large scale data, enterprise shared services, enterprise cloud strategy, and risk based security strategies.

George Hoffmann* Acting Director and Chief Information Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Department of Interior (DOI) Next Generation Network Strategies and Plans

The Chief Information Officer for the Office of Enterprise Information (OEI), of the U.S. Geological Survey and the designated DOI Executive Sponsor for the transition from the Networx contract to the GSA Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract will describe his agency’s plan to evolve the DOI Enterprise Services Network (ESN) into a new, modern and more cost efficient network called DOINet. The fundamental shift will take advantage of new distributed Trusted Internet Connection concepts, Software Defined Wide Area Network Technologies (SD WAN), Zero Trust Networks and will leverage the Internet for network transport.

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

Update on the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure Replacement (FTI- 2)

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 FTI-2 Program Manager will provide the latest on the upcoming FTI II acquisition, highlighting FTI II’s technical, cyber, and management priorities.

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

Keynote: DoD Enterprise Technology Update

The Deputy DoD Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise will provide 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.

Randall Conway – Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, 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; 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 the Encore III roll-out; System Engineering Technology and Innovation (SETI); the Global Information Grid Services Management Operations (GSM-O) replacement; Defense Enterprise Office Solution (DEOS): and DECC Operations and Technical Support.

Stuart Timerman – Vice Director, Development and Business Center, Defense Information Systems Agency

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

Jessie Showers Director, Infrastructure Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

John Hickey – Director, Cyber Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

Terry Carpenter – Director, Services Development Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency

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.

Speaker to be announced

The Under-Secretary of Defense for AT&L will provide an update on new approaches for streamlining DoD’s acquisition of networks and IT.  Her presentation will include an update on the Cloud Executive Steering Committee (CSEG), which she chairs.  The purpose of the CSEG is to “devise and oversee the execution of a strategy to accelerate the adoption of cloud architectures and cloud services, focusing upon commercial solutions.”

Ellen Lord* – Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)

Next Generation Air Force Networks and IT

The Air Force is designing and implementing new strategies to optimize their $35 billion annual IT investment portfolio, including a $10.9 billion portfolio for developing, deploying and sustaining Air Force, joint and coalition cyberspace, networks, cryptologic and data link systems.  We will hear from the Director of Information Technology Acquisition Process Development and the Program Executive Officer for C3I and Networks about their plans for acquiring the next generation of networks and related Air Force IT systems.

Major General Sarah E. Zabel – Director Information Technology Acquisition Process Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

Maj. Gen. Dwyer L. Dennis* – Program Executive Officer for C3I and Networks, Hanscom Air Force Base 

Next Generation Navy Networks

Three top Navy and officials will discuss their evolving strategies and plans for Navy and Marine Corps to provide the next generation of secure, integrated communications and information technology systems that enable information dominance and the command and control of maritime forces. The presentations will include an update 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 William “Ben” McNeal* Program Manager, Naval Enterprise Networks Program Management Office, U.S. Navy

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe* Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, U.S. Navy

* pending final approval