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Blockchain may be best known as the underpinning of bitcoin, but federal innovators are increasingly looking to the distributed ledger technology for efficient and secure solutions across a variety of mission needs.

With possibilities that extend far beyond cryptocurrency, the General Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services have active pilot programs to explore blockchain’s uses in the federal government. HHS, for example, already is using blockchain to streamline the acquisitions process. Other agencies are assessing how distributed ledgers can be used in everything from financial and contract management to medical records-keeping and maintaining federal workforce data.

This workshop brought together experts from government and industry alike to discuss how blockchain can be used to meet mission-critical needs and how it best fits into government operations.

Topics addressed at the event included:

  • The scope of blockchain solutions and how they can be applied
  • The potential ROI
  • Possible risks and challenges -- and strategies for mitigating them
  • Data security questions
  • Where blockchain fits with other emerging technologies

Featured Speakers:

 
  • Vincent Annunziato
  • Director, Business Transformation and Innovation Division
    Office of International Trade
    Customs and Border Protection/DHS
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    Director Annunziato has 20+ years with Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He began his career in 1996 as an Officer at the port of Los Angeles. In 2004, Mr. Annunziato arrived in headquarters as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program.

    Mr. Annunziato has led many high profile projects with such notable releases as the Partner Government Agency (PGA) Single Window, Cargo Release, Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and the Ship Arrival App, which was the first cargo app, built on mobile technology for Customs.

    He is the recipient of six Commissioner Awards including an individual Ambassador’s award for Trade facilitation. Currently, Director Annunziato oversees the Business Transformation and Innovation division. Standing up a new Innovation branch within Business Transformation highlights the need of the agency to manage constant changes in technology, which may affect the future of the CBP mission.

 
  • Debbie Bucci
  • IT Architect
    Standards, Implementation and Testing Division
    Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT/HHS
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    Debbie Bucci is a lead IT Architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Her primary focus is on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange and in particular Open APIs. She has been previously recognized, both within HHS and nationally, for her work in Federated Identity Management.

 
  • Ishan Kaul
  • Managing Director, Federal Advisory, KPMG LLP
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    Ishan is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Federal Advisory practice and is leading the firm's efforts in driving business transformation using disruptive technologies. He has experience leading large technology transformation programs for both Federal agencies and Fortune 100 organizations. Ishan is currently leading KPMG’s prototype efforts focused on Federal Government use cases for blockchain technology.

 
  • Sachiko A. Kuwabara, PhD, MA
  • Director, Office of Risk Management
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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    Sachiko Kuwabara is the Director for the Office of Risk Management and Operational Integrity (RMOI) in the Division of Emergency Operations. As Director, she provides overarching strategic leadership, centralized management, coordination and guidance to identify and mitigate risks inherent in public health emergency preparedness and response operations. RMOI is committed to addressing the various aspects of emergency operations that can impact personnel, processes and performance; including the characteristics of and processes for evaluating and implementing risk and operational integrity management systems.

    Prior to serving as the Director of RMOI, Dr. Kuwabara served as the Deputy for the Deployment Risk Mitigation Unit (DRMU). In this role, Dr. Kuwabara relied on her training as a psychiatric epidemiologist to help guide the development of support programs to meet the needs of agency staff working on the frontline of the Ebola outbreak. The DRMU was stood up during CDC’s 2014 Ebola Response and was tasked with addressing concerns related to responder well-being. The unit supported CDC’s mission of ensuring safer, healthier people by addressing the needs of deployed CDC staff and their families.

    Dr. Kuwabara officially joined DEO in 2015 and has forged new working relationships and synergies across the organization - including serving as the co-lead and founder of the Deployment Community and the lead for OPHPR’s Excellence in Response Operations Initiative.

    Post-Ebola, the unit’s role expanded to include mitigating risks to CDC’s ability to effectively support and respond to public health emergencies more broadly. To reflect this expanded role, the unit was renamed RMOI in 2017. Through strategic risk management, preparedness and capacity development, a strong evaluation framework and measurable performance indicators, RMOI helps CDC to operate reliably, efficiently and safely in preparing for and responding to urgent threats to the public’s health.

    Dr. Kuwabara holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of California, San Diego; a masters in psychology and human development from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Kuwabara loves to travel, is an avid runner and a PADI certified scuba diver but her favorite hobby is racing rally cars on ice in Finland.

 
  • Oki Mek
  • Chief Product Officer, Acquisitions
    Department of Health and Human Services
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    Serves as the product owner for the healthcare procurement network. Directs the product strategy for a blockchain AI platform that has the potential to save the agency hundreds of millions of dollars. Leads the effort to explore opportunity to cut cost and improve efficiency by targeting acquisition business process, with the emphasis on truly understanding the pain points and issues by using an innovative way of solving problems through the process of human centered design and risk‐controlled implementation strategy.

    Provides technology strategy that gives Division of Acquisition the ability to build a new business process at a low cost, low risk, and secured business model that empowers the users. Provides secured mission-critical acquisition operations by protecting the business network, securing modernize legacy infrastructure, and redesigning the business process.

    7:00 - 8:00AM
    Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking    
    8:00 - 8:05AM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Troy K. Schneider
    Editor-in-Chief, FCW & GCN
    8:05- 8:35AM
    Transforming Business Operations with Blockchain
    Vincent Annunziato
    Director, Business Transformation and Innovation Division
    Office of International Trade
    Customs and Border Protection/DHS
    8:35 - 8:50AM
    Realizing Blockchain’s Potential
    Ishan Kaul
    Managing Director, Federal Advisory, KPMG LLP
    8:50 - 9:20AM
    Managing Through the Acquisitions Lifecycle
    Oki Mek
    Chief Product Officer, Acquisitions
    Department of Health and Human Services
    9:20 - 9:35AM
    Networking Break
    9:35 - 10:05AM
    Preparing for Risks, Maintaining Integrity
    Sachiko A. Kuwabara, PhD, MA
    Director, Office of Risk Management
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    10:05 - 10:35AM
    Coordinating Health Information
    Debbie Bucci
    IT Architect
    Standards, Implementation and Testing
    Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT/HHS
    10:35 - 11:05AM
    Workshop
    11:05 - 11:10AM
    Closing Remarks
    Troy K. Schneider
    Editor-in-Chief, FCW & GCN

    CPE Credits Available

    3 CPE Credits are available for the FCW Blockchain Workshop

    In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour.

    Program Level: Basic with no pre-requisites required

    Delivery Method: Group Live, Specialized Knowledge and Application, Registration # 137543

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