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Download this eBook to learn what you missed at FCW’s Face-to-Face event held on October 19, 2016.

According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, the federal government spent more than 75 percent of its IT budget for fiscal 2015 on running and maintaining aging legacy systems. Not only are legacy systems diverting money from other projects -- they also are preventing agencies from adopting new and emerging solutions that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their IT operations and better support agency missions.

This ebook will cover federal IT leaders' discussion on strategies for modernizing core IT operations and laying the groundwork for an enterprise that meets the demands of today’s IT environment.

Topics addressed include:

  • Factors to consider when shifting to a cloud-based IT service model
  • The role of a management framework in connecting IT to the business mission
  • The cultural change that needs to occur as an agency modernizations it infrastructure
  • Insights into how to plan for disruptive change and support the development and adoption of innovative technologies

Featured Speakers:

  • Thomas Beach
  • Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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    Thomas A. Beach is a Senior Advisor in Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As a Senior Advisor, Thomas supports the Director and the Deputy Director of the USPTO to achieve mission critical goals of delivering timely and quality patents and trademarks, and to manage operations of the agency. Thomas A. Beach also serves as the acting Portfolio Manager/Lead of the Digital Service & Data Analytics (DSDA) IT Portfolio to develop and deliver on both Open Data and Big Data initiatives to unleash and unlock the value of patent and trademark data and to harness the power of “big data” enterprise-wide as a data-driven analytics program (data science and machine learning based) to gain business intelligence and insights at every operational level to ensure that patents and trademarks are of the highest quality.

    Previously, he has served a detail at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC, focusing on the Ready to Govern: Improving the Presidential Transition program. At the USPTO, Thomas served as a Supervisor and Patent Examiner covering Offshore Oil & Gas Technologies and Business Methods (Fixed Income & Stock Trading and Portfolio Management). His additional work experience includes Strategic Patent Analyst at NIKE, Inc; Corporate Development at The Patent & License Exchange, a start-up company in Pasadena, CA; and Equity Research Analyst for Integrated Oil Companies at Allianz Asset Management GmbH in Munich, Germany. As a graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Engineering, Thomas received his Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

  • Chris Borneman
  • Vice President, Software AG Government Solutions
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    With over 20+ years in technology and having held CTO, CIO and COO roles for multiple organizations, Chris has focused his career on delivering value to business through technology and building strong relationships.

  • Dr. Nitin Naik
  • Director, Strategic Planning and Technical Direction, Internal Revenue Service
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    Dr. Nitin Naik is an information systems leader with extensive experience in applying technology to business problems, including the last 20 years in various senior management positions. Presently, he serves as Technical Director for Strategic Planning and Technology Direction at the IRS. He is responsible for identifying and managing the direction from systems design, engineering and technology deployment for major programs and modernization efforts. Dr. Naik also serves as the Chief Architect for the Affordable Care Act Program and manages the IT innovation portfolio at the IRS. Prior to this position he served as the Director Enterprise Architecture responsible for leading the effort to develop, maintain, and govern the Enterprise Architecture services across the Agency including application, technical, security, and information architecture to provide a balanced focus on IRS strategic goals, business needs, and external compliance. Before joining the IRS, Dr. Naik served as Associate Chief Technology Officer at NASA and was managing a portfolio containing the Enterprise Architecture, Agency web presence, IT infrastructure strategy, and data management programs.

  • Doug Nash
  • Deputy CIO for Operations and Infrastructure, USDA
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    Doug has spent his career in public service and the private sector focusing on customer service, mission enablement, and innovation. He has worked for the federal government since 1991 and in his current job as USDA’s Deputy CIO for Operations and Infrastructure since February 2016. From 2011 to 2016 he served as the Forest Service CIO. While at the Forest Service he also held wide variety of senior leadership positions to include Deputy CIO, Director of Information Resources for the Eastern Region, and Director of the Information Solutions Organization. Prior to joining federal service he worked as a software engineer for TRW Space and Defense Sector, and was a senior consultant for Oracle Corporation’s Federal Services Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from George Mason University, and is a retired United States Army Reserve officer.

  • Ron Ross
  • Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology
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    Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include information security, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. His current publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 199 (security categorization), FIPS 200 (security requirements), and NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-39 (enterprise risk management), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls), SP 800-53A (security assessment), SP 800-37 (Risk Management Framework), SP 800-30 (risk assessment), SP 800-160 (systems security engineering), and SP 800-171 (security requirements for nonfederal systems and organizations). Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency partnership with the Department of Defense, Office of the Director National Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, with responsibility for the development of the Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors.

    Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. He has also lectured at many universities and colleges across the country including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, the George Washington University, and the Naval Postgraduate School. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an inter-agency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Dr. Ross is a four-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. He has also received the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards and has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame and given its highest honor of Distinguished Fellow. In addition, Dr. Ross has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame.

    Dr. Ross has received numerous private sector cybersecurity awards including the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Applied Computer Security Associates Distinguished Practitioner Award, Government Computer News Government Executive of the Year Award, Vanguard Chairman’s Award, Government Technology Research Alliance Award, InformationWeek’s Government CIO 50 Award, Billington Cybersecurity Leadership Award, ISACA National Capital Area Conyers Award, ISACA Joseph J. Wasserman Award, Symantec Cyber 7 Award, SC Magazine’s Cyber Security Luminaries, (ISC)2 Inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute Award, 1105 Media Gov30 Award, and three-time Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security.

    During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and a senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Additional Resources:

  • Are You Fit for Digital Transformation? Compare yourself to other government agencies. Take a 15 minute Digital Assessment at http://digital.softwareag.com

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