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Blockchain in Government Training Workshop II

Demystifying Blockchain: What You Need to Know, Current and Potential Use Cases and the Security Meet the Business Needs of Government

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Onsite registration will be available for those interested.

 

Keynote Presentation:

Blockchain: Perspectives from Congress

Report from the Congressional Blockchain Caucus Staff 

 

Speakers:
 

Tiffany Angulo

Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Legislative Assistant

Congressman David Schweikert,

Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

 

Hilary Gawrilow
Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus, 
Legislative Director and Counsel,
Congressman Jared Polis,
Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

 

Government Speakers

 

A. Michelle White

Director, Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations

Office of Information Technology Category (ITC)

Federal Acquisition Services (FAS)

General Services Administration (GSA)

 

Anil John

Cybersecurity R&D Program Manager

Science and Technology Directorate

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

 

Chris Robey

Blockchain and Procurement Consultant

(Former Procurement Analyst of U.S. DHS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

 

Bo Shevchik, MBA, CGFM, PMP

Co-Chair

Association of Government Accountants (AGA), Blockchain Working Group

 

Paul Grassi

Partner and SVP of Cybersecurity

Easy Dynamics Corp.

(Previously, Senior Standards and Technology Advisor, Trusted Identity Initiative Group, NIST)

 

Governance & Innovation Strategy Thought Leader

 

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, J.D., LL.M., Esq.

Global FinTech & National Security Attorney

(Former Senior Policy Advisor & Project Manager, Department of the Treasury)

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Meeting Location: 
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington 20004
United States

Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue Lines). Use the exit marked “12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.

Overview: 

Potomac Forum Blockchain I Workshop was a great success. Students requested a follow up Workshop in a Blockchain series.  This is the second Workshop in our Blockchain Series.

 

Commonly described as the "next great disrupter," Blockchain technology is the “new Internet”. While there are challenges associated with widespread use, its potential is drawing heavy interest and investment from both commercial and government leaders around teh world. Primarily known as the technology underlying Bitcoin, the strengths of Block's "distributed ledger" include increased transparency, speed, increased security.
 

Federal agencies are currently funding and building use cases to explore the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Potential applications of the technology continue to expand as government moves toward adoption of the technology to increase efficiencies, trim costs, and increase transparency, and improve security in their operations.
 
Driven by the advantages of Blockchain and efforts for government transparency and the DATA Act, there are numerous Blockchain use cases that agencies are considering that touch many parts and processes of an organization, including:

 

·         Financial management and services

·         Procurement

·         IT asset and supply chain management

·         Smart contracts

·         Patents, Trademarks Copyrights, Royalties

·         Identity management and government-issued credentials like visas, passports, SSN and birth certificates

·         Federal personnel workforce data

·         Appropriated funds

·         Federal assistance and foreign aid delivery 

 

This Potomac Forum Training Workshop will provide you with practical explanations, “real world” examples and technical resources to help you understand the development of blockchain.

What You Will Learn: 

  • Fundamentals of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Beyond the Basics – Steps in the Implementation
  • How blockchain works, and how it applies to government processes
  • Key opportunities to use Blockchain
  • Examples of blockchain use “outside the beltway” (including other Governments) and why
Why You Should Attend: 

  • Understand Blockchain and how it can be used in government
  • Improve your knowledge of an exploding technology
  • Be better equipped to support acquisition decisions
  • Build communities of interest in your agency and across agencies
  • Craft new strategies for improving business processes and government operations
Who Should Attend: 

  • Federal Government Executives, Managers and staff who are interested in learning about Blockchain and how it can be used in government
  • Government Executives, Managers and staff responsible for implementing Agency restructuring plans
  • Federal employees or members of employee affinity groups
  • Technology leaders and technology implementers
  • CXOs
  • IGs and Staff
  • State and local Government  Executives, Managers and staff
  • Industry Partners who support the government
Agenda: 

 

7:30-8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am
Welcome
 
Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum, Ltd.
 
8:45am
Keynote Presentation:
Blockchain: Perspectives from Congress
Report from the Congressional Blockchain Caucus Co-Chaired by Congressman Jared Polis and Congressman Richard Schweikert
 
Speakers:
Tiffany Angulo
Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus
Legislative Assistant 
Congressman David Schweikert,
Co-Chair, Blockchain Caucus
 
Hilary Gawrilow
Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus,  
Legislative Director and Counsel, 
Congressman Jared Polis, 
Co-Chair, Congressional  Blockchain Caucus
 
9:30am
Blockchain 101: What is Blockchain?
• Background on Blockchain technology
• How Blockchains are implemented
• Blockchain uses in industry
 
Jim St. Clair, Founder, Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology
 
10:00am
Refreshment Break
 
10:15am

Current and Potential Uses of Blockchain in Government

Anil John, Cybersecurity R&D Program Manager, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security

 

11:15am

Blockchain in Government – A Perspective

Report from the Chair of the Blockchain Users Group of the Association of Government Accountants 

 

Bo Shevchik, Co-Chair, Association of Government Accountants (AGA), Blockchain Working Group

 

12:00pm

Hosted Working Luncheon 

 

1:00pm – 2:00pm 

Government Panel: Uses of Blockchain in Government

How Blockchain Can and Should be Used in Government to Meet Business Needs and Security
 
- Paul Grassi, Partner and SVP of Cybersecurity, Easy Dynamics Corp. (Previously, Senior Standards and Technology Advisor, Trusted Identity Initiative Group, NIST)
 
- A. Michelle White, Director, Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Services (FAS), General Services Administration (GSA)
 
2:00pm

Refreshment Break

 

2:15pm

The Implications of Blockchain

• Where did blockchain originate?

• Why is blockchain important and what are its implications?

• Where is blockchain headed?

 

Jim St. Clair, Founder, Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology

 

3:00pm
Blockchain and Smart Contracts  

 

Chris Robey, Blockchain and Procurement Consultant
(Former Procurement Analyst of U.S. DHS/
U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
 
3:45pm

Blockchain and Perspectives for Use in Government

• How potential regulation may affect the Agencies.

• What government could be doing?

 

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, J.D., LL.M., Esq.
Global FinTech & National Security Attorney
Former Senior Policy Advisor & Project Manager, U.S. Department of the Treasury

 

4:30pm

Wrap Up

 

4:45pm

Workshop Adjourns

 


Agenda Subject to Change

Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee Registering after Feb. 16th
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
 $695 
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
$795
Team Rate for Government: Send a government team to learn together. Register two government employees from the same office at the same time and the third person registers at 50% of the current government rate.
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
$795
 
$895

Registration Includes: Presentations, Workshop Notebook, Continental Breakfast, All Day Refreshments and Hosted Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: 

Hilary Gawrilow

Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus,  

Legislative Director and Counsel, Congressman Jared Polis

 

Hilary Swab Gawrilow is the Legislative Director and Counsel for Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). She focuses on issues related to cryptocurrency, technology, innovation and taxes. Prior to working for Rep. Polis, Hilary worked in the affordable housing field, helping nonprofits craft policy positions, legislation and build coalitions. She worked for the late Rep. Julia Carson (D-IN) and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), working on financial services, housing, taxes and appropriations. Hilary graduated from Washington College of Law in 2015 and from LaSalle University in 2004.

 

Tiffany Angulo

Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus,  

Policy Advisor 

Congressman David Schweikert

Co-Chair, Blockchain Caucus

 

 

Tiffany Angulo serves as Legislative Assistant to Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06), where she manages the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, of which Rep. Schweikert is co-chair. She handles technology, new economy, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and judiciary related policy issues for the Congressman. Prior to joining Congressman Schweikert’s office she worked for Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) where she handled technology issues and his Judiciary Committee portfolio. She is originally from Miami, Florida and attended Florida Gulf Coast University.

Guest Speakers: 

Jim St. Clair

Founder

Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology

 

Jim is a senior professional with over 20 years combined experience in risk management, technology and cyber security for numerous organizations in various industries, emphasizing healthcare and public sectors.

 

Given the dramatic changes in technology and healthcare delivery, Jim recently founded the Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the healthcare value chain to reduce costs and streamline access and delivery of healthcare. IHFT builds on the innovations of financial, insurance and healthcare technology, especially in such concepts as distributed ledgers, blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 

Jim is also the chair for the Education Committee for the Government Blockchain Association, and co-lead of the HIMSS Healthcare Blockchain Working Group.

 

He is currently supporting Grant Thornton LLP in several technology efforts, to include Blockchain in government. Previously, Jim has worked with large and small companies focusing on Agile development and project management, cyber security and healthcare information technology. Prior to that, Jim was Senior Director for Interoperability at HIMSS, a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

A. Michelle White

Director, Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations

Office of Information Technology Category (ITC)

Federal Acquisition Services (FAS)

General Services Administration (GSA)

 

Ms. White has more than thirteen years of federal information technology procurement experience and is currently the Director of Shared Services and Information Technology Products Contract Operations in the Information Technology Category in the Federal Acquisition Services at GSA. She previously served as a contracting officer for multiple IT and telecommunications contracts at GSA and IRS.

 

Ms. White graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She recently supported the acquisition of a proof of concept for blockchain technology to automate the IT Schedule 70 FAStLane proposal review process.

Anil John

Cybersecurity R&D Program Manager

Science and Technology Directorate

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Anil John is the program manager for the identity management project in the Cyber Security Division of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) in DHS S&T. The Identity Management project help government program managers with the public and private sector research and development expertise and resources needed to enhance the security and trustworthiness of their programs. In cases where such technologies do not exist or under development, the project makes the necessary investments in applied research, advanced development and technology transition to ensure their availability to the Homeland Security Enterprise.

 

Prior to joining CSD, he was the Technical Lead for the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) Program at the General Service Administration's Office of Government-wide Policy, working on identity, credential and access management initiatives that impact the security and privacy of Citizen-to-Government, Business-to-Government and Government-to-Government digital interactions. With a career spanning the private sector as well as academia, John brings design and development expertise from architecture and implementation, internet scale deployment, and operational expertise at the network, host and application levels. John graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a master’s in electric power engineering.

Chris Robey

Blockchain and Procurement Consultant

(Former Procurement Analyst of U.S. DHS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Chris Robey, CPCM, Fellow, is a member of the Washington DC Chapter of NCMA, as well as a member of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).. With 40 years of contractor and Federal procurement experience, he has represented U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on both the OFPP Front Line Forum and the FAR Finance Team. He recently retired from the Customs and Boarder Patrol.

He holds an MBA from Long Island University and an MPP from Georgetown University.

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi

National Security Lawyer

(Previous Senior Policy Advisor,

Department of the Treasury)

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, banking & financial services regulatory and policy expert, and until recently, he served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combiz has more than 12 years of experience working with senior executives and world leaders on shaping the business, policy, legal, regulatory, and technology dimensions of blockchain/DLT, AI, crypto, tokenization, cybersecurity, smart city technologies, FinTech and RegTech, energy and utilities, banking, payments, digital identity, compliance and risk management, privacy and big data.

 

Combiz serves on numerous professional boards and is the Special Advisor to the Federal Identity Forum having served as Treasury’s first Representative and bringing a unified voice to key identity issues. He provides leadership on public-private partnerships, strategic planning, and innovation.

 

He has served extensively in government since he was 19 years old; and has worked on national security, technology and innovation, public policy and diplomacy, economic, and regulatory reform initiatives as well as global engagement. He joined Treasury after serving in the U.S. Senate. He also served in The White House and State Department, liaising with senior foreign government officials from over 90 countries and receiving commendations from Republican and Democratic leadership.

Bo Shevchik, MBA, CGFM, PMP

Co-Chair Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Blockchain Working Group

Mr. Shevchik is an active member of the AGA where he co-chairs the AGA Blockchain Working Group.  The AGA Blockchain Working Group’s mission is to explore and share developments within the Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) space to educate and inform AGA members. Via collaboration with government (federal, state and local) agencies and vendors the Blockchain/DLT work group will help AGA’s 16,000 plus members understand what Blockchain/DLT is, where and how it is being used and how it may impact AGA members’ organizations.   Presenters to date have included; Bitfury, Circle, CGI, Chamber of Digital Commerce, ConsenSys, Deloitte, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Factom, Federal Reserve, Grant Thornton, Health Wizz, IBM, Microsoft, PwC, SAP and Secure Key.

 

Mr. Shevchik currently works for the Federal Reserve System where he is responsible for Outreach and Marketing Strategy for U.S. Treasury’s Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) program.   “We’re here to help both agencies and vendors think smarter about a part of their business – invoice processing - where we have deep expertise.” 

 

Mr. Shevchik has both federal and commercial experience having worked domestically and internationally in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, finance, marketing, business development and customer relations with organizations like the Federal Reserve, The Coca-Cola Company, Bristol- Myers Squibb and General Electric.

 

Mr. Shevchik holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University.  He is also a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

Paul Grassi

Partner and SVP of Cybersecurity

Easy Dynamics Corp.

(Previously, Senior Standards and Technology Advisor, Trusted Identity Initiative Group, NIST

(Invited)

 

Paul Grassi is the SVP of Cybersecurity for Easy Dynamics Corp. Mr. Grassi is responsible to helping clients mature effective cybersecurity programs via an appropriate mixture of policy, process, technology, and operations. Prior to joining EDC, he was the Senior Standards and Technology Advisor and Lead for Digital Identity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His portfolio included NIST 800-63, leading contributions to NIST 800-53 and the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), multiple identity projects in the National Cyber Security Center of Excellence, and leading USG activity in various standards orgs, namely FIDO, IETF, and X9.

 

Mr. Grassi has a broad background of technology and management consulting, and significant experience developing enterprise security strategies and systems, having served a range of Fortune 500 companies, as well as domestic and foreign governments. 

Instructors: 

George Taggett

Director, Security & Defense
(Leader, Intelligence Community Portfolio)
Grant Thornton

George has 35 years of experience in the intelligence community as an active duty Navy intelligence professional and as a leader in government advisory practices with several firms. He has extensive experience in all-source intelligence analysis, structured and predictive analytic methodologies, targeting, and counter terrorism.

 

He has significant experience in training development and has built and/or led a number of large tradecraft training practices and efforts in the intelligence community. George has also led several innovation teams and makes regular presentations on emerging technologies and their impact on government and intelligence issues, such as blockchain and biometrics, as well as other topics.

 

George also has extensive experience in leadership development, counter threat finance and anti-money laundering. He has a Bachelors of Science Management, Park University and MS Strategic Intelligence with Specialization in Middle East Studies, Joint Military Intelligence College

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