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Blockchain in Government Workshop III: Getting Comfortable and Observing Increased Traction and Use Workshop

Demystifying Blockchain: What You Need to Know About Blockchain, the Use Cases Being Explored, and How it May be Used in Government to Securely Meet Business Needs

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Keynote Speakers:

 

Tiffany Angulo

Staff Co-Chair

Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Policy Advisor

Congressman David Schweikert

Co-Chair, Blockchain Caucus

 

Landon Zinda

Staff Co-Chair

Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Deputy Legislative Director

Congressman Tom Emmer

 

 

Speakers:

 

Jeremy Wood

Director of Enterprise Architecture

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

Kyle Douglas

Electronic Records Policy Analyst 

National Archives and Records Administration

 

Sharmila Bhatia

Electronic Records Format Specialist

National Archives and Records Administration

 

Sherri Sokol

DISA Information Technology Specialist

Director's Initiatives Group

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

 

Chezian Sivagnanam

Chief Enterprise Architect

National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

Bo Shevchik

Co-Chair

Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

Blockchain Working Group

 

Venkat Kodumudi

Director, Innovation & Outreach, Emerging Technologies Practice

CGI Federal Inc.

 

Aftab Hossain

Senior Manager

Organizational Transformation, 

Grant Thornton, Public Sector

 

Todd Hager

Vice President Strategy, Innovation & Quality,

Macro Solutions

(Co Chair of the ACT/IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest and the 2018 ACT-IAC Education Award for significant contributions in educating, sharing knowledge, and bringing awareness towards a more effective and efficient government)

 

Frederic de Vaulx, PMP

VP Prometheus Computing LLC

ACT IAC Emerging Technology Blockchain Working Group Co-Chair

 

Matthew Nelson

Blockchain Consultant

IBM Global Business Services

 

Chris Robey, CPCM Fellow

Former Procurement Analyst (retired)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS

Thursday, March 7, 2019

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 and II Workshops were a great success. Students requested a follow up Workshop in a Blockchain series.  This is the third 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 the world. Primarily known as the technology underlying Bitcoin, the strengths of Blockchain's "distributed ledger" include increased transparency, speed, and 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 

·         Health IT including medical technology, healthcare records and healthcare 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 Blockchain use cases and proof of concepts within government
  • A government-focused Blockchain Playbook providing use case assessment, organizational readiness, selection options, implementation, integration and security
  • Examples of Blockchain use “outside the beltway” (including other Governments)
  • Blockchain and Government Records Managment - The View from NARA
Why You Should Attend: 

  • Understand Blockchain and how it can be used in government
  • Improve your knowledge of an exploding technology that is currently in use today within government
  • Be better equipped to support acquisition decisions including pilots and proof of concepts
  • Build communities of interest in your agency and across agencies, and where to join
  • 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 (and where it is being used today)
  • Government Executives, Managers and staff responsible for implementing Agency restructuring plans, and how to get to learning fast with effective pilots and small proof of concepts
  • 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 i
  • Industry Partners who support the government

 

Agenda: 

Agenda Subject to Change

 

7:30-8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30am

Welcome

 

Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum, Ltd.

8:45am – 9:30am

Blockchain 101 – Blockchain Primer

  • What problems is Blockchain being used to solve today?
  • How does Blockchain work? 
  • Types of Blockchains
  • Smart Contracts
  • Top Five Trends

 

-Venkat Kodumudi, Director, Innovation & Outreach, Emerging Technologies Practice, CGI Federal Inc
 

9:30am

Current and Potential Uses of Blockchain in Government

  • Government Imperatives Underpinning the vision and use of blockchain
  • Key Design Patterns in Government Blockchain Discussions
  • Where can the government leverage Blockchain capabilities?
  • How real use cases are creating value in government?
  • How Hyperledger Fabric is shaping Blockchain for Business and Government Enterprises  

 

-Matthew Nelson, Blockchain Consultant, IBM Global Business Services

10:15am

Refreshment Break

10:30am

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

11:00am

 Blockchain 200: Steps and Considerations for Adoption                                               

-Aftab Hossain, Senior Manager, Security & Defense / Strategy & Performance, Grant Thornton, Public Sector 

12:00pm

Hosted Working Luncheon and Blockchain Discussion Among Attendees

1:00pm

Panel and Presentations:  How Blockchain is and Can be Used in Government to Meet Business Needs 

           

-Sherri Sokol, DISA Information Technology Specialist, Director's Initiatives Group, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)                               

                                               

-Chezian Sivagnanam, Chief Enterprise Architect, National Science Foundation (NSF)                                 

                                               

-Jeremy Wood, Director of Enterprise Architecture Office of the Chief Information Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation                           

                                               

Blockchain and Smart Contracts                                  

 

-Chris Robey, CPCM Fellow, Former Procurement Analyst (retired), U.S Customs and Border Protection, DHS                           

Just Announced Presentation:   

Blockchain and Government Records Management - View from NARA                              

                                               

-Sharmila Bhatia, Electronic Records Format Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration
-Kyle Douglas, Electronic Records Policy Analyst, National Archives and Records Administration
                          

2:45pm

Refreshment Break

3:00pm

Keynote Presentation:

Blockchain: Perspectives from Congress

Report from the Congressional Blockchain Caucus

 

Speakers:

-Tiffany Angulo, Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus, Policy Advisor

Congressman David Schweikert

Co-Chair, Blockchain Caucus
 

-Landon Zinda, Staff Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus, Deputy Legislative Director, Congressman Tom Emmer

 

3:45pm

Federal Government Blockchain Playbook

Developed by the IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest Chaired by Todd


-Todd Hager, Vice President Strategic Initiatives

Macro Solutions, (Co-Chair of the ACT/IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest and the 2018 ACT-IAC Education Award for significant  contributions in educating, sharing knowledge, and bringing awareness towards a more effective and efficient government)

--Frederic de Vaulx, PMP, VP Prometheus Computing LLC, ACT IAC Emerging Technology Blockchain Working Group Co-Chair

 

4:45pm

Wrap Up

5:00pm

Workshop Adjourns

 

Registration Information: 

  Fee
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
$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).
$895

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

Keynote Speaker: 

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.

Landon Zinda

Staff Co-Chair

Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Deputy Legislative Director

Congressman Tom Emmer

 

Landon Zinda currently serves as Deputy Legislative Director to Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN), handling technology, telecommunications, judiciary, and other issues, including Congressman Emmer's FinTech work on the House Financial Services Committee. He is also responsible for Congressman Emmer’s work on the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. Previously, Landon worked at the Heritage Foundation's government affairs department until 2014. Landon is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Guest Speakers: 

Venkat Kodumudi

CGI Federal, Inc. 

Venkat Kodumudi has over 25 years of IT experience as both a government leader and a consultant. During his US federal government tenure, he served first as a Branch Chief overseeing multiple application portfolios, then Deputy Director of Operations and Engineering Division within the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. Within the private sector, he has served as a consultant and lead architect for top technology product and consulting firms as well as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a technology startup.

In his current role as Director of Innovation Programs for CGI’s Federal Strategic Business Unit, Mr. Kodumudi helps define technology direction and go-to-market strategy while architecting technology solutions to address government’s biggest challenges. With deep yet broad technical expertise, he focuses on how emerging technologies and methodologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), DevSecOps, and IT service management can support the government in achieving mission objectives. He led one of the sections for the ACT-IAC Blockchain Playbook. He also co-chairs CGI Blockchain Roundtable.

Mr. Kodumudi holds bachelors and masters degrees in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Bo Shevchik, MBA, CGFM, PMP

Co-Chair Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Emerging Issues 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).

 

Sherri Sokol

DISA Information Technology Specialist

Director's Initiatives Group

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

 

 

From building her own levels in the game Lode Runner in the early 1980s to posting on the Prodigy message boards in the early 1990s to developing websites in the early 2000s and launching the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) social media channels in the early 2010s, Sherri Sokol has always enjoyed geeking out with the latest technologies. As a member of DISA's Innovation Team, she explores blockchain and emerging technologies and methods to advance the agency in meeting its strategic goals and achieving the DISA director's vision of assured identity and universal transport.

Jeremy Wood

Director of Enterprise Architecture

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Administration & Finance

Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

 

Jeremy Wood is a Federal IT implementer, strategist, and enthusiast specializing in complex business systems. His expertise and career spans infrastructure, service desk, software development, budget, policy, and architecture. He continues to focus on providing value to business through technology solutions in an effort to reduce cost and increase efficiency. In the last year he transitioned into a pivotal role at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) that will help transform both the business and IT roles and systems through use of agile enterprise architecture.

 

Jeremy continues to be involved across government in an effort to help Federal IT become a value center for business. His past experience in the military, private sector consulting, and his 20+ years of Federal time have placed him in a unique position to bring innovative solutions to old and new problems. Through involvement with organizations like ACT-IAC, he strives to educate and share what he, and others, have learned about how to do government technology well. As the Federal chair of the Emerging Technologies Community of Interest, he continues to help the government and their industry partners understand upcoming technologies and their potential impact.

 

He has experience as an instructor, presenter, and speaker for technology and its impact in our society at large. His keen ability to communicate clearly and in context for his audience has generated positive impressions and continued opportunities to share.

Todd Hager

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Macro Solutions
(Recipient of
2018 ACT-IAC Education Award)

 

 

Todd Hager is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Macro Solutions and has been working with Macro since early 2015.  He provides leadership in strategy, innovation, quality, marketing and practice development.  His nearly 30 years of federal work includes financial and analytics systems, contact center applications, agile application development, application governance, and DevOps.  He is a PMP, a Certified Scrum Master and ITIL v3 certified.

 

Todd is the Industry Chair for the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI).  In that capacity he formed and is co-chair for the ACT-IAC Blockchain Working Group which in addition to publishing a Blockchain Primer and the Federal Government Blockchain Playbook, executed three successful Blockchain Forums hosting over 1000 participants among them.  He also helped to form the ACT-IAC Intelligent Automation and RPA Working Group which is in the process of crafting a playbook.  Within his COI, he also oversees the ACT-IAC Artificial Intelligence Working Group and the IoT Working Group and provides support to the ACT-IAC DevOps Working Group. 

Beyond his COI leadership role, Todd was also the Emerging Technology Co-Chair for the 2018 ELC Tech Know Hub and the Industry Chair for the ACT-IAC Healthcare Block-a-Thon (a health IT Blockchain event).

 

Todd was recently selected as the industry winner of the 2018 ACT-IAC Education Award.  This ACT-IAC award honors extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions to improving government and to government-industry collaboration. The ACT-IAC Education Award -- conferred in the spirit of Virginia “Ginny” McCormick -- recognizes an individual or team from government or industry who has made significant contributions in educating, sharing knowledge, and bringing awareness towards a more effective and efficient government. 

Sharmila Bhatia

Electronic Records Format Specialist

National Archives and Records Administration

 

Sharmila Bhatia joined the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 2001. As an Electronic Records Format Specialist she researches formats and develops electronic records management guidance for Federal agencies. She has worked with electronic records for over 15 years as a processing and accessioning archivist and has experience with a variety of formats and in multi-stages of the records lifecycle.

 

Before coming to NARA, Ms. Bhatia was a reference archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives & History. She has a Master of Arts and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.

Chezian Sivagnanam

Chief Enterprise Architect

National Science Foundation

*Technology steward at NSF*

Adviser to the CIO in planning and coordination of IT vision, strategy, architecture and innovation management
23+ years of experience in Information Technology, including Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architecture, IT Transformation, Enterprise Modernization, Cloud Computing, Emerging Technologies

Certifications:
ITIL® V3, PMP, COBIT 5, CSPO, Sun Certifications, Oracle Certifications

Matthew Nelson

Blockchain Consultant

IBM Global Business Services

 

Matt Nelson is a Blockchain Consultant in IBM Global Business Services focused on the Public Service Industry. Mr. Nelson has spent his career diving into the world of Blockchain, serving in a leadership role in developing Blockchain applications. As a part of IBM’s Public Service Blockchain initiatives, he is working with federal and state government clients to address their strategic initiatives and promote trust, transparency, and accountability in today’s business networks. Mr. Nelson is leveraging Design Thinking and technologies such as Cognitive and Analytics to re-imagine how Public Services organizations work to support the full lifecycle of business network interactions –especially those involving constituents of government.

Frederic de Vaulx, PMP

VP Prometheus Computing LLC

ACT IAC Emerging Technology Blockchain Working Group Co-Chair

 

Frederic de Vaulx is Vice President of Prometheus Computing where he helps develop the vision, innovation and strategy of the company. He is also a Senior Software Engineer and Program Manager overseeing the design, architecture and development of custom software applications for Prometheus’ federal and commercial clients.

 

Frederic is a member of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest and Co-Chair of the Blockchain Working Group that published a blockchain primer in late 2017 and a first version of the blockchain playbook in early 2018. He is a member of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative, the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force and the CSA Blockchain Working Group.

Aftab Hossain

Senior Manager, Organizational Transformation 

Grant Thornton

 

Aftab leads Grant Thornton’s Organizational Effectiveness Practice where he works with clients to develop new business / operating models and transforming their organizations to meet the needs of the future. He has led major transformation efforts at organizations such as the World Bank, US Customs and Border Protection, US Special Operations Command, NASA, and many others. His experience includes applying emerging technologies and adapting organizations’ business models, organizations, and workforces to make full use of them.

 

Aftab holds a Bachelors of Government and a Master in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

Chris Robey, CPCM, Fellow

Former Procurement Analyst (retired)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS

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). He holds an MBA from Long Island University and an MPP from Georgetown University. He is recently retired from the U.S. Civil Service as a Procurement Analyst with U.S Customs and Border Protection, U.S. DHS.

Kyle Douglas

Electronic Records Policy Analyst

Policy and Program Support

Office of the Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government

National Archives and Records Administration

 

Kyle is a career professional with over 20 years’ experience in Records and Information Management developing and implementing Federal agency records programs. At the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kyle performs as a senior specialist and technical expert in the formulation of government-wide electronic records management program policy. His work involves research on the application of Electronic Records Management technologies new to the Federal Government workspace. In the case of Blockchain technology, agencies are finding innovative applications and in the process may be creating new Federal records. As such, Kyle’s efforts directly contributes to NARA’s development of sustainable, forward-thinking records management policy that agencies will need to consider as they continue to explore and invest in the use of emerging technologies that create, manage, or store government records.

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