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Blockchain and its Potential in Government Training Workshop: A Primer for Government Executives, Managers, and Staff

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Keynote Speaker



Combiz Abdolrahimi

Treasury Representative to the FedID Planning Committee & Senior Policy Advisor

Department of the Treasury


Government Speakers


Jose Arrieta

Director, Office of IT Schedule Contract Operations

General Services Administration (GSA)


Earl Warrington

Senior Technical Advisor

General Services Administration (GSA)


Craig Fischer

Innovation Program Manager

Department of the Treasury


Chris Robey

Blockchain and Procurement Consultant

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


Bo Shevchik, MBA, CGFM, PMP


Association of Government Accountants (AGA), Blockchain Working Group


INVITED: Justin Herman

Emerging Citizen Technology Inter-Agency Program Lead

General Services Administration (GSA)


Jeremy Wood

Director of Enterprise Architecture

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Administration & Finance

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Additional guest speakers awaiting agency approval.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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.


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
  • 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





Registration and Continental Breakfast






Keynote: The Importance of Blockchain to Government -- The Big Picture


INVITATION EXTENDED: Combiz Abdolrahimi, Treasury Representative to the FedID Planning Committee & Senior Policy Advisor, Department of the Treasury



Blockchain 101: What is Blockchain?


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



Refreshment Break



Why Blockchain: What is the value?

  1. Characteristics of blockchains for Executives, Managers and Staff
  2. Cryptocurrency: the first blockchain use case and why that is important to other use cases
  3. Recognized and theorized value and challenges and why important for Agencies


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



The Treasury’s Focus on Blockchain for Use by the Government


Craig Fischer, Innovation Program Manager, Department of the Treasury

Hosted Working Luncheon and Discussion at Lunch Tables



Report out and Class Discussion



Government Panel

Government Agency Managers Discuss their plans for Blockchain in 

- Healthcare
- Super Contracts
- Finance  

- Chris Robey, Blockchain and Procurement Consultant

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

- Jeremy Wood, Director of Enterprise Architecture, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Administration & Finance, Milliennium Challenge Corporation



Refreshment Break



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


Special  GSA Panel: GSA Vision for Blockchain in Government
GSA speakers discuss Blockchain and its future in Government
- Jose Arrieta, Director, Office of IT Schedule Contract Operations, General Services Administration (GSA)
- Earl Warrington, Senior Technical Advisor, General Services Administration (GSA)

- INVITED: Justin Herman, Emerging Citizen Technology Inter-Agency Program Lead, General Services Administration


Additional GSA speakers to be  confirmed shortly


Blockchain 200: Steps and Considerations for Adoption
Aftab Hossain, Senior Manager, Security & Defense / Strategy & Performance Improvement, Grant Thornton, Public Sector

Wrap Up



Workshop concludes


**Agenda subject to change.

Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER NOV. 6
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
Now $795
Team Rate: Send a team to learn together. Register two government employees from the same office at the same time and the third person onwards registers at $200 off the current government rate.
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
Now $895

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

Guest Speakers: 

Craig D. Fischer

Program Manager

Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT)

Bureau of Fiscal Service


Craig Fischer is a Program Manager in the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) within the Bureau of Fiscal Service. Craig leads FIT’s innovation portfolio, where he and his team identify and pursue emerging trends and technologies that may have applicability to the financial management community. Prior to FIT, Craig held positions with Deloitte, the Chief Financial Officer’s (CFO) Council, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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’ 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 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, Health Wizz, PwC and SAP.


Mr. Shevchik also works for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where he is the Alliance Director for the 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 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).


Mr. Shevchik holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the New York University Stern School of Business as well as BS in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University.

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.

Justin "Doc" Herman

Emerging Citizen Technology Inter-Agency Program Lead

General Services Administration (GSA)


Justin Herman leads the Emerging Citizen Technology program office for GSA's Technology Transformation Services, including Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services, Blockchain, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and Social Tech. These programs unite federal managers to improve the creation, efficient adoption and performance evaluation of emerging programs.


Justin sits on the White House's National Science and Technology Council subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, is Government Vice Chair for the Emerging Technology Project Team in the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center Mobile Working Group and has served on two U.S. delegations to the Open Government Partnership Global Summit.

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.


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

Aftab Hossain

Senior Manager, Security & Defense

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.

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