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Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Intelligent Automation (IA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Workshop I

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – Automating repetitive, monotonous work, shifting people from low value work to high value work, faster cycle times with lower costs. AI assisted Intelligent Automation and human augmentation

Friday, May 17, 2019

Keynote Speaker:


Stephen Sanford

Director, Center for Strategic Foresight 

Government Accountability Office (GAO)




Ed Burrows

Robotic Process Automation Program Manager(RPA)

GSA-USDA Financial Management Liaison

Office of the Chief Financial Officer (BG)

General Services Administration


Donna Roy

Executive Director, Information Sharing and Services Office (IS20)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security 


Bo Shevchik, MBA, CGFM, PMP

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


Christine L. Gex

Army Innovation and Robotics Process Automation Lead

Financial Information Management

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army


Sukumar R. Iyer

President & CEO

Brillient Corporation 


Anand Paul, PhD

Director, Intelligent Solutions

Brillient Corporation


James (Jim) Walker

Federal Chief Technology Officer 


Friday, May 17, 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.


Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has the potential to automate entire processes or part of processes that are repetitive, monotonous and occur in high volumes. In a shrinking budget environment, RPA is a tool to “do more with less”. While RPA automates “hand work”, AI assisted Intelligent Automation also automated “head work”.


RPA, IA and AI has spread rapidly in the private sector and many federal and state agencies are currently using these tools in production or as pilots to speed up cycle times reducing the time it takes to perform certain processes, augment the efforts of human workers and provide better outcomes for the business of government.

What You Will Learn: 

  • What RPA is not
  • What is RPA
  • What is IA and AI
  • What are some use cases for government
  • How to assess the suitability of a process to be automated
  • How to make it happen
  • What are impacts and pitfalls to watch out for
Why You Should Attend: 

  • These intelligent technologies are disrupting how government can work better
  • Don’t get left out and watch the wave of innovation pass you by
  • The PMA, OMB and Congress are pushing for these types of technologies
Who Should Attend: 


  • Federal Government program executives and managers charged with accomplishing the mission
  • Leaders working on IT modernization and digital government
  • Acquisitions professionals
  • CXOs
  • IGs and Staff
  • State and local Government  Executives, Managers and staff
  • Industry Partners who support the government

Instructor Presentations, Classroom Discussions, and Guest Speakers


Agenda Subject to Change

7:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Art Chantker, President, Potomac Forum


Keynote:  The Future of IA and AI in Government

Stephen Sanford, Director, Center for Strategic Foresight,  

Government Accountability Office (GAO)


Applying RPA, IA and AI in government

  1. RPA, IA and AI defined
  2. Use cases in federal government (with videos)
  3. Benefits and business case

Sukumar Iyer, CEO, Brillient Corporation


Refreshment Break


RPA in government – Successful Implementations at GSA

Lessons learned from GSA’s implementation


Ed Burrows, Robotic Process Automation Program Manager(RPA), GSA-USDA Financial Management Liaison, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (BG), General Services Administration

12:00 PM

Hosted Working Luncheon
(Students will be presented with a discussion topic during lunch) 


Government Panel – Agency leaders discuss their opportunities, implementations and plans for RPA, IA and AI


Moderator: James (Jim) Walker, Federal Chief Technology Officer, UiPath


Donna Roy, Executive Director, Information Sharing and Services Office (IS20), U.S. Department of Homeland Security 


Bo Shevchik, MBA, CGFM, PMP, Co-Chair Association of Government Accountants, (AGA) Emerging Issues Working Group
Sukumar Iyer, CEO, Brillient Corporation
Christine L. Gex, Army Innovation and Robotics Process Automation Lead, Financial Information Management, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army


 Refreshment Break


Getting started – Evaluating Opportunities for RPA, IA and AI in government

  1. How to identify opportunities for automation and AI assisted solutions
  2. Evaluating if it will be a good, workable solution
  3. How to make it happen


Anand Paul, PhD, Director Intelligent Solutions, Brillient Corporation


The impacts of disruptive technologies

  1. What are the benefits of these technologies to the workforce
  2. What are the impacts to federal employees
  3. Designing the organization for post automation
  4. Impacts on networks, systems, security and ongoing operations


Sukumar Iyer, CEO, Brillient Corporation


Wrap-up and Q&A


Workshop Adjourns


Post Workshop Discussions with Instructors on Specific Individual Topics





Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee Registering after April 19
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
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).

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

Keynote Speaker: 

Stephen Sanford

Director, Center for Strategic Foresight
Government Accountability Office (GAO)



Stephen Sanford is a strategy and technology professional with more than two decades of service in the government and corporate sectors in the United States and Europe.

Stephen is currently responsible for strategic planning and foresight programs at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington and serves as Director of GAO's Center for Strategic Foresight. He led GAO's technology assessment on artificial intelligence for the U.S. Congress and oversees development of GAO's quadrennial strategic plan for serving Congress.
He speaks frequently with U.S. and international audiences on how new technology and emerging trends will transform government, business, and society.

Stephen holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.

Guest Speakers: 

Ed Burrows

Vice President of Intelligent Solutions

Brillient Corporation

Former Robotic Process Automation Program Manager(RPA)

General Services Administration 


Edward Burrows is a former Senior Advisor at GSA leading Robotics Process Automation (RPA) for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.  He is also the liaison to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the financial management shared service provider to GSA, leads GSA's 's implementation of Treasury's Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) and led the migration of GSA's child care subsidy administration programs to a commercial provider and the Department of Agriculture. 


Prior to joining GSA in 2015 Ed led financial operations and programs in the telecommunications industry, including senior leadership positions at MCI, Concert Communications, BT Group, and Telarix.  


Ed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in Economics from University of Virginia. 


Donna Roy

Executive Director, Information Sharing and Services Office

Office of the CIO

Department of Homeland Security

Donna Roy is a national leader in information sharing, data management and enterprise IT service delivery. She leads the delivery of applications, platforms, services and data infrastructure for mission facing and business management customers at DHS. Deploying high-visibility capabilities, her office is focused on high-quality delivery of innovative solutions for identity management, national scale collaboration and trust platforms, and scalable data infrastructure solutions to customers within a dynamic environment.
Highly focused on data and passionately committed to innovation utilizing modern approaches (cloud, agile, dev/ops) to drive positive change across Federal, State, local and international partners and is always ready to face new challenges!
A proud New Englander and former United States Marine, Donna is honored to serve at the Department and lead a team of innovative, dedicated, IT service professionals.

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).


Christine Gex

Army Innovation and Robotics Process Automation Lead

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army - Financial Information Management



Ms. Christine Gex is the only federal employee to lead the development, deployment, and sustainment of two Federal Robotic Process Automation (RPA) programs. Currently she leads the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Financial Information Management (DASA-FIM) Innovation team and is responsible for its RPA initiative. As a leading innovator within Army Financial Management and Comptroller (FM&C), Christine has been instrumental in reaching across the Department of Defense (DoD) to create information technology (IT) infrastructure partnerships intended to establish pathways for digital workers to become part of the FM workforce's daily workflows. Prior to her current position, Christine was the Chief Information Security Officer at the NASA Shared Services Center, where she spearheaded efforts to provide CAC/PIV level credentials to the federal government’s first RPA robots. She holds a Bachelor of Management Information Systems degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from William Carey University. Additionally, she is an Information Security Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).

Sukumar R. Iyer

President & CEO
Brillient Corporation 

Mr. Sukumar Iyer is the founder and President/CEO of Brillient Corporation. He has more than 26 years’ experience in management consulting, information technology and software at Brillient, companies such as Accenture and with Fortune 100 clients in different industry sectors. He has provided assistance and supported numerous Agencies and government customers.


His areas of expertise include business / organizational strategy, data science driven applications and AI driven solutions to deliver client value. Sukumar’s passion lies in understanding a client’s problems or challenges and then crafting and delivering an innovative, cost effective solution. His current focus is on Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation and how the tools can be implemented to meet the business needs of government.


Sukumar is active with federal government associations and bodies including the Emerging Technologies COI of the ACT-IAC and is the industry chair of the Intelligent Automation Working Group. He was till recently the Chair of the AFCEA Small Business Committee and is an active member of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA).


Sukumar graduated with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron. He is taking flying lessons towards a private pilot’s license and has a variety of hobbies he indulges in when he is not spending time with his children.

Dr. Anand J. Paul

Director, Intelligent Solutions
Brillient Corporation


Dr. Anand J. Paul is currently Director, Intelligent Solutions at Brillient Corporation.  In this role he is focused on developing solutions by leveraging next generation technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to help federal agency clients meet their mandates and execute their mission in a budget constrained environment.


Prior to this, Anand spent 20 years in IBM’s Research Division as the Global Government Research Industry Specialist and Senior Technical Staff Member helping develop joint strategies, providing linkages between IBM Research worldwide and the Government Industry, and developing First-Of-A-Kind solutions. In addition, he played a key role in helping clients and partners understand IBM Research’s Education Transformation roadmap and strategy through the development of cognitive technology-based solutions.


Anand has served as an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, PA and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He has authored 55 technical papers, edited three books, organized three international conferences and chaired numerous sessions in various national and international conferences.

James (Jim) Walker

Federal Chief Technology Officer 



Jim, a former Army Artillery Officer and federal employee is currently UiPath Federal CTO and Director of Public Sector Marketing. He served as the Deputy CIO and Services Portfolio Manager at NASA’s Shared Services Center (NSSC), and had key IT positions at DISA, the US Missile Defense Agency and counter-drug taskforce in Key West. Jim is a Federal Computer Weekly “Federal 100” alumni and runner up in Government Computer News “DigIT 2017” award for Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems. He holds a Chief Information Officer certification from the National Defense University and a Graduate degree in Telecommunications.

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