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

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, January 17, 2019

This is the rescheduled date for our December 5,2018  due to the National Day of Mourning of the former president President  George H.W. Bush.

 

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:

 

Jim St. Clair

Founder

Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology

 

Bo Shevchik

Co-Chair

Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

Blockchain Working Group

 

Sherri Sokol

DISA Information Technology Specialist

Director's Initiatives Group

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

 

Jeremy Wood

Director of Enterprise Architecture
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

Aftab Hossain

Senior Manager

Security & Defense / Strategy & Performance

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

 

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi

National Security Lawyer

(Previous Senior Policy Advisor,

Department of the Treasury)

 

Markus Most

Office of the Chief Records Officer
National Archives and Records Administration

 

Sharmila Bhatia

Electronic Records Format Specialist

National Archives and Records Administration

 

Dorothy Aronson

Chief Information Office

National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

Matthew Nelson

Blockchain Consultant

IBM Global Business Services

 

 

 

Thursday, January 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.

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

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

9:15am

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  

 

-Matthew Nelson, Blockchain Consultant, IBM Global Business Services

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 – 2:30pm 

Panel:  Case Studies: Blockchain in Government

How Blockchain is and Can be Used in Government to Meet Business Needs and Security

 

 

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

-Dorothy Aronson, Chief Information Office, National Science Foundation (NSF)

 

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

 

Blockchain and Government Records Managment - View from NARA
-Sharmila Bhatia, Electronic Records Format Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration

&

-Markus Most, Office of the Chief Records Officer, National Archives and Records Administration

2:30 pm

Refreshment Break

 

2:45  pm

 Blockchain 200: Steps and Considerations for Adoption

 

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

3:45 pm

 

Blockchain in Government – Now and the Future

 

  • Current Uses in the Government
  • Future Uses
  • What to Expect in the Future
  • Blockchain Primer and
  • 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

 4:15

Federal Government Policy Perspectives and Blockchain

-       What is important, what is coming and why

 

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi

National Security Lawyer

(Previous Senior Policy Advisor,

Department of the Treasury)

 

4:30 pm

Workshop Adjourns

 

 

 


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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.

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.

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).

 

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. 

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.

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.

Dorothy Aronson

 Chief Information Office

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Ms. Aronson serves as the Chief Information Officer for the National Science Foundation. Ms. Aronson is uniquely positioned to effect positive change after serving as the Director for the Division of Information Systems at NSF since 2011. As a highly skilled and gifted creative thinker, strategist, and artist, Ms. Aronson is highly skilled at linking mission and strategy to IT tools which enable the Foundation to manage the full lifecycle of proposals and awards. She was recognized as one of FedScoop’s Top Women in Technology for 2018, and, was recognized in 2013 as one of the FCW Fed 100 for her mastery of innovation and for her ability to effectively engage her staff around a common vision for cutting-edge IT in support of NSF-funded cutting-edge research. Ms. Aronson’s deep understanding of IT, coupled with her commitment to the NSF mission, its employees and to the American taxpayer, have been instrumental in her ability to manage an organization of over 300 talented IT innovators who feel equally engaged, connected, and empowered to find creative solutions to IT’s most challenging dilemmas. Prior to her time at NSF, Ms. Aronson served as the Director for the Office of Management Operations for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. She holds a Business degree from Duke University and is committed to lifelong learning.

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.

Markus Most

Office of the Chief Records Officer
National Archives and Records Administration

 

Markus Most has spent over 20 years in records and information management positions. He has worked both in and out of the Federal government, including the Executive Office of the President, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation before joining the National Archives in 2007. At the National Archives, Markus served as the Director of Digitization and managed digitization operations as well as partnerships with private industry, non-profits, and academic institutions. Additionally, he served as the Director of Operations and Business Development for the Federal Records Centers Program. In his current position, Markus works with Federal agencies to tackle their electronic records challenges and monitors emerging technology and its impact on records and information management.

 

Markus received a Masters in Library Science with an emphasis in archives, records, and information management from the University of Maryland. He is also a Certified Records Manager.

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.

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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