What is the IT strategy for WMATA? How is it using technology and innovation to enhance its customers experience and improve its operations? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with AL Short, Chief Information Officer, at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

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What are the IT strategic priorities for DHS? How is it working to modernize its IT infrastructure? What is DHS doing to improve its network connectivity and resilience while maturing its cybersecurity posture? I explored these questions and more with Dr. John Zangardi who joined me and my cohost Don Fenhagen, IBM, from the SPADE conference for an insightful and in-depth discussion.

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What are the US federal government’s IT modernization priorities? How can the US federal IT community work together to drive good government through technology? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Suzette Kent, Federal CIO within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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The university, higher education and technology are experiencing an unprecedented time of change and opportunity. Join us as we exploring IT in higher education with Loretta Early, Chief Information Officer, at the George Washington University.

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Rob Foster, CIO, Navy

March 27, 2017

What are the IT priorities for the US Department of the Navy? How is the Navy leveraging mobility solutions? What is the US Navy doing to enhance its IT security. Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Rob Foster, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Navy.

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What is the VA’s IT strategy? How is VA changing the way it does IT? What about VA’s “buy-first” strategy? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with LaVerne Council, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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What is the DOT’s information technology strategy? How is the DOT keeping pace with transformative IT advances? What is the DOT doing to advance its use of enterprise services and collaborative work options? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and so much more with Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer at the US Department of Transportation.

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What are the key cybersecurity threats and challenges facing the nation? What is the US Secret Service’s doing to combat these cyber threats? Is the cybersecurity function ready to be professionalized across the nation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ronald Layton, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Secret Service.

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What is the Federal Communications Commission information technology strategy? How is the FCC keeping pace with transformative IT advances? What is the FCC doing to advance its use of enterprise services and collaborative work options? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with David Bray, Chief Information Officer at the Federal Communications Commission.

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How are federal agencies delivering smarter information technology (IT) services? What are agencies doing to deliver value in federal IT investments? How are agencies using data-driven reviews to enhance IT performance? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Steve VanRoekel, Federal CIO & Administrator for E-Gov, Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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What is the information technology strategy of the U.S. Department of Commerce? How has Commerce changed the way it does IT? And what is Commerce doing to ensure its IT investments are aligned with its mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more Dr. Simon Szykman, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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What is the IT strategy for the Defense Health Agency? How has it enhanced DoD’s IT efforts to delivery care anytime, anywhere? How is the DHA modernizing its technology infrastructure and realizing a robust integrated electronic health record? Join Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dave Bowen, CIO at the Defense Health Agency.

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On March 5, 1999, Dr. Childs was selected as Senior Director of the Information Resources Management College (iCollege), and has recently been named Chancellor. Under his leadership the college has become the international leader in providing graduate-level educational services and learning experiences in Information Assurance, Chief Information Officer, “E” Government, and strategic leader competencies to government employees; and was designated as a “National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.” The college has earned numerous awards while becoming recognized as one of the leading corporate universities in America during his tenure.

Setting the vision and strategic direction for the College, Dr. Childs significantly increased the college’s reach and impact by actively collaborating with government, private sector, and international leaders to establish dynamic programs, relationships, and partnerships. He has worked with such diverse groups as the London School of Economics, Royal Defence College, Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Decision Sciences Institute, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Industry Advisory Council/American Council for Technology, Google, IBM, Cisco, General Dynamics, VMWare, TIBCO, Corporate University Xchange, various government agencies (FAA, EPA, GAO and OPM), and international governments (Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Switzerland, Romania, Singapore, Bulgaria, Japan, Iraq, Taiwan, South Korea and China) regarding the strategic use of information, information technology, information assurance, organizational models, cyber security, and building educational programs.

Dr. Childs became Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the Information Resources Management College on October 1, 1991. As Dean he spearheaded the upgrading of college faculty and programs, conceptualized and implemented a 10-month Information Warfare and Strategy program, and guided development of the Chief Information Officer Program. He established the first industry chair at the National Defense University and developed procedures to allow the first industry students to attend the IRM College. Later he expanded the number of partnerships with institutions offering cooperative masters and Ph.D. degrees and significantly increased interagency and international participation in programs.

Commissioned into the Air Force, his first assignment was Chief, Instructor Training, at the School of Applied Aerospace Sciences-Denver, Colorado. Later he participated in the early founding of the Community College of the Air Force and served as Director, Associations and Institutions of Higher Education. Selected for the Air Staff Training Program (ASTRA), he later served as Director, Precommissioning Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. During 1976, he became the Director of Plans and Program Analysis at the Air Command and Staff College. In 1978 he was selected as Commandant, Air Force Systems Command Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Leadership School where he initiated a major redirection of the curriculum to strengthen managerial responsibilities being given to noncommissioned officers.

In 1980, he was selected as a Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University and in 1981 graduated from National War College. From 1981 to 1983, he served as Director of the Air Force Leadership and Motivation Branch, where he initiated the first major review of the enlisted professional military education system. He became the Director of Academic Plans and Policy, National Defense University, where he authored the DoD Wide Joint Professional Military Education Curriculum and Standards and managed the reorganization of the University. Selected for an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship in 1989, he served as the assistant to the President and Provost at George Mason University.

Most recently he led the college in crafting a new vision guiding the iCollege to become “The global hub for educating, informing and connecting information age leaders.” Under his direction the iCollege has undertaken conducting a series of international conferences covering education on social media, critical infrastructure protection and cyberSecurity. These conferences are aimed at bring the private, international and US government communities together in collaborative efforts.

He serves, and has served, on a number of Committees and Boards: Industry Advisory Council/ American Council on Technology Program Committees; the American Council on Education’s Council of Fellows; Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies Board of Visitors; The Information Resource Management Association Board of Advisors and International Curriculum Committee; AFCEA Technology Committee; and the eGovernment Program Advisory Board. In 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 he was recognized as a “Federal 100 Award” recipient for leadership in providing educational services enabling government to better serve its citizens. In 2009 he received the AFCEA Award for Excellence in Information Technology.

Dr. Childs earned a Bachelor of Science from Grove City College, a Master of Arts from Duke University and a Doctorate from Denver University. He is a graduate of the National War College and Air Command and Staff College and attended the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

He and his wife, Jane, live in Clifton, Virginia, and have two children, Robert and Tina.

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Mr. David M. Wennergren serves as the Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer at the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to his current role, Mr. Wennergren was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology / Deputy Chief Information Officer, providing top-level advocacy in creating a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and ensuring the delivery of the capabilities required to achieve the Department’s transformation to net centric operations. In addition to his duties as Deputy CIO, Mr. Wennergren was the Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council. He also served as the Chair of the Department of Defense Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group.

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Mr. Chad Fulgham was appointed as the FBI’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) on December 8, 2008. Mr. Fulgham is responsible for the FBI’s overall information technology (IT) efforts, including developing the FBI’s IT strategic plan and operating budget. He is also responsible for management of all FBI IT assets, which includes legacy equipment and infrastructure as well as evolving implementation of new and modernized systems and services to accommodate mission priorities.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Fulgham served as a senior vice president within the Information Technology Division of Lehman Brothers for four years. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Fulgham was responsible for the identity management, messaging, wireless, instant messaging/unified communications, and electronic communications compliance engineering teams worldwide and associated support teams in the Americas. Previous roles also included Program Manager of a global information security architecture initiative, head of IT Business Continuity, and Senior Manager for Windows server-based engineering and support.

In 2003, Mr. Fulgham served as the manager of IBM’s Global Computer Emergency Response Team, responsible for the security of all Windows platforms within IBM worldwide along with select strategic outsourcing clients.

He joined JPMorgan Chase in January 2002 as the Global Windows Security Engineering Manager and Information Risk Manager where he led multi-million dollar security engineering projects to close information security gaps resulting from the merger of JPMorgan and Chase.

In 2001, Mr. Fulgham served as a Supervisory Senior Consultant for Information Security and Privacy with Andersen, Technology Risk Consulting. He developed IT and security strategies, privacy assurance programs, business continuity planning, policy development, and user awareness programs.

Commissioned in the Navy after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996, he attained the rank of Lieutenant during his five-year naval career. He served as an Information Security, Network Manager, and Communications Officer, developing enterprise-wide network security policies and procedures and coordinating lifecycle management and training for 90 networks. He also served as a Department Head, overseeing the operational effectiveness for 25 percent of the USS PIONEER
(MCM 9), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship.

Mr. Fulgham holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Economics from the United States Naval Academy.

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Ms. Casey Coleman is the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

As CIO she is responsible for managing the agency’s $600 million IT budget and ensuring alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives, information security, and enterprise architecture.

During her tenure, Ms. Coleman implemented an agency-wide infrastructure consolidation and standardization program that resulted in significant cost-savings and improvements to security and performance.

Ms. Coleman is active in the Federal IT community and currently serves as the 2009-2010 President of AFFIRM (Association for Federal Information Resources Management). Ms. Coleman encourages the use of social media to improve service and operations of the Federal Government and writes a blog titled Around the Corner.

Ms. Coleman has served in several other leadership roles at GSA, including CIO for the GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Federal Technology Service (FTS). Prior to GSA she served in consulting, sales, and management roles at several technology startups. She began her career at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the recipient of the public sector MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2010 Award for Leadership in Innovation, along with being a two-time Fed 100 award winner.

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Harvey Koeppel is Executive Director of the Center for CIO Leadership. In this capacity, Harvey sets the Center’s strategy and directs internaland external operations. He also serves as Chairman of the Center’s Advisory Committee.

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Mr. Bowen is the Assistant Administrator for Information Services and Chief Information Officer for the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Bowen has over 25 years experience in healthcare information technology management in the provider, payer, consultant and vendor areas. He was formerly the Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Blue Shield of California, a $6.2 billion health plan with over 2.5 million members and the 2nd largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in California. He directed Blue Shield’s information technology, telecommunication, business recovery and web implementation resources with an operating budget in excess of $100 million. Mr. Bowen sat on Blue Shield’s Operations Committee and its Senior Staff.

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Richard Siemer has consistently proven his dedication to the public sector throughout his 27-year career. In his capacity as Deputy Commissioner and CIO for HRA’s Management Information Systems, Mr. Siemer’s ability to lead collaborative operational teams and program staff has contributed to the successful implementation of HRA’s Model Office. A major objective of the Model Offices is to provide a customer service area that streamlines processing times.
His responsibilities also extend to the support of voice telephone-related activities, where he has instituted new and innovative applications, like the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology. IVR has enabled customers and vendors to access information and make inquiries regarding the status of applications for services, and information lines and help desks offer these services in multiple languages. In addition, day-care vendors can submit attendance via telephone, facilitating their billing and payment processes. Mr. Siemer has also worked to roll out Voice-Over IP (VOIP) to all HRA locations – accruing significant cost savings to the city in telephone expenditures.

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Leaders Speak – Special Edition Part III. Discussion on career in Public Service.  Special guests includes:

  • Rob Carey, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer
  • Ambassador Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary of U.S. Department of State
  • Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • Clay Johnson III, formal Deputy Director for Management U.S. Office of management and Budget
  • Tim Cain, formal Governor of Virginia

Leaders Speak – Special Edition Part II. Discussion on what makes an effective Leader and why pursue a career in Public Service.  Special guests includes:

  • Rob Carey, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer
  • Ambassador Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary of U.S. Department of State
  • Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Learn about Kamal Bherwani’s career.