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Council Programs and Events

Disruptive Methods to Modernize IT Symposium

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Tuesday, November 7th
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET

Jess Mellon Auditorium, GSA Headquarters
1800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20405

REGISTER HERE (In person and Zoom)

On November 7th, the Federal Government will celebrate the people, processes, and technologies underpinning agency mission. This all-day symposium intends to humanize the Federal IT Operating Plan priorities and illustrate the impact that these priorities have on public facing service, in addition to creating a collaborative forum for two-way dialogue across federal, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector focused on current and futuristic topics impacting agencies today. This event is co-hosted by the General Services Administration and the Department of Energy. Join us virtually or in person at the GSA headquarters. No badge required, escorts available.


Time Event Speakers
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS Ann Dunkin, DoE
9:20 AM - 10:00 AM FIRESIDE CHAT:
Opening Keynote
Robin Thottungal, OPM
Jason Gray, USAID
Christopher Chilbert, CFPB
Vanetta Pledger, City of Alexandria, VA
Erica Barker, PRC
10:05 AM - 10:45 AM FIRESIDE CHAT:
Driving Data-Based Decision Making - Modernizing IT Across Government Functions
Chezian Sivagnanam, FDIC
Heidi Norman, City of Pittsburgh
Dorothy Aronson, NSF
Douglas Perry, NOAA
Shanna Webbers, FDIC
10:50 AM - 11:30 AM FIRESIDE CHAT:
Delivering on Mission: It’s a Journey… And it Takes a Village
Pete Tseronis, Dots and Bridges
Andy Bochman, INL
Mittal Desai, FERC CIO
Jamie Wolff, NNSA
Andre Mendes, DoC
12:30 PM - 1:10 PM SPOTLIGHT:
Using Innovation to Solve Mission Challenges
Frank Indiviglio, NOAA
Zach Goldstein, NOAA
Sean McIntyre, Treasury
Mike Karas, TSA
1:15 PM - 1:55 PM TMF: Transforming Agency Operations, Enhancing Government Effectiveness - Use Cases from the Front Line Evelyn Prestosh, DoE
Jessie Posilkin, TMF PMO
Sylvia Burns, FDIC
Kristine Mena, DoL
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Securing Tomorrow:
Advancements in IT Security
Kiran Balsa, GSA
Steven Hernandez, DoEd CISO
Derrick Nelson, State Department
Sean Connelly, CISA TIC
Daniel Lopez,
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Collaboration -
Government as an Enabler
David Shive, GSA
Jeffrey Koses, GSA
Bo Berlas, GSA
Sagar Samant, GSA
AI Sandboxes
Bridget Carper, DoE
3:45 PM - 3:55 PM CLOSING REMARKS Ann Dunkin, DoE
David Shive, GSA

Communities of Practice

We invite you to join the following Communities of Practice to stay up-to-date on the critical topics discussed during this Symposium, and to be part of the conversation!

Innovation Adoption CoP
The Innovation Adoption CoP builds innovation and intrapreneurship capacity across the federal government by generating and sharing useful information, advice, and assistance.
Join here
Contact: LaShonda Henderson, DHS (

Government Contact Center CoP
The Government Contact Center CoP is a collaborative interagency group of contact center professionals that work together to improve the performance, experience, and efficiency of government contact centers across federal, tribal, state, and local agencies.
Join here
Contact: Meghan Daly, GSA (

Customer Experience CoP
The Customer Experience Community of Practice (CX CoP) unites federal employees to improve the experience that the American public has with government services, organizations, and agencies.
Join here
Contact: Eboni Freeman, GSA (

Cloud and Infrastructure CoP
The Cloud & Infrastructure Community of Practice (C&I CoP) is chartered under the Federal CIO Council and supported by GSA. The C&I CoP is designed for IT practitioners who want to learn about application rationalization, data center optimization, and federal cloud computing.
Join here
Contact: Kiran Balsa, GSA (

Artificial Intelligence CoP
The Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice (AI CoP) unites federal employees who are active or interested in AI policy, technology, standards, and programs to accelerate the thoughtful adoption of AI across the federal government.
Join here
Contact: Nathan Manzotti, GSA (

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