Innovative and Emerging Technologies Forum
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Innovative and Emerging Technologies Forum

Recorded on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 1:00pm-3:30pm EST   Virtual, ON24

In today’s rapidly changing technological and geopolitical landscapes, federal leaders must harness new and emerging technology to innovate at the speed of need and propel the United States into a position of strategic advantage. As technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud and other advanced tools expand their footprints in the U.S. public sector, officials are prioritizing accelerated integration while remaining focused on staying one step ahead of adversaries. 

Join GovCon Wire Events for its Innovative and Emerging Technologies Forum on July 20 to learn more about the cutting-edge technology solutions driving innovation in the public and private sectors today as global competition intensifies. 

David Shive, chief information officer for the General Services Administration, is scheduled to deliver the forum’s keynote address, during which he will share his insights on the GSA’s information technology priorities, initiatives and future goals.

  • Melvin Brown
    Melvin Brown -
    Deputy Chief Information Officer Office of the Chief Information Officer [OCIO], U.S. Office of Personnel Management

    In October 2021, Melvin Brown II was named Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Office of Personnel Management. In this role, Mr. Brown oversees an Information Technology (IT) portfolio of $100+ million in programs and a growing workforce of 216 employees. He is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the formulation, development, and execution of the Agency's information technology strategy and policy in accordance with the mandates of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), the President's Management Agenda, and other applicable laws, policy, and regulations. Under Mr. Brown’s leadership, OCIO established an Organizational Change Management strategy based on their Customer First Guiding Principle to ensure that all products were designed collaboratively with their customers, keeping customer experience at the forefront. He also spearheaded a number of Employee Engagement initiatives for the OCIO workforce such a Think. Grow. Innovate Friday (TGIF) Program to provide staff with time for applied and experimental learning in both technical and non-technical skills. These efforts resulted in a 12-percentage point increase in OCIO’s FY21 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey score. Prior to joining OPM, Mr. Brown spent two years at the Small Business Administration as the Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). In this position he matured SBA’s IT governance capabilities and ensured that SBA’s IT investments align with its mission and objectives. A key accomplishment during his tenure was launching SBA’s first-ever virtual Command Center during their historic response to COVID-19. This Command Center provided SBA Senior Leadership with the necessary analytical insights to make informed decisions on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Prior to SBA, Mr. Brown spent twelve years with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he served in multiple leadership positions including serving as a Senior Advisor to the DHS Presidential Transition Officer (PTO). He also served as Director of the Consulting Services Division, focused on development of out of the box COTS solutions for the DHS Secretary and Under Secretary for Management Directorate. Before joining DHS, Mr. Brown was an IT Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration for the award-winning FAA’s Knowledge Services Network (KSN), a state-of-the- art, web-based virtual collaboration system. Mr. Brown is actively engaged in the Federal Government community, most recently serving as the Vice Chairman for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is the official workspace giving campaign for federal employees and retirees. Through his efforts, the CFC exceeded the 2022 contribution targets. Mr. Brown also holds leadership positions with the American Council American Council for Technology (ACT) and Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) as he is committed to providing a forum for Government and Industry to exchange ideas, best practices, and share lessons learned in support of Federal IT modernization. Mr. Brown holds a Master of Sciences degree in Social and Organizational Learning from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. Mr. Brown is a former adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix where he taught graduate and undergraduate business management for fourteen years. He is also a United States Marine Corps veteran where he proudly served from 1984 – 1991.

  • John Cattaneo
    John Cattaneo -
    Principal, Federal Public Sector, Capgemini Government Solutions

    Mr. Cattaneo has over 20 years of experience in professional services and management consulting for public sector clients. He has led strategic consulting projects for many federal civil agency clients, including General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Food and Drug Administration. He has expertise in program/performance management, business and strategic planning, organization design, process improvement, and change management. Mr. Cattaneo earned an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Kathleen Flynn
    Kathleen Flynn -
    Vice President, Capgemini

    Ms. Flynn is a Principal in the Capability Cross Cut practice. In this role she is responsible for the delivery of strategy and IT solutions to federal clients with a focus on justice and homeland security missions support. She joined Capgemini Government Solutions after a twenty-year career focused on technology-enabled transformation for private and public sector clients across a broad range of industries. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA degree in Liberal Studies and holds a Masters in Library Science from the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.

  • Jamie Holcombe
    Jamie Holcombe -
    Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

    Henry (Jamie) Holcombe serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he is the principal advisor to the agency on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Most recently, Mr. Holcombe served as the Chief Executive Officer of Visium Technologies, a cybersecurity startup, and Chief Operations Officer for TJ Westlake LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Prior to these executive roles, he served as the Vice President and General Manager for Harris CapRock Critical Networks segment, providing managed security services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, ground network operations and sustainment, and high-value IT and engineering cyber services.  At Harris CapRock, Mr. Holcombe led the company’s Government Solutions line of business to deliver operational excellence and growth. Previously, he had served as Harris’ Vice President of Information Technology for Global Systems and Process, and as IT Services’ Director of Civil Programs and Commercial Accounts, as well as Client Executive to the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Holcombe has also served in a variety of executive level positions at various firms, including as Vice President of Information Systems for the Universal Service Administrative Company under the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission; as Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Operations, and Corporate Secretary for the Globix Corporation; and as Chief Information Officer of Cambrian Communications. LLC. He has also been an Architect and Senior Principal Consultant to companies in telecommunications, entertainment, and insurance. Mr. Holcombe began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army where he served as company commander of the 1116th Signal Battalion and was awarded both the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and Most Outstanding Officer of the Year in Hawaii. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, finishing first in his class in computer science. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in information systems from Chaminade University in Honolulu, and a Master of Science degree in computer science from George Washington University.

  • David Shive
    David Shive -
    Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

    David A. Shive is the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration. Shive oversees GSA IT — formerly known as the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) — and information technology operations and budget, ensuring its alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities. Shive joined the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of the Chief Information Officer in November 2012. Prior to being named CIO, he was the Director of the Office of Enterprise Infrastructure, responsible for the enterprise information technology infrastructure platforms and capability that support the GSA business enterprise. He was also the Acting Director of HR and FM Systems for the GSA CFO and CPO offices. Prior to joining GSA, he served in the District of Columbia government as a Chief Information Officer. In this role, Shive had executive responsibility for agency IT operations including financial systems, security and privacy programs, internal controls and compliance, strategic planning, enterprise architecture and performance management and measurement programs and directed the transformation of enterprise systems and processes, to public/private cloud hybrid. Shive was the recipient of the 2012 Washington, D.C., CFO Meritorious Service Award. Shive began his career at Lockheed Martin Corporation in management and consulting roles overseeing large, customer-centric, IT organizations serving state and local, federal and international government customers. He is the recipient of numerous sector awards including the 2006 State & Local Government Executive Management award and the 2003 Management Award for Transformational Technology Shive is a member of the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System Alumni Association; American Meteorological Society, DC Chapter; Project Management Institute, DC Chapter; the Air Force Association; and the Government Finance Officers Association. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from California State University, Fresno; a master’s degree in research meteorology from the University of Maryland College Park; and a post-graduate management certificate from the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Management.

  • Rick Therrien
    Rick Therrien -
    Director of Cybersecurity, IRS

    With 30+ years in public service, Rick Therrien currently serves as the Director for Cybersecurity Operations.  In this role, he is responsible for leading a large Division of highly- skilled professionals charged with monitoring the IRS network 24 hours a day year-round for cyberattacks, incident response, fraud, and unauthorized access from misuse of computing resources.   Prior to this, Rick led Cybersecurity Architecture and Implementation where he delivered several critical and strategic Programs that protect the IRS’ expansive network of information and computing assets, and established all agency-wide Cybersecurity policies on Information Technology.  Upon graduating from the IRS’ Senior Executive Candidate Development Program in 2014, Rick led the Security Operations and Standards Division in IT Enterprise Operations where he was responsible for the security posture of IRS servers, mainframes, business applications, and was the IT executive responsible for orchestrating live Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations activities.   Prior to joining the Internal Revenue Service, Rick was an accomplished IT project manager in the early years of the Transportation Security Administration, a senior engineer on the Department of The Navy Secretariat staff, a Flight Test engineer at The Naval Air Warfare Center Patuxent River, and engineer for data acquisition and manufacturing monitoring systems for the Polaroid Corporation. Rick is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University, and holds a Senior Level Federal Acquisition Credential in Program and IT Project Management (FAC-P/PM).

  • 1:00pm - 1:05pm EST

    Opening Remarks

  • 1:05pm - 1:40pm EST

    Keynote Address

  • 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST

    Panel Discussion

  • 2:40pm - 2:45pm EST

    Closing Remarks

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