Oct 26 2017

ELC 2017 to Highlight the Future of Federal IT

Top government technology leaders will meet in Williamsburg, Va. to discuss IT modernization, cybersecurity, citizen services and more.

Nine months into the Trump administration, there still isn’t a permanent federal CIO and there has been a lot of reshuffling of federal IT leaders, but there has been progress on some key tech priorities. In May, the White House released its long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, highlighting the importance of risk management. The administration has also put down its marker on IT modernization, pushing for greater adoption of cloud and shared services.

Where does this leave the federal IT community? And where do IT leaders go from here? Those questions will be top of mind next week at ACT-IAC’s 2017 Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) in Williamsburg, Va., and FedTech will be on the ground delivering article and video coverage of the event.

This year, ACT-IAC is taking a different approach to the conference. There are three tracks revolving around different themes. The first is “Mission Transformation,” focused on the how agencies can get around the roadblocks to digital transformation. The second is “Mission Engagement,” on how agencies can use technology to design and deliver services to citizens in better and more engaging ways. And there is the “Mission Protection” track, focused on cybersecurity and protecting critical systems and infrastructure. There will also be several “Mission Delivery” sessions that address blockchain, shared services, sharing sensitive but unclassified information and IT modernization.

Each of the three main tracks will have a panel discussion, a series of appearances by IT leaders akin to “TED Talks” and hands-on “innovation zone” workshops.

Speakers at the conference are expected to include acting federal CIO Margie Graves; NASA CIO Renee Wynn; Christine Calvosa, deputy CIO for resiliency and technology at the Federal Communications Commission; Beth Angerman, executive director of the Unified Shared Services Management Office at the General Services Administration; Kevin Cox, the program manager of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program at the Department of Homeland Security; Maria Roat, CIO of the Small Business Administration; Charles Worthington, chief of digital services at the Veterans Affairs Department; and Christopher Wlaschin, CISO of the Health and Human Services Department.

This is also going to be the last year ELC will be held in Williamsburg. Next year, the conference is moving to Philadelphia.

Keep this page bookmarked for stories and videos from the FedTech team. Follow us on Twitter at @FedTechMagazine or the official conference Twitter account @ACTIAC, and join the conversation using hashtag #ELC2017.

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