The Lexington Institute is hosting a Capitol Hill Forum on the future of federal information technology (IT). The event is Friday, November 9, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. We hope you will be able to join us.
Speakers to date include:
The Honorable David Berteau, President & CEO, Professional Services Council
Mr. John Dancy, CIO, Perspecta
The Honorable Alan F. Estevez, National Security and Logistics Executive, Deloitte
Colonel Greg Gardner (Ret), Chief Architect, NetApp
Mr. Shannon Kellogg, Director, Amazon Web Services
Mr. Harish Luthra, EVP & GM, SAP NS2 Secure Cloud
Captain, USN Joe Mazzafro (Ret), Consultant, MazzInt
Ms. Elizabeth El-Nattar, Chief Executive Officer, TRI-COR Industries, Inc.
Mr. Lawrence B. Prior, III, Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group
Mr. Roy Reed, CEO & President, Kingfisher Systems, Inc., with Dr. Curt Hastings, PermissionBit
Mr. Ken Rogers, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Robert Sheldon, Director of Government Technology Strategy for Public Sector, CrowdStrike
Ms. Carey A. Smith, President Federal Group, Parsons
Ms. Ellen Sundra, Vice President, ForeScout Technologies
This is an exciting, complicated, even turbulent time in federal IT. The speed of technological change is increasing. The migration of government functions to the cloud is accelerating. The widespread application of artificial intelligence (AI) promises to radically alter the way networks are structured, how they are used and even the responsibilities and organization of government agencies.
At the same time, threats to U.S. networks, critical data and military systems are becoming more intense and sophisticated. This means that security must be a priority in the modernization of IT networks, the development of applications and the provision of cloud services. It also requires the development of specialized, hyper secure networks and clouds to support the most sensitive government functions.
The 2017 Report to the President on IT Modernization calls for “a modern federal IT architecture where agencies are able to maximize secure use of cloud computing, modernize government hosted applications, and securely maintain legacy systems.” The key to this vision is in the migration of functions to the cloud and development of cutting edge applications. Achieving these goals requires making the most extensive use possible of commercial capabilities and systems for the development and provision of IT services.
The business models for the provision of IT services to federal customers are changing. From a market based on government-owned data centers, licensed software applications, limited bandwidth and security as an overlay, federal agencies are facing a world in which cloud computing offers cost reductions via massive economies of scale, fees for services, flexible storage capacity, enhanced security and rapid responses to customer requirements.
The federal government is working to understand how to implement the adoption of new IT capabilities, particularly cloud computing and AI. The debate over the proposed structure of the JEDI request for proposal reflects different models for the acquisition and management of government clouds. There needs to be a robust public debate on alternative approaches to the opportunities presented by cloud computing and AI.
Federal procurement officials have struggled for years to adapt procedures designed around the repetitive procurement of physical goods to the world of IT acquisitions. It is clear that existing acquisition models and regulatory regimes do not match the pace of change in commercial IT. Senior U.S. government officials have acknowledged that a new approach to the procurement of IT services and applications is required, one in which the time it takes to award contracts and task orders is compatible with the speed of software development.
This forum will be a series of ten-minute back-to-back presentations delivered by subject matter experts. Please contact Mr. John Cicchitti if you are able to attend on November 9th via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-522-5828.
Future of Federal Information Technology
Capitol Hill Forum
Friday, November 9, 2018
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Rooms HVC 201AB
East Capitol Street and 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20003
(Lunch will be served)
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