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ACT IAC ACT-IAC is a non-profit educational organization established in 1979 to assist government and industry in acquiring and using IT.
The American Council for Technology (ACT) is a non-profit educational organization established in 1979 to assist government in acquiring and using information technology resources effectively and efficiently. Working with all levels of government, ACT provides education, programming, and networking opportunities that enhance and advance the government IT profession. In 1989 ACT established the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to bring industry and government executives together to exchange information, support professional development, improve communications, and build partnership and trust, thereby enhancing government's ability to serve the nation. ACT and IAC work together to provide an objective, professional and ethical forum where government and industry leaders can collaborate on addressing common issues towards a shared vision.
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"Doing DevOps VS Getting Results?" - Webinar on April 29Sponsored by: ExcellaDevOps is transforming organizations, how t...
04/27/2020

"Doing DevOps VS Getting Results?" - Webinar on April 29
Sponsored by: Excella

DevOps is transforming organizations, how they innovate, and how they build and run systems. Many have started their DevOps transformation journey toward better IT and business outcomes. However, many (most?) are focused on defining frameworks, following processes, and checking boxes associated with “doing DevOps” – applying conventional mindsets and approaches to new technology. They’re losing sight of the real value of DevOps and the transformation required to get that value. This April 29 webinar will discuss common pitfalls associated with “doing DevOps” and help participants understand the new mindsets and approaches to mission and value delivery.

Register today - https://bit.ly/3575Y9E

#actiacwebinar #DevOps

Concerned about keeping your employees engaged while they are working from home? Join ACT-IAC Academy on May 7 for this ...
04/22/2020

Concerned about keeping your employees engaged while they are working from home? Join ACT-IAC Academy on May 7 for this seminar on employee engagement with Jared Peatman, Ph.D. Jared takes us back to the Civil War and uses the story of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain’s successful intervention with 120 mutineers to discuss modern theories and findings on the drivers of disengagement as well as strategies for keeping employees committed to the organization. Important in all times, these strategies for keep employees engaged in the organization are even more critical during times of disruption and dislocation.

Click here to read more, and to register for this seminar: https://www.actiac.org/events/chamberlain-among-mutineers-leadership-allegory-employee-engagement

The The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) announced a sche...
04/20/2020

The The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) announced a schedule for the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition contract. NITAAC recently released a draft RFP on March 27th. For more information on the draft RFP: https://lnkd.in/e7AxXM9

The American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) webinar tomorrow, April 21 at 10:00am ET will provide an opportunity for government and industry to share insights and information that will result in a better solicitation process and procurement vehicle.

This program will feature Brian Goodger, Associate Director of NIH’s Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations.

Several key questions related to this new acquisition vehicle will be addressed:
What are the requirements and key updates for the new contract?
How should a perspective Small or Mid-Tier Business evaluate their positioning?
How does CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP4 compare? What are the detailed changes expected from the previous contract?

Register today: https://lnkd.in/eWW4aUQ

#fedinsights

Some agencies may be faced with significant strains and security issues with their networks due to mass telework in resp...
04/03/2020

Some agencies may be faced with significant strains and security issues with their networks due to mass telework in response to COVID-19. Insufficient bandwidth, undersized remote access solutions, and inconsistent performance of conferencing services are just some of the issues. The ACT-IAC Networks & Telecommunications COI is offering actionable strategies for managers of networks strained by increased telework. We would like to know what your needs are and how the COI can address the issues faced by your agency by offering access to our deep expertise, improve your networking capabilities, and meet your agency’s mission. Contact the N&T COI at [email protected]. We are all in this together!

The ACT-IAC Networks and Telecommunications Community of Interest is the first and longest running COI! The COI, then kn...
04/02/2020

The ACT-IAC Networks and Telecommunications Community of Interest is the first and longest running COI! The COI, then known as a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Telecommunications, was created in 1994 in a specific response to tensions between the government and industry telecommunications firms. The SIG's first task was to work with GSA on issues related to the forthcoming FTS 2000 telecommunications acquisition.

Today, the COI�s mission is to provide clear, impartial feedback and recommendations on networks and #telecommunication issues identified in collaboration with the government project requestors and advisors; provide analyses and insights that serves the collective interests of the #government and #industry; and ensure that information presented includes the collective interests of COI participants. The objective of the COI is to be a thought leader, provide clarity, impartial feedback, and topics for consideration on networks and telecommunication issues and opportunities identified in collaboration with the government project requestors and advisors. #actiacmember

Join us today http://ow.ly/JQXq30qdpcx

The ACT-IAC IT Management and Modernization Community of Interest exists to advise and equip #government with best pract...
03/26/2020

The ACT-IAC IT Management and Modernization Community of Interest exists to advise and equip #government with best practices and lessons learned focused on strengthening #IT management and implementation and accelerating legacy IT #modernization.

This COI covers all aspects of IT management and modernization, to include strategy and policy making, governance, Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC), Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act #FITARA implementation, #Cloud implementation, technology business management #TBM, program and project management, and operations management. #actiacmember

Join today - http://ow.ly/8JTN30qdpcw

The Health Community of Interest (COI) was created in July 2019 as a result of the ACT-IAC mission on health. This COI w...
03/19/2020

The Health Community of Interest (COI) was created in July 2019 as a result of the ACT-IAC mission on health. This COI will cover all aspects of the President�s Management Agenda that relate to #health, support strategy, policy-making and governance, support government on health-related projects, drive to improve health customer experience along with #modernization initiatives, EHR adoption and implementations, medical device security and integration, precision medicine, innovation adoption and modernization, data interoperability and data transparency, and health-related legislative impacts on Federal Health Agencies. This COI will interface and collaborate with other COIs as needed to maximize member engagement and enhance what ACT-IAC can provide to #government. #actiacmember

ACT-IAC members with an interest in Health are encouraged to participate - http://ow.ly/royf30qdpcu

The ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest (COI) promotes improvements to Federal human capital policy, pr...
03/12/2020

The ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest (COI) promotes improvements to Federal human capital policy, practice, and operations. We foster best practices through information exchange, identify, and evaluate emerging #humancapital innovations, and address human capital challenges through government/industry partnerships. The COI provides regular information and access to Federal Human Capital experts through our monthly program offerings, ongoing projects, and #workforce sessions at Imagine Nation ELC. #workforce #humancapital #federalworkforce #actiacmember

Join us today! http://ow.ly/oBlx30qdpct

Our Emerging Technology Commnity of Interest (COI) provides an energetic, collaborative consortium comprised of leading ...
03/05/2020

Our Emerging Technology Commnity of Interest (COI) provides an energetic, collaborative consortium comprised of leading practitioners in data science, technology, and research, engaged with industry, academia, and public officials and executives focused on emerging and leading technologies which transform public sector capabilities. The COI actively monitors the emerging technology landscape and shares lessons learned from the adopted emerging technologies across the federal space. Current Emerging Technology topics include #artificialintelligence #machinelearning #intelligentautomation #RPA #DevOps #IOT #5G #actiacmember

Lend your voice to this vibrant #emergingtech community today! http://ow.ly/uLyI30qdpcs

Federal Acquisition Security Council – National Security Event SimulationEstablishing robust Federal acquisition and sup...
03/04/2020

Federal Acquisition Security Council – National Security Event Simulation

Establishing robust Federal acquisition and supply chain processes are integral to protecting U.S. national security interests. As innovative, dynamic technologies advance and globalization serves an increasingly large role in how the U.S. Government procures goods and services, Federal agencies must proactively and effectively integrate supply chain risk management (SCRM) within their processes and procedures. This session will simulate a tabletop exercise focused on a “rip and replace” scenario where a specific software (Software X) has been identified as a bad actor and Federal agencies must remove the product as mandated by the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC). This simulation will highlight several challenges the Federal acquisition and vendor community may encounter in the event of a rip and replace scenario, including:

Effective communications within a typical supply chain consisting of stakeholders such as: Federal executives, Federal acquisition personnel, large and small businesses, and the additional complexity associated with the relationships among prime contractors, subcontractors, and software suppliers
Understanding and complying with the current legislative and regulatory requirements along with the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder within the impacted supply chain
Identifying High-Value Assets (HVAs) and determining a prioritization process for addressing the impacted systems
Assessing, procuring, and implementing a replacement product

During the simulation, audience members will have a unique opportunity to watch and interact with our “actors” who have recently served or currently serve as a: Federal Department Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Large or Small Business Contractor, or Software Vendor, and have experience in SCRM and the challenges this scenario presents to the Federal acquisition community. During this session, we encourage the audience to participate by sharing real-time responses to a diverse set of questions posed throughout the simulation or by providing written feedback we will gather upon completion of the session.

Learning Objectives:
• Increase overall understanding of SCRM to include recent history and legislation put in place to address supply chain risk, as well as better understand how stakeholders are implementing this legislation and other regulatory requirements
• Gain insights into the complexity of managing Federal contracts impacted by a rip and replace scenario
• Assess how Federal acquisition processes and procedures integrate with SCRM best practices
• Identify how agencies can incorporate best practices to address potential FASC requests to streamline resulting acquisition processes
• Explore the acquisition impact of FASC requests as it pertains to rip and replace scenarios
• Identify next steps acquisition personnel and contractors can take to efficiently and effectively address FASC requests and proactively manage supply chain risk

Acquisition Community of Interest (COI) Supply Chain Due Diligence Project Sponsor: Bill Zielinski, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) within the Federal Acquisition Services (FAS) at the General Services Administration (GSA)

Acquisition COI Supply Chain Due Diligence Project Lead: Juli Dixon, ACT-IAC Acquisition COI Industry Vice-Chair and Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton

Tabletop Exercise Facilitator: Kevin Youel Page, ACT-IAC Acquisition Community of Interest Industry Chair and Specialist Executive, Deloitte Consulting

Presenter: Michele Moss, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Tabletop Exercise Actors:
• CIO Role: Sonny Hashmi, Managing Director Public Sector, BOX, Inc., Former Chief Information Officer of GSA
• CPO Role: Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
• Small Business Role: Lisa Zellers, Technical Director, Redhorse Corporation
• Large Business Role: John Cattaneo, Principal, Capgemini Government Solutions
• Software Vendor Role: Jon Johnson, Principal, ConningtonSnow, LLC

https://www.actiac.org/events/acquisition-excellence-2020?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ae2020

#AE2020

The Cyber COI has a wonderful opportunity to visit the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville, MD and ...
03/04/2020

The Cyber COI has a wonderful opportunity to visit the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville, MD and hear from Nick Ward, Department of Justice CISO discussing important cyber issues faced by his agency. You will not want to miss it!
https://www.actiac.org/events/act-iac-cybersecurity-coi-march-2020

Storytelling is one of the most effective strategies to engage people. Steve Jobs said, "The most powerful person in the...
03/02/2020

Storytelling is one of the most effective strategies to engage people. Steve Jobs said, "The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come." Storytelling is a critical business function not only for business development, but it also aids in recruiting, strategic communication, and team building. Everyone from CIOs and CISOs, all the way down the organization's hierarchy, can use storytelling to impact business and culture.

Learn how a good story can impact business at the Evolving the Workforce COI webinar on March 12.

https://www.actiac.org/events/act-iac-evolving-workforce-coi-march-2020

ACT-IAC professional development programs blend leadership development lessons and relationship blending through program...
02/28/2020

ACT-IAC professional development programs blend leadership development lessons and relationship blending through programs and curriculum's that emphasize learning with and from different perspectives from both government and industry. This weekend the 2020 Associates class did just that with their teambuilding day focusing on Managing Up.

Learn the knowledge and skills you need to more effectively manage your Federal programs and acquisitions with ACT-IAC Academy! The Academy is currently offering courses needed for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM). Whether you work for Government or Industry, come see how this course can help you to learn, grow, and excel. The FAI-verified, FAC-P/PM Programs were built from the ground up specifically to address the requirements of the FAC-P/PM program. For more information and to register visit: https://bit.ly/3abOkmv

Workshop Session Announcement for Acquisition Excellence 2020!Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Mythology: Hype vs. Real...
02/28/2020

Workshop Session Announcement for Acquisition Excellence 2020!

Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Mythology: Hype vs. Reality; Perspectives from Government and Industry at 3:30pm on March 31.

Session Description: Other Transaction Authorities have dramatically changed the landscape of Federal Acquisition, lowering the barriers of entry for new technology providers, reducing procurement lead times, and transitioning technology at the speed of relevance, or so we’re told. The flip side of this story is a lack of competent and informed acquisition professionals, nonexistent training programs, and increasingly diverse set of processes and policies. So, what is the reality behind the hype and sensationalism? This panel focuses on the perspectives of Industry and Government practitioners who live these “Other” Authorities every day.

Learning objectives:
• Learn from Industry and Government experiences in executing under the Other Transaction Authorities
• Gain insight on industry hurdles to identifying and bidding under OTA
• Gain insight into Government challenges in training personnel and gaining authority to execute
• Learn the top benefits and drawbacks to working under the Other Transaction Authorities, and perspectives for their expansion

Moderator: Stan Soloway, Celero Strategies LLC

Panelists:
Wes Bennett, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Brian Serra, U.S. Army Contracting Command
John Major, Achates Power
Bob Tuohy, ATI | Advanced Technology International
Dolores Kuchina-Musina, MBA, CFCM, CF APMP, Acumen Solutions
Al Rinaldi, United States Department of Defense

It's time for Voyagers Got Talent! Join the fun TONIGHT for one of the most exciting Fellows events of the year; A Night...
02/27/2020

It's time for Voyagers Got Talent! Join the fun TONIGHT for one of the most exciting Fellows events of the year; A Night at the Grand Ole Opry hosted by the 2020 Voyagers class. This year VGT will raise funds for America’s VetDogs. This organization trains and places service dogs for United States veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities.

Registration to Voyagers Got Talent is open to all Fellows as well as friends and family of the 2020 Voyagers. Register today! https://bit.ly/38RVEnq

The ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI) provides opportunities for #industry and #federalgovernment to ide...
02/27/2020

The ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI) provides opportunities for #industry and #federalgovernment to identify, raise awareness, and provide solutions to #cybersecurity challenges critical to protecting our national interests. The COI facilitates collaborative development and implementation of solutions and best practices related to cybersecurity challenges.
The Cybersecurity COI is focused on being a primary contributor for ACT-IAC membership to solve their key challenges of information security and privacy. The COI goal is to provide thought leadership to effectively enable them to address their mission security and privacy needs in the midst of mission needs, applicable governmental policy, regulations and laws, and the ever-changing IT security and privacy threats. COI members focus on blending information security, sharing, and privacy policies from acquisition through execution. #cyber #zerotrust #security
#actiacmember

All ACT-IAC members are welcome to join! http://ow.ly/KYjw30qdpcq

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#ConnectingTheDots Come hear from influential stakeholders provide insight/recommendations on Federal Technology Deployment aligned to "Mission" Register for free: http://bit.ly/2Oc1pnC
The team at ACT-IAC , staff and many volunteers did a fabulous job on putting on a great conference. There was so much to do, it was hard making a decision. Suzette Kent, our Federal CIO, stayed for the full program and engaged members through out the day. THANK YOU to all involved.
We are super excited about the ACT IACi NexUS Community event “Moving Between Government and Industry, Thursday, June 7th from 4:30 -6:30 PM. I’m certain you’ve heard all kinds of things about working in government and industry. Come out for the discussion and see if the grass is greener on the other side. Hope to see you there. Details are here: https://lnkd.in/dA6ipDC.
The wait is over! You can now view agenda details and register for Imagine Nation - ELC 2018 at this link: http://www.imaginenation2018.org/ Don't delay -- take advantage of early bird prices today! And visit the site often as we populate it with new speakers and session details on a weekly basis!