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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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How do companies decided when to bid? What does it take to successfully negotiate a teaming agreement? If you are an ear...
01/06/2020
Associates Overview

How do companies decided when to bid? What does it take to successfully negotiate a teaming agreement? If you are an early career professional in government IT and want to learn more about the industry while also building your leadership development skills, ACT-IAC's Associate program is for you! Applications for the 2020 Class are open through January 10! Learn more and apply by visiting https://bit.ly/34I1DrF.
#themoreyouknow #leadershipdevelopment #professionaldevelopment

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Some researchers estimate 75% of the population experiences glossophobia. U...
01/03/2020

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Some researchers estimate 75% of the population experiences glossophobia. Unfortunately for career professionals, avoiding public speaking is not an option. Fortunately for ACT-IAC members, the Associates Program has a session on public speaking that teaches the skills and allows Associates to practice in a safe environment. If you're an early level professional who want develop their leadership skills, including the dreaded public speaking skill, Associates is for you! Applications for the 2020 Class are open now! Learn more and apply by visiting https://bit.ly/34I1DrF.
#themoreyouknow #leadershipdevelopment #professionaldevelopment

What does it really mean to "walk in the shoes of your counterparts in government or industry"? In ACT-IAC's Partners pr...
01/02/2020

What does it really mean to "walk in the shoes of your counterparts in government or industry"? In ACT-IAC's Partners program, it means learning with and from each other as you collaborate with other executives facing similar challenges in government IT through a 1:1 ratio of government to industry participants. Let the Partners program help prepare you for executive leadership roles in SES or the C-suite ranks. Applications for the 2020 Class are open now! Learn more and apply by visiting https://bit.ly/2MfhZBw.
#themoreyouknow #leadershipdevelopment #professionaldevelopment

2009-2019. Then, the premier Professional Development program in the federal IT field. Now, the premier Professional Dev...
12/31/2019

2009-2019. Then, the premier Professional Development program in the federal IT field. Now, the premier Professional Development in the federal IT field. Some things may have changed, but over 660 Partners graduates will tell you the impact has stayed the same. Apply today to be a part of the 2020 Partners Class https://bit.ly/2MfhZBw.
#10yearChallenge

Do you wonder what it actually means to manage up and if it's really worth the fuss? Apply to ACT-IAC's Associates progr...
12/30/2019

Do you wonder what it actually means to manage up and if it's really worth the fuss? Apply to ACT-IAC's Associates program and learn what it means to effectively manage up and gain the tools to advance your career to the next step. Associates is ACT-IAC's leadership development program for early career professionals. Applications for the 2020 Class are open through January 10! Learn more and apply by visiting https://bit.ly/34I1DrF.
#themoreyouknow #leadershipdevelopment #professionaldevelopment

Planning for the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Acquisition Excellence Conference...
12/19/2019
Acquisition Excellence 2020 Call for Volunteers

Planning for the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Acquisition Excellence Conference 2020 is underway and we are looking for volunteers to join the planning committee! We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on content, objectives, potential keynotes, and value and benefit to members as the agenda comes together.

If you would like to join the 2020 Acquisition Excellence planning committee, please let us know: https://www.actiac.org/acquisition-excellence-2020-call-volunteers

Acquisition Excellence will take place on March 31, 2020 and registration is currently open: https://www.actiac.org/events/acquisition-excellence-2020

Outstanding panel on “Cloud Smart, AI, Application Rationalization = Innovation” at today’s Networks and Telecommunicati...
12/18/2019

Outstanding panel on “Cloud Smart, AI, Application Rationalization = Innovation” at today’s Networks and Telecommunications COI meeting. Panel moderated by Pete Tseronis. Panelists are Stephen Naumann, General Services Administration; Gardy Rosius, Department of Energy; and Anthony Vicinelly, Nlyte Software on December 18, 2019.

Outstanding panel on “Cloud Smart, AI, Application Rationalization = Innovation” at today’s Networks and Telecommunications COI meeting. Panel moderated by Pete Tseronis. Panelists are Stephen Naumann, General Services Administration; Gardy Rosius, Department of Energy; and Anthony Vicinelly, Nlyte Software on December 18, 2019.

2019 ACT-IAC Fellows Holiday Party
12/17/2019

2019 ACT-IAC Fellows Holiday Party

Censeo Consulting Group
11/22/2019

Censeo Consulting Group

Vinai Trichur, Partner at Censeo, was a panelist on the "Advancing Data-Driven Decision-Making in the Public Sector" panel this morning at the ACT IAC's Data-Driven Decision-Making Forum.

This forum provides an excellent platform for thought leaders to share their insights into data-driven decision-making and the large role it will play in transforming the public sector moving forward. #actiacforum #datadrivendecisions

As stated in the President's management Agenda, "Data, Accountability, and Transparency" are key drivers of effective an...
11/22/2019

As stated in the President's management Agenda, "Data, Accountability, and Transparency" are key drivers of effective and trustworthy government. Leveraging data as a strategic asset is key to establishing agency priorities, policies, and effective governance. The comprehensive Federal Data Strategy and the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 emphasize the collaboration and coordination of advancing data and evidence-building functions in the federal government.

This forum shares the government's need for a new law, a summary of the released action plans and what each agency needs to do to comply. In addition, the planning team will present the findings of the: "ACT-IAC Advancing Data Driven Decision-Making in the Public Sector" special project results.

As stated in the President's management Agenda, "Data, Accountability, and Transparency" are key drivers of effective and trustworthy government. Leveraging data as a strategic asset is key to establishing agency priorities, policies, and effective governance. The comprehensive Federal Data Strategy and the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 emphasize the collaboration and coordination of advancing data and evidence-building functions in the federal government.

This forum shares the government's need for a new law, a summary of the released action plans and what each agency needs to do to comply. In addition, the planning team will present the findings of the: "ACT-IAC Advancing Data Driven Decision-Making in the Public Sector" special project results.

Today at the  2019 Government IT Sales Summit ACT-IAC CEO Dave Wennergren moderated an Agency Cloud Adoption: A 2020 Ass...
11/21/2019

Today at the 2019 Government IT Sales Summit ACT-IAC CEO Dave Wennergren moderated an Agency Cloud Adoption: A 2020 Assessment.

Cloud Smart, otherwise known as the 2019 Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, emphasizes an integrated focus on security, procurement and the workforce to ensure sufficient resources for effective cloud migration. Select agency-wide procurements are well underway in DOD and the intelligence community. Other agencies are moving more slowly to adopt cloud computing or their investments are limited to low-risk applications. What are the real barriers to cloud adoption and how are new acquisition strategies helping to accelerate migration?

Moderator: David Wennergren Chief Executive Officer, ACT-IAC
Panelists:
Gary Barlet Chief Information Officer, U.S. Postal Service, OIG
Thomas A. Beach Chief Data Strategist, USPTO
Adam Clater Chief Architect, Red Hat
Alfred Rivera Principal, Breakwater Solutions, LLC, Former Director, DISA
Oki Mek Senior Adviser, Dept. of Health and Human Services

The Associates Program prepares entry-level professionals, with up to six years of experience, for their future roles as...
11/21/2019

The Associates Program prepares entry-level professionals, with up to six years of experience, for their future roles as leaders in government and industry. This unique program fosters career growth through coaching and classroom training as well as independent and team exercises. The ten-month program trains ambitious young professionals who want to master skills such as personal branding and career management early in their careers. The Associates Program provides essential personal, team, and career development trainings by the trusted subject matter experts within the government IT community. The monthly educational programs are primarily held outside of normal business hours and reveal real world tips and techniques from some of the industry's most successful individuals.

The Associates Program prepares entry-level professionals, with up to six years of experience, for their future roles as leaders in government and industry. This unique program fosters career growth through coaching and classroom training as well as independent and team exercises. The ten-month program trains ambitious young professionals who want to master skills such as personal branding and career management early in their careers. The Associates Program provides essential personal, team, and career development trainings by the trusted subject matter experts within the government IT community. The monthly educational programs are primarily held outside of normal business hours and reveal real world tips and techniques from some of the industry's most successful individuals.

ACT-IAC Membership Meeting November 2019
11/20/2019

ACT-IAC Membership Meeting November 2019

Emerging Technology COI Blockchain Shark Tank
11/19/2019

Emerging Technology COI Blockchain Shark Tank

We had a great time at the Emerging Technology COI Blockchain Shark Tank this morning! A big thank you to our sharks/jud...
11/19/2019

We had a great time at the Emerging Technology COI Blockchain Shark Tank this morning! A big thank you to our sharks/judging panel: Bajinder Paul, Mike Wetklow, Craig Fischer, Adam Goldberg and Sherri Sokol for spending their time with us.

Congratulations to IBM for winning the Judges Award. They will present their pitch to the Federal CTO council.

And congratulations to Leidos for winning the Audience Choice Award.

Thanks to all of the participants and attendees!

#blockchain #emergingtech #actiacmember

Jeremy Wood and Todd Hager, the chairs of the Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI) are welcoming attendees to...
11/19/2019

Jeremy Wood and Todd Hager, the chairs of the Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI) are welcoming attendees to the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Blockchain Shark Tank at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, DC this morning. We can't wait to see all the great pitches! #actiacmember #blockchain #emergingtech

Nominations for Igniting Innovation 2020 Are Now Open!Nominations Are Due By January 31, 2020Anyone can nominate an inno...
11/18/2019
2020 Innovations to improve services to citizens and government operations

Nominations for Igniting Innovation 2020 Are Now Open!

Nominations Are Due By January 31, 2020
Anyone can nominate an innovation that benefits (or could benefit) services to citizens and government operations.

There is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit - you may submit more than one.

Nominations must have been conceived, developed, deployed or upgraded in the last two years to be eligible.

All of the nominations will be reviewed by a panel of government and industry executives in early 2020 to select the finalists. The points of contact in the nomination form will be notified if they are selected as a finalist.

https://www.actiac.org/2020-innovations-improve-services-citizens-and-government-operations

#ignitinginnovation

2. Describe your innovation and why it is innovative. Be as descriptive as possible and specifically address the following (1,000 word limit):

On November 15th, American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is partnering with IRIS Health S...
11/13/2019

On November 15th, American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is partnering with IRIS Health Solutions, LLC to offer a 4 hour, hands on HL7® Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) for Executives course.

Take advantage of this introductory course rate now (additional exclusive pricing for ACT-IAC members) earn 4 CEUs: https://lnkd.in/f2WFzZ5

#FHIR4Execs #fhir #interoperability #courses

During this extended “Straight Talk” program, HHS agency representatives discussed a broad cross section of topics that ...
11/07/2019

During this extended “Straight Talk” program, HHS agency representatives discussed a broad cross section of topics that are not only of interest to the small business community but also of interest to large businesses and other Federal stakeholders.

During this extended “Straight Talk” program, HHS agency representatives discussed a broad cross section of topics that are not only of interest to the small business community but also of interest to large businesses and other Federal stakeholders.

Acquisition Excellence 2020 Strategic PlanningPlanning for Acquisition Excellence 2020 will soon be underway! Prior to a...
11/07/2019

Acquisition Excellence 2020 Strategic Planning

Planning for Acquisition Excellence 2020 will soon be underway! Prior to arranging the planning team, American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) would like to schedule an initial strategic planning and white board session that includes government and industry members to hear your thoughts and ideas on content, objectives, potential keynotes, and value and benefit to members.

If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please contact Colleen Kennedy via email at [email protected].

http://ow.ly/wJHt50x47SN

#actiacmember #conference #acquisitionprofessional

The ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance is looking forward to our next Straight Talk with the U.S. Department of Health & Hu...
11/06/2019
ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance: Straight Talk featuring HHS

The ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance is looking forward to our next Straight Talk with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), which works in partnership with state and local agencies and the private sector to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans and foster advances in medicine, public health, and social services. Attendees from both the public and private sectors will learn how to work with one of the largest Federal agencies as it seeks to enhance the health security of hundreds of millions of American citizens.

During this extended “Straight Talk” program, HHS agency representatives will discuss a broad cross section of topics that are not only of interest to the small business community but also of interest to large businesses and other Federal stakeholders, as well. The topics include:

Steps that companies – and especially small businesses – can take to grow and succeed while supporting HHS customers.
Suggestions for small businesses that want to increase their engagement with HHS and its primary OpDivs.
Procurement trends that HHS is seeing and how these trends will impact forthcoming business opportunities.

Keynote: David R. Dasher, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions & Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (Confirmed)

Speakers:

Cameron Hernandez, Branch Chief, Program Support Branch (PSB), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Division of Contracts and Grants, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (Confirmed)

Michelle Street, PhD, Acting Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (Confirmed)

You can still join us tomorrow! Onsite registration will begin at 8:45am.

https://www.actiac.org/events/act-iac-small-business-alliance-straight-talk-featuring-hhs

The ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance is pleased to announce Straight Talk with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), which works in partnership with state and local agencies and the private sector to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans and foster advances in...

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is engineered to automate routine, high volume, rules-based and repetitive tasks that w...
11/01/2019

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is engineered to automate routine, high volume, rules-based and repetitive tasks that would otherwise be performed by the workforce. By converting these manual tasks into BOTS, cost savings are recognized, human error is minimized, and staff can focus on more strategic tasks.

This forum presented case examples of successfully deployed BOTS applications in government and industry along with addressing the steps, and sometimes barriers, in graduating and scaling from a BOTs pilot to full production.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is engineered to automate routine, high volume, rules-based and repetitive tasks that would otherwise be performed by the workforce. By converting these manual tasks into BOTS, cost savings are recognized, human error is minimized, and staff can focus on more strategic tasks.

This forum presented case examples of successfully deployed BOTS applications in government and industry along with addressing the steps, and sometimes barriers, in graduating and scaling from a BOTs pilot to full production.

Welcome to AMA Consulting LLC; ATARC; Clarus Group; Contract Administration Network, LLC; East Bay Partnership; FWG Solu...
11/01/2019

Welcome to AMA Consulting LLC; ATARC; Clarus Group; Contract Administration Network, LLC; East Bay Partnership; FWG Solutions; Koniag; Sonora & Associates, LLC; Sumo Creek; Tiber Creek Consulting; Management Science & Innovation, Inc.; NucoreVision; and PatientPoint - the newest ACT-IAC Members in October 2019!

Thank you for joining our community and we look forward to working with you!

ACT IAC's cover photo
11/01/2019

ACT IAC's cover photo

Imagine Nation ELC 2019
11/01/2019

Imagine Nation ELC 2019

Here is another great reason to attend Imagine Nation ELC 2019! Thanks to Emily Black, NexUS Industry Chair, for sharing...
09/23/2019

Here is another great reason to attend Imagine Nation ELC 2019! Thanks to Emily Black, NexUS Industry Chair, for sharing her reasons for attending #imaginenationELC - "As a member of the NexUS community, going to ELC the last 2 years have been incredibly beneficial to my growth. ELC allows me to get a glimpse of where the government wants to go in their technical journey and align myself and my career appropriately. I always leave feeling excited about what we can accomplish and where we are going. It really energizes me for another year!"

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