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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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Steven Goodrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc confirmed to moder...
07/17/2020

Steven Goodrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc confirmed to moderate the Re-skilling Labor: From Low Value to High Value session at the Shared Services Summit 2020 brought to you by ACT-IAC and SSLC #actiacforum

Learn more about this event and register here: http://ow.ly/jLr230qYTp0

View Candidate Statements now for the 2020 IAC Executive Committee and join American Council for Technology - Industry A...
06/03/2020

View Candidate Statements now for the 2020 IAC Executive Committee and join American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) tomorrow, June 4 at 4:30pm for our General Membership meeting! Registration is free - https://lnkd.in/dKrrB8d

Executive Vice Chair (1 Position)
Individual elected as Executive Vice Chair will become IAC Chair in 2021
Margie Graves, Margie Graves, LLC
Tim Smith, OnPoint Consulting

Vice Chair For Finance (1 Position)
Tim Cooke, ASI Government

Vice Chair At Large (4 Positions)
Jonathan Benett, Adobe
Todd Hager, Macro Solutions
Ann-Marie Johnson, MS, PMP, ArdentMC
Ellen Foster Kuhn, Oracle
Kelly Morrison, Grant Thornton Public Sector
Simon Szykman, Attain, LLC
Gregory Touhill, AppGate Federal Group
Kevin Youel Page, Deloitte

#actiacmember #leadership

IT Management and Modernization COI Meeting on June 9Thomas Sasala, Chief Data Officer for the Department of the Navy, w...
06/03/2020

IT Management and Modernization COI Meeting on June 9

Thomas Sasala, Chief Data Officer for the Department of the Navy, will be the guest speaker at the June 9 IT Management and Modernization COI Virtual meet-up.

Register today - https://lnkd.in/epzRwRH

#actiacmember #modernization

Timeline Photos
06/02/2020

Timeline Photos

Join us on on Thursday, June 4th at 4:30pm for a virtual ACT-IAC General Membership Meeting and IAC Executive Committee ...
06/01/2020

Join us on on Thursday, June 4th at 4:30pm for a virtual ACT-IAC General Membership Meeting and IAC Executive Committee nominations watch party.

Change is happening at ACT-IAC and you won’t want to miss this virtual meeting! This meeting is an especially important meeting, as it will feature candidate statements for the IAC Executive Committee.

Meeting Highlights:
- IAC Executive Committee updates from our IAC Chair and an overview of our key upcoming Events
- Recognition of our outgoing leadership leaving Federal Service
- Candidate Statements from IAC Executive Committee Nominees

Register for free: https://lnkd.in/dKrrB8d

#actiacmember #leadership #membership

Join us for Category Management 101 today, May 28 at 10:30amCategory Management increases procurement efficiency, delive...
05/28/2020

Join us for Category Management 101 today, May 28 at 10:30am

Category Management increases procurement efficiency, delivers more value and savings from the government's acquisition programs, and helps the government meets its small business goals. Learn how you can participate as a industry partner in a first of several virtual sessions on the topic on 5/28 hosted by the ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance.

Register Now - https://bit.ly/2yremVw

Thank you to our sponsor for this session REI Systems

#actiacwebinar #smallbizalliance

Hear from leaders from the Department of Treasury and General Services Administration as they discuss the benefits of Ca...
05/27/2020

Hear from leaders from the Department of Treasury and General Services Administration as they discuss the benefits of Category Management for Small Businesses, and the ways that you as a small business can participate in the first of several sessions on the topic on tomorrow, May 28th at 10:30am.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/2yremVw

Thank you to our sponsor for this session REI Systems

The Continuous Value Office (CVO) is an IT operating model that ensures the people, processes and technologies successfu...
05/27/2020

The Continuous Value Office (CVO) is an IT operating model that ensures the people, processes and technologies successfully meet and exceed the unique challenges posed by technology modernization and emerging technologies in Federal IT.

On June 2, a Macro Solutions sponsored webinar will be discussing the following:
• Review the state of the Federal IT and the need for a change
• Discover the structure of a Services-based IT Operating Model
• Learn about platforms capable of hosting a CVO Model: ServiceNow, BMC Helix
• Listen to a CVO success story: elements of a CVO in practice

Join us on June 2, 2020 at noon ET to learn more! Register today! https://bit.ly/2Wd1mfn

We asked Bill Zielinski, Assistant Commissioner, IT Category in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service and Government Chair f...
05/26/2020

We asked Bill Zielinski, Assistant Commissioner, IT Category in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service and Government Chair for ELC 2020 to share why Virtual ELC is important for both gov and industry.

Bill is dedicated to leveraging technology to improve the way our gov works. Bill is a current member of the ACT Exec Committee and a regular volunteer at ACT-IAC events. In 2019 Bill served as Gov Vice Chair for ELC and received the ACT-IAC Collaboration Award.

Why did you volunteer to lead ELC? ELC is the ACT-IAC capstone event and brings together so many from across the #FedIT community to collaborate on how to use tech to improve gov mission outcomes. Tim Smith and I had so much fun as Vice Chairs in 2019 that working alongside him in 2020 was an easy decision!

Why should everyone attend virtual ELC this year? This year, as we face the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, ELC has an opportunity to highlight the power of Gov and Industry collaboration in creating a more agile culture and tech and enabling mission resiliency. Not only will there be great content and speakers, but we’re planning an event that will use technology to deliver everything great about ELC to a potentially broader and more geographically dispersed audience.

#imaginenationELC

https://lnkd.in/ebPttVR

We asked Tim Smith, President, OnPoint and Industry Chair for ELC 2020 to share why Virtual ELC is important for both go...
05/26/2020

We asked Tim Smith, President, OnPoint and Industry Chair for ELC 2020 to share why Virtual ELC is important for both government and industry.

Tim is dedicated to leveraging technology to improve the way our government works. He is a current member of the IAC Executive Committee, the Innovators Circle and a regular volunteer at ACT-IAC events. In 2019 Tim served as Industry Vice Chair for ELC and also received the ACT-IAC Industry President and Chairman Award.

Why did you volunteer to lead ELC? I had so much fun as Vice Chair in 2019 that I wanted to be involved again! ELC brings together the best parts of ACT-IAC; working with smart people, across gov and industry, to create something that is focused on improving our gov. It just doesn’t get any better. And, being able to work alongside Bill Zielinski again is just the proverbial icing on the cake!

Why should everyone attend virtual ELC this year? ELC has always been about great content, speakers and interaction and while we’ll all miss not being together, we’re currently planning an event that will use technology to deliver everything great about ELC with even MORE. By deciding to go virtual now, we have plenty of time to plan a great conference!

#imaginenationELC

https://lnkd.in/ebPttVR

American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Moving to Virtual Conferences and Events for the R...
05/26/2020
ACT-IAC Moving to Virtual Conferences and Events for the rest of 2020

American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Moving to Virtual Conferences and Events for the Rest of 2020

After a lot of research and evaluation, we have made the decision to move to virtual events for the rest of the calendar year, to include our major conferences. We have made this proactive decision, first and foremost, to help preserve the health, safety and well-being of all of you—our members, neighbors and friends. This move to virtual conferences will help us to continue to provide crucial opportunities for our government and industry members to continue to collaborate on the top issues facing government today, while also expanding the opportunity to participate in events by eliminating the time and cost of traveling to in-person conferences.

Read more: https://www.actiac.org/act-iac-moving-virtual-conferences-and-events-rest-2020

#actiacmember #actiacwebinar #events #virtualevents

ACT-IAC Moving to Virtual Conferences and Events for the rest of 2020

"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

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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!