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

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DevOps Forum 2020
02/26/2020

DevOps Forum 2020

The ACT-IAC Emerging Technology COI organized a “emerging tech forum” for the Defense Logistics Agency research and deve...
02/26/2020

The ACT-IAC Emerging Technology COI organized a “emerging tech forum” for the Defense Logistics Agency research and development team, providing not only a snapshot into the details and impact of emerging technologies but also showcase examples of projects happening in real-time and the opportunities for transformation. Topics included #zerotrust, #cloud, #blockchain, #artificialintelligence, #intelligentautomation #RPA, #ITasaService, etc

The ACT-IAC Emerging Technology COI organized a “emerging tech forum” for the Defense Logistics Agency research and development team, providing not only a snapshot into the details and impact of emerging technologies but also showcase examples of projects happening in real-time and the opportunities for transformation. Topics included #zerotrust, #cloud, #blockchain, #artificialintelligence, #intelligentautomation #RPA, #ITasaService, etc

Workshop Announcement for Acquisition Excellence - March 31!Innovating Requirements Development WorkshopDriving the tran...
02/26/2020

Workshop Announcement for Acquisition Excellence - March 31!

Innovating Requirements Development Workshop

Driving the transformation of the federal enterprise through innovation is central to improving American’s lives and restoring faith in government. High quality requirements development is fundamental to the overall success of a project. The federal government can leverage techniques that have already been successfully employed by industry and commercial organizations. This session will focus on innovative solutions that have been used to generate valuable and accurate requirements.Those sharing insights will represent the CIO community, Acquisition Executives, Industry leaders who has worked with federal agencies on requirements development.

Panelists:
Stephany Bellomo, Carnegie Mellon University
Jonathan Evans, CSM / CSPO, GSA
Joseph Wawro, SES, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Moderator: Jason Keplinger, T-Rex Solutions, LLC

Register to join us today - https://bit.ly/36BDAeN

#AE2020 #acquisition

If you missed the DevOps Forum last week, we rounded up the best best ways to read all about it!American Council for Tec...
02/26/2020
ACT-IAC White Paper: DevOps Primer

If you missed the DevOps Forum last week, we rounded up the best best ways to read all about it!

American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council White Paper: DevOps Primer: https://www.actiac.org/act-iac-white-paper-devops-primer

FCW: https://fcw.com/articles/2020/02/21/open-source-feds-johnson.aspx

FedScoop: https://www.fedscoop.com/agencies-devops-procurement-challenges/

MeriTalk: https://www.meritalk.com/articles/primer-released-to-guide-agencies-in-devops-implementation/

ACT-IAC Events Calendar: https://www.actiac.org/upcoming-events

DEVOPS PRIMER: CASE STUDIES AND BEST PRACTICES FROM ACROSS GOVERNMENT Developed by the DevOps Working Group, ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest

Partners Class of 2020
02/26/2020

Partners Class of 2020

Associates Class of 2020
02/26/2020

Associates Class of 2020

DevOps Forum 2020
02/20/2020

DevOps Forum 2020

Is #CX your passion? Join our Customer Experience Community of Interest (COI) today!The mission of the CX COI is to impr...
02/19/2020

Is #CX your passion? Join our Customer Experience Community of Interest (COI) today!

The mission of the CX COI is to improve government services by breaking down barriers and challenges, transferring knowledge and best practices from G2G and B2G and creating an ongoing network of sharing. The COI works to promote understanding of CX principles, vision, and benefit across government agencies to foster a positive CX culture across and within government and business; Increase buy-in of CX within executive levels of government; Educate agencies on operationalizing Trust metrics; and Facilitate the exchange of CX best practices #customerexperience

Join today - http://ow.ly/Biq030qdpcp

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Volunteer Hightlight! Judy Ayala, CEO, Nueducation Incorporated, is a member of the Igniting Innovation Conference and A...
02/18/2020

Volunteer Hightlight! Judy Ayala, CEO, Nueducation Incorporated, is a member of the Igniting Innovation Conference and Awards planning team - thanks for all that you do!

Why did you get involved with Igniting Innovation? Because I think it's imperative to recognize the work that truly brings value and helps the federal sector and education organizations to accomplish their mission.

Why should you attend? Because is an event that inspires and sparks minds to think creatively and outside of the box.

Judy is an experienced collaborator, passionate about making a positive impact, and committed to delivering customized technical solutions designed with her clients’ vision in mind. Judy works strategically with clients ranging from the Public Sector, to Private Corporations, and Higher Education Institutions to facilitate the transformation and optimization of their services; reusing existing technology investments in creative ways, saving her customers often millions of dollars. She founded NUEDUCATION in 2010 leading her team with tenacity for innovation.

https://www.actiac.org/events/igniting-innovation-2020-conference-and-awards

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ACT-IAC Partners Leadership Development Program Selects2020 Class of 20 Government and 20 Industry ParticipantsThis nine...
02/14/2020
ACT-IAC

ACT-IAC Partners Leadership Development Program Selects
2020 Class of 20 Government and 20 Industry Participants

This nine month program pairs government and industry professionals to collectively engage, develop and
prepare for their future roles at the Senior Executive Service (SES) and corporate executive
officer levels.

“Outstanding professional development programs are a key component of the ACT-IAC value
proposition,” said David Wennergren, ACT-IAC CEO, “and the Partners Program has a 24 year
legacy of building relationships and honing leadership skills.”

2020 Government Partners Program participants:
Marcela Almeida, Internal Revenue Service
Thomas T. Booker, Bureau of the Fiscal Service
Shila R. Cooch, Office of Management and Budget
Kimberly Coplen, Federal Aviation Administration
Spencer Cummings, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Andrew Fabrizio, Small Business Administration
Joseph Foster, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Peter Gillis, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Tonya L. Judkins, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Franklyn Matthews, Department of Commerce, Enterprise Services
Atash Mehta, Department of Labor
Mike O'Connor, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tonya R. Pruitt, General Services Administration
Marisa A. Roinestad, Internal Revenue Service
Tamika Denise Spencer, General Services Administration
Stacy Swann, General Services Administration
Ellery Roosevelt Taylor, General Services Administration
Anmy D Torres, Department of Justice
Janusz Wasiolek, Library of Congress
Kristen Wilson, General Services Administration

2020 Industry Partners Program participants:
Darby Bade, General Dynamics Information Technology
Pamela Bosque, Perspecta
D.J. Dart, Unisys Federal Systems
Raj Dasgupta, Riva Solutions, Inc
Lisa Gardner, Leidos
Beth Gomolka, Excella
Grady Johnson, CGI Federal
Bradley Kistler, IBM
Evan Lee, ICF
Andrew J Lindner, Sawdey Solution Services, Inc.
Aaron Moak, PingWind, Inc.
Sridhar T Rajagopalan, Alpha Omega Integration LLC
Pam Rubin, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Pooja Sangwan, Attain
Rakhi Sharma, Rigil Corporation
Karen Shrum, Ernst &Young LLP (EY)
Michael Spagna, MetroStar Systems, Inc.
Heath Starr, Science Application International Corporation (SAIC)
Steven Walker, Accenture Federal Services
Jeffrey Wehner, LMI

Interested in learning more about our Acquisition Community of Interest (COI)? The mission of the #Acquisition COI is th...
02/13/2020

Interested in learning more about our Acquisition Community of Interest (COI)?

The mission of the #Acquisition COI is the connect government (procurement and program) and industry to new ideas and approaches to improve Federal acquisition in a forum that enables collaboration, encourages exploration and innovation, and generates results that have impact and endure.

Any active member of ACT-IAC can join the Acquisition COI - http://ow.ly/5zlU30qdpcn

http://ow.ly/M1sP30qdpco

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This just in, the deadline for submitting nominations for Igniting Innovation has been extended! We are looking for inno...
02/12/2020

This just in, the deadline for submitting nominations for Igniting Innovation has been extended! We are looking for innovators in government, industry, and academia to showcase their innovations at the seventh annual Igniting Innovation Conference and Awards on May 27th!

Nominating is quick, easy, and free. Nominations are due by February 28th. https://bit.ly/2NRF5yS

#ignitinginnovation

Throughout 2020, American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) will be showcasing our member vol...
02/11/2020

Throughout 2020, American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) will be showcasing our member volunteers that lead and support all of our programs. Today we are pleased to highlight Cheryl Waldrup, Chair of the Dept. of Transportation Federal Insights Exchange (FIE)!

Cheryl Waldrup, Chief Growth Officer, Strongbridge LLC

Cheryl is a senior capture and business development executive with more than 20 years of experience in the information technology (IT) and federal government contracting arena. She has served at both privately-held and publicly-traded companies, as well as one of the largest ESOPs in the U.S. Specializing in capture, brand management, partner marketing, strategic planning, business development and product launch, Cheryl's experience spans diverse markets in both large scale and smaller, entrepreneurial environments.

Why did you volunteer? I volunteered for the DOT Federal Insights Exchange (FIE) at ACT-IAC to drive increased collaboration between industry and the Department of Transportation with the objective of better serving and enabling the agency’s mission.

What do you find most rewarding about participating? Whether serving on the Executive Committee (EC) or in my role on the DOT FIE, I love the fact that ACT-IAC appreciates, recognizes and empowers its volunteers to do great things. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to interact with both new members and longtime participants and to learn from both. As a volunteer, I have a front-row seat to innovation in technology, acquisition and government missions; and my voice matters as new programs are being launched. Finally, it’s a lot of fun!

ACT-IAC Voyager Spotlight: We are pleased to introduce you to the copilot pair of John Burke and Muhammad Khan.Name: Joh...
02/10/2020

ACT-IAC Voyager Spotlight: We are pleased to introduce you to the copilot pair of John Burke and Muhammad Khan.

Name: John Burke
Title: Product Manager
Company: General Services Administration
I manage our eTools portfolio of applications, including GSA Advantage and eBuy, which provide the government an electronic marketplace to connect to vendors for products and services.
What are you enjoying about Voyagers: The Voyagers program has helped me to reimagine what it means to be a leader- we all bring our individual styles to the table instead of following a prescriptive formula. I've really enjoyed getting to know everyone in my flight crew and our Voyagers cohort.

Name: Muhammad Khan, MBA
Title: Solutions Executive
Company: Verizon
Muhammad is a native to Northern Virginia with over 11 years of experience in the Federal marketplace. Over the past several years Muhammad has been a Solutions Executive with Verizon, serving as the Capture Manager on recompetes of incumbent contracts and new business. He has supported numerous opportunities that range from $10 million to over $1 billion in contract value for both Civilian and DoD agencies.
What are you enjoying about Voyagers:
I have really enjoyed the program thus far, I have already found myself utilizing some of the leadership skills we have reviewed in our off-site sessions. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of the program has led to me building valuable long-lasting relationships with my fellow Voyagers and ACT-IAC Leaders.

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Have you ever had to take dispirited employees into your team? Learn from history how Joshua Chamberlain was given 140 m...
02/07/2020

Have you ever had to take dispirited employees into your team? Learn from history how Joshua Chamberlain was given 140 mutineers to supplement his forces during the Gettysburg battle with the instruction to bring the mutineers in line or shoot them.

During this exciting course presented by ACT-IAC Academy Partner Four Score Consulting, learn how to engage and motivate employees through lessons learned from Chamberlin.

This class will be held on 2/12, Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

Registration closes at 5pm so register right away to secure your spot! https://bit.ly/2R5uFww

#professionaldevelopment

The  #CommunitiesofInterest (#COIs) are the heart of the ACT-IAC collaboration, where government and industry are workin...
02/06/2020

The #CommunitiesofInterest (#COIs) are the heart of the ACT-IAC collaboration, where government and industry are working together to develop best practices, new solutions, and innovative strategies to improve government through the application of technology. COIs were created in 1994 (they were then known as Special Interest Groups or SIGs). In 2015, SIGs were rebranded as Communities of Interests (COIs).

The COIs address specific areas and provide an opportunity for government and industry to work together to improve government. COIs host regular programming that interests their members and establish projects and events that enable close collaboration.

Participation in the #COIs is open to all ACT-IAC current members.

To see a full list of the current COIs visit us here: http://ow.ly/Kg2130qdpcm

For additional information, please contact Nancy Delanoche, Director for Communities of Interest at [email protected].

#actiacmember #volunteer

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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!