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Congressman Gerry Connolly

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation

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Congressman Gerry Connolly

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia.

Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority. In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy on issues related to information security, including cybersecurity and privacy; government-wide federal information technology management and innovation; and procurement.

Congressman Connolly also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, Connolly passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region’s air quality.

For his efforts, he has twice been recognized as a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 winner, was named the 2013 FedScoop Tech Champion of the Year, the 2015 FCW Eagle Award recipient, and received the AFFIRM Award for Leadership in the IT community.

He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.

In addition to his Committee assignments, Congressman Connolly is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, a founding member and Chair Emeritus of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.

Congressman Gerry Connolly currently serves as President Emeritus of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), having served as President from 2020-2022. The NATO PA is an affiliate organization of NATO and is comprised of more than two hundred and fifty delegates from the parliaments and legislative bodies of the Alliance’s 30 member states. As president, Mr. Connolly sets the Assembly's broader agenda and represents the Assembly on all key international issues. He works in a bipartisan manner to support the values of the Transatlantic Alliance and strengthen Congressional commitment to NATO.

Congressman Connolly was ranked the Most Effective Lawmaker of the 117th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Connolly served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. He earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. During his tenure on the Board, Fairfax was recognized as a Best Managed County.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Congressman Connolly has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.

Pending Agency Approval

Eric Hysen

Chief Information Officer and Chief AI Officer

Department of Homeland Security

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Eric Hysen

Chief Information Officer and Chief AI Officer

Department of Homeland Security

Eric Hysen serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Hysen was sworn in as CIO on February 1, 2021. On September 14, 2023, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas also named him the Department’s first Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Officer.

As CIO, Mr. Hysen is responsible for strategically aligning the Department’s Information Technology (IT) personnel resources and assets, including security, infrastructure, and delivery, to support core DHS missions and activities. As Chief AI Officer, Mr. Hysen promotes AI innovation and safety within the Department and advises Secretary Mayorkas and Department leadership on AI issues.

Mr. Hysen most recently served on the Biden-Harris transition’s Technology Strategy & Delivery team, working to develop the administration’s plans to leverage technology and delivery in support of policy priorities. He previously was a Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship, where he led projects to use technology, data, and design to address pressing public policy challenges. He also worked in state government, helping to launch the California Office of Digital Innovation, and in philanthropy, supporting nonprofits working to advance immigration and criminal justice reform.

Mr. Hysen previously served as the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security Digital Service. In that leadership role, his teams worked to transform DHS’ most critical services by bringing top software engineering, product management, and design talent from the private sector to partner with innovators inside government. DHS Digital Service projects included immigration benefits processing, refugee admissions, and international trade.

Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Hysen was a founding member of the U.S. Digital Service in the White House. Before government, he worked as a software engineer and program manager at Google.

Mr. Hysen graduated with honors in Computer Science from Harvard University and has published research in crowdsourcing and workflow design

Skip Jentsch

IT Specialist - Enterprise Architecture, Office of IT Services

General Services Administration

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Skip Jentsch

IT Specialist - Enterprise Architecture, Office of IT Services

General Services Administration

Skip Jentsch is the government lead for the GSA Schedule Cloud Special Item Number (SIN) 518210C, the subset of the Schedule that lists only cloud offerings. His position is within the IT Products Category under GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State, Local and Tribal governments for a broad range of IT products and services.

A former federal CIO for an independent small agency within the Department of Interior, Skip Jentsch has over 30 years of experience in managing IT enterprises in the public, private and non-profit sectors. His IT career has always been focused on internal and external customer outreach, bridging any communications gaps between technical and non-technical stakeholders.

He joined the GSA in 2013 as an IT Specialist/Enterprise Architect responsible for managing the Governmentwide cloud-focused acquisition vehicles such as the Cloud SIN 518210C.

In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting the adoption of cloud services across government, assisting agencies in realizing cost savings and efficiencies while modernizing and expanding their IT capabilities through the adoption of cloud and other innovative technology.

Skip engages with government customer agencies, educates them about GSA cloud offerings and services, provides strategic guidance, technical insight and acquisition aid as requested, thereby helping agencies acquire cloud technology by leveraging GSA cloud acquisition vehicles and other vehicles across government. He also engages with cloud vendors, educating them on how to get their offerings listed on the GSA Schedule Cloud SIN 518210C.

Additionally, he is involved in market research, feasibility studies and development of next generation GSA cloud initiatives.

Jeff King

Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Treasury

Jeff King

Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Treasury

Pending Agency Approval

Stanley Lowe

Chief Information Security Officer

Department of Interior

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Stanley Lowe

Chief Information Security Officer

Department of Interior

Stanley (Stan) Lowe is currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the US Department of the Interior. Stan’s background demonstrates success managing domestic and global cybersecurity and IT operations to transform organizations, improve capabilities, reduce costs, and meet and exceed corporate objectives. He is known for spearheading strategic initiatives and architecting cloud based and digital models with lean architecture and zero-trust security programs.

Throughout his career, his leadership in team building and leadership development with geographically dispersed talent has been a cornerstone in establishing critical partnerships to direct business-centered security and technology operations that enable secure deployment of technologies, protect and drive revenue, and establish security as a business differentiator. Prior to joining Interior, Stan was the Global CISO at Synchronoss Technologies, a company that develops and deploys large-scale SaaS cloud and messaging services for tier-one telecom service providers and consumers. 

Stan also served as the Global CISO at Zscaler, where he executed the internal security, IT governance, and IT security operations programs for successful post IPO. Stan also previously served as the CISO for PerkinElmer, where he transformed a legacy security program to cloud-focused zero trust architecture, reducing risk and overall security spend. Stan has extensive federal experience in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Security and CISO and, beforehand, as the Deputy Director at the Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office. He also previously served as the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Chief Information Security Training Branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Notably, he spearheaded the first secure cloud-based infrastructure deployment for the federal government.

Stan is a Navy veteran and received his bachelor’s degree in computer systems from Strayer University and hold a Program Management Masters Certificate from George Washington University.

Leah McGrath

Executive Director

StateRAMP

Leah McGrath

Executive Director

StateRAMP

Pending Agency Approval

Eric Mill

Executive Director for Cloud Security

General Services Administration

Pending Agency Approval

Eric Mill

Executive Director for Cloud Security

General Services Administration

Pending Agency Approval

Drew Myklegard

Deputy Federal CIO

Office of Management and Budget

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Drew Myklegard

Deputy Federal CIO

Office of Management and Budget

Drew Myklegard is the Deputy Federal CIO of the White House tech policy office. He is responsible for driving technology modernization and improving mission delivery by ensuring over $87B+ in Federal IT spending is well managed.

Prior to joining the White House, Drew served as the Executive Director of Product Engineering at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Drew led the implementation of VA’s Lighthouse Application Programming Interface (API) Platform which enabled over 6 million veterans to securely share their health and benefits data with approved third parties -- revolutionizing how veterans manage their health care.

In addition to his public service, Drew is an active member of the Army Reserves and completed one tour in Iraq

Jaime Schorr

Chief Cooperative Procurement Officer

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)

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Jaime Schorr

Chief Cooperative Procurement Officer

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)

Jaime C. Schorr is the Chief Cooperative Procurement Officer for the National Association of State Procurement Officials. Her passion is competitive procurement, but loves a really well-written contract. Jaime is responsible for facilitating over $20B in spend with more than 600 suppliers and ensuring successful relationship between public entities and suppliers. She most recently served as the Chief Procurement officer for the State of Maine. Jaime supported NASPO as a member of the Board of Directors and the President Elect in 2022. She also serves on the steering committee for StateRAMP, a non-profit education and policy development entity for cybersecurity. Jaime completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from The George Washington University, her Master of Business Administration from the New England College, and her Juris Doctor from Regent University.  

Jaime lives in Gardiner, Maine with her husband and two boys. She is an avid entrepreneur when she is not on the sidelines of the soccer field or basketball court. Coffee, chocolate, a good ride in a vintage car, and New England sports are the perfect addition to any day!

J.R. Sloan

Chief Information Officer

State of Arizona

J.R. Sloan

Chief Information Officer

State of Arizona

Joanne Woytek

Program Director

NASA SEWP

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Joanne Woytek

Program Director

NASA SEWP

Ms. Joanne Woytek is the Program Director for NASA SEWP. Ms. Woytek manages the strategic direction, planning and day-to-day operations of SEWP - the premier Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Vehicle providing Federal Agencies access to the latest in Information Technology, Communication and Audio-Visual solutions. Ms. Woytek is a 45+ year veteran at NASA. From SEWP’s inception, over thirty years ago, through to the present, Ms. Woytek is the visionary leader in the continuing evolution of the program.

Ms. Woytek is an ACT/IAC Fellow and Board member, an active member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), AFCEA and Elected Customer Member Representative for The Open Group Governing Board. She has received numerous NASA awards including the NASA Acquisition Improvement Award, NASA Customer Service Excellence Award, NASA Group Achievement Award, and the NASA Government Industry Cooperation Award. Ms. Woytek also received the 2016 and 2020 Federal 100 Award, the Coalition for Government Procurement’s Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award (2014), the MAGIC Acquisition Excellence Award (2013), and the AFFIRM Procurement Pioneer-Leadership Award (2024).

Prior to SEWP, Ms. Woytek supported NASA’s scientific missions focused on systems administration, database management, and user application programming.

Craig Abod

President

Carahsoft Technology Corp.

Craig Abod

President

Carahsoft Technology Corp.

Rich Beutel

Founder

Cyrrus Analtytics

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Rich Beutel

Founder

Cyrrus Analtytics

Richard Beutel the founding Principle of Cyrrus Analytics, an acquisition policy and IT procurement advisory firm working to create a 21rst century digital government for the American people. Cyrrus Analytics focuses upon complex challenges involving cloud acquisitions and the procurement of federal IT across the federal government. He also serves as a Principal Researcher for the George Mason Center on Government Contracting, having previously been an adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center in 2020. He is currently a Director of the Procurement Roundtable.

Rich is currently a Commissioner on the GSA’ Federal Acquisition Advisory Council, a FACA-based council of acquisition experts addressing innovative acquisition approaches to GSA, the premier acquisition agency in the federal government. He also serves as a Director on the Procurement Roundtable, a nationally recognized council of senior acquisition thought leaders, as well as a Principle Researcher and adjunct faculty for the George Mason Baroni Center for Government Contracting.

In 2018, Beutel founded the Alliance for Digital Innovation, an advocacy not-for-profit which has become the largest group of cloud-forward nontraditional IT government contractors in the country.

For 5 years, Beutel was the former lead acquisition and procurement policy counsel for former Chairman Darrell Issa of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In that capacity, Beutel wrote and managed the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, which was signed into law as part of the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act. FITARA radically transformed the framework by which the federal government acquires and deploys major IT and technology platforms.  In 2022, GAO testified to Congress that to date, the reforms codified in FITARA has saved the American taxpayer over $24B in taxpayer funds.

James Donlon

Senior Director, Solution Engineering

Oracle

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James Donlon

Senior Director, Solution Engineering

Oracle

As Director of the Solution Engineering team, James helps lead a dedicated group of Oracle engineers as they help guide government and education organizations toward successful implementations.

Team members are experts in key domains including enterprise data management, business analytics, hybrid cloud strategy and cyber security. James has been with Oracle since 1997 working in a variety of individual and leadership roles, primarily in Government and Education.

He hold a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Information and Telecommunications Systems and JD from Concord Law School. Key areas of interest include: Data Governance, Data Privacy, Ethical uses of AI and Machine Learning, and practical approaches to multicloud data sharing.

Travis Howerton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

RegScale

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Travis Howerton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

RegScale

Travis is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RegScale. Before joining the RegScale team, Travis was the Global Director for Strategic Programs at Bechtel Corporation, where he led the merger, cost savings, and transformation programs at Consolidated Nuclear Security. His former roles include Deputy Director for the IT Services Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Chief Technology Officer for the National Nuclear Security Administration, Chief Information Officer for the Y-12 Site Office, and several senior executive assignments in the U.S. Department of Energy.

An accomplished public speaker and author, Travis has been cited in over 50 publications and serves as a board member for organizations, including East TN Economic Council (ETEC) and Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation (ORPSEF).

David Kubicki, CSSP

Solution Architect Manager, Federal

Palo Alto Networks

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David Kubicki, CSSP

Solution Architect Manager, Federal

Palo Alto Networks

David Kubicki is the Sr. Manager of Solution Architects for Palo Alto Networks Public Sector. In this role, David leads a team of Cloud Security professionals  who support a wide range of Federal and SLED customers, and policy makers.

David has over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing enterprise cyber security solutions for the Federal and SLED governments. David  also leads Palo Alto Networks Public Sector innovation initiatives with a focus on solving Cloud Security challenges our customers face in meeting their mission.

Before joining Palo Alto Networks, David most recently worked at Splunk where he spent 3 years covering the Department of Homeland Security.  He holds CISSP and Splunk Architect certifications as well as multiple CSP certifications.

 

Matt Rattigan

ATO Acceleration Advisor

UberEther

Matt Rattigan

ATO Acceleration Advisor

UberEther

Moderator

David DiMolfetta

Cybersecurity Reporter

Nextgov/FCW

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David DiMolfetta

Cybersecurity Reporter

Nextgov/FCW

David DiMolfetta covers cybersecurity for Nextgov/FCW. Previously, he researched The Cybersecurity 202 and The Technology 202 newsletters at The Washington Post and covered AI, cybersecurity and technology policy for S&P Global Market Intelligence. He holds a BBA from The George Washington University and an MS from Georgetown University.

Moderator

Jason Miller

Executive Editor

Federal News Network

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Jason Miller

Executive Editor

Federal News Network

Moderator

George Jackson

Vice President of Events

GovExec

Moderator

George Jackson

Vice President of Events

GovExec