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Federal Networks 2024!
Agenda to be Announced in July. Check out last year's speakers' presentations below.

Warren H. Suss
Conference Chairman

Opening Remarks


GSA: Update on Network, Cloud, Mobility, and Cyber

The GSA network technology team will provide an update on the GSA network, cloud, mobility, and cybersecurity initiatives.  The presentation will include an update on EIS, but will also cover the broad range of GSA contract vehicles used to acquire network-related technologies and professional services.

  • Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), GSA

  • Lawrence Hale, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, ITC, FAS, GSA

  • Jacob Marcellus, Executive Director (SES), Enterprise Technology Solutions (ETS), ITC, GSA

  • Rosa Underwood, IT Specialist, IT Security Subcategory, ITC, FAS, GSA

  • Loren Smith, Director, Solutions Development, ETS, ITC, FAS, GSA

  • Ward Fisher, Branch Chief, Vendor Relations, ETS, ITC, FAS, GSA

  • Phillip Prestipino, Section Chief, Operations and Systems Management, ETS, ITC, FAS, GSA


Overview of Major Upcoming Requirements from Industry

The presentation will highlight high priority DHS requirements for industry cloud, network, and cyber technologies, solutions and services to support the effectiveness, efficiency and security of the DHS mission.

  • Paul Courtney, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), DHS


Update on CISA Next Generation Priorities for Federal Cyber Defense

The Associate Director for Capacity Building at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will highlight CISA’s high priority requirements for industry technologies, solutions, and services to improve defenses against cyber threats to federal networks and operations.

  • Michael Duffy, Associate Director for Capacity Building, CISA


VA:  End User Operations


State Dept: IT Infrastructure Requirements Update



NASA SEWP Program Update


The VA’s Executive Director of End User Operations will provide an update on VA’s strategies, priorities, and requirements from industry to provide an exceptional customer experience for the end users of VA products and services, as well as the Veterans and caregivers that VA serves. He will highlight technologies to enable VA to deliver self-service tools on par with top private sector companies and that will provide the best online experience in the Federal Government.

  • Jeff VanBemmel, Executive Director, End User Operations Office of Information and Technology, End User Services, VA


DISA Keynote Address 

A senior State Department executive will provide an overview of his agency’s plans to provide a reliable and secure global network infrastructure vital to the conduct of diplomacy and international affairs for the Department of State. He will highlight his department’s upcoming IT infrastructure requirements to support the nation’s diplomats with technology for innovative and collaborative processing and interaction, both internal and external, including zero trust architecture, cloud, messaging, text, voice, and video-conferencing initiatives.

  • Bruce Begnell, Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Information Resource Management, U.S. Department of State

DISA Update

The NASA SEWP Program Director will provide an update on a key federal contract vehicle for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Audio Visual (AV) solutions and services.  She will discuss the continued program enhancements and added value for both government and industry and provide a status update for the SEWP VI process.

  • Joanne Woytek, Program Director, NASA SEWP

DoD JSP Program Update

An overview of DISA’s most important initiatives, including the latest developments related to network infrastructure and upgrades, cybersecurity, cloud computing, Unified Communications (UC), and secure mobility. The presentation will also include an update on organizational changes and DISA’s budget.

  • Christopher Barnhurst, Deputy Director, DISA

Top DISA executives will describe the latest strategies and plans for the Defense Department’s networks, network services, and capabilities with an emphasis on upcoming requirements from industry. The presentations will cover upcoming DISA requirements for network infrastructure, services, enhancements, and upgrades; enterprise services; cloud services and migration; and cybersecurity.

  • Sharon Woods, Director, Hosting and Compute Center, DISA

  • Steve Wallace, Chief Technology Officer, DISA

  • Brian Hermann, Director, Cybersecurity and Analytics Directorate, DISA

This luncheon keynote will provide an overview of JSP’s most important initiatives, including the latest requirements related to network infrastructure enhancements, enterprise services, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and the computing ecosystem. It will also highlight upcoming opportunities for industry to help JSP achieve its objectives.

  • Brig. Gen. Michael Cornell, JSP Director, Pentagon IT Director, DISA


OSD Information Management and Technology Modernization

DFAS Information and Technology Modernization

The Director, Information Management and Technology, Director of Administration and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense will outline her office’s approach to the strategic modernization of the OSD IT enterprise to ensure the highest levels of DoD leadership have access to a modern, digital user experience to execute their mission.

  • Danielle Metz, Director, Information Management and Technology, Director of Administration and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense



The Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology will outline his agency’s next generation initiatives for enabling the Department of Defense to uphold its fiscal responsibilities for all financial transactions, including payroll and accounting services, enterprise systems for financial transactions, and infrastructure support. He will also outline DFAS plans and requirements to ensure that all networks and transactions made through those networks are secure and cyber defended.

  • Don Means, Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology, Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS)

The Chief of U.S. Space Force’s Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Office will provide an update on how DoD plans to deliver COMSATCOM capabilities to support the joint warfighter, federal agencies and international partners.  She will cover requirements, challenges and innovative strategies for COMSATCOM solutions including Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) and EMSS Gateways.

  • Clare Hopper (Grason), Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Office, assigned to Headquarters United States Space Force, Washington D.C.

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