October Monthly Luncheon

Friday, October 29, 2010
Optimizing Mission Critical Communications: Gulf Oil Spill "Lessons Learned"
Captain James M. Cash, Chief, C4 and Sensor Capabilities, U.S. Coast Guard
Michele Jacobi, Scientist, NOAA, Office of Response and Restoration
Jeffrey Levy, Director of Web Communications, EPA
Chris Dorobek, Anchor, Federal News Radio 1500 AM's DorobekINSIDER (Moderator)

Today, more than ever, it is essential to your agency mission that official authoritative information is communicated quickly. Equally important is the need for intra/interagency collaboration to optimize the delivery of services to citizens. The tenets of "open government" and transparency promoted by the Obama Administration accentuate the point on the need for improved information sharing. This program uses real-life experiences of practitioners on the front lines of the Gulf Oil Spill crisis response - a response that posed challenges in coordination, collaboration, information sharing governance and effective use of technology.


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11:30 am: Registration & Networking
11:50 am - 12:15 pm: Luncheon
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Program
1:30 pm: Adjourn


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    James Cash Captain James M. Cash

    Chief, C4 and Sensor Capabilities, U.S. Coast Guard

    Captain Jim Cash serves as the Office Chief for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information Technology (C4IT) and Sensor Capability (CG-761). He is the Deputy Commandant for Operations Chief Information Officer, responsible for identifying and providing C4IT and Sensor capabilities, competencies and capacity; for developing standards for the staffing, equipping, sustaining, maintaining and employing C4IT and Sensors within Coast Guard forces to meet mission requirements. CAPT Cash supported the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill recovery efforts as the National Incident Commander's defacto Chief Information Officer in charge of Command and Control, Knowledge Management and Remote Sensing systems.

    Michelle Jacobi Michelle Jacobi

    Scientist, NOAA, Office of Response and Restoration

    Michele Jacobi is an environmental scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) in Seattle, WA. As part of the Assessment and Restoration Division her responsibilities include eco-risk assessment reviews, chemical data analysis, field sampling design, and the development of database and GIS mapping projects. Michele leads the development of the Environmental Response Management Application or (ERMA), which allows environmental responders and natural resource managers ready access to relevant data for oil spill planning and response, natural resource assessments, and restoration planning. During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill ERMA was designated as the Common Operational Picture for the response and a public facing version was developed at http://www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse/.

    Jeffrey Levy Jeffrey Levy

    Director of Web Communications, EPA

    Jeffrey Levy is EPA's Director of Web Communications, leading the team that oversees and guides Web content. He has helped set EPA Web standards and trained the Web community on everything from home page design to how to write a blog post. His team's latest efforts focus on learning how to use different social media tools, including projects like Pick 5 for the Environment at http://www.epa.gov/pick5 . Jeffrey played a critical role in establishing the EPA’s web presence in response to the Gulf oil spill at http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.

    Jeffrey represents EPA on the Federal Web Managers Council. On behalf of the Council, he co-chairs the Social Media Subcouncil, which helps agencies at all levels use social media well. Jeffrey discusses social media and the government on Twitter (http://twitter.com/levyj413) and in his blog (http://levyj413.wordpress.com).

    Chris Dorobek Chris Dorobek

    Anchor, Federal News Radio 1500 AM's afternoon drive program, the DorobekINSIDER
    Editor-in-chief, DorobekInsider.com (Moderator)

    Christopher J. Dorobek is the anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM's afternoon drive program, the DorobekINSIDER. He is also the strategist for FederalNewsRadio.com, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community. He is an award winning journalist. In 2008, his editorials in Federal Computer Week were recognized with the ASBPE national editorial award, and in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week's prestigious Federal 100 Award -- the first working journalist win that award in its more than 20 year history.

    Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 17 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

    Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006.

    Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

    Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program.

    He began his career as a reporter at the Foster's Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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