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Trailblazing Women in Government IT: February Monthly Speaker Series

The City Club of Washington, DC 555 13th Street NW, Columbia Square, Washington, DC 20004 (map)

Since the passage of the Pendleton Act of 1883, it has been a fundamental value of civil service to draw from all segments of society, and the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Civil Service was Treasury Department employee Mary Hoyt in September of 1883.

Now over a century later, diversity of experience and perspective in government continue to flourish.  Women in the public sector have played pivotal roles in moving toward a more open, innovative, and responsive government.

This panel will discuss the path to successfully maintain a workforce that reflects gender-diversity and the attributes that make both men and women successful in information technology fields in the Federal workforce today.

Learning objectives:

  • Detail factors that contribute to government’s leadership over industry in employing women in technology leadership.

  • Review attributes such as collaboration and teamwork where gender diversity enhances results.

  • Delineate common barriers to diversity in STEM-related careers and OPM’s programs to overcome workforce inequality.

This event is on the record: AFFIRM is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). There are 1.25 PDUs available for this program.

METRO CENTER (Red, Orange, Silver, Blue Lines)

Columbia Square Parking Garage is the 3rd opening (on the left just before Subway Cafe awning). There is a brass sign that says "Columbia Square" The loading dock is the 2nd (middle) opening. Take the elevator up to the concourse level to enter the City Club. Columbia Square is also known as the Hogan and Lovells Building.



Renee P. Wynn, Chief Information Officer, NASA; Click here for Renee’s bio


Terryne F. Murphy, Deputy CIO, Department of Commerce (DOC); Click here for Terryne’s Bio


Dr. Pamela McCauley, Program Director, Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, Division of Computer and Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS), National Science Foundation; Click here for Dr. McCauley’s bio

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Melinda Rogers, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Department of Justice. In this role, Melinda focuses on the day-to-day operations of OCIO, including the planning, policy formulation, and coordination of mission activities, directing of technology and business process integration, and the implementation of hardware, software, security, and related policies and processes to support information technology across DOJ. Before her position as Deputy CIO, Melinda served as Director for Cybersecurity Services and DOJ’s Chief Information Security Officer. Prior to DOJ, Melinda served as an Assistant Vice President for Equifax’s Fraud Prevention and Identity Verification Solutions, and held various positions at Procter & Gamble and NationsBank. She holds an MBA from Emory University and a Bachelor’s in Economics from George Mason University.


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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, News Team at Federal News Network. Mike Causey’s daily column, the Federal Report, offers a unique take on the latest news affecting federal employees’ pay, benefits and retirement. Mike also covers these topics during his weekly radio show, Your Turn, that airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (EST).

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

Registration Costs:
Government & Academia employees: Complimentary
AFFIRM Sustaining Partners: $70.00
Industry Non-members: $110.00
Onsite registration: $10.00 surcharge.

AFFIRM/USCC 6th Annual Cybersecurity Summit: Bridging the Cyber Talent Gap in Government

CenturyLink 4250 N. Fairfax Drive, 2nd Floor Arlington, VA 22203 United States (map)

Bridging the Cyber Talent Gap in Government

Recent reports estimate that there will be a staggering 3.5 million unfilled cyber positons in 2021.  Cybersecurity engineers who possess the right certifications and education can command top salaries at any company they choose.

The Federal government is the #1 target for cybercriminals, so, in the face of this shortage of cyber talent, how can government organizations succeed in the race for cyber talent?

Join us AFFIRM and the US Cyber Challenge on March 21, 2019 as we take an in-depth look at how government can effectively build a strong defense to mitigate the growing threat from cybercriminals.  


Opening Remarks


Adrian Gardner, President, AFFIRM and Caribbean Communications and Information Technology Sector Lead, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Glenn Hernandez, National Director, USCC

Event MC

Ira Hobbs, Principal, Hobbs & Hobbs LLC

Opening Keynote

Margaret Weichert, Dep Dir for Mgmt, OMB (Invited)

Capture the Flag

Glenn Hernandez, National Director, USCC

Panel 1 – Securing our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

The United States’ critical infrastructures consist of the physical and cyber assets of public and private institutions across many sectors including agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, government, defense industrial base, information and telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, and postal and shipping.  Cyberspace is the nervous system of these infrastructures—the control system of our country.

This panel will discuss the role of cyber professionals in securing our critical infrastructure to reduce the risk of systemic cybersecurity and communications challenges.


Sonny Bhagowalia, CIO, CBP


Kenneth Carnes, NY Power Authority


Jason Carrier, Cyber Discovery and Counter Infiltrn. To read Jason’s full bio click here.


Jamie Crotts, Dir, Cyber Policy, U.S. House of Reps (Invited)


Karen S. Evans, Ass Sec, Office of Cyber, Energy, Emerg Response, Dept of Energy (Pending agency approval)

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Gary Washington, CIO, USDA. To ready Gary’s full bio click here.


Howard Whyte, CIO, FDIC. To read Howard’s full bio click here.

Panel 2 – Making Government the Cyber Professional’s Employer of Choice

The Federal cybersecurity workforce is entrusted with the mission of protecting government information technology systems, networks, and data from the most sophisticated adversaries; safeguarding sensitive data; supporting our Nation’s financial systems; and securing our critical infrastructure, and intelligence systems.  The mission of protecting our country from threats provides a strong incentive to closing the cybersecurity knowledge gap in government.

This panel will discuss government efforts in building a diverse and robust cyber workforce today.

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Brigadier General Joseph A. Brendler , Dir, Plans & Policy, US Cyber Command. To read Joseph’s full bio click here. (Invited)


David Chow, CIO, HUD


Bob DeLuca, GSA


Chris Dorobek, Founder, GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER


Jason Gray CIO, Dept of Educ. To read Jason’s full bio click here. (Invited)


Sanjay Gupta, CTO, SBA


Tinna Rodrique, CiSO, CFPB (Under agency review)


Ken Rogers, CIO, Dept of State

Closing Keynote -  Mitigating the Threat


Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, US Cyber Command & Dir, NSA, US Cyber Command

U.S. Cyber Challenge:

The mission of U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is to identify and train the nation’s rising talent in cybersecurity and reduce the workforce gap nationwide. Through the administration of competitions and in-person bootcamp programming, USCC validates skill sets of individuals and helps them down the path of a successful career in cybersecurity. USCC also manages CyberCompEx.org (CCX), a social networking site designed to bring together both experienced professionals and novices as they endeavor to increase their knowledge in the field. CCX also provides a career portal where job seekers and recruiters can connect to fill open positions. Visit www.USCyberChallenge.org to learn more about competitions and camp programming.

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U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Center for Internet Security, a 501(c)3 organization. For more information on the Center, please visit www.uscyberchallenge.org.


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President’s Management Agenda: Where Data, Transparency and Policy Meet: April Monthly Speaker Series

TBD Washington, D.C. (map)

Government’s role in serving citizens echoes Abraham Lincoln’s words espousing government for the people and by the people, and the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) underscores this direction by opening the door to a digital government that is evidence-based and transparent.

Government at all levels is supporting business leaders within their organizations with data they need to both answer critical questions within their agency and to keep the public informed.

Join us AFFIRM on April 11as we take an in-depth look at how government can build a stronger America and provide 21st century services Americans expect today.

  • Describe the necessary components of data-driven decision-making to improve accountability and transparency in government operations.

  • Detail the role of evolving technologies like robotic process automation in the shift from low-level to high-value work in government.

  • Define the roles of chief data officers and chief evaluation officers in measuring government effectiveness.

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

Registration Costs:
Government & Academia employees: Complimentary
AFFIRM Sustaining Partners: $70.00
Industry Non-members: $110.00
Onsite registration: $10.00 surcharge.


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Jamie M. Krauk serves as Acting Executive Director for the Department of Commerce’s Enterprise Services Program. To read Jamie’s full bio click here.

Metro rail travelers can arrive at the Club by stopping at METRO CENTER.  They will exit the station through the 12th and F Street exit.  Arrive on street level and walk straight ahead to reach the entrance of the Columbia Square Building on the left.  This is only 25-30 paces from the escalator of the Metro.  This entrance to the building is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Parking is available in the building. The entrance to Columbia Square Parking Garage is the 3rd opening (on the left just before Subway Cafe awning). There is a brass sign that says “Columbia Square” The loading dock is the 2nd (middle) opening.

Take the elevator up to the concourse level to enter the City Club

Columbia Square is also known as the Hogan and Lovells Building.

CFO/CIO Summit 2019

Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)


Join AGA and AFFIRM in Washington for this free* educational event and listen to an insightful dialogue on the intersection of policies and management issues that impact CFOs and CIOs and how they are working together to improve efficiency and transparency, reduce risk and strengthen their workforce.

*Free registration for individuals who work for government. Private-sector participation is available via sponsorship. Are you a small business? Contact AGA for special sponsorship pricing.


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

  • 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest

  • Washington, DC, 20001

  • United States


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7:30 – 8:10 a.m.
Registration & Continental breakfast

8:10 – 8:20 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (Ann Ebberts /Adrian Gardner)

8:20 – 9:10 a.m. 
Panel I: OMB Update: Discuss OMB priorities and the latest updates on the PMA

9:10 – 10 a.m.
Panel II: Customer Experience: Focusing on IT Modernization

Proposed speakers: Dept. of Justice, GSA, Intel agencies, U.S. Postal Service

10 – 10:35 a.m.
Coffee break in the exhibit hall

10:35 – 11:25 a.m.
Panel III: Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) Awardees:  Learn information from past awardees including, the process to obtain funding, lessons learned from the application process, related governance and mechanics, and strategies for repayment

11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel IV: Perspectives from the C-Suites: Topics TBD

12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Government employees:         Complimentary

Private-sector:  via sponsorship only

Contact meetings@agacgfm.org

AFFIRM 2019 Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

The St. Regis Hotel 923 16th and K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (map)

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2019 AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration

The annual AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration has recognized outstanding leadership in the Federal Government since 1979.

The AFFIRM Leadership Awards are among the most prestigious of the Federal community, honoring outstanding individual and team leadership from the preceding year. First awarded in 1979, award honorees join a prestigious list of agency executives and managers. Awards are for demonstrated leadership leading to successes in specific categories such as IT Management, Cyber Security, Mobile Technology, Innovation, Cloud Computing, Big Data and related areas. In addition, there are special categories for a Congressional Leadership Award and an Industry Executive Leadership Award.

The Leadership Awardees will be recognized and honored at the Thursday, May 23, 2019 AFFIRM Annual Leadership Celebration, an after work reception from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the St. Regis Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company is interested in sponsoring the Leadership Awards, click here to download the 2019 Sponsorship Form, and send a completed copy to info@affirm.org.


The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

923 16th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20006

Date & Time:

Thursday May 23

5:00 - 9:00 PM


  • VIP Invite Only Reception: 5 pm- 6 pm

  • General Admission: 6 pm