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September Monthly Speaker Series: Technology Modernization Fund: Investing in Government Innovation

Clyde's of Gallery Place (map)

The operational rigor and funding from the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) holds the potential to drive incredible performance advancements in public services.  The mission of the TMF is a lofty one:  to enable agencies to reimagine and transform the way they use technology to deliver their mission and services to the American public in an effective, efficient, and secure manner.

This briefing will bring together TMF Board members as well as agencies receiving early funding to talk about the lifecycle of the TMF from applying for funds to reinvesting in the future. 

This event is on the record.

AFFIRM is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). PDUs are available for this program.

Speakers: 

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Alan Thomas, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration; Click here for Alan's bio.   

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Elizabeth M. Cain, Acting Executive Director, Technology Modernization Fund Program Management Office, General Services Administration; Click here for Elizabeth's bio.   

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Maria A. Roat, Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration; Click here for Maria's bio.   

Moderator:

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio 1500 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com  

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Learning Objectives:

  • Define the Technology Modernization Fund program and the goals for this initiative.
  • Understand the principles behind the TMF, the leaders who are driving it, and the process for applying for funds.
  • Explain considerations for funding such as mission effectiveness, burden reduction, public benefit, user benefit and public approval.
  • Detail how other government agencies have successfully applied for funding.

    Schedule:

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

Location: 
Clyde's of Gallery Place
707 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Metro:
Chinatown/Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/Green Lines)

Parking:
Parking is available in the building. The entrance to the Gallery Place parking garage is off of 6th Street, NW between H and G streets, NW.

 

AFFIRM After Hours IT Networking Event: FY19 IT Modernization Priorities

The City Club (map)

This After Hours event is primarily networking-focused event facilitating one-on-one conversations. In addition, there will be a brief 15-20 minute program in the middle of the event (around 7 pm) that will provide our featured guest with seven to ten minutes to share some of their success stories and advice to the next generation of IT professionals and change agents and answer questions. This event is targeted for people developing their IT government or contractor careers in public service, as well as experienced professionals with experience that they are willing to share.  We believe that Federal public service is supported by Federal employees and their supporting contractors.
 
This is a widely attended gathering.  There will be a cash bar at this event.

This event is part of an annual series of AFFIRM After Hours Networking events, offering our members and guests the chance to connect after working hours. CIOs and other IT professionals from many Federal agencies will be in attendance, along with partners from the IT industry with whom to network and interact.

Registration:

There is no cost to register. A cash bar will be available at the City Club.  Registration is strongly requested, but not required.

Venue: City Club

Metro: Metro Center: Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines

 

October Monthly Speaker Series: Emerging Technology in Government: Where I.T. and the Mission Meet

Clyde's of Gallery Place (map)

Digital transformation continues to power government and the adoption of emerging technologies to deliver the mission. Agencies are using chatbots and artificial intelligence for more citizen-centric services. Digital natives in the workforce develop apps for Americans whose primary device is a cell phone. And, as the #1 target of hackers, government is exploring new advances such as blockchain to build trust and authentication.

This briefing will bring together agencies who are revolutionizing government services by tapping emerging technologies today. 

This event is on the record.

AFFIRM is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). PDUs are available for this program.

Speaker:

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Dr. Leslie Perkins, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Information Dominance & CIO (SAF/CIO A6); Click here for Dr. Perkins' bio.

Additional speakers TBD.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define emerging technologies such as blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.
  • Understand the drivers behind innovation including driving down costs, improving government services, and policy initiatives.
  • Explain technologies essential to better manage cybersecurity risk and deter malicious cyber activities.
  • Detail how other government agencies are using new technological approaches to improve mission delivery from healthcare to emergency response to agriculture.

Schedule:

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

 

Register through Eventbrite. Onsite registration adds $10.00 to the ticket price.

Location: 
Clyde's of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Metro:
Chinatown/Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/Green Lines)

Parking:
Parking is available in the building. The entrance to the Gallery Place parking garage is off of 6th Street, NW between H and G streets, NW.

 

AFFIRM After Hours IT Networking Event: IT’s New Positions in AI, Cyber, IOET

The City Club (map)

This After Hours event is primarily networking-focused event facilitating one-on-one conversations. In addition, there will be a brief 15-20 minute program in the middle of the event (around 7 pm) that will provide our featured guest with seven to ten minutes to share some of their success stories and advice to the next generation of IT professionals and change agents and answer questions. This event is targeted for people developing their IT government or contractor careers in public service, as well as experienced professionals with experience that they are willing to share.  We believe that Federal public service is supported by Federal employees and their supporting contractors.
 
This is a widely attended gathering.  There will be a cash bar at this event.

This event is part of an annual series of AFFIRM After Hours Networking events, offering our members and guests the chance to connect after working hours. CIOs and other IT professionals from many Federal agencies will be in attendance, along with partners from the IT industry with whom to network and interact.

Registration:

There is no cost to register. A cash bar will be available at the City Club.  Registration is strongly requested, but not required.

Venue: City Club

Metro: Metro Center: Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines

 

Swing for Scholarships: AFFIRM's 11th Annual Turkey Shoot Golf & Tennis Classic

Join the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), a 501(c)3 non-profit, as we “swing” to raise money for our scholarship program. AFFIRM is a volunteer, educational organization whose overall purpose is to improve the management of information, and related systems and resources, within the Federal government.

Proceeds will be dedicated to the AFFIRM Scholarship Fund to support the education of future IT leaders.

Last year, AFFIRM was able to give $50,000 in scholarships due to the great success of this tournament, among other AFFIRM events.  Over the past five years, the AFFIRM golf
tournament has raised over $88,000 for scholarships.  Last year’s golf tournament raised over $21,000. 

Help us to surpass that this year!
AFFIRM has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to colleges and universities in
DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Recipients of the AFFIRM scholarships and
endowments include Black Girls CODE, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Urban ED, Year UP, and University of Maryland University College Foundation.

Help us reach our goal of raising $23,000 for
scholarships at this year’s event!

This year’s sponsorship opportunities can be viewed by clicking here.

Registration Costs:

GOLF
Government Members: $75
Government Non-Members: $85.00
AFFIRM Sustaining Partners: $175.00
Industry Non-members: $200.00

TENNIS
Government: $50.00
Industry: $75.00

Location:
River Creek Country Club
43800 Olympic Boulevard
Leesburg, VA  20176

November Monthly Speaker Series: Technology Acquisition in Government: The Marriage of Outcome and Innovation

Clyde's of Gallery Place (map)

As the pace of technological change accelerates, government agencies are looking for ways to keep up the pace by tapping innovative ways to spur the buying process. Techniques such as Other Transaction Authorities promise to cut contract delivery time by 50% in the near future. These procurement approaches encourage innovation while reducing the risk and conserving budget.

This briefing will bring together government agencies leading the charge in pairing rapidly evolving technologies with accelerated purchasing techniques to keep government IT on the leading edge. 

This event is on the record.

AFFIRM is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). PDUs are available for this program.

Speakers: TBD

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the Other Transaction Authorities and how the Department of Defense has led in its use.

  • Understand the principles driving procurement reform including policy initiatives, modernization mandates, and organizational leadership.

  • Explain the impact of rapid procurement initiatives on small businesses, academia, and major government contractors.

  • Detail best practices in using acquisition innovation from agencies in the forefront of change.

Schedule:

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

 

Register through Eventbrite. Onsite registration adds $10.00 to the ticket price.

Location: 
Clyde's of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Metro:
Chinatown/Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/Green Lines)

Parking:
Parking is available in the building. The entrance to the Gallery Place parking garage is off of 6th Street, NW between H and G streets, NW.

 

AFFIRM After Hours IT Networking Event

The City Club (map)

This After Hours event is primarily networking-focused event facilitating one-on-one conversations. In addition, there will be a brief 15-20 minute program in the middle of the event (around 7 pm) that will provide our featured guest with seven to ten minutes to share some of their success stories and advice to the next generation of IT professionals and change agents and answer questions. This event is targeted for people developing their IT government or contractor careers in public service, as well as experienced professionals with experience that they are willing to share.  We believe that Federal public service is supported by Federal employees and their supporting contractors.
 
This is a widely attended gathering.  There will be a cash bar at this event.

This event is part of an annual series of AFFIRM After Hours Networking events, offering our members and guests the chance to connect after working hours. CIOs and other IT professionals from many Federal agencies will be in attendance, along with partners from the IT industry with whom to network and interact.

Registration:

There is no cost to register. A cash bar will be available at the City Club.  Registration is strongly requested, but not required.

Venue: City Club

Metro: Metro Center: Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines

 

Save the Date: December Monthly Speaker Series

In the spirit of this season of giving, AFFIRM will continue our annual tradition of supporting the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Kindly bring unwrapped toys, books, other gifts or cash/check donations to our December event. We will highlight this annual toy collection and our special Marine Corps guests at this December program. If you cannot attend, please click here to give a gift to Toys for Tots directly.

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January Monthly Speaker Series: Trailblazing Women in Government IT

  • Clyde's of Gallery Place (map)
  • 707 7th Street Northwest
  • Washington, DC, 20001
  • United States

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.

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.

 

Metro:
Chinatown/Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/Green Lines)

Parking:
Parking is available in the building. The entrance to the Gallery Place parking garage is off of 6th Street, NW between H and G streets, NW.