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  • U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Hearing Room, Room 2020, Rayburn House Office Building
  • Washington, DC 20515
  • United States

AFFIRM After Hours IT Networking Event - Thank you for your Service

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm


U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Hearing Room, Room 2020, Rayburn House Office Building

50 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20515

See map: Google Maps

Plan now to attend this special AFFIRM After Hours Networking event on Capitol Hill where we will honor government leaders for their service to our nation.

Please be on hand to applaud these individuals, recently retired or leaving with the transition, as they make short remarks. Then, join us to mingle over light refreshments and for individual discussions with guests, AFFIRM leadership and members.

This event is part of an annual series of AFFIRM After Hours Networking events, where government, academic and industry can gather in a lively and informal setting.


There is no cost to register. Registration is strongly recommended, but not required.


Access to the House hearing room is courtesy of the House Ways and Means Committee through our AFFIRM Board Member, Reynold Schweickhardt, Director of Technology Policy, Committee on House Administration


Capitol South; Blue, Orange and Silver lines; proceed to the Rayburn Horseshoe entrance

Taxi and Car Service:

The nearest entrance is on Independence Ave with the taxi lane.


Capitol Hill Parking Guide: http://dcparking.org/capitol-hill/.


AFFIRM - The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) is a non-profit, volunteer, educational organization whose overall purpose is to improve the management of information, and related systems and resources, within the Federal government. Remember that AFFIRM membership is free for current employees of the Government and Academia.


Tony Scott - Invited Guest


Federal Chief Information Officer

Office of Management and Budget

Tony Scott is the third Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama on February 5th, 2015. Prior to his position in the White House, Mr. Scott led the global information technology group at VMware Inc., a position he had held since 2013. Prior to joining VMware Inc., Mr. Scott served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Microsoft from 2008 to 2013. Previously, he was the CIO at The Walt Disney Company from 2005 to 2008. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Scott served as the Chief Technology Officer of Information Systems & Services at General Motors Corporation. He received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Lisa Schlosser


Former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer (Retired)

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Ms. Lisa Schlosser currently serves as the Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. She returned to her role in October of 2016 after serving a detail assignment as the Acting Chief Information Officer at the Office of Personnel Management.

She previously served as the Principal Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, and the Director, Office of Information Collection, Office of Environmental Information, for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa was also the Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Associate Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer, US Department of Transportation (US DOT), and as the Associate CIO for IT Security for the US DOT.

Terry Halvorsen - Invited Guest


Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Defense

Terry Halvorsen assumed the duties as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer effective March 8, 2015. He previously served as the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. Prior to that, he was the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer.

As DoD CIO, Mr. Halvorsen is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications. He provides strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology-based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions.

Luke McCormack - Invited Guest


Chief Information Officer

Department of Homeland Security

On December 16, 2013, Luke J. McCormack became the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Information Officer. He will oversee DHS’ continuing efforts to implement information technology (IT) enhancements and strengthen IT security.

Mr. McCormack has extensive IT and leadership experience, both inside and outside of DHS, as well as in the public and private sectors.

He previously served at the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Information Resources Management/Chief Information Officer, where he provided strategic direction, management services, oversight to cross-component information technology efforts and IT infrastructure services.

Richard McKinney


Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Transportation

Richard McKinney is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). He was sworn into office on May 13, 2013.

Rafael Diaz - Invited Guest


Chief Information Officer

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Diaz is an accomplished information technology management executive with extensive government and corporate experienced. CISSP credentialed professional with a DHS "Secret" clearance. Rafael's over 20 years' proficiency in leading comprehensive Information Technology initiatives, has allowed him to develop as a proven leader who also excels as a pivotal business partner and provides critical insights and leadership to the executive team. Mr. Diaz' core competencies include: Management information systems, Cyber Security, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, and Policy Development.

Steven Cooper - Invited Guest


Chief Information Officer

Department of Commerce

Steven I. Cooper was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Commerce by Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 16, 2014. As CIO, Cooper serves as the principal adviser to Commerce’s 12 agencies’ CIOs and the Deputy Secretary. He also leads development and implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide information technology (IT) strategy and operations, oversees the building and operation of a robust enterprise IT security risk program, and serves as an adviser on mission and business IT systems and services.

LaVerne Council - Invited Guest


Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (OI&T) and Chief Information Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms. LaVerne H. Council joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2015 as the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (OI&T) and Chief Information Officer. In this role, Ms. Council oversees the day-to-day activities of VA’s $4 billion IT budget and over 8,000 IT employees to ensure that VA has the IT tools and services needed to support our Nation’s Veterans. Prior to joining VA, Ms. Council served as CEO of Council Advisory Services, LLC and Chair of the National Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes. In December 2011, she retired from Johnson & Johnson after serving as Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson’s global Information Technology group. In this capacity, she was responsible for managing information technology and related systems for the $61.6B Johnson & Johnson worldwide enterprise.

Rob Klopp


Leadership in Organizational Transformation

Deputy Commissioner of Systems/Chief Information Officer

Social Security Administration

Rob Klopp is the Chief Information Officer for the Social Security Administration. Rob started at the Agency as the CTO in January of 2015 and assumed the role of CIO and DC of Systems the following August. Rob was recruited by the United States Digital Services team specifically to support the Agency.

He comes to Baltimore from the Silicon Valley where he has worked for both large software enterprises and for smaller start-ups. You may know of some of the start-ups. Greenplum, for example, was acquired by EMC and Teradata is now a leading company in the relational database and data warehouse markets. Rob spent nearly two years based in Switzerland as the EMC/Greenplum CTO for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also worked in the consulting services space for EDS, now part of HP, and for what is now KPMG, as well as in his own boutique consultancy. He founded a little software start-up that was sold to a large database company.

Ann Dunkin




Ann Dunkin is EPA's Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining EPA, Ms. Dunkin served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) for nearly five years. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, PAUSD is consistently ranked one of the top school districts in the nation. As Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Dunkin was responsible for managing all aspects of the District’s technology infrastructure, technology professional development, libraries and long term enrollment planning. Before this, Ms. Dunkin worked for Hewlett-Packard for twenty years in a variety of engineering and senior management positions in R&D, IT, Manufacturing Engineering, Software Quality and Operations.