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Since the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) was passed in December 2014, this Administration has worked with Congress to implement the law. In an effort improve Information Technology (IT) operations and acquisition, OMB and the Agencies have implemented about 46% of the 800 related GAO recommendations, according to the GAO.

What will happen in the next administration? Congress just issued their third FITARA Scorecard, ten Chief Information Officers involved in FITARA reform will soon be replaced, and some serious effort to fine-tune the FITARA reforms have been proposed. The proposed repeal of other legislative reforms has led to speculation on whether FITARA reforms will be supported by the new administration. How Agencies will implement IT reforms and manage their operations and acquisitions will critically impact their IT industry partners.

Join AFFIRM and contribute to the debate with key Congressional, OMB, Agency panelists along with industry participants to map out an action plan for reform in these uncertain times.

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

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Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 2/15, 12pm) - $110
Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
Industry Non-member Walk-in - $120



Jonathan Alboum


Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jonathan Alboum was appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in June 2015. In this role, Alboum works with stakeholders across USDA’s 17 component agencies and throughout government to formulate Information Technology (IT) strategies and to develop policies that support IT budget formulation and execution, portfolio management, governance, IT operations and information security.

Prior to his appointment as CIO, Alboum held several leadership positions at the USDA and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia (Invited)


Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Treasury

Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has 30 years of experience in industry and the Federal Government in technical, management, and senior executive leadership capacities, utilizing Information Technology (IT)/Information Resource Management (IRM) to transform organizations and achieve mission success.

David A. Powner


Director, Information Management and Technology Resources Issues

Government Accountability Office

David A. Powner is the Director of Information Technology Management Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Dave has more than twenty-five years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Dave is currently responsible for a large segment of GAO’s information technology work that focuses on large-scale system acquisitions, IT governance, operational systems management, and various IT reform initiatives (e.g., IT Dashboard, data center consolidation, portfolio management, cloud computing). In the private sector, Dave held several executive-level positions in the telecommunications industry including overseeing IT and financial internal audits and software development associated with high speed internet systems. At GAO, he has led teams reviewing major modernization efforts at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, the National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service.


Francis Rose, Moderator



Host, Government Matters, ABC 7 & News Channel 8 at WJLA-TV

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of FrancisRose.com, where he blogs and publishes a weekly newsletter. He recently left Federal News Radio after nine years, including the last five as host of “In Depth with Francis Rose.” He is the author of "The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History," available on Amazon. His next book, "Greatness Again: Revitalizing America's Strategic Leadership on the World Stage" is scheduled for publication in February 2016. He is a regular contributor to NewsChannel 8/DC's "Capital Insider" program, and a regular guest host for two nationally syndicated radio programs.