Kevin Cummins

Kevin Cummins

Vice President, Technology
Professional Services Council

Kevin Cummins is the Vice President of Technology for The Professional Services Council.

Cummins formerly served as senior legislative assistant for Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and helped create legislation such as the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and Spectrum Relocation Fund Act. Cummins has worked in the Senate for eight years and his private sector career also includes policy-related roles at IBM and ASTM International.

Kirit Amin, PMP

Kirit Amin, PMP

Chief Information Officer
U.S. International Trade Commission


Kirit Amin was named US International Trade Commission (USITC), Chief Information Officer (CIO) in December 2014. Working directly for the Board of Commissioners he has mapped out near, mid, and long term strategic goals and a roadmap to increase operational efficiency and modernization, increase cyber security posture and awareness, reduce infrastructure risks, and to bring the Commission in compliance with outstanding mandates to include HSPD 12/PIV, TIC/MTIPS, ISCM, etc.

Dr. Barry C. West

Dr. Barry C. West

Senior Advisor and Senior Accountable Official for Risk Management
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Dr. West is a career technologist with 30 years in the information technology field.

He was recently appointed as the Senior Advisor and Senior Accountable Official for Risk Management for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Prior to his current position, he was the President of the Mason Harriman Group, which is a management consulting company based out of Washington, D.C. 

Chad Sheridan - Invited

Chad Sheridan - Invited

Chief Information Officer
USDA - Risk Management Agency

Chad Sheridan has served as the Chief Information Officer of the Risk Management Agency since 2011. In that role, he is responsible for all information systems that support the Federal crop insurance program, a program that covers commodities and livestock with a total annual liability of over $113 billion.

Maria Roat - Invited

Maria Roat - Invited

Chief Information Officer
Small Business Administration

Maria A Roat became the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 bringing 30 years of professional experience in information technology. 

Ms. Roat served more than 2 years as the U.S. Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for establishing and leading DOTs technical vision and strategic direction, driving innovation and planning for technology growth supporting internal and external facing mission activities.

Soraya Correa

Soraya Correa

Chief Procurement Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Soraya Correa was appointed as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer in January 2015. Since then, she has initiated and led several key efforts designed to improve how the 1,400 member DHS procurement workforce focuses as a team on finding the right solutions to enable and support the DHS mission. These efforts include the Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM) framework, including the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), and the Education, Development, Growth, and Excellence (EDGE) mentoring program. Additionally, Ms. Correa has continued to grow and enhance efforts including the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute, the Acquisition Professional Career Program, the Strategic Sourcing Program Office, and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

Lesley Anne Field

Lesley Anne Field

Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy
Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President

Lesley Anne Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President, and is currently serving as the Acting Administrator – a role she has had periodically since 2008.  Her office is responsible for developing and implementing government wide regulations and policies to support over $470 billion in federal contracting each year, and she leads initiatives to strengthen the acquisition workforce, leverage the government’s buying power, and improve transparency.  Prior to joining OMB in 2001, Lesley served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as a contracting officer and policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary. 

Laura J. Stanton

Laura J. Stanton

Assistant Commissioner
Office of Enterprise Strategy Management, FAS, GSA

Laura Stanton was named Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Strategy Management in April 2016, where she directs the Federal Acquisition Service’s strategic business planning, performance management, category management, Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and Acquisition Gateway adoption. She plays an integral role in creating and executing a FAS strategic vision that aims to position itself as the Government Acquisition Marketplace. She facilitates collaboration among FAS business units and champions business process design and change management efforts that achieve mission results and organization transformation. Additionally, she is leading the evolution of category management at FAS, which is providing acquisition expertise to improve spend management for federal agencies. Along with this work, she is coordinating with the Category Management Leadership Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to implement category management government-wide.

Jaclyn Smyth

Jaclyn Smyth

Director, DHS Strategic Sourcing Program Office
Department of Homeland Security


Smyth’s managers say her outstanding achievements in managing DHS’ Strategic Sourcing Program Office are among the strongest in government. She and her team consistently provide solutions that achieve significant savings for taxpayers, promote standardized products and services for users, and ensure that DHS remains mission-ready. In fiscal 2016, the program accounted for $482 million in savings based on $3.2 billion spent in nearly 80 strategically sourced contract vehicles. Smyth also excels as the federal-wide category manager for the Security and Protection Category.

Gary Washington

Gary Washington

CIO, USDA APHIS

Gary Washington has with over 30 years of progressive experience providing analysis, strategic planning, and program leadership to various organizations. Foster positive view of organization operations by building strong coalitions with stakeholders. Experienced in leading change and people through high-profile transitions using expertise in business and political acumen. Demonstrated experience in successfully leading and managing large public and private sector organizations that administer complex rules-based benefits and services for a large group of customers. Technical expert and analyst on complex program issues. Very strong critical thinking, problem solving, research and liaison skills. Recognized for outstanding communication skills, flexibility, and keen political savvy, sense of humor and leadership abilities.

Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner

CIO, FEMA

Adrian R. Gardner serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC. In this position, Mr. Gardner is responsible for the governance and operations of the agency's information systems, ensuring the system complies with regulatory requirements in support of FEMA's mission and objectives.

Patsy Garnett

Patsy Garnett

Deputy CIO, FEMA

Prior to joining FEMA, Patsy Garnett served 27 years in Federal Service where her focus has been information technology and information management reform, and leading the federal government toward efficiency in its service to the public in both technology and business practices.   Her experience from previous positions at Federal Student Aid (FSA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Pension Benefit and Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB), and the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  She has improved governance and oversight of information technology investments; led the successful transformation and modernization of IT Programs to achieve cost savings; launched comprehensive IT transformation initiatives to streamline business processes, as well as standardize and leverage the IT infrastructure, and improving agencies ability to respond to change in a timely fashion.

David Larrimore

David Larrimore

Chief Technology Officer
DHS-ICE

Dave Larrimore has over 10 years of experience modernizing, innovating, and fostering technology as a business/mission enabler. In addition to supporting the development and implementation of the first US Department of Agriculture (USDA) enterprise cloud strategy, Mr. Larrimore served as a Branch Chief and Program Manager at the General Services Administration (GSA) where he lead a multidisciplinary team that enabled the transition of IT programs and project from a traditional waterfall development approach to Agile methodologies, such as Scrum, Kanban, and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). He has also developed and managed a cloud automation governance model to support cloud-based automated testing and continuous integration services.

Rory Schultz

Rory Schultz

Client Executive, USDA

Rory D. Schultz is a 32 year federal employee with 26 years’ experience in IT customer service, 23 of which have been in leadership positions.  He began his Federal career as a summer intern and research analyst with the Executive Office of the President during the Reagan Administration.  After several summers, he returned as a GS-4 Research Analyst with the Records Management Branch at the Department of the Treasury.  Over the next years, he was steadily promoted through increasingly complex and more responsible positions.

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

Deputy Director of Product & Services Delivery Management Office, DHS Office of the CIO

Charles (Chuck) Taylor was recently appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Product and Services Delivery Management at the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer. As Deputy Director, Chuck will also serve as the Contiguous Diagnostics and Mitigation Operations Manager. Chuck began his federal career as a police officer with the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division in 1988. He served in the Foreign Missions Branch, the Official Residence of the Vice President, as well as the White House Branch. Later, Chuck continued his career at the Secret Service by serving as an analyst in the Budget Division under the Chief Financial Officer. In 2002, he transferred to the U.S. House of Representatives to serve in the Office of the Chief Administrative Office (CAO).

Colonel Donald W. Hurst III

Colonel Donald W. Hurst III

Project Manager, Department of Defense Biometrics, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology

Colonel Donald W. Hurst III is currently the Project Manager, Department of Defense Biometrics, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.  Prior to this role, he was the ASA (ALT) Director, Fires and Force Protection, Pentagon. He entered the Army in 1992 as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of California, Davis and was commissioned Military Intelligence branch detailed to the Armor Corps.

Paul Gibson (Invited)

Paul Gibson (Invited)

CIO, Agriculture Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture

Paul Gibson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of ARS.  As CIO, Paul leads agency operations and special projects to ensure that ARS scientists and all who support them have access to the cutting-edge technology they need to do their job.  To that end, he oversees efforts to systematically upgrade ARS networks and associated infrastructure, implement cloud-based solutions that support the needs of ARS scientists, develop and operate systems to enhance productivity of business operations, and ensure that applications and systems provide the best possible tools for all ARS employees to use in an environment with appropriate risk management.

Carlene Ileto

Carlene Ileto

Executive Director, Products and Services Delivery Management Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

With over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) Industry as a computer Scientist/Systems Engineer and Program Manager, Ms. Ileto has focused on systems/application development and deployment both in private industry as well as government sector. She is a successful goal-driven professional with experience with strategic program management, program/project management, systems delivery and deployment, implementing effective business process engineering initiatives across the development lifecycle, implementing enterprise-wide initiatives across the Department and the Federal Government and updating the systems life cycle to reflect incremental delivery (agile).

Kevin Cox

Kevin Cox

Program Manager for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Mr. Cox leads the effort working collaboratively with federal agencies to deploy cybersecurity solutions to 1) identify agency networks and assets and 2) protect them and agency data in near real-time against the growing cybersecurity threats. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Cox served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the Department of Justice, where he oversaw the organization’s cybersecurity continuous monitoring capabilities and the security posture dashboard. Mr. Cox holds M.A. degrees from West Virginia University and the University of Chicago.

Renee Macklin

Renee Macklin

Director IT, Enterprise Services
Department of Commerce