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ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Day

August 6, 2020
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM


The ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI), in partnership with the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Office of Innovation and Transformation is presenting Emerging Technology Day, a half day virtual event  where industry, academia and government experts discuss the impact artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is having on the financial sector and will showcase examples of projects happening in real-time with insights on how to get started and how to achieve results.

Why Attend

  • Gain a better understanding on how implementing AI is impacting the financial sector
  • Learn about key considerations and how to get started
  • Hear from industry and government agencies to identify the benefits and risks associated with use of AI in the financial sector.
  • Review lessons learned and use cases involving AI and ML and how its being applied in the areas of fraud detection, improper payments, anti-money laundering, financial reporting and more.


This event is exclusive to Federal government executives, managers and practitioners in the Financial Management space. Please note that virtual space is limited. Preference will be given to Treasury and Bureau employees. Federal agencies interested in attending the event may register.  Registration will be confirmed once you get an official email from Fiscal Service or ACT-IAC.

Featured Speakers

  • Mark Beall, Head of Strategy and Policy, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, DoD
  • Mike Cockrell, Director, Data Delivery Services (DDS), IRS
  • Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Associate Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins University
  • Michael Mosier, Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Treasury
  • Sholthana Begum and Oliver Thew, Digital Innovation and Future of Finance, Bank of England
  • Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
  • Mike Willis, Assistant Director, Office of Structured Disclosure Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, SEC

For More Information
If you have any questions about registration, contact Nancy Delanoche at For questions about the program, contact Cindy Good at

About FIT
FIT is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service, whose mission is to promote the financial integrity and operation efficiency of the federal government through exceptional accounting, financing, collections, payments, and shared services. To find out more about the Fiscal Service, visit or follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.    

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization established to improve government through the effective and innovative application of technology.  ACT-IAC provides an objective, trusted and ethical forum where government and industry executives can communicate, collaborate and learn.  ACT-IAC is the premier public-private partnership in the government technology community and has been called “an example of how government and industry can work together.”

Time Presentation
ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest: Jeremy Wood and Todd Hager
Timothy Gribben, Commissioner
Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins University
Renata Marziarz Miskell, Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer, HHS OIG
Alex Cohen, Director, Emerging Technology, Office of Government Wide Policy, GSA
Claude Yusti, Partner, AI Practice Leader, IBM
Henry Jia, Data Science Lead, Excella
Mark Beall, Head of Strategy and Policy, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer
Rachael Martin, Mission Director, Business Process Transformation, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)
11:00AM The Future of Finance
Sholthana Begum, Head of RegTech, The Bank of England
Artificial Intelligence and the Bank of England's FinTech Hub
Oliver Thew, Senior FinTech Specialist, The Bank of England
11:30AM Responsible Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Innovation and AML /CFT in the U.S.
Michael Mosier, Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
12:20PM IRS Return Review Program - Combating Sophisticated Fraud Patterns
Mike Cockrell, Director, Data Delivery Services (DDS) IRS
12:40PM Tools and Technology to Reduce Improper Payments
Steve Bernstein, Executive Director, and Eva Robinson, Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank, JP Morgan
1:00PM Use of ML for Text Analytics of Financial Reports
Mike Willis, Assistant Director, Office of Structured Disclosure, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
1:20PM Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence
Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, Center for Technology, Brookings Institution
Adam Goldberg, Acting Assistant Commissioner (AC) for Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT)
Cindy Good, Management and Program Analyst for FIT, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

Speaker Bios

Mark Beall, Head of Strategy and Policy, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Department of Defense
Mark Beall is the JAIC’s Head of Strategic Engagement and Policy and leads the international partner engagement effort. Prior to this, Mark was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Office, where he served as the Deputy Director for Iran and the Gulf, Middle East Policy; and as Policy Advisor, Defense Support to Civil Authorities with a focus on domestic preparedness and response strategies, plans, and capabilities for naturally-occurring disease outbreaks and biological weapons attacks.

Previously, he was the Country Director for Afghanistan, where he was the action officer responsible for supporting the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia on the development of the Afghanistan National Security Forces, rule of law and anti-corruption, detention operations, and Leahy vetting.

Sholthana Begum, Head of PRA RegTech, PRA Chief Operations Office, Bank of England
Sholthana is currently the Head of PRA Regulatory Technology (RegTech) at the Bank of England, she leads the Data Innovation function at the Prudential Regulation Authority.
Her background is varied, with spells as a senior risk specialist, markets practitioner and accountant specialising in financial regulation and central banking. Sholthana is a qualified and experienced management accountant, project manager and innovative leader.

In addition to her primary business responsibilities surrounding innovation, Sholthana is an active member of her community, she teaches self-defence classes at Dulwich college and is involved in a number of charitable causes.  

Sholthana is recognised as a thought leader and considered a pioneer of RegTech and SupTech in the PRA, her work is actively paving the way forward in working towards the Future of Finance. Sholthana’s counsel and advice is often sought after from other Central Banks and  private bodies across the globe. Her achievements have been widely recognised, most notably through her acceptance of the Tech Forward award  in the 2019 Central Banking Awards hosted in Singapore.    

Steve Bernstein, Executive Director, JP Morgan
Steve Bernstein, Executive Director at JPMorgan, has been with the Bank since 1984. Steve leads the Payables and Receivables North America Product Market Manager team in the Corporate Investment Bank at JPMorgan. Steve supports the Banks' strategic US and Global payment initiatives, and is accountable for client engagement, product development, planning and execution, along with liaising with other TS Product and Sales personnel to craft solutions for our client base.

With over 36 years of banking experience, Steve has subject matter expertise on ACH, Real time Payments, Funds Transfer, FXACH, Global ACH, and various Disbursement and Receivable product sets.
Steve is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. 1979, MFA '81) and resides in New York City.

Mike Cockrell, Director, Data Delivery Services (DDS), IRS
Mike is an IT executive with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with 25 years’ experience in IT system development and integration.  Mike currently serves as the Director, Data Delivery Services in the Application Development Domain in IT.  Mike provides executive-level leadership, program management and budgetary oversight for IRS’s critical Identity Theft and pre-refund fraud IT systems, tax processing databases and data delivery services and technology.

Prior to joining the IRS in 2007, Mike spent 12 years in industry in various technical leadership roles in smart card system development and integration firms, to include MAXIMUS and Hewlett-Packard (HP).

Mike has undergraduate degrees in History and Computer Science from Christopher Newport University, along with a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mary Washington (UMW).

Alex Cohen, Director, Emerging Technology, Office of Government Wide Policy, GSA
Alex Cohen is the Director for Emerging Technologies in the Office of Government-wide Policy.  Prior to this, he ran the innovation center for the U.S. Census Bureau where he oversaw more than 1000 IT projects and saved over $100M for the Bureau. Before moving into project and program management, he was a software engineer. He has led projects for National Academies, Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federation of American Scientists.

In addition to his technical background he has led digital communication offices in DOE and Census.

He has a BS in Computer Science from UMASS Amherst and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason. Alex lives in DC with his wife and his son.

Henry Jia, Data Science Lead, Excella
Henry is a Data Science practitioner for more than a decade.  An open-source enthusiast and data-driven investigator.  Over his career, he's been fortunate enough to build teams and products for private legacy companies, tech startups, financial trading shops and scientific research labs.  Henry loves speaking about data science research, data ethics and MLOps.  He also advises nonprofit organizations and startups on machine learning topics.  In his current position, he leads the data science effort within Excella to guide their customers along their AI journey and maximize the business value impact from their investments.

Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins University, Founder of
Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is an Associate Professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and revels in pushing the boundaries of financial knowledge and product development both as an academic and FinTech Entrepreneur. He has published pioneering research in the intersection of social media big data, blockchain, and financial markets.

He currently teaches "Big Data Machine Learning," "Blockchain,” “Advanced Hedge Fund Strategies," and "Leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation" at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Innovation Factory and has received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence 2015-2018. He serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the British Blockchain Association, Journal of Alternative Investments and the Journal of Portfolio Management where he co-authored the most read Invited Editorial "iGDP?".

Dr. Liew co-founded SoKat creates world-class Machine Learning / AI and Blockchain products and services primarily servicing government agencies, institutional investors, academic institutions and select-startups. SoKat unlocks the hidden value of data through thoughtful and creative solutions, comprising of actionable business intelligence, transparent data analytics, bold predictive models, and next-generation investment products.

Previously, Jim has been with the Carlyle Asset Management Group, Campbell and Company, and Morgan Stanley. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University.

Rachael Martin, Mission Director, Business Process Transformation, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)
Ms. Martin currently manages the Business Process Transformation Mission Initiative for the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). She is assigned to the JAIC from the Office of Naval Intelligence as part of the Intelligence Communities Joint Duty Assignment (JDA) program. The BPT Mission seeks to transform Department of Defense business processes through the application of AI and automation technologies.

In her previous position she was the Program Director for the Integrated Maritime Domain Awareness (iMDA) Program at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). The iMDA office supports ONI’s intelligence efforts in fusion and analysis, collection management, network integration and outreach. It is also the home of ONI’s Advanced Analytics Office (A2), which uses maritime activity based intelligence (MABI) and innovative data analytics to integrate multiple intelligence disciplines in support of USN intelligence requirements. Earlier tours of duty include managing the Middle East and Africa Naval Analysis branch and the Director of Advanced Analytics within the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center; during this time her team was awarded a Navy Group Meritorious Service Award for their work answering a CNO-priority intelligence requirement.

Ms. Martin also served as an intelligence liaison and embedded analytic support to the Intelligence Directorate (N2) at CNE-CNA-C6F in Naples, Italy. She was the senior analyst on Counter Narcotics and Maritime Security issues, as well as the team lead for Naval Forces Africa Intelligence Engagements. She was awarded a Meritorious Civilian Service Award for her work in supporting the Fleet during this time frame. Ms. Martin began her career as a Latin America Counter Narcotics analyst, where she deployed worldwide in support of Drug Enforcement Administration operations; while in this position she was award an ODNI Intelligence Community Award for her work.

Ms. Martin is a member of the Department of Navy’s 2017 Bridging the Gap Cohort, and ONI’s 2015 Civilian Leadership Program. She was previously a Certified All-Source Defense Analyst (CDASA-1), has received her Intelligence Community Advanced Analyst Program Certification (ICAAP). Ms. Martin has received a M.S. in Government Analytics from Johns Hopkins University, where she published a thesis on the use of NLP Topic Modelling for use in I&W analysis. She also has an M.A. in National Security Studies from American Military University. She completed her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with distinctions in International Relations. She won the Norman D. Palmer prize for Best Thesis in International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

Renata Maziarz Miskell, Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG),
As the Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Renata works to empower HHS OIG to use data proactively to protect the integrity of HHS programs as well as the health and welfare of the people they serve.  In her role, Renata focuses on developing and implementing advanced analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities to support OIG in efficiently and effectively executing its oversight mission. Her prior roles have included a senior position in the private sector, directing the strategy for government financial reporting and compliance solutions, and serving as the acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Data at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service. Renata also played a key role in leading the government-wide implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) as well as the re-launch of, using modern technology, cloud computing, and agile and user-centered development methodologies. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She enjoys spending time outdoors and running after her two young children.

Michael Mosier, Deputy Director & Digital Innovation Officer, Treasury
Michael Mosier is the Deputy Director & Digital Innovation Officer at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the financial intelligence unit and primary anti-money laundering authority of the United States.  As Deputy Director, he oversees FinCEN’s wide-ranging work to promote financial integrity and national security.  As Digital Innovation Officer, he is dedicated to advancing FinCEN’s engagement with emerging technology and financial innovation.  Prior to rejoining Treasury, Michael was the Chief Technical Counsel at Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis and investigations company. 

Previously, Michael was Chief of Strategic Advancement at FinCEN, and served as Associate Director at Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Before Treasury, he was Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, and served a tour at the White House National Security Council as Director for Transnational Organized Crime.  Prior to government service, Michael represented technology, media, and financial clients at a law firm.

Eva Robinson, Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank, JP Morgan
Eva Robinson is a Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) at JP Morgan. Eva serves as the Treasury Services Head of Federal Government and Public Sector Sales and Servicing.  Additionally, Eva leads the Minority Bank Mentor Protégé Program for Wholesale Payments; a cross-functional program that mentors black-owned banks and positions these banks to better address the banking needs of their underserved LMI communities.   

Prior to assuming her current role, Eva was the General Manager for the Federal Government Commercial Card business unit within the Consumer and Community Bank (CCB). Eva joined J.P. Morgan in 2009 as the Global Head of Public Sector Commercial/Prepaid Card Sales and Relationship Management focusing on the U.S. Federal Government, State and Local governments, colleges, universities and hospitals.  Before J. P. Morgan, Eva successfully led a global business development team at MasterCard International. In this role, Eva managed a portfolio of large, global financial institutions (FI). Her efforts focused on market expansion by formulating and executing growth strategies to drive top-line revenue and sourcing new business opportunities in North America, EMEA and LATAM for FI clients.

Eva’s work in the private sector was preceded by her tenure in the US Government where she served as the Head of Acquisition Policy for the Navy Logistics Command.  During this time her leadership and strategic accomplishments were recognized through several Departmental and Presidential awards.

Eva holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science from Mercy College.  She is an alumnus of the International Management Development School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

She resides in Southern Maryland with her husband.

Oliver Thew, Senior Fintech Specialist, Bank of England
Oliver is a Senior Fintech Specialist in the Bank’s Fintech Hub and primarily focuses on firms’ use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Oliver was one of the co-authors of the joint Bank-FCA report on machine learning in UK financial services. He is currently leading the AI Public-Private Forum, another joint initiative with the FCA, which seeks to gather views on areas where principles, guidance, regulation or good practice examples could support safe adoption of artificial intelligence.

In addition to his work on artificial intelligence and machine learning, Oliver has led a number of projects, including: macro and micro analysis of the UK fintech sector, insurtech business model analysis, and analysis of prudential implications and links to e-money providers. Prior to joining the Bank, Oliver established and managed the fintech programme at OMFIF, an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy and public investment.

Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director - Governance Studies, Senior Fellow - Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of work. West is also director of the John Hazen White Manufacturing Initiative. Prior to coming to Brookings, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.

His books include Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (with co-author John R. Allen; Brookings Press, 2020), Divided Politics, Divided Nation (Brookings Press, 2019) The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation (Brookings Press, 2018), Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology is Reshaping Our Lives (Brookings Press, 2015), Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Press, 2014), Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education (Brookings Press, 2012), The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation (Brookings Press, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings Press, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings Press, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005), among others.

His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and he is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). His Brain Gain book won the ForeWord Review Book of the Year for political science and his Billionaires book won the ForeWord Book of the Year Silver Award for political science, In 2014, he was honored by Public Administration Review for having written one of the 75 most influential articles since 1940. This was for his article “E-Government and the Transformation of Service Delivery and Citizen Attitudes.”

Mike Willis, Assistant Director, Office of Structured Disclosure, SEC
Mike is a retired PwC partner with public company reporting, audit and data analytics experience and knowledge of relevant reporting standards, regulations and process and control considerations.  He is the Assistant Director of the Office of Structured Disclosure at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where he is responsible for leading the design and implementation of technological processes and tools to support the many structured data needs of the Commission, including the creation, implementation, and maintenance of forms and processes designed to capture structured data from SEC registrants through their filings with the Commission.

Claude Yusti, Partner, IBM
Claude Yusti is a Partner in IBM Global Business Services and is responsible for leading the Watson AI and Data Platform Practice for Public Sector. His primary clients are in Health and Human Services. Claude has assisted clients with their business needs and information technology requirements including linking business strategy, technical analysis and delivery services. He also has expertise in strategic planning and the management of complex engagements. He has over 30 years of experience in the Government and Healthcare industries and has worked with a number of industry leading clients in the United States, Canada and South America. Provided strategic consulting services to Health Care payers and providers in the United States and Canada. The focus was on the development of health community networks and the adoption of electronic medical record solutions. He received his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami and his MBA from the University of Miami.

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