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Federal Insights Exchange featuring Department of Commerce

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10AM-11AM EDT
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Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10AM-11AM EDT
2021-04-22 10:00:00 2021-04-22 11:00:00 America/New_York Federal Insights Exchange featuring Department of Commerce See more details at: VIRTUAL, , ,
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Webinar Fees:

Government: $0.00
IAC Member: $35.00
Non Member: $55.00

Event Details


USPTO CIO Jamie Holcombe and Product Line Leaders  to update industry on the progress of modernization efforts and its Agile transformation along product lines.   

To satisfy new customer demands, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) embarked on an organizational transformation to change how they deliver enterprise IT.  This journey encompasses the New Ways of Working (NWOW) and new, scaled Agile practices with a focus on customer value. 

The transformation revolves around three key efforts – stabilization, modernization, and NWOW; and the agency has selected four Product Line Leaders to ensure that the agency’s IT systems are future-proof and ready for NextGen delivery.  The USPTO’s four Product Lines (Patents, Trademarks, Enterprise Business, and Enterprise Infrastructure) include over 30 products in the agency’s IT portfolio. By leveraging Agile, DevSecOps, Human Centered Design (HCD), automation, and performance best practices, the USPTO will realize new IT efficiencies for enterprise value.

ACT-IAC is excited to have Infrastructure Product Line Leader, Bob Simms, share progress made in stabilizing and modernizing the organization’s technical backbone. Mr. Simms brings over 22 years of experience to USPTO and has been instrumental in USPTO’s adoption of DevSecOps practices, increasing the agency’s virtualization footprint through Internal and External Cloud expansion, increasing Automation capabilities, Establishing Role Based Access, and migrating to Office 365 (O365) cloud.  

Joining Mr. Holcombe and Mr. Simms is Enterprise Business Product Line Leader, Carol Stout, who will share updates on her product portfolio consisting of over 100 applications that support various common USPTO business value streams: financial, travel, acquisition, budgeting, staffing, learning, property, legal, communications, customer experience, and data analytics.

Learning Objectives:

This program will enlighten industry on the cultural change within the organization and the plans for the near future.  


Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Bob Simms, Infrastructure Product Line Leader, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Carol Stout, Enterprise Business Product Line Leader, United States Patent and Trademark Office


  9:30am – 10:00am        Virtual Registration for Members
10:00am – 10:10am        Welcome and Introductions
10:10am – 10:55am        Panel Discussion/ Q&A
10:55am – 11:00am        Wrap-up and Session Close

This session is being coordinated by the Federal Insights Exchange Department of Commerce Planning Committee.

This event is open to the Federal IT community.  We also welcome members of the federal contracting community who are not currently ACT-IAC members.