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ACT-IAC Publishes Intelligent Automation/RPA Playbook

ACT-IAC published a playbook entitled "Intelligent Automation, Volume 1: Robotic Process Automation."  This Playbook follows the ACT-IAC INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION PRIMER: An overview of the journey to intelligent automation. This playbook is intended as timely assistance for the many agencies who are considering RPA, running pilots or seeking to accelerate deployment.  The goal is to provide in-depth guidance for federal agencies to establish, operate and grow RPA programs, from understanding the capabilities and benefits through preparing the organization, evaluating software, governance, IT, implementation, operation, managing workforce impacts and scaling up.  

Ted Davies Appointed Executive Vice Chair for the Industry Advisory Council

As announced last month, Tony Scott tendered his resignation as Executive Vice Chair for the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), effective September 9, 2019, to accommodate his need to spend more time in California to support his family and other commitments. We would like to thank Tony once again for his service in support of ACT-IAC and look forward to continuing to engage Tony as his schedule permits.

In accordance with the IAC Bylaws, Article V: Officers and Duties, Section 5, “In the event of a vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise, the IAC Chair may appoint a replacement, subject to approval of the Executive Committee, for the unexpired portion of the term.” Accordingly, I have appointed, and the IAC Executive Committee has approved, Ted Davies, CEO at Altamira Technologies Corporation, to replace Tony as the Executive Vice Chair and the next Chair of IAC. 

This appointment was critical and unprecedented. As such, I consulted with several past IAC Chairs before arriving at the decision. Many characteristics and criteria were considered in arriving at this decision, I strongly believe that this selection best positions the organization for future success. As you know, Ted has been a long-time supporter of ACT-IAC, a previously elected IAC Chair and currently sits on the IAC Executive Committee as an appointed member. For the past couple of years Ted has also chaired ACT-IAC’s Executive Collaboration Forum and has done significant outreach to industry leaders on our behalf. His knowledge and experience will allow him to immediately step in and significantly contribute to the leadership of ACT-IAC. I know you will all join me in thanking Tony for his service and welcoming Ted once more to this important leadership role.

Paul Strasser
IAC Chair

ACT-IAC Publishes Data Driven Decision Making Report

ACT-IAC undertook the “Data-Driven Decision-Making Project” to help agencies meet new requirements to manage and use data to make decisions. The project report includes a data management maturity model, a self-assessment tool, and key lessons and practices agencies can use to help organize and accelerate their efforts.

IAC Bylaws Working Group Seeks Input

ACT-IAC has had a very successful 40-year history of supporting government through our unique structure of government and industry collaboration.   But we need to continue to evaluate how we can improve the organization, making sure we maintain all of the important elements of IAC that have contributed to our long history of success while preparing us to even better meet the needs of our member companies and government teammates as we prepare for the rapidly changing federal technology marketplace of the future.  One of the areas that we want to evaluate is the way in which we govern ourselves, which is codified in the IAC Bylaws.

Paul Strasser, our current IAC Chair, has appointed our immediate past chair, Richard Spires, to lead a working group to review and recommend revisions to the IAC Bylaws.  Richard will be joined on the working group by former past IAC chairs, Mitzi Mead, Ellen Glover, Venkatapathi (PV) Puvvada and Ted Davies, along with current NexUS industry chair, Emily Black and ACT-IAC CEO, Dave Wennergren.  The goal of this working group is to provide recommendations to the IAC Executive Committee on any bylaws revisions that will improve our operations, prepare us for the future and recognize recent organizational changes, to include the establishment of a CEO position.

We would like to hear from you, and if you have any proposed revisions to the bylaws or other comments and questions, please plan to join us for one of our three listening sessions, hosted by our CEO, Dave Wennergren.  Each listening session will be available by conference call or you can join us in person in the main conference room of the ACT-IAC offices, 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA.  The conference phone number is:  +1.202.602.1295 and the access code will be: 344-514-470# .  We have picked different days of the week and different times of day for these listening sessions to maximize your opportunity to participate:

  • IAC Bylaws Listening Session 1:  Monday, September 30th, 12:00-2:00pm
  • IAC Bylaws Listening Session 2:  Friday, October 4th, 8:30-10:30am
  • IAC Bylaws Listening Session 3:  Tuesday, October 8th, 4:00-6:00pm

We hope you’ll be able to join us for one of these sessions, however, if you are unable to join any of these calls, but still have some thoughts you’d like to share, you can email Dave at dwennergren@actiac.org.  The bylaws can be found online at https://www.actiac.org/iac-bylaws-april-2017 .

The working group plans to develop any proposed bylaw revisions later this Fall, and for those revisions endorsed by the IAC Executive Committee, an on-line vote of the IAC membership will be conducted to approve the changes.  Thank you for your continued support of this great organization.

ACT-IAC Invites Members to Join New Health Community of Interest

Since launching the “health” mission over a year ago, ACT-IAC saw increased member interest and engagement in this topic through multiple programs, forums, webinars, a special health government-sponsored project, and over 30 health-related submissions to this year’s Igniting Innovation.  In July 2019, both ACT and IAC Executive Committees voted to establish a Health Community of Interest (COI).

ACT-IAC members from government and industry with an interest in health are invited to participate in the Health COI.  To learn more about the new COI and to join, visit https://www.actiac.org/groups/health-community-interest

Participation at DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) Bootcamp for Industry

ALL SPOTS ALREADY FILLED

The Department of Homeland Security has invited ACT-IAC to their upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) Boot Camps for Industry.  You can read more about last year’s successful PIL Boot Camps for Industry from CPO Correa here.

During this highly interactive one-day workshop, PIL staff will share the tools, techniques, and mindset that DHS is cultivating across our acquisition workforce to innovate in their procurement processes, promote managed risk taking, and better support mission outcomes. Additionally, the workshop will provide the industry community with an opportunity to share new ideas so that DHS can continue to learn forward and lean into innovation. 

The two upcoming PIL Boot Camps for Industry will take place in-person at the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute (HSAI) located at 90 K Street, NE in Washington, DC on each of the following days:

  • August 1, 2019 (Thursday), 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • August 2, 2019 (Friday), 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Due to space constraints, we are limited to 15 total registrations across both workshops.   ACT-IAC will consider diversity of business size, industry, geography, etc. when selecting participants.

 Please note that all the spots are filled at this time. If you have questions about this announcement, send an email to Nancy Delanoche, ACT-IAC Director of COIs.  

Congratulations to New Communities of Interest (COI) Leaders

ACT-IAC is pleased to announce the new leaders for the Communities of Interest (COIs). There were 16 positions across 6 COIs that were available for reelection and/or vacant.  The following members will serve in their COI leadership roles for the term July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021. Thank you to all the candidates for their readiness to serve in ACT-IAC.

COI

Position

First Name

Last Name

Organization

ACQ

Gov Vice-Chair

Florence ♦

Kasule

US Digital Service 

CX

Industry Chair

Zac ♦

Trojak

Medallia

CX

Gov Chair

David

Ellison

Social Security Administration

CX

Gov Vice Chair

John ♦

Chang

Dept of Justice

CX

Industry Vice Chair

Charlotte**

Lee

Kastling, Inc

ET

Government Chair

Jeremy**

Wood

Millenium Challenge Corporation

ET

Industry Chair

Todd**

Hager

Macro Solutions

ET

Industry Vice Chair

Fred

de Vaulx

Prometheus Consulting

ET

Gov Vice Chair

David ♦

Maron

VA

EWF

Industry Chair

Andrew ♦

McCoy

Learning Tree International

EWF

Government Chair

Terri** ♦

Shaffer

GSA

EWF

Government Vice Chair

Christina ♦

Gonzales Vay

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

ITMM

Government Chair

Daniel** ♦

York

GSA

ITMM

Government Vice-Chair

Melvin** ♦

Brown

Small Business Administration

N&T

Government Chair

Kevin

Gallo

GSA

N&T

Government Vice-Chair

Andrew**

Low

DHS

Names in ** are incumbent in their position. Names in ♦ are unopposed candidates.

ACT-IAC Publishes Update to the IT Management Maturity Model

ACT-IAC published a white paper entitled "IT Management Maturity Model Overview: In support of the implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Version 2.0" developed by the IT Management and Modernization Community of Interest. The paper and web resources are available online.

To support the implementation of FITARA, the paper updated the ACT-IAC IT Management Maturity Model to help agencies assess their maturity in six critical functions of IT management.  Since the initial development and implementation of this model in September 2015, additional federal government-wide initiatives, policies, and legislation were issued that tie directly into the tenets of FITARA and IT management. Additionally, agencies provided feedback based on direct experience implementing the model that was included in this update.

The key updates to the model include adding a cybersecurity function, adding Technology Business Management (TBM) attributes, strengthening the emphasis on modernization and incremental development throughout the model, building a stronger focus on software license management, ensuring connections between IT strategic planning and IT budget planning, and including IT workforce re-training to meet IT priorities.

 

Forbes article highlights Zero Trust Architecture

Forbes article on "Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture" by Darren Death, Vice President of Information Security - Chief Information Security Officer for ASRC Federal and ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI) Program Chair and member of ACT-IAC Working Group for Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report.

Read the Forbes Article, https://www.actiac.org/implementing-zero-trust-architecture

Download the ACT-IAC Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report, https://www.actiac.org/zero-trust-cybersecurity-current-trends

 

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