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ACT-IAC Moving to Virtual Conferences and Events for the rest of 2020

After a lot of research and evaluation, we have made the decision to move to virtual events for the rest of the calendar year, to include our major conferences.  We have made this proactive decision, first and foremost, to help preserve the health, safety and well-being of all of you—our members, neighbors and friends.  This move to virtual conferences will help us to continue to provide crucial opportunities for our government and industry members to continue to collaborate on the top issues facing government today, while also expanding the opportunity to participate in events by eliminating the time and cost of traveling to in-person conferences.

2020 IAC Executive Committee Candidates Announced

Congratulations to the 2020 IAC Executive Committee Candidates.  We were extremely fortunate this year to have such a large number of highly qualified individuals express an interest in serving on the IAC Executive Committee.  After extensive deliberations, the Nominating Committee has unanimously agreed on an outstanding slate of candidates that has been unanimously endorsed by the IAC Executive Committee.  All of the candidates have great experience as well as proven track records of commitment to and participation in ACT-IAC activities,  and will stand for election in June.  

The 2020 IAC Executive Committee candidates are:

Executive Vice Chair (1 position):
Margie Graves, Margie Graves, LLC
Tim Smith, On Point Consulting

Vice Chair Finance (1 position):
Tim Cooke, ASI Government

Vice Chair at Large (4 positions):
Jonathan Benett, Adobe
Todd Hager, Macro Solutions
Ann-Marie Johnson, Ardent MC
Ellen Kuhn, Oracle
Kelly Morrison, Grant Thornton
Simon Szykman, Attain LLC
Gregory Touhill, AppGate Federal
Kevin Youel Page, Deloitte

All of those elected will assume office on July 1, 2020.  The Vice Chair for Finance and Vice Chairs at Large will serve two year terms. The Executive Vice Chair will become the IAC Chair on July 1, 2021 and then serve as Chair for two years.   Each IAC member company in good standing at the time of the election will be entitled to vote, and the vote is cast by the official company POC.    

Additional Information.  In the days ahead, please keep an eye on the ACT-IAC News Flash where will we be periodically highlighting the election process as well as providing links to the ACT-IAC website where you will be able to read bios and watch a short campaign video for each candidate.  On Thursday, June 4th, we will also hold a virtual membership meeting where we will play the campaign videos for each candidate.   Voting will then commence on June 10th and close on June 24th.   The IAC Bylaws (Article VI, Section 4) provide that additional individuals may be added to the slate of candidates through a petitioning process.  A petition must be signed by at least 10% of the IAC member company points of contact and submitted to the ACT-IAC CEO, Dave Wennergren no later than May 22nd this year.   If you would like to know more about the petition process or have any other questions or need additional information about the election process, please contact Dave Wennergren by email or by phone (703) 963-5573.  Thank you for your continued support of the important work of ACT-IAC to deliver better government mission outcomes through education, collaboration and leadership.

OCIO, Office of the Secretary of Transportation Seeks Deputy Chief Information Officer

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, is recruiting for the senior executive position of Deputy, Chief Information Officer, located in Washington, D.C.

OCIO serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on matters involving information technology (IT) and oversees the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) annual $3.5 billion IT portfolio.

The Deputy CIO supports and facilitates the duties, responsibilities, and authority of the OCIO throughout the Department and the implementation of all applicable federal laws, regulations, policy, and guidance. The Deputy CIO actively participates in establishing Departmental standards for IT activities and for evaluating the quality, effectiveness, and use of all the Department’s information systems and processes to meet the program and administrative requirements of the Department, its Operating Administrations (OAs), and customers.

The Deputy CIO is responsible for overseeing a broad IT portfolio, including:

  • Assisting in policy development and guidance, program direction, and the exercise of Departmental authority over DOT IT spending and information systems.
  • Developing and maintaining a performance management program that measures, evaluates, and reports on the quality and adequacy of IT services delivered by the OCIO and its internal and external service providers.
  • Promoting effective IT programs by establishing clear and effective strategic direction, implementing budget-linked capital planning and performance based management; establishing clear accountability; providing greater coordination among and ensuring greater visibility of activities; and facilitating the development, implementation, and maintenance of a sound and integrated IT architecture that builds in best practices for IT security and privacy, and promotes the effective design and operation of all DOT IT processes.


We are looking for a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates for this position. All applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 1, 2020. Please post this OCIO Senior Executive Service vacancy on your website and refer applicants to the vacancy announcement found on the Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS website:

Acquisition Systems Extensions Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, two key acquisition system extensions have been granted to enable greater flexibility for both vendors and contracting officers.

In SAM, current registrants with active registrations expiring before May 16, 2020 will be afforded a one-time extension of 60 days.

In eSRS, for contracts with individual subcontracting plans, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the due date for submission of the Individual Subcontracting Report (ISR) required under FAR clause 52.219-9 for the period ending March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020 (originally April 30, 2020). Additionally, for contracts completed between March 13, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the submission of the Final ISR is extended to June 30, 2020.

ACT-IAC Office Closed for two weeks

ACT-IAC Office Closed for two weeks.  Dear Members of the ACT-IAC family, as we as nation continue to grapple with ways to slow the rate of transmission for novel coronavirus (COVID 19), we have decided to follow the plans of most local school systems and commence mandatory telework for ACT-IAC employees for a 2 week period, from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th.  During this time, the ACT-IAC offices will be closed, but the ACT-IAC professional staff will all be on-line and connected; available to answer your calls/emails and continue conducting the business of ACT-IAC in the days ahead.  We will continue to update you on upcoming events/changing situations both through our daily email, the ACT-IAC News Flash and here on the ACT-IAC Coronavirus Resource Center.  We greatly appreciate your continued support as we navigate our way through these challenging times.  Our primary concern remains everyone’s safety and well-being.

David M. Wennergren

ACT-IAC Publishes Shared Services Paper

The ACT-IAC Shared Services Working Group produced a paper entitled “Technology Transfer: How a Mission-Focused Shared Service Can Contribute to US Economic Growth” which examines the existing tools, applications, systems, and organizations that comprise the shared services landscape in technology transfer and evaluates the potential for enhancing or developing a new shared service for this vital contributor to the US economy and national security. 

ACT-IAC Publishes Artificial Intelligence Playbook

ACT-IAC published an Artificial Intelligence Playbook. This Playbook immediately follows the ACT-IAC Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Primer and proposes a process and a series of phases to support the United States Federal Government in its understanding and application of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support its mission. Each phase contains a set of key activities organized in functional areas that go beyond just the technical aspects of AI but include management, people, process, and acquisition areas.

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 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

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.



First Name

Last Name



Gov Vice-Chair

Florence ♦


US Digital Service 


Industry Chair

Zac ♦




Gov Chair



Social Security Administration


Gov Vice Chair

John ♦


Dept of Justice


Industry Vice Chair



Kastling, Inc


Government Chair



Millenium Challenge Corporation


Industry Chair



Macro Solutions


Industry Vice Chair


de Vaulx

Prometheus Consulting


Gov Vice Chair

David ♦




Industry Chair

Andrew ♦


Learning Tree International


Government Chair

Terri** ♦




Government Vice Chair

Christina ♦

Gonzales Vay

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)


Government Chair

Daniel** ♦




Government Vice-Chair

Melvin** ♦


Small Business Administration


Government Chair





Government Vice-Chair




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,

Download the ACT-IAC Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report,