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DOT Seeks Associate Chief Information Officer for Strategic Portfolio Management

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

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on matters involving information technology (IT). The OCIO oversees the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) annual $3.5 billion IT portfolio. The OCIO focuses on ensuring IT projects and investments are planned, administered, completed, and delivered in a standardized manner across the Department.

The Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for Strategic Portfolio Management is responsible for the policy, implementation, and oversight of the following IT areas: Division Management, IT Governance, and Architecture and Acquisition Strategy.

This senior IT executive leads in a visionary, collaborative, and stakeholder-focused manner in developing and institutionalizing a comprehensive, enterprise‐wide IT portfolio strategy that considers all aspects of sound IT policy, including personnel management, cybersecurity, and regulatory requirements.

The ACIO for Strategic Portfolio Management provides executive leadership and strategic direction for complex, critical, and highly visible IT programs including Shared Services, investment management, governance, and policy compliance. This senior executive also establishes innovative DOT‐wide policies, standards, and procedures related to IT; advises agency senior management on major IT decisions; advocates for innovative uses of technology to ensure the implementation of sound investment planning that will facilitate access by agency management to information resources; ensures that funding is available and appropriate investments are made to protect the Department’s infrastructure, cybersecurity, and data. The incumbent also facilitates the acquisition of information resources in a way that maximizes value and manages risk. 

We are looking for a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates for this position. If you know someone who may be interested in this position, please encourage him or her to apply through the vacancy announcement listed on USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/570984000  

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

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on matters involving information technology (IT). The OCIO oversees the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) annual $3.5 billion IT portfolio. The OCIO focuses on ensuring IT projects and investments are planned, administered, completed, and delivered in a standardized manner across the Department.

The Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for Strategic Portfolio Management is responsible for the policy, implementation, and oversight of the following IT areas: Division Management, IT Governance, and Architecture and Acquisition Strategy.

This senior IT executive leads in a visionary, collaborative, and stakeholder-focused manner in developing and institutionalizing a comprehensive, enterprise‐wide IT portfolio strategy that considers all aspects of sound IT policy, including personnel management, cybersecurity, and regulatory requirements.

The ACIO for Strategic Portfolio Management provides executive leadership and strategic direction for complex, critical, and highly visible IT programs including Shared Services, investment management, governance, and policy compliance. This senior executive also establishes innovative DOT‐wide policies, standards, and procedures related to IT; advises agency senior management on major IT decisions; advocates for innovative uses of technology to ensure the implementation of sound investment planning that will facilitate access by agency management to information resources; ensures that funding is available and appropriate investments are made to protect the Department’s infrastructure, cybersecurity, and data. The incumbent also facilitates the acquisition of information resources in a way that maximizes value and manages risk. 

We are looking for a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates for this position. If you know someone who may be interested in this position, please encourage him or her to apply through the vacancy announcement listed on USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/570984000  

IAC Executive Committee Election Results Announced

ACT-IAC is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Executive Committee, the top governance body for the industry side of ACT-IAC.

• Margie Graves, former Federal Deputy CIO and now at MHGraves Consulting, has been elected Executive Vice Chair, and will become IAC Chair in July 2021.

• Tim Cooke (ASI Government) has been elected Vice Chair, Finance.

• Jonathan Benett (Adobe) has been elected Vice Chair at Large.

• Ann-Marie Johnson (ArdentMC) has been elected Vice Chair at Large.

• Ellen Kuhn (Oracle) has been elected Vice Chair at Large.

• Kelly Morrison (Grant Thornton Public Sector) has been elected Vice Chair at Large.

In addition to the election of new members to the Executive Committee, ACT-IAC is also pleased to announce that Ted Davies (Altamira Technologies) will move from Executive Vice Chair to Chair of IAC, as Paul Strasser (Brillient Corporation) ends his term as chair and becomes Immediate Past Chair.

The new term for elected members will start on July 1, 2020. ACT-IAC would also like to recognize and thank for their outstanding service those leaving the Executive Committee, to include:

• Richard Spires (Richard A. Spires Consulting), outgoing Immediate Past Chair.

• Sundar Vaidyanathan (Karsun Solutions), outgoing Vice Chair, Finance.

• Jonathan Alboum (ServiceNow), outgoing Vice Chair at Large.

• Kathy Conrad (Accenture Federal Services) outgoing Vice Chair at Large.

• Jackie Everett (Leidos), outgoing Vice Chair at Large.

• Kim Pack (Wolf Den Associates), outgoing Vice Chair at Large.

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 dwennergren@actiac.org 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.
 

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
CEO

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 https://www.actiac.org/groups/health-community-interest

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