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Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce – Panel Discussion
June 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


June Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions – ET/EWF COI and NexUS Leadership
  • Updates from ET/EWF COIs and NexUS Leadership
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce – Panel Discussion


Background on the Presentation
The presentation looks into the future of emerging tech and workforce impacts.

Emerging technology is going to dramatically change how work is done, and what type of future workforce the government will need. A few Federal agencies are now exploring how to implement Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). This jointly-sponsored session will answer the following questions:

  • How fast is AI going to overtake government processes and workers?
  • What workforce impacts should we expect from upcoming AI use in the public sector?
  • What are some “lessons learned” from an agency that has implemented RPA and successfully transitioned its workforce?


Dr. Makada Henry-Nickie, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Makada Henry-Nickie is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Her career and research have focused on expanding equitable access to responsible credit and promoting policies that advance inclusive economic opportunities for disadvantaged families and low-income communities.

Prior to joining Brookings, Makada was a senior analyst with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she advised on consumer financial protection and fair lending issues arising in financial institution regulation, enforcement matters, and rulemakings. Before CFPB, Makada worked as an economist with Brimmer & Company, where she consulted and advised on a cross-section of public policy issues including employment growth, taxation, and general economic policies. Makada previously held senior positions in nonprofit organizations where she developed innovative programs and raised capital to support affordable housing for teen mothers involved in the foster care system and expand access to capital for small businesses and affordable housing developers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Economics and an M.A. in Monetary and Fiscal Policy from Howard University. Makada earned a B.A. in Economics from Hunter College--City University of New York.

Karen Shrum, Principal, Ernst & Young
Karen Shrum is a Principal in the Government and Public-Sector practice of Ernst & Young LLP (EY). She has 20 years of experience leading government and private sector organizations through transformation. She advises government organizations on their complex transformational and management challenges. Ms. Shrum formerly served with the Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where she delivered complex multi-million-dollar IT related programs. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Organizational Behavior from the George Washington University and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Harrison Smith, Acting Senior Procurement Executive, US Department of Treasury (on leave from Acting Chief Procurement Officerrole at the Internal Revenue Service)
Harrison Smith is currently serving a three-month term as the Treasury Department’s acting Senior Procurement Executive. In his permanent role as the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer at the Internal Revenue Service, he is responsible for all acquisition programs and contractual commitments for equipment, supplies, and services for IRS and Treasury Departmental Offices ($2.3 billion annually).

Prior to joining the IRS, Harrison served in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Naval Sea Systems Command. As the Industry Liaison for DHS, he was responsible for providing leadership and direction for DHS offices and outside officials for all aspects of the DHS industry engagement program. He also promoted rapid and innovative approaches to solving complex problems, and served as a principal advisor to the Chief Procurement Officer on matters relating to all aspects of procurement.

Harrison has 15 years of operational procurement experience, including acting as the Contracting Officer for several multi-billion dollar IT procurements. As the Director of the Enterprise Acquisitions Division with DHS, he was responsible for a portfolio of 25 strategically-sourced contracts with a cumulative value of $68 billion. He has also worked in policy and strategic analysis positions for the U.S. Congress, and has supported the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Business Initiatives and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel under the auspices of the Presidential Management Fellows program.

Moderator: Eric Popiel, Strategic Workforce Analyst, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Eric Popiel currently works at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a Strategic Foresight Analyst. He is responsible for the long-term futures program that informs federal workforce policy for OPM and assists 24 Chief Financial Officers Act agencies in Strategic Human Capital Management.

Prior to being hired by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, he served as an Engineer Officer of the Watch, Auxiliary Division Chief, and Electrical Division Chief aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Chase. In 2001, Mr. Popiel graduated from Navy Flight School in Corpus Christi Texas and has flown Coast Guard missions and instructed pilots in both the HU-25 Falcon Jet and the HC-144 Ocean Sentry. Mr. Popiel’s aviation assignments included Air Station Miami, Air Station Cape Cod, and Aviation Training Center Mobile Alabama. Following Mr. Popiel’s aviation tours, he was assigned to the Emerging Policy Staff (DCO-X) under the Deputy Commandant for Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where Mr. Popiel managed the Evergreen Program, the Coast Guard's Strategic Foresight Initiative, for 5 years. In this capacity, Mr. Popiel utilized various foresight techniques and methods to help the Coast Guard leverage future opportunities, identify emerging threats, and recognize potential blind spots across all 11 statutory missions.

Mr. Popiel is a 1998 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. In addition, Mr. Popiel holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Joint Professional Military Education Level 1 certification, and a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Mr. Popiel teaches Human Centered Design methodology, and provides foresight guidance to multiple federal agencies.

Document Date: 
Jun 12, 2019
Author (organization): 
ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce COI
Document type: 
ACT-IAC Internal
Emerging Technology
Workforce Management