June 2016 ATARC Federal Big Data Summit

The ATARC Federal Big Data Summit was held on June 30, 2016 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

ATARC Big Data Program- June 2016-15



As they make their way into the C-suite, some chief data officers are working with people more than technology.

“This is a people job first and foremost,” said Daniel Morgan, CDO at the Transportation Department, during a June 30 summit organized by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center. “As a chief data officer, you just can’t live behind your desk.” (Full Story)


Top-level Pentagon acquisition chiefs begin meetings with a 90-second brief, then start asking questions and delving into the numbers. The process has had a dramatic impact on how information is reviewed and understood, said Mark Krzysko, deputy director, acquisition resources and analysis; enterprise information for Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.

Just 27 miles away, at the National Security Agency (NSA), decisions that might have taken up to seven months now can be made in as little as seven days, according to Marty Trevino, an organizational architect and senior strategist at NSA.

The two shared their experiences at the ATARC Federal Big Data Summit June 30 in Washington. (Full Story)


Intelligence agencies want to predict flu outbreaks and the potential for protests and political unrest. The Department of Agriculture wants more accurate projections for crop yields. Doctors wonder if studying X-rays and ultrasounds could lead them to identify early indicators of cancer down to the cellular level.

Data scientists may not be able to do all these things yet, but the potential for taking current data and extrapolating its portent for the future is growing daily, limited only by the imagination – and the ability to amass and process data sets measured in petabytes. (Full Story)