ATARC Federal Network Transformation Summit

May 23, 2016 | Ronald Reagan Building | Washington, DC

The ATARC Federal Network Transformation Summit will be held on May 23, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

This educational, one-day symposium will examine the tools and technology Federal agencies are using to optimize and transform their networks, allowing end-users to become more productive, agile and efficient. For information on industry participation in the ATARC Network Technology Showcase, please send an e-mail to .

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Map and Directions

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Registration and Opening of ATARC Network Technology Showcase

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Visionary Keynote
David Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission (invited)

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Visionary Panel – Planning & Policy: A Network Vision that Meets Agency & Customer Needs

What steps must an agency take in the planning stages of network transformation? What impact does FITARA and other government policy have on the process? What security concerns (such as TIC, MTIPS, etc.) need be considered? How do you plan for a mobile-cloud architecture? This panel will examine the groundwork necessary for creating a comprehensive network transformation plan.

Kevin Gallo, Director, Service Development Division, Office of Integrated Technology Services, U.S. General Services Administration

John Donovan, Director, Telecommunications Services and Operations, U.S. Department of Agriculture (invited)

Sara Mosley
, Chief Enterprise Architect, Network Security Deployment Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Program Manager, Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) Initiative (invited)

Jim Russo, Technical Director, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Program, Office of Integrated Technology Services, U.S. General Services Administration

9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
GSA Briefing – Multi IT Category Solution Selling to Support Transformation
Larry Hale
, Director, Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services, Information Technology and Services, U.S. General Services Administration

9:55 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Break in ATARC Network Technology Showcase

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
GSA Briefing – Network Transition
Debbie Hren
, Network Services Transition Director, Office of Integrated Technology Services, U.S. General Services Administration

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Visionary Panel – Network Transition: Implementing a Transformative Vision

A network transition by a Federal agency is a complex task that requires a coordinated effort involving significant technical, operational, acquisition and financial resources. It must receive support from senior executives and have collaboration among stakeholders, a clear definition of responsibilities, proper project planning, and a timeline that is both realistic and acceptable to all parties. This panel will examine lessons learned from past network transitions and discuss components to a network migration such as inventory management.

Tony Arcadi
, Director, Enterprise Engineering, Telecom and Networks, U.S. Department of Treasury (invited)

Michael Brown, Chief Information Officer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)

11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Visionary Panel – Examining the Network of the Future

How will the network of tomorrow be different than today’s network? This panel will examine the cutting-edge network tools and technology that will be utilized in the network of the future, examining topics such as the Internet of Things, Software Defined Networking, Cloud Computing and IPv6 and exploring the impact of the switch by carriers from TDM to IP.

Pete Tseronis, Former Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Energy/Founder & CEO, Dots and Bridges


Tim Quinn, Chief, Office of Enterprise Information, U.S. Geological Survey (invited)

Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration/Eisenhower Fellow

11:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Visionary Keynote – Maximizing Agency Value in Purchase, Implementation and Management of Network Services
Amando Gavino, Director, Network Services Program, Integrated Technology Services, U.S. General Services Administration

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
ATARC Network Technology Showcase

MITRE-ATARC Network Collaboration Symposium

Note: The afternoon session is restricted to government attendees and industry partners.

The MITRE-ATARC Network Collaboration Symposium features discussion and white-boarding between government and industry subject matter experts in a small-group setting. The outcomes of these sessions will be compiled in a White Paper with recommendations to the government.

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Logistics for MITRE-ATARC Network Collaboration Symposium

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Collaboration Sessions

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Break for Out Brief Preparation

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session Out Briefs


1. Network Security Challenges and Solutions
2. Software Defined Networks: Flexibility, Agility & Efficiency
3. Using Innovation for Network Transformation
4. Agile Environment, Static Government Policy


1.   Participants come prepared to:

  • Break out into teams
  • Contribute and participate from specific domain/experience
  • Write ideas on the table space whiteboard
  • Share ideas and build off each other’s contributions
  • Attend and complete session that you have signed-up
  • Support the moderator and team members
  • Create sets of best practices to support the event’s objectives and goals
  • No business development

2.   All discussed material must be publicly releasable

  • No Classified discussions
  • No proprietary discussions

3.   None of the discussions or artifacts constitute Government direction, nor should be interpreted as official Government position

atarc_logoThe host organization is the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center. ATARC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a collaborative forum for government, academia and industry to resolve emerging technology challenges. ATARC also introduces innovative technology from academic research labs to the Federal government and private industry.

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