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Speakers Predictive Analytics World Government 2013
 David Aebischer

David Aebischer

Branch Chief

US Army CECOM Training Support Division (TSD) , Power, Analysis, Communications, and Training (PACT)

Mr. Aebischer has over 30 years of experience with Army tactical electric power diagnostics, training, and technical management - with numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan - and an academic background in Knowledge Management. He founded the CEDAT project in 2009 as a practical solution for sustainment of C4ISR systems in remote locations in Afghanistan and co-developed the knowledge engineering process used to create Bayesian networks for tactical generator diagnostics.

Case Study: Equipment Diagnostic Analysis Tool (CEDAT) and Predictive Analytics: Ensuring Tactical Electrical Power for Warfighters

Dr. Brett Baker

Dr. Brett Baker

Assistant Inspector General for Audit

National Science Foundation OIG

Dr. Brett Baker is responsible for directing a program of oversight audits and evaluations of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) annual financial statement and the performance and financial aspects of NSF programs, activities, and awards. Dr. Baker began serving as the Assistant Inspector General for Audit (AIGA) at NSF's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in June 2010. Previously, he was the AIGA at the Department of Commerce OIG, where he provided direction and oversight to auditors and inspections staff performing financial statement, financial-related, and performance audits and evaluations. Prior to that, Dr. Baker was the Director for Internal Review with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service where he was responsible for providing audit and investigative oversight for Defense financial management operations and Director for Systems Internal Audit at the Department of Education OIG, where he was responsible for technically complex system audits and system-related efforts.

Dr. Baker has been honored for his contributions to the OIG community, receiving the President's Committee on Integrity and Efficiency Awards for Excellence in 1998 and 2003, from Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency in 2011. He also received the National Science Foundation Director's Award for Collaborative Integration in 2011. Dr. Baker serves as the Chair of the Federal Audit Executive Council and is serving a two year appointment on the Government Accountability Office's Green Book Advisory Council. Dr. Baker earned a PhD in Information Technology Management at the University of Maryland University College and a master's degree in Information Resource Management at Central Michigan University. He holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and a B.S in Sociology from Iowa State University. Dr. Baker is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Case Study: NSF OIG Data Analytics for Grant Oversight

 Chris D’Errico

Chris D’Errico

Senior Manager

Accenture Federal Services

Chris D'Errico is a Senior Manager with Accenture Federal Services. He is a 23+ year Consulting and IT executive specializing in Applied Analytics and Information Management.

Since 2011, Chris has been leading Accenture's strategic initiative for Public Service Analytics supporting clients in the areas of Predictive Modeling, Big Data Analytics, and Business Intelligence.

 Gene Dodaro

Gene Dodaro

U.S. Comptroller General

Government Accountability Office

Gene L. Dodaro became the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 22, 2010, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate. He was nominated by President Obama in September of 2010 from a list of candidates selected by a bipartisan, bicameral congressional committee. He had been serving as Acting Comptroller General since March of 2008.

Mr. Dodaro has testified before Congress dozens of times on important national issues, including the nation's long term fiscal outlook, efforts to reduce and eliminate overlap and duplication across the federal government and GAO's "High Risk List" that focuses on specific challenges from reducing improper payments under Medicare and Medicaid to improving the Pentagon's business practices.

In addition Mr. Dodaro has led efforts to fulfill GAO's new audit responsibilities under the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-the stimulus legislation designed to combat the economic downturn, and under the TARP program to help stabilize financial markets and institutions.

As Comptroller General, Mr. Dodaro helps oversee the development and issuance of hundreds of reports and testimonies each year to various committees and individual Members of Congress. These and other GAO products have led to hearings and legislation, billions of dollars in taxpayer savings, and improvements to a wide range of government programs and services.

Keynote: Data Analytics for Government Oversight

Dr. John Elder, Ph.D.

Dr. John Elder, Ph.D.

Founder & Chair

Elder Research

@johnelder4

John Elder chairs America’s most experienced Data Science consultancy. Founded in 1995, Elder Research has offices in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington DC, and London. Dr. Elder co-authored 3 award-winning books on analytics, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular keynote speaker. John is occasionally an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Plenary Session: Lessons We Can Learn From Quantitative Stock Trading

 Greg Elin

Greg Elin

Chief Data Officer

FCC

Greg Elin is the Federal Communication Commission's Chief Data Officer where his role is to turn data into an asset for daily use. As part of the agency's Data Innovation Initiative, Mr. Elin launched the FCC's first web service APIs and hosted the agency's first Open Developer Day. His most recent project at the FCC was putting online the Public Inspection Files of over 2,000 television stations including the stations political ad files.

Mr. Elin's training and experience is as a technologist and communicator working at the intersection of the Internet, distributed data, user experience, and disruptive innovation. Previous to the FCC, Mr. Elin worked with United Cerebral Palsy as their Chief Technology Officer exploring the opportunities of a technology-fueled future for extreme users. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Elin was at the Sunlight Foundation where he created the Sunlight Labs and initiated and promoted web service APIs for government and political data. He also served as Chief Evangelist for the Foundation and was routinely quoted in the media about technology and transparency. Mr. Elin also created Fotonotes, an open source Web-based image annotation tool whose meme has been widely adopted.

PLENARY PANEL: Developing an Analytics Framework and Measuring Success

Dr. Andrew Fast

Dr. Andrew Fast

Chief Scientist

Elder Research

Dr. Andrew Fast leads the research and development of advanced data mining algorithms at Elder Research, the nation's leading data mining consultancy. ERI was founded in 1995 and has offices in Charlottesville VA and Washington DC,(www.elderresearch.com). ERI focuses on Federal, commercial, investment, and security applications of advanced analytics, including stock selection, image recognition, biometrics, process optimization, cross-selling, drug efficacy, credit scoring, risk management, and fraud detection.


Dr. Fast graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bethel University and earned Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, his research focused on causal data mining and mining complex relational data such as social networks. At ERI, Andrew leads the development of new tools and algorithms for data and text mining for applications of capabilities assessment, fraud detection, and national security.


Dr. Fast has published on an array of applications including detecting securities fraud using the social network among brokers, and understanding the structure of criminal and violent groups. Other publications cover modeling peer-to-peer music file sharing networks, understanding how collective classification works, and predicting playoff success of NFL head coaches (work featured on ESPN.com). With John Elder and other co-authors, Andrew has written a book on Practical Text Mining that was awarded the prose Award for Computing and Information Science in 2012.

Case Study: Text Mining Case Studies from Federal Agencies

 Stephen Fowler

Stephen Fowler

IT Audit Manager, Office of Inspector General

U.S. Department of Labor

Stephen is an Information Technology Audit Manager at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector / Office of Audit.

His work at the OIG involves auditing IT systems and programs to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in DOL programs. He is responsible for the design and development of the data analysis function for the Office of Audit. His recent work at the OIG has focused on implementing an IT Lab in the OIG for data mining.

During his tenure at OIG, he developed methods to aggregate DOL's financial data for further program level auditing, developed the initial Federal Employees' Compensation Act data mining efforts, developed processes and guidance for OIG's audits in performing data reliability analyses and taught methods of data conversion and normalization.

Stephen holds a B.S. in Computer Science and he is a certified information system auditor.

Case Study: Analytic Techniques and Tools to Focus Audit Efforts at DOL OIG

 Bill Franks

Bill Franks

Chief Analytics Officer

International Institute For Analytics

@billfranksga

Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute For Analytics (IIA), where he provides perspective on trends in the analytics & big data space and helps clients understand how IIA can support their efforts to improve analytics performance. Franks is also the author of the books Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave and The Analytics Revolution. He is a sought after speaker and frequent blogger who has been ranked a top 10 global big data influencer. His work, including several years as Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata (NYSE:TDC), has spanned clients in a variety of industries for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profit organizations. You can learn more at http://www.bill-franks.com.

INDUSTRY EXPERT PANEL

 Paul  Gallagher

Paul Gallagher

Principal, Public Sector Strategy & Operations

Deloitte Consulting

Paul is a Strategy and Operations Principal in Deloitte Consulting's Public Sector with national experience advising and providing consulting services to federal leaders on implementation of performance improvement, innovation, and business transformation, strategic sourcing, program and acquisition management, and Foreign Military Sales. Paul is the Lead Engagement Partner for Naval Facility Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Commander Navy Installations Command, Navy Recruiting Command, and Office of the Secretary of Defense, Directorate of Administration and Management Accounts. He is also the Deloitte Department of Defense (DoD) Segment Co-Lead for Analytics.

Over the course of his private sector career Paul has supported: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of Energy, Department of the Navy, Department of the Army, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While on active duty, Paul served on Admiral Demar's staff at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Villanova University and a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Finance from University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, Paul is a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute.

Paul has been married to his wife Janet for over 18 years and has a 16 year old son Joey. He is an avid photographer, enjoys but has not mastered the game of golf, and is on the Board of Samaritan Inns of Washington DC and is the Development Committee Chair.

Plenary Session: iShore: Using Analytics to Further the Mission

 Kelly Gent

Kelly Gent

Director, Data Analytics and Control Group, Center for Program Integrity

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Kelly Gent is the Director of the Data Analytics and Control Group (DACG) in the CMS Center for Program Integrity. DACG is accountable for supporting analytic and system needs for Medicare and Medicaid program integrity activities, including the Fraud Prevention System and One Program Integrity (One PI) Portal. Ms. Gent also oversees the Command Center, which is the center for excellence for detection and investigation, driving program integrity innovation and improvement. Prior to her group director role, Ms. Gent supported the Center for Program Integrity as a Senior Advisor and as the Acting Deputy for Operations. In her private sector experience (prior to joining CMS), she worked for a small business directing numerous contracts with CMS, including several with CMS supporting program integrity and auditing functions. She also managed policy and research for the Virginia Medicaid program and led research projects for an oversight commission of the Virginia General Assembly.

KEYNOTE: Predictive Analytics in Medicare

 Giulio Girardi

Giulio Girardi

Financial Economist, Office of Quantitative Research, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Giulio is a Financial Economist at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. His work at the SEC involves conducting research and developing analytical methods and applications that are utilized by risk-based programs across the Commission. Giulio is responsible for implementing analytical approaches, methods and models to identify and quantitatively characterize risks, or potential securities law violations in the capital markets. His recent work at the SEC has focused on assisting the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in their oversight of Broker-Dealers.

Giulio holds a Ph.D. in Economics and his research interests include Risk Management and Applied Time-Series analysis. His has published his work in peer-reviewed journals and is currently involved in research on Credit-Default-Swaps markets and Systemic Risk.

Case Study: Risk Assessment in the Brokerage Industry

 Isaiah Goodall

Isaiah Goodall

Director of Business Development

Elder Research

Isaiah Goodall is the program chair of Predictive Analytics World for Government and also leads business development and sales for Elder Research, a leading data science consulting firm. Isaiah's passion is helping clients figure out how they can improve their analytics capability to deliver value to their organization and solve business problems.


In his previous role at Elder Research, Isaiah led business development for five years in the Arlington, VA office and helped secure analytics projects at several Fortune 500 corporations and US Federal government agencies. In 2011, he was the founding program chair of Predictive Analytics World for Government, the leading vendor-neutral predictive analytics conference in Washington, DC.


Prior to his current role Elder Research, Isaiah led business development for Manas Development Group, an emerging market consulting firm in Washington, DC, and was part of the founding team of RelayFoods.com, an online grocery startup company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Isaiah received his B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech in 2007, summa cum laude, with a focus in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology. 

 Lijia Guo

Lijia Guo

Chief Actuary

VA

Bio is forthcoming!

Case Study: Predictive Analytics for Veteran Population Projection Model

 Hudson Hollister

Hudson Hollister

HData

Hdata

Hudson Hollister founded HData to help data companies build the relationships, strategies, and understanding they need to deploy their technologies to transform business and governance.


Hudson is a securities lawyer, former regulator, former Congressional investigator, and trade association executive. He has invested his career in applying technological innovations to make regulation, government, and law work better.


Hudson founded the Data Coalition and served as its first executive director. The Data Coalition is the world's largest open data trade association. Its nearly fifty member companies work together to advocate for policy reforms to adopt common data structures across government management and compliance reporting. The Data Coalition has successfully passed multiple data reforms in Congress.


Hudson also founded the Data Foundation, a research nonprofit which works to define an open and standardized future for our society's data. The Data Foundation has published market-leading research in the potential of technology to deliver better government management, create public transparency, and automate compliance tasks. The Foundation also works with government agencies to educate civil servants on how to use government data to solve problems. The Foundation hosts Data Transparency, the largest annual open data conference in the United States.


Hudson has written legislation, testified before Congress, and served as a board member and advisor to diverse startup companies and nonprofit organizations. He received the Federal 100 Award in 2015 and 2019.

Case Study: Open Data Reforms in Federal Finance, Regulation, and Beyond: An Opportunity for Analytics

 Kris Hoover

Kris Hoover

Data Scientist

Elder Research

Data Mining Analyst Kris Hoover joined Elder Research in 2012. He works at the Washington D.C. office using advanced fraud detection techniques and other analytical tools. Kris recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a M.S. in Analytics. He also earned a B.S. in Statistics with a minor in Mathematics while at North Carolina State University. During college he spent time working on two research projects. The first project dealt with pH levels in North Carolina rivers and the other utilized advanced data mining techniques to identify disease causing polymorphisms in the human genome.

Case Study: Analytic Techniques and Tools to Focus Audit Efforts at DOL OIG

Congressman Darrell Issa

Congressman Darrell Issa

Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California's 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southwest Riverside County.

At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation's largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system.

Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy.

KEYNOTE: The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act

 David Jakubek

David Jakubek

Deputy Director, Information Systems

OUSD ATL

David Jakubek is the Deputy Director for Information Systems Research under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). Over the past six years, he has been the primary advocate for data research across the Department of Defense (DoD). Mr. Jakubek established DoD data research themes annually from 2009 through 2013 and created a new data research program in 2010, now called Data to Decisions. For this newly emerging area of research within the Department of Defense, he sponsored studies and analysis for new research, conducted research area reviews, and coordinated data research activities within DoD and across government.

As a US Navy officer, David Jakubek served on submarines and managed research projects at the Office of Naval Research as the Common Picture and Interoperability lead of the Knowledge and Superiority Assurance Future Naval Capability. While at the Office of Naval Research, he also served as the Executive Secretary of the Information Technology Interoperability and Command Center of the Future Naval Research Advisory Committee studies, as well as developed plans and contributed research efforts for multinational technology demonstrations.

David Jakubek has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and an Electrical Engineers Degree from Naval Postgraduate School, concentrating in Communications and Computer Engineering. He recently completed a graduate certificate in federal statistics from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Case Study: Data to Decisions: Building Data Analytics Capability in the Department of Defense

 Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones

Owner and Principal Consultant

Strategy First Analytics

Bryan Jones, Owner and Principal Consultant of Strategy First Analytics, is a former Elder Research and federal government employee with over 33 years of experience successfully managing and leading programs and people. Bryan’s focus is to translate the value of analytics and develop an analytics business strategy for government agencies and commercial business operations.


Bryan was the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the US Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General where he developed their first data analytics unit.  This is where he discovered his passion: the combining of business knowledge with the technology and science of data mining to help transform the way government does business.


Under Bryan's leadership the data analytics team grew from 6 employees to 40, from an annual budget of $0 to over $3.5 million, and was elevated from a small support group to directly supporting executive leadership.


With Return on Investment of over 10-fold and with analytics driving strategic planning at USPS OIG, many other government agencies benchmarked Bryan’s work and now use his blueprint to build their own capabilities or to improve their analytics operations in ways that are measurable and transformational.


Bryan’s education is as diverse as his career with his latest studies in leadership and management coming from the Lincoln Leadership Institute and the University of Mary Washington.

Case Study: Overcoming Obstacles to Implementing Advanced Analytics

 Shawn Kingsberry

Shawn Kingsberry

CIO

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Bio is forthcoming!

Plenary Panel: Working Horizontally: Analytics as a Bridge

 Mark Krzysko

Mark Krzysko

Deputy Director, Enterprise Information

OSD(AT&L)/ARA

Mr. Mark E. Krzysko serves in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics as Deputy Director, Enterprise Information. In this senior leadership position, Mr. Krzysko directs data governance, technical transformation and shared services efforts to make timely, authoritative acquisition information available to support oversight of the Department of Defense's major programs-a portfolio totaling more than $1.7 trillion of investment funds over the lifecycle of the programs.

Mr. Krzysko started his career in the private sector, in various executive and managerial positions. He has served in the Department of Defense since 1991, most of those years in senior executive roles focusing on improving and transforming the way DoD does business.

Mr. Krzysko holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Maryland, and a Master of General Administration, Financial Management from the same institution.

Case Study: Acquisition Visibility - The Key to Informed Decision-Making for DoD

 Stephen Lord

Stephen Lord

Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service

U.S. Government Accountability Office

Bio is forthcoming!

PLENARY PANEL: Working Horizontally: Analytics as a Bridge

Dr. Suzanne Mahoney

Dr. Suzanne Mahoney

Senior Principal Analyst

Innovative Decisions

Dr. Mahoney constructs probability models for decision-makers. These models are both diagnostic and predictive. She specializes in Bayesian networks relying on combinations of expert judgment and data to create functional relationships among random variables.

Dr. Mahoney began her career developing the earliest database systems and their applications. She has twenty years experience constructing models, primarily Bayesian networks, for government customers.

Case Study: Equipment Diagnostic Analysis Tool (CEDAT) and Predictive Analytics: Ensuring Tactical Electrical Power for Warfighters

 Will Mayo

Will Mayo

Director of Business Development

Gnip

Will Mayo is the Director of Business Development for Government and Professional Services at Gnip. In this role, Will is responsible for identifying new opportunities for organizations to leverage social media data to identify global trends, as well as better understand and improve improve customer relationships. Will works closely with government organizations to integrate social data into their analytic processes and identify best practices for data analytics. He also works closely with many consulting firms and government contractors to develop approaches for integrating social data into agencies' broader data management strategies.

Prior to joining Gnip, Will served as a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations group. In this capacity, Will provided strategic planning, customer relationship management, and data analytics expertise to address various clients within the government and non-profit sector.

Will has a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Colorado - Boulder.

Plenary Session: Using Social Data for Public Sector Analytics

 Jason Miller

Jason Miller

Executive Editor

Federal News Network

Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Network—an all-news multi-media organization focused specifically on covering the federal government and its contractors.


As executive editor, Jason directs the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of technology, procurement, finance and human resources.


As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, cloud, mobile computing and acquisition policies and programs. Jason hosts the weekly Ask the CIO program where he interviews large and small agency CIOs about their priorities and challenges.


Before coming to FederalNewsRadio in March 2008, he worked at Government Computer News for six years and Federal Computer Week for one year. He covered governmentwide technology issues that focused on people, policy and programs. These include the Bush administration’s e-government initiatives, federal enterprise architecture, cybersecurity and HSPD-12.


From 1998 to 2001, Jason covered small business and minority-owned business contracting issues as the editor of Set-Aside Alert newsletter.


Jason has won several awards during his career, including the SBA’s regional Small Business Journalist of the Year in 2000, and a first place in story telling by the Virginia Press Association in 1997.


Jason lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Lita, and two children, Talia, 18, and Elias, 17.

Case Study: Overcoming Obstacles to Implementing Advanced Analytics

 Ken Mitchell

Ken Mitchell

Director, Defense Operations Research and Resource Analysis

Defense Logistics Agency

With over 20 years of service with the United States Department of Defense, Mr. Mitchell has held a variety of Department of Defense positions including soldier; Study Director with the Center for Army Analysis; Deputy, Assessments Group with the HQDA Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA); Chief, Troop Support Division in the U.S. Army Europe 21st Theater Support Command; Assistant Director for Business Operations with the United States Army LIA; and Chief, Concepts and Opportunities Group, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Headquarters, Logistics Operations (J3). He currently serves as the Director for DLA Operations Research and Resource Analysis (DORRA). In addition to his federal civil service, Mr. Mitchell's background includes experience as a small business owner, President of a charitable foundation, Department of Defense Environmental Fellow, New Mexico Governors Fellow, and Presidential Management Fellow.

Case Study: Defense Logistics Agency Overview and System of Integrated Metrics Analysis Model Presentation

 Dick Novello

Dick Novello

Director of Data Center Operations

State of Michigan

Dick Novello is the director of Data Center Operations for the State of Michigan. Michigan consolidated mainframes in 1996. That consolidation of hosts and networks led to the consolidation of servers with Michigan receiving an award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers for their program which consolidated 37 computer rooms into 3. Next up is meta data standardization to allow easier data sharing.

Case Study: The High ROI of Data Analytics on a Multi-Agency Data Warehouse at the State of Michigan

 Gerhard Pilcher

Gerhard Pilcher

President & CEO

Elder Research

Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining, especially related to the areas of Fraud Detection, Financial Risk Management, and Health Care outcomes using various analytical methods, working with people, leading change, and timely management of complex projects. His work experience spans both private and government sectors including international experience.


Gerhard is coauthor of the popular book “Mining Your Own Business”. The book targets executives and senior managers who desire to evolve their organizations with better data driven decisions. The book is designed to have dual purpose as an introduction to the subject of data science and as a useful reference for specific, daily guidance. 


Gerhard previously taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct faculty member in the Math and Statistics Master’s degree program. He has also been an instructor for the three-day SAS Business Knowledge Series course "Data Mining: Principles and Best Practices" and an invited speaker at domestic and international conferences.


Gerhard currently serves on the Institute for Advanced Analytics Advisory Board and George Washington University’s Advisory Board for the Business Analytics graduate program. He was named to the NC State Computer Science Department’s “Hall of Fame” in its inaugural year.  

Case Study: There's No Such Thing as Big Data

 Daniel Porter

Daniel Porter

Co-Founder

BlueLabs

Daniel Porter is the cofounder of BlueLabs, a Washington DC based analytics, data and technology company whose clients include political campaigns, nonprofits and corporations.


Prior to founding BlueLabs, Daniel was Director of Statistical Modeling for the 2012 Obama reelection campaign. His team developed individual level statistical models that were used throughout the campaign for fundraising, media buying and state strategy. These models served two primary purposes: to pinpoint which voters were most likely to take an action or hold a belief (i.e. support the President or turn out to vote) as well as to measure the influence a campaign contact had on an individual's likelihood to take such actions or change their beliefs. Combined, these measures helped the campaign optimize their targeting to maximize their return on investment.

Case Study: Pinpointing the Persuadables: Convincing the Right Voters to Support Barack Obama

 Bharat Rao

Bharat Rao

Director, Analytics

Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Dr. Rao is a Director in the Advanced Analytics practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, focusing on Health Care and Life Sciences Analytics, and reducing Fraud, Waste and Abuse in healthcare. He is recognized as a leading expert in big data, text mining, health care analytics and predictive modeling. He has received many awards, including the highest lifetime award in data mining, is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, has published 100 scholarly articles, one book, and has 50 patents.

Dr. Rao has over 25 years of data analytics expertise, 15 of which have been focused on healthcare and life sciences. Prior to joining Deloitte FAS, Dr. Rao held various leadership positions at Siemens Healthcare and Siemens Corporation. At Siemens, he was responsible for the innovations pipeline for a multi-billion dollar Healthcare IT business, led the development of data analytics and cloud solutions that analyzed millions of EHR's and large clinical, claims, text, and image databases, and founded the Siemens Data Mining R&D program.

Dr. Rao's innovations include automated analytics solutions for (i) detecting potentially harmful events with low false alarm rates; (ii) determining compliance with and deviations from policies; (iii) extracting relevant information and documents from multi-source data (free text, images, web); (iv) predicting risk of failure, poor outcomes and suggesting interventions by proactively monitoring data streams (transactions, service logs); (v) securely sharing, sampling, and mining personally identifiable information (PII) and other protected data across different institutions.

Industry Expert Panel

 Andrew Rose

Andrew Rose

Operations Research and Research Analysis

Defense Logistics Agency

Mr. Andrew (Andy) Rose holds a B.S. Mathematics, College of William and Mary and a M.S. Mathematics-Operations Research, College of William and Mary. Andy has worked in government service for 16 years. All of his time has been with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Operations Research and Research Analysis (DORRA). Andy specializes in inventory support analyses and developed the System of Integrated Metrics Analysis (SIMAN) simulation model to examine interrelationships between DLA metrics such as Material Availability, Perfect Order Fulfillment, Demand Plan Accuracy, Unfilled Orders, and Obligation Authority. He presented SIMAN at the MORS Symposium in 2010. Andy has also worked with the U. S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) to utilize their Selected Essential Item Stock for Availability Method (SESAME) model to compute multi-echelon inventory levels in support of Joint Regional Inventory Materiel Management (JRIMM) Oahu. He worked with DLA HQs to formulate Lead Time update procedure and computed updates until functionality was incorporated into DLA's ERP Enterprise Business System (EBS).

Case Study: Defense Logistics Agency Overview and System of Integrated Metrics Analysis Model Presentation

 Cliff Rucker

Cliff Rucker

Vice President, Sales

United States Postal Service (USPS)

Cliff Rucker, vice president of Sales for the United States Postal Service (USPS), oversees the direction and management of the Sales organization, including market competitiveness, business development, and sales for all commercial mailers, including small, mid-sized and large businesses. He is also primarily responsible for meeting the Postal Service's customer acquisition and revenue goals.

Under Cliff's leadership, the USPS Sales organization has extended its reach to businesses worldwide, proving the value of Postal products as an impactful medium for reaching consumers. His passion lies in playing an active role in the sales force, through the planning and execution of innovative strategies and integral sales initiatives to provide customers with products and services that best match their needs.

In 1982, Cliff began his career as a part-time carrier in Anaheim, California. Prior to leading the Sales organization, Cliff spent 29 years in Postal operations with a proven record of accomplishment, holding a variety of positions including manager of Operations Support, where his leadership facilitated the Southwest Area in reaching the Top Ranking in the National Performance Assessment three years in a row. Additionally, he served as district manager of the Houston and Oklahoma Districts, and as executive Postmaster/senior plant manager in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cliff is a graduate of executive education programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Columbia University and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Plenary Session: US Postal Service - Analytics Deliver Insight for Improved Sales

 David Saltiel

David Saltiel

Director of Analytics

US Treasury

David H. Saltiel is the Chief Financial Economist and Director of Data Management, Reporting, and Analytics for Debt Management Services (DMS), a part of the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service. David is responsible for developing and executing a strategy to transform DMS into a data-driven organization. Under David's leadership, DMS is developing a robust data infrastructure to support accurate reporting, self-service data queries, and advanced analytics, as well as tools and approaches that allow for consistent and disciplined quantitative assessments of key business questions. Prior to coming to the Treasury Department, David served as the Director of Economic Analysis and Strategy for the North American operations of AREVA, a global clean energy company. Over his career, David has served in a range of private-sector and government positions all focusing on the development and application of quantitative tools to analyze fiscal, energy, and national security challenges.

Case Study: From Instinct to Analysis: Building an Analytics Capability in the Federal Government

PLENARY PANEL: Working Horizontally: Analytics as a Bridge

 Dean  Silverman

Dean Silverman

Director of Office of Compliance Analytics

IRS

Mr. Silverman is currently Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the IRS and lead executive for the Office of Compliance Analytics. He joined the IRS in January 2011 in response to the Commissioner's priority to add data-driven analytic expertise and new thinking to core compliance activities. Prior to the IRS, Dean spent more than 25 years leading a series of strategy consulting firms known for analytic innovation and the development of value-driven corporate and business strategies. He began his career at Bain & Co., led Strategic Planning Associates (which spawned numerous methodologies and companies like Capital One), Mercer Management Consulting strategy and R&D operations worldwide, and his own strategy boutique. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors. He was a Senior Advisor at Oliver Wyman, as well as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, at both the MBA and undergraduate levels. Dean holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Case Study: Test and Learn: Analytics Strategy and Results at IRS

 Steven Surell

Steven Surell

Enterprise Information Management Lead, Commander for Naval Installations Command (CNIC)

U.S. Navy

Mr. Steven Surell serves as the Enterprise Information Manager for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). He has more than ten years of information technology management experience, with emphases on strategic development, project management, technical project implementation, and personnel leadership in diverse industries including: Fortune 500 technology companies, Fortune 1000 companies, and the Federal Government.

Mr. Surell is a subject matter expert in knowledge management, project planning, strategic planning, cost-benefit analysis, system analysis, trend forecasting, scheduling and planning, and results tracking and reporting. He serves as a trusted liaison between Executives, Management, Customers, and Information Systems Staff by translating complex technical concepts and jargon into common, easy to understand language. He has led major Microsoft SharePoint Portal upgrades, implemented standard information architecture within an environment with more than 70,000 users. Mr. Surell possesses excellent communications skills and has created and presented numerous briefs, plans, and training for various levels of personnel - from Executive to Staff level.

In 2010, Mr. Surell was a "by name" selection, chosen to manage iShore - the strategic information technology initiative for CNIC. He was responsible for successfully managing complex software development projects and exceeded expectations by working with stakeholders, sponsors, developers, and customers to deliver products on time and under budget. Mr. Surell was quickly promoted from the iShore usability lead, to the Deputy Director of iShore.

Plenary Session: iShore: Using Analytics to Further the Mission

 Jane Turnbull

Jane Turnbull

Senior Manager

Accenture Federal Services

Jane brings twenty years of team and project management, technical, customer-facing and leadership positions in consulting, predictive analytics, business intelligence, sales support, and product development.

She has hands-on experience in SAS programming, data mining, experimental design, business intelligence, and design, development, and implementation of statistical models.

Jane holds a M.S. in Applied Probability and Statistics and a B.S. in Mathematics.

Plenary Session: US Postal Service - Analytics Deliver Insight for Improved Sales

 Sarah Will

Sarah Will

Data Scientist

Elder Research

Analyst Sarah Will graduated cum laude from The College of William & Mary in 2010 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Linguistics. She joined ERI in 2011 in the Washington, D.C. office, where she does work involving fraud detection, data visualization, and text analysis. She previously worked as a Mathematical Statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, making jewelry, and is on a recreational floor hockey team. She hopes her knowledge of dead languages (Latin, Old English, and Biblical Hebrew) will come in handy in the near future.

Case Study: Analytic Techniques and Tools to Focus Audit Efforts at DOL OIG

 David Williams

David Williams

Board of Governors

USPS

David C. Williams was sworn in as the second independent Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Postal Service on August 20, 2003. Williams is responsible for a staff of more than 1,100 employees -- located in major offices nationwide - that conducts independent audits and investigations for the largest civilian federal agency that has $67 billion in annual revenues, a workforce of 671,687 employees and contractors and nearly 32,528 facilities.


The office is under the general supervision of the nine Postal Service governors and is not subject to any other Postal Service supervision.


In his last position, Williams served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Aviation Operations at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from August 2002 until August 2003, where he managed the Aviation Inspection Program at federalized airports.


Williams has served as IG for five federal agencies. He was first appointed by President George Bush to serve as IG for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1989 to 1996. President William Clinton next appointed him IG for the Social Security Administration from 1996 to 1998, and then as IG for of the Department of the Treasury in 1998. In 1999, President Clinton named him as the first IG for Tax Administration of the Department of Treasury, where he directed a staff of 1,050 to detect fraud, waste and abuse. In 2001 President George W. Bush named Williams the Acting IG for HUD, while he was also serving at the Department of the Treasury.


Williams served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence and began his civilian federal career as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Moving up the career ladder, he served as Director of Operations in the Office of Labor Racketeering at the Department of Labor; the President's Commission on Organized Crime; and as Director of the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. General Accounting Office. Williams is the recipient of the U.S. Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam.


A native of Illinois, Williams graduated from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill., and received his Advanced Degree in Education and a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. He also attended the U.S. Military Intelligence Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Secret Service Training Academy.

Keynote: The Path of the Digital Arrow

 Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Executive Director

Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Michael Wood is the Executive Director of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. He coordinates the Board's activities working with OMB, Congress, federal agencies, the states, award recipients, and the public to ensure the Board carries out its transparency and accountability missions in overseeing the $840 billion dollar recovery program. Prior to this, he served as Director of Recovery.gov for two years. In that role he provided executive leadership for development and implementation of the Board's award winning web systems, FederalReporting.gov and Recovery.gov. Among the many firsts for these systems was successful collection of sub-recipient information and the first government wide system migrated to a cloud environment. Mr. Wood has 34 years of experience with the federal government and has served as a senior executive in three agencies. He holds masters degrees in Technology Management and Environmental Biology.

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