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Speakers


Dr. Jennifer Bachner

Dr. Jennifer Bachner

Director, MS in Government Analytics

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jennifer Bachner is the Director of the Master of Science in Government Analytics and Certificate in Government Analytics at Johns Hopkins University. She teaches courses in statistical analysis, survey research, public opinion, elections and American political behavior. Her research examines coalition building in Congress, government responsiveness and the growth of online education. Her recent report, Predictive Policing: Preventing Crime with Data and Analytics, has been published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government. She received her PhD in government from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees in political science and social studies education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Panelist: Academia Panel

 Nitin Bangera

Nitin Bangera

Lead Associate

Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Bangera is a Portfolio Planning Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton with over 14 years of experience in designing and managing public infrastructure. His areas of expertise include business intelligence, real property portfolio planning, facility management strategies using data-driven approaches, organizational change management, and enterprise maintenance management systems (MMS). He has provided strategic direction and program management services to executive leadership at the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Bangera holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from Cornell University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also holds certifications in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (ASQ), Cost Estimator/Analyst (International Cost Estimation and Analysis Association), and as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner (Georgetown University).

Session: Un-Sensored: Analytics for Lower-Tech Facilities

 Keith Bergstresser

Keith Bergstresser

Economist

Employee Benefits Security Administration

Keith Bergstresser is an Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) where he has worked since 2009. Among other responsibilities, he leads a team of researchers who seek to predict the outcome of EBSA retirement plan investigations using observable plan characteristics. He is an advocate for data-driven resource allocation and rigorous testing of investigation targeting techniques.

Keith holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland College Park. He lives in Reston, Virginia with his wife Michelle and two young children.

Case Study: Predicting the Outcome of Employee Benefit Security Administration Retirement Plan Investigations

 Jeffrey Brantingham

Jeffrey Brantingham

Chief of R&D, Founder

PredPol

Jeff Brantingham is Chief of Research and Development at PredPol and a Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. In addition, Dr. Brantingham serves as the Director of UC MaSC Project: Mathematical and Simulation Modeling of Crime. His research concerns how people use complex urban environments in routine ways and the consequences of these interactions for the patterning of crime events. Dr. Brantingham's research on crime modeling and predictive policing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Popular Science, WIRED and other international news outlets.

Session: How Does Policing Dosage Reduce Crime? A Predictive Policing Case Study

 Lewis Broome

Lewis Broome

Principal Consultant, Data Services Practice Lead

!mpact Makers

An innovative and practiced thought-leader in data management, Lewis Broome has more than 20 years of experience successfully leading the design and implementation of data management and information technology solutions. Lewis has hands-on experience as a developer, a business analyst, an architect and IT portfolio manager. As an executive in the global financial industry, Lewis led development teams in building globally integrated data solutions for Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. In these roles, he has focused on data management as the foundational component to truly sustain analytical solutions. Until recently, Lewis was the CEO for a small but nationally recognized boutique data management consulting firm. In this role, Lewis delivered for clients a comprehensive approach for developing the foundational data management practices needed to enable a truly valuable and effective analytics capability. This approach is centered on clearly understanding and articulating the business needs. Currently, Lewis is a principal consultant and the Data Services practice lead at Impact Makers, a consulting firm based in Richmond Virginia.

Mini Course Technical Track: Data Strategy 2.0: Focus on the Roadmap and Implementation

 Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D.

Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D.

Assistant Inspector General and Chief Data Officer

Office of Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Brzymialkiewicz joined the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services in April 2015 as its first Chief Data Officer (CDO). The OIG oversees a >$1 trillion portfolio of health and human services programs. The CDO’s office focuses on enabling OIG staff to leverage data and data analytics to the maximum extent possible to support their oversight work of this large and complex portfolio. As an example, several self-service analytics tools empower OIG staff to quickly explore additional avenues to combat fraud, waste and abuse.


Prior to HHS OIG, Caryl was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Risk and Decision Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. She also served as the Operations Research Division Chief at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and led a team of analysts at the Center for Naval Analyses. 


Caryl earned a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

PLENARY SESSION: From Analytics to Impact

 Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler

Director, Data Management

IRS Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics

Jeff Butler leads the Data Management Division of the IRS Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics organization where he is responsible for managing a peta-scale data environment for advanced analytics that he co-founded.  He also spends time helping lead enterprise data and analytics strategy at the IRS.  Previously he was Associate Director, Office of Statistical Computing, Department of Transportation where he created DOT’s largest data warehouse and e-Gov initiative, consisting of over 100 transportation databases used for research by universities, trade associations, state DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Congress, and the public at large.  His emphasis is on large-scale, enterprise-wide projects that use data, advanced analytics, and cutting-edge computing technology to drive new discovery and innovation.


He has over 25 years of experience in statistical computing, machine learning, and data warehousing.  He has taught multiple courses in these fields and published or presented at numerous academic, government, and industry venues or conferences.  He has a total of seven industry awards for innovation and best practices in data management and data warehousing.  He holds a B.A and M.A. in Economics and has completed M.S. Statistics coursework.

 Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

Director

Center for Data Innovation

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop's list of "Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech." In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council. Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Panel: Open Data in Government

 Stephen Dennis

Stephen Dennis

Data Analytics Engine Director, HSARPA, Science & Technology Directorate

DHS

Stephen Dennis provides leadership and guidance to information analysis and critical infrastructure protection programs within the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) of the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Dennis provides technical guidance for information analysis, collaboration and sharing related to Data Analytics research and development at DHS. Mr. Dennis also serves as the S&T APEX Program Manager for the Border Enforcement Analytics Program to improve utilization of DHS Big Data sources for ICE Homeland Security Investigations. He has over thirty years of experience managing research programs in information analysis and processing automation within the Intelligence Community and other federal agencies. Mr. Dennis holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Session: Moving Data Analytics from
Proof to Production

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:Top Five Technical Tricks to Try when Trapped

 Robin Ghertner

Robin Ghertner

Senior Research Analyst

Corporation for National and Community Service

Robin Ghertner, MPP is Senior Research Analyst and lead statistician for the Corporation for National and Community Service, a billion-dollar federal agency that engages millions of Americans every year in meaningful services experiences. Robin's application of innovative statistical and machine learning methods to problems that have occupied CNCS for years has yielded improved results and pushed the organization in new directions. He manages a portfolio of research projects focusing on assessing and improving program effectiveness, service member outcomes, and organizational operations. Among other projects, he has developed psychometric models to improve grant-making decision processes; social network analyses to identify substantive relationships among organizations serving targeted communities; discrete choice experiments to identify skill preferences of employers; and machine learning algorithms to classify applicants quickly.

Session: Evaluating the Alignment of Grant Resources and Community Need Using Bayesian Spatial Probit Models: A Case Study of Americorps

 Tim Harvey

Tim Harvey

Former Division Chief for the Park Facility Management

National Park Service

Mr. Harvey is recently retired after a 40 year career with the National Park Service, the last eight of which, he served as the Division Chief for the Park Facility Management. In his role, Tim championed the transformation of NPS's reactive style of maintenance to one that is proactive and rooted in data-driven approaches. He has over 20 years of experience in capital planning, organizational leadership, IT implementation, and asset management. He is a sought-after expert in asset management and has spoken to domestic and international government agencies on this topic, including US Customs and Border Patrol, Bureau of Indian Education, Parks Canada, and China's Maijishan National Park. Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective on asset management best practices and total cost of ownership practices in the federal sector.

Session: Un-Sensored: Analytics for Lower-Tech Facilities

 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.

Session: Analytics in Auditing: Putting the Passion Back in the Process!

 Larry Koskinen

Larry Koskinen

Chief Risk Officer

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Larry Koskinen has served the public interest for more than forty years through executive positions in the federal government, commercial professional services firms, and non-profit organizations, both within the United States and abroad.  He is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, and is currently serving as Chief Risk Officer at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.


He recently led the Business Transformation Team for New Core, HUD’s administrative shared services partnership with the Treasury Administrative Resource Center, and, at the invitation of the Office of Management and Budget, led the project team that drafted the government-wide playbook for federal shared services adoption.  Prior to joining HUD, he served as an executive in the federal Inspector General community, managing analytics, finance, human capital, information technology, strategic planning and support operations at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.  He has been involved in multiple federal-level government reform efforts, notably the Reagan-era Grace Commission, and the Clinton-era National Performance Review.


Koskinen was a Vice President at the non-profit Council for Excellence in Government, and a Vice President at the international development consultancy Development Alternatives, Inc.  Prior to that he was Director of Administration and Finance at the non-profit Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in Budapest.  He was Management Officer for Peace Corps International Operations and also Chief Business Architect.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.


He holds a Bachelor of Science in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Moderator: Academia Panel

Dr. Aric LaBarr

Dr. Aric LaBarr

Senior Data Scientist

Elder Research

Coming soon!

Panelist: Academia Panel

 Patty Larsen

Patty Larsen

Co-Director

National Insider Threat Task Force

Ms. Larsen has been assigned to the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) since August 2005. Her previous assignment was as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of the National Intelligence Manager for Counterintelligence (CI). The office provides National CI Officers and their staffs who serve as the focal point for all CI issues in their regional or functional areas, driving collection, analysis, and other solutions to address gaps. This assignment was preceded by a tour as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Acquisition Risk Directorate at ONCIX improving supply chain risk management across the US Government.

Ms. Larsen's prior civilian assignments include a joint duty assignment at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) CI office, the Chief of the Program Evaluation Group within ONCIX, ONCIX performance manager and CI program analyst, Deputy of the Collection branch within the ONCIX, and the European Command desk officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Counterintelligence Division.

Prior to beginning her civilian career, Ms. Larsen served as an Army Military Intelligence officer for 11 years. Ms. Larsen is an alumnus of the Federal Executive Institute as well as the U.S. Army's basic and advanced Military Intelligence officer courses at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. She received a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in International Business from the George Washington University. Ms. Larsen is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Panelist: Insider Threat Panel

 Victoria Lewis

Victoria Lewis

dataMontgomery Project Manager

Montgomery County, MD

Victoria Lewis joined Montgomery County, MD in 2005 and is responsible for dataMontgomery, Montgomery County's open data program. Ms. Lewis has over 16 years of experience in Information Technology project management, including project leadership in both the private and public sectors. She oversees the execution and operation of a multi-year, countywide Open Data Implementation Plan. Victoria also managed the financial transparency suite development partnership with open data vendor Socrata, which has already resulted in financial data standards and guided websites used by over 120 governments nationwide.

Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and maintains her PMP certification.

Session: Open Data in Government

 Jeffrey Maille

Jeffrey Maille

Deputy Insider Threat Program Manager

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Security & Installations Directorate

Mr. Jeffrey Maille serves as the Deputy Insider Threat Program Manager for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Security and Installations Directorate. Prior to assuming this position in October 2014, Mr. Maille served for six years as the Chief of NGA’s Cyber Counterintelligence Division where he oversaw operations concerning external and internal threats directed at NGA personnel, facilities, and information.

Prior to joining NGA, Mr. Maille was assigned as a Department of Defense Staff Officer in the Program Management Directorate of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Counterintelligence and HUMINT Center, formerly the Counterintelligence Field Activity CIFA, where he served for three years as is the Chief of DoD CI Investigations. He is considered a DoD Subject Matter Expert for CI Investigations and was responsible for all program management activities within his functional area.

Mr. Maille served honorably for 23 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2003. Throughout his career, Mr. Maille has served in a number of functions within the Counterintelligence and Law Enforcement Community to include the Team Leader for a Counter-Narcotics Joint Drug Enforcement Team, a Counterintelligence Collector, the Chief of Defensive Operations and Protective Service Operations, the Superintendent of a Base Investigative Branch, and as Superintendent of Regional Operations.

Panelists: Insider Threat Panel

 Karen Masken

Karen Masken

Technical Advisor to the Director, Return Preparer Office

Internal Revenue Service

Karen Masken is the Technical Advisor to the Director, Return Preparer Office, Internal Revenue Service. Karen has been with the Federal Government for over 25 years. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa for two years. She then worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics for eight years, first as a Field Representative and then as a Survey Manager. Upon receiving her Master's degree in Mathematics from DePaul University she moved to the Internal Revenue Service. She spent thirteen years in the office of Research, Analysis, and Statistics, where her area of expertise was statistical sampling. She moved to the Return Preparer Office in 2012 where her focus shifted to developing error detection models and the design of experiments. In her off time she is passionate about world travel and she has traveled to over sixty countries on six continents.

Session: IRS Preparer-Level Treatment Tests

 Steve McIntosh

Steve McIntosh

Insider Threat Program Coordinator

Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. McIntosh has served as the Defense Intelligence Agency's Insider Threat Program Coordinator since July 2011, and is responsible for leading the effort to identify and mitigate threats from individuals with authorized access to Agency facilities and operations by synchronizing the efforts of numerous teams of experts across the Agency.

Mr. McIntosh was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University. Mr. McIntosh is a graduate of the State of Virginia's Peninsula Academy of Criminal Justice.

Mr. McIntosh entered civil service in 2002 with the Defense Intelligence Agency after retiring from the United States Air Force. He has over 39 years of experience as a federal law enforcement and counterintelligence officer conducting, managing, and supervising criminal, counterintelligence, and terrorism investigations and operations. He was one of three primary authors and architects of a historic and groundbreaking strategic counterintelligence campaign plan - I MMIN ENT HORIZON - to neutralize a significant foreign intelligence threat to the United States.

Panelist: Insider Threat Panel

Dr. Maria Milosavljevic

Dr. Maria Milosavljevic

National Manager Innovation & Technology / Chief Information Officer (CIO)

AUSTRAC

Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the National Manager Innovation & Technology / Chief Information Officer (CIO) of AUSTRAC, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. AUSTRAC is Australia's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) as well as the regulator of the AML/CTF Act 2006. Our mission is to make the Australian environment hostile to money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF). Dr Milosavljevic's remit includes establishing an innovation-centred approach across the agency, leading the technology arm of the organisation, and ensuring that information is well-managed from entry to exit, ensuring that it is available, secure and able to be exploited to achieve outcomes for AUSTRAC and our partners. She also oversees related organisational capability strategy. Dr Milosavljevic began her career in the late 80s developing the first predictive model and recommender system in a processing plant, and has been delivering innovative analytics and technology solutions to improve organisational capability since. She has published widely and completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science with the Microsoft Research Institute. Dr Milosavljevic has held senior roles across government, industry and academia in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She recently completed an Executive Masters of Public Administration with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). Prior to joining AUSTRAC, Dr Milosavljevic was key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability within the Australian Crime Commission and established the vision and architecture for the intended National Criminal Intelligence System (NCIS).

Session: The National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability

 Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan

Chief Data Officer

Department of Transportation

Daniel Morgan is the first Chief Data Officer of the United States Department of Transportation. As the CDO, he has overall responsibility for the Departmental data program and data compliance across the Department. He is responsible for establishing a clear vision of the data managed in DOT and the application of DOT data for decision-making. He serves as data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, liaison for data sharing and developer of new data products.

Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Morgan spent 15 years as a management consultant, providing services to public and private sector clients in a variety of areas, including: open government, information technology governance, capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, and human capital planning.

Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Panel: Open Data in Government

 Jeff Nolte

Jeff Nolte

Captain I

Rampart Area

Captain Jeff Nolte was born in Los Angeles, California and he currently resides in Orange County. Nolte earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Orange Coast College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management/Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Nolte was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department on November 14, 1988. He has worked a variety of assignments and Divisions as a police officer, which included 77th Street, Hollenbeck, Southeast, Southwest and South Bureau Narcotics. His work experience included patrol, gangs, narcotics and various other specialized units.
In 1998, Nolte was promoted to the rank of detective. As a detective, his assignments included Narcotics Division, South Bureau Homicide, and Southwest Division. Nolte was also assigned to the Department's Special Investigations Section (S.I.S.) as a detective.

In 2012, Nolte was promoted to Lieutenant, and he was assigned to Southwest Area as a watch commander. As a Lieutenant, he was selected to be the 77th Street Area Detective Commanding Officer, and the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Criminal Gang/Homicide Division (CGHD, also known as South Bureau Homicide. As the CGHD OIC, he was responsible for overseeing of over 40% of the City's homicides.
On February 22, 2015, Nolte was promoted to the rank of Captain, and he was assigned to Rampart Division as the Patrol Commanding Officer. Nolte has received numerous commendations and awards for his police service.

Captain Nolte is married and the father of two children. He and his family enjoy traveling and paddle boarding along the Southern California Coastline.

Session: How Does Policing Dosage Reduce Crime? A Predictive Policing Case Study

 Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson

Division Chief, Data and Analytics

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Mark Peterson leads the data and analytics team within USAID’s Office of Science and Technology. Mark was also a 2010-2012 fellow at USAID in the Office of Science and Technology. Prior to his fellowship, Mark was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), shaping strategy and operations in global health, pharmaceuticals, and education. Previously, he worked on antimicrobial resistance as a fellow with the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Global Health and conducted research in influenza epidemiology at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mark received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in biological and medical informatics from the University of California, San Francisco.

KEYNOTE:
Harnessing the Data Revolution for International Development

 Elise Pittman

Elise Pittman

Geospatial Analyst

USPS OIG

Elise Pittman is a GIS Analyst for the Countermeasures and Performance Evaluation (CAPE) team for the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Elise works in the Data Analytics lab using GIS and spatial analytics to provide visualization tools and GIS products to aid investigators and auditors to identify, detect and prevent fraud, waste and misconduct with in the Postal Service. The CAPE team weaves technology, business processes, and people together to provide an opportunity to collaborate in tackling business problems as well as deploy production ready tools to help detect fraud and facilitate improved focus on high-risk threats or opportunities for auditors and investigators.

Session: Location Analytics

 Swapnil Rajiwade

Swapnil Rajiwade

Data Scientist

Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Rajiwade is a Data Scientist with Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategic Innovation Group, specializing in data mining and predictive analytics across the transportation and infrastructure sectors. He is an expert in the use of probabilistic Bayesian Belief Networks to perform both deductive and inductive reasoning from large datasets. He has consulted for government agencies and Fortune 100's in the areas of risk modeling, transportation policy and planning, revenue management and pricing. He earned a B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, and an M.S. in Transportation, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Session: Un-Sensored: Analytics for Lower-Tech Facilities

 Chesley Richards

Chesley Richards

CDC Deputy Director

Public Health Scientific Services

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, is the CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS - proposed). OPHSS is comprised of the National Center for Health Statistics and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS - proposed). Previously, Dr. Richards served as Director for the Immunization Services Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC; Director of the Office of Prevention through Healthcare in the CDC Office of the Director and as Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in the National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC.

Dr. Richards earned his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina, an MPH in Health Policy and Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC and the Program on Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to coming to CDC, Dr. Richards served as the Chief of General Internal Medicine and Associate Director for Internal Medicine Residency Training at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Richards’s interests include patient safety, healthcare quality, preventive services, especially among older adults.

KEYNOTE: Actionable data is the key to improving population health: A CDC Perspective

COL William Saxon

COL William Saxon

Chief, Force Management Enterprise Division, Force Management Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff

Department of the Army

Colonel (COL) Bobby Saxon serves at the Pentagon as Chief, Force Management Enterprise Division, Force Management Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Headquarters Department of the Army. Colonel Saxon leads the Army G-3/5/7 Capability Management Office for Global Force Information Management and oversees development of the Enterprise Management Decision Support system (EMDS).

COL Saxon’s 30-year military career spans numerous active duty and reserve assignments, including service in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the last six years on active duty assigned to the Pentagon.

COL Saxon has been recognized for government and industry awards including: the 2014 FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award, the 2014 GOVTek Executive Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data, and the 2013 CIO Magazine "Ones to Watch" Award.

Session: From Wisdom to Insight: Driving Strategic Decision Making with Predictive Analytics

 Ira Schwartz

Ira Schwartz

Consultant and Senior Advisor

Algorhythm

Ira M. Schwartz is a Consultant and Advisor to Algorhythm; a social impact evaluation company. Prior to working with Algorhythm Mr. Schwartz was Provost at Temple University and Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a former Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the United States Department of Justice.

Session: Learning to Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: The Florida Experience

 Jennifer Shasky Calvery

Jennifer Shasky Calvery

Director

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

Jennifer Shasky Calvery is the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As Director, Jennifer oversees FinCEN’s wide-ranging work to protect the U.S. financial system from money laundering and to advance the national security interests of the United States. FinCEN leads the development of regulatory policy to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, uses its civil authorities to enforce compliance with those regulations, and is a respected leader among the world’s financial intelligence units.

It has been nearly a year and a half now since Jennifer joined Treasury, moving from the Department of Justice where she spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor focused on combating money laundering and organized crime. Most recently, before moving to FinCEN, Jennifer served as the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. In this position, she was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the money laundering and sanctions-related prosecutions of financial institutions and the development of the Justice Department’s money laundering policy.

Jennifer has testified before Congress on behalf of both Justice and Treasury on a wide range of issues, including transnational organized crime, money laundering, shell companies, and virtual currency. She holds a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law and an undergraduate degree in international affairs from The George Washington University, where she was also an All-American basketball player.

KEYNOTE: Follow the Money: Harnessing the Power of Advanced Analytics to Combat Financially Motivated Crimes

Dr. Ariela Sofer

Dr. Ariela Sofer

Professor and Chair, Systems Engineering & Operations Research

Volegenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Ariela Sofer is Professor and Chair of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) Department at George Mason University. She also runs the Predictive Analytics track of the MS in Data Analytics Engineering at Mason. Her major areas of interest are nonlinear optimization, optimization in medical applications, predictive analytics, and model-based systems engineering. She is coauthor of the book "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization," SIAM books, 2008 (second edition). She is a member of the editorial board of the SEBoK Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge, and has served as Associate Editor of the Operations Research Journal, and of Management Science, and as member of the editorial Board of MOS-SIAM Book Series on Optimization. She is currently secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and has served as Vice President for Sections and Societies of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and as President of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments (ACORD). She has also served as Chair of the INFORMS Computing Society and as Secretary/ Treasurer of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Optimization SIAG/OPT.

Panelist: Academia Panel

 Catherine Templeton

Catherine Templeton

Former Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Former South Carolina Secretary of Labor

Catherine Templeton is a former Cabinet member for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. During her tenure from 2010 to 2015, Catherine held the posts of Director, Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Prior to her appointment by Governor Haley, Catherine practiced law at the Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart law firm. Among other boards and committees, Catherine has held positions on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Governor’s Savannah River Committee, First Steps board, State Emergency Response Council, South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind board, the S.C. Health Care Coordinating Council Board of Directors, and the National Oceanic Council - representing Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Additionally, United States Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) Sandra Day O’Conner appointed Catherine as the National Coordinator of the Justice’s iCivics program that educates children on the importance of civic involvement and the role of the three branches of government. Catherine received the University of South Carolina School of Law’s highest award, the Compleat Lawyer, and was recognized by her peers as one of the nation’s Best Lawyers. Since leaving State service in January 2015, Catherine has been working with government agencies to identify efficiencies in federal and state programs through metrics and analytics.

KEYNOTE: Reforming Government: Where is the Public Servant to Start?

 Benjamin Uminsky

Benjamin Uminsky

Executive Assistant, Data Scientist

Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk's Office

Benjamin Uminsky joined the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk's office in 2007 where he worked as a HR analyst for six years. He joined the Department's Executive office in 2013 to head up the newly developed data analytics program, where is has been working on various data science projects involving revenue forecasting, poll worker classification modeling, voter file duplicate identification, etc.

He received his BA at UCLA in 2001 and stayed at UCLA to complete his Masters in Urban Planning in 2003. In 2007 he obtained a Masters in Public Administration from CSU Northridge. Since entering into the data analytics field he obtained a data science certification from John Hopkins University in 2014.

Session: Mining the Voter File

 Duane Vasquez

Duane Vasquez

Special Agent

United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

Duane is a Special Agent with the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General assigned to the Headquarters, Investigative Operations Center (IOC) responsible for managing the Contract Fraud Program for the Office of Investigations. Duane, along with other Special Agents, partner with the Data Analytics Lab to identify Postal Service contractor fraud. The Postal Services manages over $12 Billion in contracts annually across its five portfolios and the goal of the CF program is to identify new fraud leads for potential investigations. The benefits of data analytics has aided Special Agents in identifying new fraud leads, detect fraud patterns and utilize visualization tools to present findings to prosecutors and/or postal management.

Session: Location Analytics

 Dave Vennergrund

Dave Vennergrund

Director, Data Analytics Center of Excellence

Salient Federal Solutions

Mr. Vennergrund is an industry leader in the application of predictive analytics to big data problems. He is responsible for leading and expanding innovations and best practices for the Salient Data Analytics Center of Excellence in data architecture, data science, big data, and predictive analytics. He has led numerous business intelligence, predictive analytics, big data, and data mining-based proof-of-concepts and projects across the Federal government including intelligence analytics (Intelligence Community, DOJ, DHS); budget forecasting for HUD and DOD; improper payment prevention at IRS, USDA, CMS, VA, DFAS, and OPM; and predictive modeling for DOI, EPA, US AID, and VA.

Session: Moving Data Analytics from Proof to Production

 Fred  Walker

Fred Walker

Technical Director, Counterintelligence Knowledge Management

NSA

Special Agent Fred Walker is the Technical Director for Counterintelligence Knowledge Management at NSA with 35 years experience in security, counterintelligence and knowledge management. He created NSA’s insider threat analysis division and led the development of a suite of tools to accomplish this challenge. The stand up of the Data Exploitation and Analysis effort was just the beginning of his influence on how insider threat is addressed across the Intelligence Community and numerous federal agencies. He continues to be a leader in collaboration for multi-intelligence, multi-agency integration and analysis utilizing predictive techniques.

Moderator: Insider Threat Panel

 Ken Yale, JD, DDS

Ken Yale, JD, DDS

Instructor

University of California - Irvine

Ken is trained in population statistics, medicine/dentistry, and law. He worked in clinical practice, data science, care management, and health regulations. Ken was a government official in the US Senate and White House. After that he was Founder/CEO of Advanced Health Solutions and held executive positions at CorSolutions, Matria Healthcare, UnitedHealth Group, and Aetna. Ken held leadership roles in the Maryland State Task Force on Electronic Medical Records, the University of Maryland Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, and Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). He is a frequent author and speaker, including Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications; Clinical Integration: Population Health and Accountable Care; Divining Healthcare Charges for Optimal Health Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act. With a team of data science industry experts he leads a certificate program in Healthcare Predictive Analytics at University of California, to train the next generation of health data scientists.

Session: Predictive Analytics for Population Health Management

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