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 Federal IT Reality Check 


 A Symposium on Sequestration, Emerging Opportunities and Threats 

Event Number



 9/26/2012  to 9/27/2012 


 Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, VA 


 Tammy Kicker, [email protected] (703)247-9494 


Federal IT Reality Check

Sequestration, Emerging Opportunities and Threats

Budget realities, especially in light of impending sequestration cuts, will greatly impact the plans of a host of IT initiatives including public/private cloud infrastructure, mobility, big data and analytics across the Federal government. 

At the same time, Federal IT leaders are calling for more innovation, but are struggling with adoption of emerging commercial technologies.  Government and industry leaders discuss the new landscape and their evolving priorities.

Tentative Program

Wednesday, September 26

8:30 AM

Senator Kelly Ayotte – Avoiding the Impacts of Sequestration (Invited)

Senator Kelly Ayotte"Our national security is at stake, along with a million jobs in the nation's defense industrial base."

Senator Ayotte was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and Kelly serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, and Small Business Committees. She is the Ranking Member - top Republican - on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.

9:00 AM

Living With Budget Realities: What else can agencies do to maximum return on IT investment?

Moderated by: Jim Cook, VP & Director, Center for Enterprise Modernization, MITRE

Invited panelists from the Federal CIO Council

10:30 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Industry Perspectives on Future and Innovation: Panel Discussion and Case Studies on Doing More with Less.

12:00 PM

Lunch with Speaker

1:30 PM


Cyber Workforce Planning: Insights for Addressing Acute Cyber Workforce Shortages

Moderated by: Mark Felton, Signal Marketing

Invited Panelists:

Maya Yankelevich, Senior Human Capital Consultant, PDRI

Michael Assante, President, National Board of Information Security Examiners

2:30 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM

Mobility – Adapting to the New Reality

Panel Discussion

The consumer-driven drive for mobility is impacting the security and architectures of Government information environments.  This panel addresses what the Federal government is planning regarding the operational benefits of mobile devices and the impacts on security.


Thursday, September 27

8:30 AM


Using Standards-Based Acquisition to Reduce Costs and Improve Interoperability and Time-to-Deployment

9:15 AM


pathway to Innovation

10:00 AM Networking Break

10:30 AM

Harvesting Big Data to Improve Efficiency and Situational Awareness

This panel addresses the interest government has in 'Big Data' and data analytics as it seeks to find increased value from massive amounts of information - that it holds as well as that in the open source domain.


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202-3505 

Directions to Crystal Gateway Marriott from:

Metro: Blue Line to Crystal City Metro Stop - Map


From New York/Baltimore (the North):
Take Interstate 95 to Interstate 495/Interstate 95 South towards Richmond. After crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take the second exit onto Route 1 North. Follow Route 1 to 20th Street. Turn left and at the first traffic light turn right onto South Eads Street. The hotel is 1.5 blocks on the right.

From Richmond/Springfield (the South):
Take Interstate 395 North to exit 8C for Crystal City. Turn left onto Army Navy Drive then right onto South Eads Street. The hotel is three blocks on the left.

For GPS mapping, use 1601 South Eads Street as the hotel's address.

Self Parking fee: 10 USD hourly, 22 USD daily
Valet parking fee: 27 USD daily

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - DCA 

Airport Phone: 1 703 417 8370

Hotel direction: 1 mile(s) South

Complimentary Shuttle from Reagan Washington National Airport from 6:05am to 11:00pm, pickup locations are the A Gates and Doors 5 and 9, in the B and C Concourse Lower Level.

Airport shuttle service, scheduled, complimentary
Shuttle Phone: 1 703 920 3230
Courtesy phone available
Subway service, fee:  2 USD  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 7 USD  (one way) 

Washington Dulles International Airport - IAD

Hotel direction: 28 mile(s) South West

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Courtesy phone available
Alternate transportation: Washington Flyer; fee: 45 USD (one way) ;reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD  (one way)

Driving directions from Dulles Airport:
Exit the airport onto the Dulles toll road and proceed to Interstate 66 East. From Interstate 66 East exit onto Route 110 South and follow the signs to US Highway 1 South. Continue on US Highway 1 South to the 15th Street exit and turn right at the end of the off ramp. At the first traffic light turn left onto South Eads Street and the hotel is one half mile on the left *** For GPS mapping, use 1601 South Eads Street as the hotel's address.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - BWI

Hotel direction: 55 mile(s) South East

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Courtesy phone available
Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 61 USD (one way) ;reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: 65 USD  (one way)

Driving directions from BWI:
Take Interstate 195 West. Merge onto Interstate 95 South towards Washington DC then Interstate 95 South towards Richmond. After crossing the Potomac River via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take the second exit onto Route 1 North. Follow Route 1 North to Crystal City and turn left onto 20th Street. At the next traffic light turn right onto South Eads Street. The hotel is 1.5 blocks on the right *** For GPS mapping, use 1601 South Eads Street as the hotel's address.


Marriott Crystal Gateway
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202-3505

A guest room rate is $224 per night plus applicable taxes. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with credit card.

Room reservations may be made via this reservations link (group code AFEAFEA) or by calling (800) 228-9290 or (703) 920-3230. 

Hotel information 


Registration closes by COB, Friday, September 21, 2012 After this date, you may still register onsite. You may register online or complete a Registration Form to mail or fax to (703) 522-3192.

Register Now Online!


Symposium Registration Fee

Through September 21

Begins September 22
Government*/ Academia



Industry Member (AFEI, NDIA and affiliates)



Industry Non-Member



*Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees with valid Government ID.

Important Registration Dates:

On-line registration closes September 21, 2012.

Registration by fax closes September 21, 2012

Registration by mail closes September 14, 2012.

Registration Policy

Deadline to register online or by fax is by COB Friday, September 21, 2012.

After September 21 a Registration Form may be downloaded, completed, and brought to the conference for onsite registration.

Please do not mail any registration forms after September 14, 2012. Registrations will not be taken over the phone; payment must be made at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by Wednesday, September 14, 2012 will receive a full refund, less $75 transaction fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after September 14 due to guarantees made to venue. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations.

All substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to Tammy Kicker ([email protected])

Sponsorships Are Available

A limited number of promotional sponsorships are available. 


Sponsorships provide maximum visibility and brand recognition. You can strengthen your market position, make key contacts, showcase your products and services, and develop relationships with new customers, while reinforcing your existing customer relations. Sponsorships add a critical tool to your current marketing strategy.

Contact Tammy Kicker at [email protected] or 703-247-9494 for details.


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