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Ask the CIO: Online Chat with with DJ Kachman, VA

Posted by Expert Insights on Mar 23, 2017 11:51:57 AM

DJ  Kachman, the the Veterans Affairs Department’s director of mobile and security technology transformation lead- Enterprise Command Center Solution Delivery IT Operations and Services in the Office of Information and Technology, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat on April 10th at 1 p.m.

Kachman will take part in the online chat after his appearance on Federal News Radio’s Ask the CIO program on April 6 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington metro area and online everywhere.

Kachman discusses how he is helping VA address enterprise mobile challenges, implement better authentication on the network using smart identity cards and integrate mobile devices and services with enterprise desktops, apps and infrastructure.

During the chat, you can ask questions live or submit them in advance by emailing moderator, Executive Editor Jason Miller.

DATE: Monday, April 10, 2017
TIME: 1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. (EST)                                                                    WHERE: Federalnewsradio.com

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Donald R. Kachman Jr. (DJ) serves at the director of mobile and security assurance for solutions delivery, IT operations and services at the Veterans Affairs Department, focusing on integration of mobile devices into the VA to enhance the VA core mission. His group’s motto is that “we should secure the user experience, not prevent it.” Additionally, Mr. Kachman is currently in charge of developing the infrastructure for the VA’s endpoint security solutions.

Mr. Kachman’s VA career started in 1998 working at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. Starting as a PC tech, he moved his was up to gain more responsibility until he was the medical center’s technical security officer. In 2007, he joined Enterprise Systems Engineering as the director of security assurance, which develops client solutions for VA’s endpoints for the VA’s enterprise. In 2010, he became mobile director and was charged with developing integration strategies for mobile devices into the department. Mr. Kachman is also a member of the OIT Transformation team, working to bring an Enterprise Command Center to the organization.

Mr. Kachman is a member of ATARC, ISC2 and has received recognition for his work to bring a secure and functional mobile experience to the VA. Mr. Kachman is the involved in his local church in several outreach programs. He resides in Battle Creek, Michigan, with his wife Tara and five children.

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Topics: Technology, Sponsored Content, mobility, chat, DJ Kachman, MobileIron, mobile, Veterans Affairs

Ask the CIO: Online Chat with Beth Killoran, Department of Health and Human Services

Posted by Expert Insights on Mar 6, 2017 12:43:22 PM

Beth Killoran, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and chief  information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat on March 28th at 2 p.m.

Ask questions in real-time during the chat or submit them in advance by emailing moderator, Executive Editor Jason Miller.

Jason Miller also hosts Killoran on Ask the CIO the week prior to the chat – Thursday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in the Washington metro area and online everywhere.

On Ask the CIO, she will discuss how she uses cloud to reduce IT capital expenditures, reduce program risk, and reduce implementation time of mission-critical apps. She also will discuss HHS’s progress in protecting its systems and data, and develop the skills of its workforce.

ONLINE CHAT DATE: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
TIME: 2:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. (EST)

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Beth Killoran has been the Department of Health and Human Services chief information officer since July 2016 and has been with the agency since 2014. Previously, Killoran spent 11 years at the Homeland Security Department and nine years at the Treasury Department. Killoran holds a Master of Science in Technology Management from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a certificate in Personnel Management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

This chat is underwritten by AvePoint Public Sector.

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Topics: Technology, Sponsored Content, cybersecurity, cloud, chat, AvePoint Public Sector, Ask the CIO, Beth Killoran, HHS, Jason Miller

Open Season Online Chat with Mike Causey

Posted by Expert Insights on Nov 3, 2016 10:17:59 AM

Be prepared for 2017's Federal Employee Health Benefits Program changes

Register is required to view the chat archive.

Mike Causey and federal benefits expert Walton Francis took your questions live in a free online chat.   

Read the archive to learn more about:

 

  • Why shopping for health plans could save you up to $2000.
  • Do you know the difference between HMO and Fee-For-Service?
  • Why the 5-year rule is so important for retirement-age feds.
  • Common sense tips to help you choose the best plan for your stage in life.

Those who participated in the online text-only chat were able to ask Mike and Walton their own questions in real-time.  

Walton Francis is an expert in health insurance who has advised dozens of Secretaries of Health and Human Services on policy choices. He’s written the best-seller “CHECKBOOK’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees” and his most recent book: “Putting Medicare Consumers in Charge: Lessons from the FEHBP”

This chat is underwritten by CareFirst BlueChoice.

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Topics: Sponsored Content, Pay and Benefits, insurance, Open Season, Walton Francis, chat, Mike Causey, CareFirst BlueChoice

Ask the CIO Chat: Tonya Ugoretz, Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

Posted by Expert Insights on Oct 13, 2016 8:40:40 AM

Tonya Ugoretz, the director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat.

Ugoretz discussed the impact the new organization is having on the sharing of cybersecurity data across the government. She also addressed how the CTIIC will move from initial operating capability to full operations over the next year.

 

Ugoretz took part in the online chat after she appeared on a special edition of Federal News Radio’s Ask the CIO program.

Registration is required to view the chat archive. Participants were able to ask Ugoretz their own questions in real-time.

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Tonya Ugoretz has been the director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center since 2015. She began government service in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow and all-source analyst with the FBI’s Counterterrorism program. In 2003, she became the first analyst to serve as the FBI Director’s daily intelligence briefer. From 2008 to 2012, first as a Unit Chief and then Section Chief in the Senior Executive Service, Ugoretz oversaw intelligence briefings for the FBI director and the Attorney General, as well as FBI analysts’ contributions to the President’s daily brief. As the FBI’s Chief Intelligence Officer from 2010 to 2012, she also led the bureau’s cadre of Senior National Intelligence Officers and the creation of a 24/7 Intelligence Watch.

 

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Topics: Technology, Sponsored Content, chat

Ask the CIO Chat: Andy Ozment, Department of Homeland Security

Posted by Expert Insights on Sep 23, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat. Ozment discussed how his office is supporting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and provided updates on agencies' progress in implementing  key Obama administration cyber initiatives including the EINSTEIN 3A program, the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program and others.

Executive Editor Jason Miller moderated the chat.

Ozment took part in the online chat after Phyllis Schneck,  DHS' deputy under secretary for cybersecurity and communications, appeared on a special edition of Federal News Radio’s Ask the CIO program.

Registration is required to view the chat archive. Participants were able to ask Ozment their own questions in real-time.

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Andy Ozment is charged with protecting the government against cyber attacks and helping the private sector protect itself. Ozment’s office helps its private sector and government customers by responding to incidents, sharing information, developing and promulgating best practices, and increasing our nation’s cybersecurity capacity. In leading this office, Ozment oversees a budget of more than $1 billion and leads a workforce of over 600 federal employees and several thousand support personnel. Prior to joining DHS, Ozment served at the White House as the President’s Senior Director for Cybersecurity where he led a team that developed national policy and coordinated federal cybersecurity efforts.  Ozment earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. While studying in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship, he earned a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

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Topics: Technology, Sponsored Content, chat

Military Health Benefits Online Chat with DHA's Deputy Director for the TRICARE Health Plan, Capt. Edward Simmer

Posted by Expert Insights on Aug 1, 2016 1:44:58 PM

TRICARE_Logo.jpgThe Defense Department’s TRICARE Health Plan has added several new programs recently. What does this mean for you and your family? Federal News Radio hosted a free online chat with Navy Captain Edward Simmer, the Defense Health Agency’s Deputy Director for the TRICARE Health Plan. Captain Simmer and Federal News Senior Correspondent Mike Causey answered your questions about the TRICARE transition

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Topics: Pay & Benefits, Sponsored Content, chat

CIO Chat: Alastair Thomson, NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Posted by Expert Insights on Jul 26, 2016 3:13:36 PM

Alastair Thomson, the chief information officer of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the National Institutes of Health, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat. Thomson discussed how NHLBI is using the cloud to meet its mission needs. He said cloud services are helping the agency deal with its ever-growing data challenge and providing faster and more compute power for application and data sharing needs.

Executive Editor Jason Miller moderated the chat, which was underwritten by Presidio and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Registration is required to view the archive. Participants were able to ask Thomson their own questions in real-time.

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Alastair Thomson has been the CIO of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the National Institutes of Health, for almost three years and has worked at the agency since February 2010. Thomson has focused on major infrastructure improvement programs including deployment of a multi-petabyte high performance storage system to support research and implementation of several major IT systems to support acquisitions, grants management, reporting and analytics and scientific portfolio analysis using semantic Web technologies. Before coming to federal service, Thomson worked as a consultant where he helped NIH and private sector firms implement technology solutions. Originally from the South Island of New Zealand, Alastair received his BSc (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Otago in 1984 where he developed a computer system for temporospatial analysis of EEG data, followed by a Diploma for Graduates in Computer Science in 1992 with a dissertation on the use of temporal neural networks for the composition of music.

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Topics: Technology, Sponsored Content, chat

On DoD Chat with Lt. Col. Robert Williams of the Army Logistics Modernization Program and Army Materiel Command's Joshua Call

Posted by Expert Insights on Jul 7, 2016 1:49:15 PM

Lt. Col. Robert Williams, the program manager for Army Logistics Modernization Program and Joshua Call, the chief of the supply chain management division for the Army Materiel Command,  joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat. Lt. Col. Williams and Mr. Call fielded your questions on how the Army is using modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to tackle readiness challenges – from sending urgent spare parts to the battlefield to managing its complex depot maintenance network – and how the Army hopes to improve on the progress it’s already made through the ongoing rollout of LMP Increment 2.

Deputy Editor and DoD reporter Jared Serbu moderated the chat, which was underwritten by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services.

Lt. Col. Williams and Mr. Call took part in the chat after their recent appearance on Federal News Radio’s On DoD program.

Registration is required to view the archive. Participants were able to ask Lt. Col. Williams and Mr. Call their own questions in real-time.

GUEST BIOGRAPHIES: 

Lt. Col. Robert Williams has been the program manager for Army Logistics Modernization Program since July 2014. Prior to joining the LMP, he most recently served as a Department of the Army System Coordinator while assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and was assigned to Army G-8 Program Analysis and Evaluation as an Acquisition Program Analyst. Lt. Col. Williams is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and Command and General Staff College. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management. He holds a bachelor of science in General Studies from Columbus State University, a master of arts in administration (with a concentration in organizational development) from the University of the Incarnate Word, and a master of science in project management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Joshua P. Call serves as the Chief of the Supply Chain Management Division, Army Materiel Command (AMC), overseeing numerous national logistics business processes and the supporting Information Technology enablers.  He also serves as the lead for the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) deployments and acquisition planning since May of 2008.  He works closely with the Product Management Office, Army G-4, Army Enterprise Resource Planning systems, and other major stakeholders.  He also supports business process improvement, business process standardization, and Information Technology portfolio reduction efforts.  Mr. Call joined the AMC in September 2003 as a member of the AMC Fellows Program, working through positions of increasing responsibility in areas of logistics support planning, supply chain operations, Information Technology management, and project management.  Mr. Call earned a Master of Business Administration in 2004 from Texas A&M-Texarkana and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2003 from Brigham Young University.

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Topics: Defense, Technology, Sponsored Content, chat

Ask the CIO: Online Chat with Jonathan Alboum, USDA

Posted by Expert Insights on Jul 5, 2016 11:39:36 AM

Jonathan Alboum, the Agriculture Department’s chief information officer, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat. Alboum discussed USDA’s plans to consolidate more than a dozen disparate networks, to ensure access to data in order to improve decision-making across the bureaus, and to use shared services for commodity IT.

Executive Editor Jason Miller moderated the chat which was underwritten by DLT Solutions and Oracle.

Alboum took part in the chat after his appearance on Federal News Radio’s Ask the CIO program.

Registration is required to view the archive. Participants were able to ask Alboum their own questions in real-time.

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Jonathan Alboum has been USDA CIO since June 2015. Prior to coming to USDA, Alboum worked at the General Services Administration and USDA, including as CIO of the Food and Nutrition Service. Alboum earned a Master’s degree in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Topics: Technology, Sponsored Content, chat

Online Chat with U.S. Cyber Command's Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone

Posted by Expert Insights on May 19, 2016 7:51:14 AM

U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber National Mission Force Commander Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat.

Nakasone discussed the challenges of protecting the nation in the cyber realm, including initiatives and plans to protect Defense Department networks and data.  He addressed operational challenges and mission critical cyber tasks.

Nakasone also talked about the growth of U.S. Cyber Command’s cyber mission forces, the threats they encounter and how the command is ensuring troops are prepared for the cyber battle.

The Defense Department is expanding its cyber mission force to 133 teams by 2018. About half of those teams are tasked with protecting DoD networks and systems. Other teams will defend the United States from cyber attacks and provide support to operations.

Federal News Radio’s reporter Scott Maucione moderating the discussion. 

Registration is required to view the archive. Those participating in the online text-only chat were able to ask Nakasone their own questions in real-time.

GUEST BIOGRAPHY: 

Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone has been in charge of U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber National Mission Force since last summer. Before assuming his role, he served as executive assistant to former CYBERCOM Commander and NSA Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander. Nakasone also served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 as a strategic planner.

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Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone has been in charge of U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber National Mission Force since last summer. Before assuming his role, he served as executive assistant to former CYBERCOM Commander and NSA Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander. Nakasone also served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 as a strategic planner.

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Topics: Defense, Technology, Sponsored Content, chat

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