The Impact of Blockchain In Federal Agencies

The Impact of Blockchain In Federal Agencies

As the private sector has made great strides in applying blockchain, government has taken a more cautious approach to this emerging technology. While the rise and attention of cryptocurrency has garnered more awareness of blockchain, it has also created additional hype and misinformation. Despite the hype, blockchain applications and pilots in the public and private sectors demonstrate the transformative power of distributed ledger technology.

This panel will demystify blockchain, discuss use cases and proofs-of-concept in federal agencies, and lay out how organizations should get started.

Susie Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal
Mark Fisk, Partner, IBM Public Service, and Blockchain Leader, IBM
Sherri Sokol, Innovation Leader, Defense Information Systems Agency
Patrick South, Senior Manager, Accenture Federal

Ishan Kaul, Managing Director, Advisory, KPMG LLP

Location and Breakfast Sponsor: KPMG
Susie Adams
Susie Adams is chief technology officer for Microsoft's Federal Government business and brings with her over 30 years of IT experience. Adams joined Microsoft in 1999 and has held several leadership positions in Microsoft including the Director of the Microsoft Reston, Virginia Technology Center and most recently, the CTO of the Federal Civilian Business. Prior to Microsoft, she spent 16 years in the consulting arena working with customers in both the commercial and government sectors. She held a variety of management and leadership roles including practice manager, systems analyst and software developer. Adams is a past Fed100 award winner and has authored several books on the topics of software integration and web development. Adams is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a B.S. in information systems.

Mark Fisk
Mark Fisk is a partner in IBM Digital for Global Business Services focused on the Public Service Industry. Fisk has over 25 years of experience in executive consulting, release management, project management, software development and technical leadership roles. As leader of IBM's Public Service blockchain initiatives he is working with federal/state governments, higher education institutions, as well as citizen advocates to address dilemmas with the current roadblocks which reduce value and prevent trust, transparency and accountability in today's business networks. In combination with blockchain capabilities, Fisk is leveraging design thinking, cognitive process design, personalization and technologies such as IoT and analytics in order to re-imagine how public service organizations will work in the future to support the full lifecycle of business network interactions - especially those involving the constituents of government.

Sherri Sokol
Sherri Sokol is an innovation leader at Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and has more than 15 years of experience in innovation, information security, technology, communications strategy, stakeholder engagement, change communication and human capital strategy. Sokol explores blockchain technologies and methods to advance DISA in meeting its strategic goals and achieving the DISA director's vision of assured identity and universal transport. Sokol co-authored the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council's blockchain primer which helps advance the federal government's cybersecurity and new technology implementation efforts. Sokol received her MBA from The George Washington University and a B.A. from American University.

Patrick South
Patrick South is a blockchain practice leader at Accenture Federal Services. South helps clients move beyond traditional technology strategies by shifting to innovative architectures, methods and tools which drive new capabilities, value and outcomes. South has spent the majority of his career focused on the defense sector and intelligence community and has experience operating across the renewable energy and satellite imagery industries. South applies his program management and systems development knowledge to help clients "pivot to the new" by rethinking how they serve customers and end users, and build and deliver next generation applications across various technology platforms. South is a frequent speaker and an active member of Arlington County's Information Technology Advisory Commission (ITAC).

Ishan Kaul
Ishan Kaul is a managing director in KPMG's Federal Advisory practice and is leading their efforts in driving business transformation using disruptive technologies. Kaul has experience leading large technology transformation programs for both federal agencies and Fortune 100 organizations. Kaul is currently leading KPMG's prototype efforts focused on federal government use cases for blockchain technology.

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