Gov’s 2020 Tech Focus: Trends to Keep Your Eye On

Are you up to date on the latest technologies and trends poised to make significant impacts in government?

If not, you should attend GovLoop’s Virtual Summit, Gov's 2020 Tech Focus: Trends to Keep Your Eye On. From open-source to artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, our free, full-day virtual summit will highlight key trends you and your agency should be aware of to effectively deliver on your mission in 2020.

Join more than 2,000 federal, state and local government employees on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET/6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. PT to learn what’s on the horizon in emerging tech, how agencies are getting rid of outdated legacy systems and how governments are staffing and training their personnel to use the new technology. You'll hear from government and industry experts about what new technology is actually helping govies do their job better.

What Past Attendees Are Saying:

"This was my first virtual summit and I enjoyed the flexibility to multitask from my office, yet felt like I could interact and participate as-if I was attending in person. Thanks for making this possible!"
- D. Durbin, Associate Director of Business, Mid-East Ohio Regional Council

"I cannot say enough how much I am enjoying this virtual summit. Relevant and forward-thinking."
- L. McAdams, Program Technician, USDA

"I appreciate all the available resources today, thank you!"
- E. Britnell, Senior Analyst, Town of Caledon

Virtual Summit Schedule

Attendees can earn up to five CPEs. Please refer to the schedule below to see which sessions qualify for CPE credit.
Check out more detailed session descriptions here.

9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT
Virtual Environment is Open!
Network with your peers in the Networking Hub and download resources on cyber, cloud, digital services, CX and more in the Resource Library. These free resources will help you solve some of your agency's biggest challenges.

10:00 - 10:40 a.m. ET/7:00 - 7:40 a.m. PT
Opening Keynote: 4 Things Gov is Doing Right and 4 Things Gov Could Do Better


  • Craig Fischer, Program Manager, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation, Bureau of Fiscal Service, Treasury Department

Governments across the country have more opportunities to innovative than ever before. Transformative technologies and processes abound. But how can agencies effectively take advantage of these emerging technologies and actually transform the way government works? In this engaging keynote, the Treasury’s Fiscal Service’s Craig Fischer will walk through four things the government is doing well, and four areas where it could improve.

10:40-11:00 a.m. ET/7:40-8:00 a.m. PT
Resource Challenge

Dowload as many resources as you can to compete in our Resource Challenge! The winners will receive special Virtual Summit swag!

11:00 - 11:50 a.m. ET/8:00 - 8:50 a.m. PT
Trend 1: Approaching Security and Compliance with DevOps
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Khary Mendez, Principal Consultant, Red Hat
  • Greg Tinsley, Senior Consultant, Red Hat

The speed of technology advancement is rapidly increasing in government. And leading agencies are leaning on agile implementations and DevOps to embrace new technologies and manage workloads. However, these changes create some challenges regarding security and compliance.

This session will explore how to realize the full potential of agile and DevOps is to deploy containers that create a robust infrastructure to guard against threats.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m ET/9:00 - 9:50 a.m. PT
Trend 2: Data Modernization's Impact on Citizen Experience
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Will LaForest, Government Advisor on Streaming Data and Director of Federal, Confluent
  • Jeffrey Levy, Deputy Chief of Digital Services, US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Agencies are held to the standards consumers expect from private sector businesses and the move to ultra-responsive consumer-driven technology is now shaping government's interactions with citizens. This session will walk through the role data plays in meeting these new demands.

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. ET/ 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. PT
Trend 3: How Data Optimization Lays the Groundwork for AI
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Anil (Neil) Chaudhry, Director, Regulatory Audit Systems and Innovation, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Edward Dowgiallo, Architect, Department of Transportation
  • David Arnette, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp

Agencies want to use AI to increase efficiency and make smarter decisions. For that to happen successfully, agencies need to have an optimized infrastructure that is able to feed accurate and relevant data to agencies. In this session, you'll learn how agencies can get started on their AI optimization journey.

2:00-2:50 p.m. ET /11:00-11:50 a.m. PT
Trend 4: Modern Digital Services Help Manage Unstructured Data
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Seth Engel, Senior Product Marketing Manager, DocuSign
  • William Eggers, Executive Director, Center for Government Insights, Deloitte
  • Tracy Doaks, Deputy State CIO & Chief Services Officer, NC

Government is awash in unstructured data (e.g. forms, contracts and paper documentation). Yet with the clerical workforce approaching retirement and greater expectations from citizens and staff to reduce hassle and provide better service, government can no longer afford to operate this way.

This session will focus on how unstructured data with electronic signatures, digital forms and advanced workflows can help agencies at all levels reduce paperwork, which will cut costs, improve efficiencies and improve the overall citizen experience.

3:00-3:50 p.m. ET/12:00-12:50 p.m. PT
Trend 5: How Enterprisewide Security Enhances Visibility and Automation
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Joon Shin, Security Engineer, ThreatConnect

Protecting government networks has never been easy, but it's getting even harder. Coupling the rapid pace of technology innovation with siloed cyber defense and manually intensive processes, agencies are at increased risk from cyberattacks.

In this session you'll learn how agencies can work toward an automated, intelligent cyber platform that can work throughout a network.

4:00-4:50 p.m. ET/1:00-1:50 p.m. PT
Trend 6: New Cloud Environments Demand New Security
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Brian Conrad, FedRAMP Program Manager for Cybersecurity - Invited
  • Matt Jordan, Vice President, JHC Technology
  • Ryan Hillard, IT Specialist and Systems Developer, SBA

Office of Management and Budget's Cloud Smart guidance has reimagined the way agencies consider application and data management. However, in order to take advantage of the cloud's capabilities agencies need also a new approach to security. 

This final session will cover how agencies are achieving compliance, optimization and security with the cloud.


Why should you take time out of your day to attend?

  • Earn up to six continuing professional education (CPE) credits in specialized knowledge.
  • Grow your network by connecting virtually with your government peers and industry experts.
  • Get access to more than 100 downloadable resources all about innovation and problem-solving in government.
  • Win awesome swag by being active in the virtual environment.
  • Chat with GovLoop and learn how our free resources can open up a new world of learning.