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Welcome to The Buzz with ACT-IAC – your source for the hot topics and top issues affecting the federal technology market. Join us each week to hear insights from government and industry leaders, stay informed on the topics facing government, gain access to thought leadership and valuable reports. Subscribe to follow us on your favorite podcast platform.
 
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This week, The Buzz presents a session from ACT-IAC's 2022 Health Innovation Summit, which took place in person on May 5th. This panel explores how health records can be more easily shared and within our federal health ecosystems, how interoperability can improve care for patients and make processes more efficient, as well as looking at some challe…
 
Here at ACT-IAC, we are all about looking at ways that technology can help solve our nation's most intractable problems. While technological development can and does shape and disrupt the way we live, it is rare to see new technology intentionally designed to serve the economically vulnerable. And that's what makes Propel different. Propel develops…
 
Last week, ACT-IAC held its 5th annual Health Innovation Summit – an event which explored the evolution of healthcare systems and technologies. Of course, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic looms large over every discussion in the healthcare sector, and understandably so, as it has revealed the strengths and weaknesses of our health systems as onl…
 
As the past couple of years have underscored, much of our modern society is organized around the internet. From work, to interpersonal communication, to news media, to leisure - over 80% of US adults use the internet every day, averaging almost 7 hours per day. There is a growing concern in both government and civil society that the internet is not…
 
For those outside of the acquisitions community, the practices, policies and processes of federal procurement can seem quite impenetrable. But given that the US Government spent more than $665 billion on contracts in 2020, it is not a subject to be ignored. To that end, The Buzz with ACT-IAC presents: Demystifying Procurement - a series designed to…
 
This week, the Buzz presents a recording from our virtual 2022 Women in Leadership forum. In this session, a group of experienced female leaders of color in the government IT sector came together to discuss their career trajectories, the unique experiences and obstacles they have faced in those careers, how they've managed their work-life balance, …
 
Voting is one of the most powerful and direct ways that the average citizen can participate in our nation's governance. Between local, state and federal government, there are over half a million elected positions in the United States, and each one of those positions requires a complex system of administration to ensure a free, fair and secure elect…
 
Decentralized finance, or DeFi, is a rapidly-growing sector that seeks to use distributed ledger technologies (like cryptocurrencies) to move traditional financial services away from centralized institutions (like banks) and onto the blockchain. Advocates of DeFi say that by removing intermediaries, banking and financial services will become simple…
 
Year after year, the United States experiences larger, more frequent, and more destructive wildfires as a result of a changing global climate. These disasters, although a natural part of our ecosystem, have become an increasingly disruptive force that endangers human lives and livelihoods. To combat this growing threat, researchers at the WIFIRE La…
 
In February of this year, the DOJ made the largest financial seizure in the department's history - $3.6 billion worth of cryptocurrency that had been stolen from the Bitfinex crypto exchange nearly 6 years earlier. They traced the laundered money through a complex web of currency swaps, darknet markets, and fiat bank accounts, all of which led them…
 
In case you missed it, The Buzz presents a keynote session from ACT-IAC's most recent Digital Transformation Summit. Jennifer Ewbank, Deputy Director of Innovation at the CIA, discusses the digital threat landscape and how digital innovation is enabling CIA’s success against America’s most daunting national security challenges. This recording also …
 
Last week, The Buzz explored some of the complexities of ensuring affordable, reliable internet access to all Americans - as well as how the 2021 Investment Infrastructure and Jobs Act looks to improve this. This week, The Buzz gets some perspective from someone who played a key role at the federal level in overseeing the regulation and development…
 
Last November, after much deliberation and negotiation in the house and senate between congressional Democrats and Republicans, President Biden finally signed the $1.2 Trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This is an enormous, comprehensive piece of legislation that touches nearly every sector of the US economy – including the…
 
As a follow up from our recent episode about digital transformation, this week The Buzz presents an interview with Dan Anthony, Senior Vice President and CIO of FedNow, a new digital payment rail being developed by the Federal Reserve - the first since ACH was introduced roughly 50 years ago. Erika Flora, one of the authors of ACT-IAC's digital tra…
 
For those outside of the acquisitions community, the practices, policies and processes of federal procurement can seem quite impenetrable. But given that the US Government spent more than $665 billion on contracts in 2020, it is not a subject to be ignored. To that end, The Buzz with ACT-IAC presents: Demystifying Procurement - a series designed to…
 
While emerging technologies like Robotic Process Automation, 5G, and Quantum Computing may capture our imaginations (and headlines), there is more to digital transformation than buying a shiny new toy. As a new case study from ACT-IAC's ITMM Community of Interest details, digital transformation is about more than the tools we use, but rather the pe…
 
This week, the Buzz presents a recording from ACT-IAC's 2012 Executive Leadership Conference. That year's theme was "“Charting a Course Through Changing Times", so renowned theoretical physicist, author and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku took the stage to present a vision of how society would change as a result of technological advances in the far-off ye…
 
For those outside of the acquisitions community, the practices, policies and processes of federal procurement can seem quite impenetrable. But given that the US Government spent more than $665 billion on contracts in 2020, it is not a subject to be ignored. To that end, The Buzz with ACT-IAC presents: Demystifying Procurement - a series designed to…
 
One of the many, many consequences of our current global pandemic has been the severe disruption of supply chains. Our nation's economy has lurched and stumbled along these past two years, plagued by variable labor markets, demand shifts and shipping bottlenecks. Unfortunately, the next global emergency may not be far off, so government leaders and…
 
It's no secret that the US transportation system is built around the car. Compared to other developed countries, our cities are less walkable, less bikeable, and have less robust public transit networks. Roughly 87% of miles traveled in the US are by car, and this has enormous consequences for the health and welfare of individuals and communities .…
 
For those outside of the acquisitions community, the practices, policies and processes of federal procurement can seem quite impenetrable. But given that the US Government spent more than $665 billion on contracts in 2020, it is not a subject to be ignored. To that end, The Buzz with ACT-IAC presents: Demystifying Procurement - a series designed to…
 
This week on The Buzz, the final episode of 2021! This year has brought plenty of change, challenge and adaptation to the government IT community, and the next year looks to bring even more. To help us look forward to 2022, The Buzz is joined by ACT-IAC's very own CEO, Dave Wennergren. On this episode, Dave gives his perspective on the Biden-Harris…
 
Although Bitcoin has been around since 2009, it is only in the past couple of years that cryptocurrency has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry. The lack of regulation governing crypto assets led SEC chair Gary Gensler to liken the market to the "wild west", with thousands of different coins and platforms and fortunes made and lost overni…
 
This week, The Buzz presents a recorded session from Imagine Nation ELC 2021. Harvard Business School professor Mitchell Weiss took the stage (virtually) this year to talk about his book, "We the Possibility: Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems", in which he advocates for a public service model that incorporates ent…
 
Back in September, the Buzz previewed a virtual Shark Tank competition hosted by ACT-IAC's Emerging Tech and Acquisitions COI (you can listen to that episode here). The question competitors sought to answer was "How can emerging technologies help streamline the acquisition lifecycle ?" This week, host Colin Larsen talks with the winners of that eve…
 
Just about everyone knows someone who has quit their job in past year, or at least seen the headlines about "The Great Resignation". More and more workers of all economic levels and across all sectors are leaving their jobs in search of something better - whether simply higher wages or something more intangible. Employees have had to adapt to funct…
 
After attending Imagine Nation ELC 2021 in Hershey, PA last week, The Buzz returns with an in-person ICYMI from the event. On the final day of the conference, Darby Chellis Bade, Vice President of EPA Programs and Executive Lead for Climate Change Growth Initiatives at GDIT, sat down with Department of Energy CIO Ann Dunkin to discuss one of greate…
 
The field of Artificial Intelligence has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade. The rapid development of AI technologies brings with it an equally rapid transformation of our communities, economies, and individual lives. As we integrate more of these AI systems into our world, we will need to consider the challenges and risks they pose to …
 
ACT-IAC's largest annual conference, Imagine Nation ELC, is coming up from November 7-9! This week on The Buzz, host Colin Larsen chats with members of the conference's executive committee to give listeners an idea of what to expect this year. First, Maria Roat, the government chair, and Jonathan Benett, the industry chair, highlight some of the ex…
 
This week, The Buzz with ACT-IAC celebrates Sandy Barsky’s retirement from the General Services Administration (GSA) after an almost 40-year career in government. In this episode, Sandy sits down with Todd Hager, Industry Chair of ACT-IAC’s Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI) and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Macro Solution…
 
The United States produces almost 300 million tons of municipal solid waste per year - everything from food to furniture to packaging to electronics. Everything we throw away has to end up somewhere, and the practices and policies that govern this process have a profound effect on our natural world. As we consider ways to combat and mitigate the th…
 
In our efforts to improve trust in government institutions and provide better services to our citizens, the role of local government is difficult to overstate. Local governments are often a community's first point of contact for government services. When local governments listen to and understand the diverse needs of the populations they serve, the…
 
This week, The Buzz presents a recording from ACT-IAC's 2021 CX Summit. The pandemic has increased the public's expectations and the government's drive towards the delivery of digital services to the public and to its employees. This panel discussion focused on some concrete ways that federal agencies have utilized contact centers to reach diverse …
 
The Buzz with ACT-IAC presents COVID Conversations - reflections on life and work during this historic time period with members of the ACT-IAC community. This week, host Colin Larsen is joined by Brian Whittaker, Chief Experience Officer at FDIC* and host of The Buzz's CX discussion series. Brian shares insights about his job transition during the …
 
On October 14th, ACT-IAC’s Emerging Technology and Acquisition Communities of Interest (COIs) will be hosting a Shark Tank competition focused on making acquisitions easier, faster, and simpler. Government agencies, academia, and industry will have an opportunity to pitch ideas on how federal government can leverage emerging technologies to solve f…
 
This week, The Buzz presents a recording from ACT-IAC's archives. ACT-IAC's 2020 CX Summit occurred in a particularly challenging year for customer experience. COVID-19 spotlighted the gaps in agencies where progress hadn't happened. while also highlighting agencies where those improvements had already been made. The virtual event was closed out by…
 
With the end of the federal fiscal year fast approaching, agencies will be looking to use their leftover budget in a rush of 4th-quarter contracts. How can government and industry work together to ensure those end-of-year dollars are best spent to maximize an agency's mission objectives? To answer that question this week, The Buzz is joined by Greg…
 
CX Community of Interest leader Brian Whittaker hosts another interview with a customer experience difference-maker in the federal government. This week, Brian sits down with Amber Chaudhry, Customer Experience Lead at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. They discuss Amber's work streamlining customer experience at her previous role at the SBA, adjus…
 
The Buzz with ACT-IAC presents COVID Conversations - reflections on life and work during this historic time period with members of the ACT-IAC community. This week, host Colin Larsen is joined by Renee Wynn, former CIO at NASA, who shares her experience helping NASA transition to a remote environment, her strategies for promoting human connection a…
 
This week, The Buzz with ACT-IAC bids a fond farewell to Soraya Correa, who retired last month after a 40-year career in government. In this episode, Soraya sits down in conversation with colleague Harrison Smith, Director of Enterprise Digitization at the IRS, to reflect on a career that began as a GS-4 clerk typist in 1980, and ended more than 40…
 
This week, Colin Larsen sits down with Leslie Johnston, the director of digital preservation at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to discuss the notion of the "digital Dark Age", the process and challenges of digital record-keeping, and the implications of Memorandum-19-21 on Leslie's work at NARA. For more information: Natio…
 
This week, The Buzz presents a recording from this year's virtual Women in Leadership forum on July 24th. Libby Bacon, principal at Deloitte Consulting, moderates a panel discussion with Dr. Ileana Arias, Associate Deputy Director for Public Health, Science and Surveillance at the CDC, and Ashley Wilson, VP of Congressional and Public Affairs at th…
 
This week, the Buzz presents a quick breakdown of some of the top stories from world of Federal IT, as well as some updates on upcoming events and opportunities from ACT-IAC. ACT-IAC Voyagers: https://www.actiac.org/overview-0 ACT-IAC Communities of Interest: http://www.actiac.org/participation/communities-interest For ELC sponsorship inquiries, em…
 
CX Community of Interest leader Brian Whittaker hosts another interview with a customer experience difference-maker in the federal government. This week, Brian sits down with Leilani Martinez, Branch Chief of the Content and Outreach Division of the USAGov program, a part of the GSA's Technology Transformation Services (TTS). They discuss the devel…
 
In case you missed it, The Buzz presents a virtual keynote from ACT-IAC's 2021 Health Innovation Summit. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, chair of the Congressional Coronavirus Task Force, sat down with Combiz Abdolrahimi, the Emerging Technology and Innovation Leader at Deloitte. They discussed the government's response to the pandemic in the Con…
 
This week, the Buzz with ACT-IAC presents the second in a series of episodes exploring some of the innovative people and organizations of Port San Antonio. Colin Larsen talks with Sam Ximenes, space architect and CEO of XArc, an interplanetary architecture firm. Sam is also the Founder and Board Chair of the WEX Foundation, which provides space-STE…
 
This week on The Buzz, Colin Larsen talks with Sean Mcbride, Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology Coordinator at Idaho State University. Sean runs the nation’s only 2 year, hands-on degree to specialize in defending industrial facilities from cyber attacks and incidents. In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, Sean talks …
 
CX Community of Interest leader Brian Whittaker hosts another interview with a customer experience difference-maker in the federal government. This week, Brian sits down with Ron Bronson, Director of Design at 18F. Ron talks about his beginnings in customer service, how 18F and the federal government are approaching CX design, and some key lessons …
 
In case you missed it, this week The Buzz presents a recording of Federal CIO Clare Martorana's keynote address from the 2021 Emerging Technology and Innovation Conference. The Q&A session was facilitated by Dave Young, Senior Vice President at Lumen. Register for ACT-IAC's 2021 Health Innovation Summit: https://www.actiac.org/act-iac-event/health-…
 
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