March 29th at 12pm

Program will discuss:
  • Progress Report on Teleworking in the Federal Government
  • Top Telework/COOP Priorities
  • The Role of Videoconferencing in Telework/COOP
  • Key Challenges to still overcome
  • Lessons Learned
  • A Vision for The Future



Panelists:
Sharon Wall - Regional Commissioner, FAS/GSA Telework Program Office
Jack Penkoske - Director of Manpower, Personnel & Security, DISA
Bryan M. Pagliano - United States Department of State, Bureau of Information Resource Management, Special Advisor
Paul Cantwell - VP, Lifesize
Nik Rouda - Director of Solutions, Riverbed Technologies


Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group


About the Panel

Jim Flyzik
President
The Flyzik Group

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup www.theflyzikgroup.com . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and www.federalnewsradio.com .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous government wide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore's National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.



Sharon A. Wall
Regional Commissioner
Federal Acquisition Service

Ms. Wall was appointed Regional Commissioner for Federal Acquisition Service New England in December of 2009. Prior to this appointment Sharon served as the Assistant Regional Administrator for FAS from 2004 through 2009. She was responsible for the transformation of Region 1 FAS to a high performing results oriented organization. Most recently, the New England Region was rated number 1 in customer satisfaction across all elements of a nationally conducted survey for Assisted Acquisition Service. Ms. Wall was recognized at the Region's Administrators Awards Ceremony for outstanding leadership of FAS.

From 2002 to 2004, Sharon was the Chief Technology Officer for Long Term Care Partners, (LTCP) LLC, a joint partnership between John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She was responsible for the overall strategic technology direction for LTCP where she managed a team of IT professionals and contractors in the operational support of applications, systems, network and infrastructure required to fulfill the mission of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program managed by the Office of Personnel Management on behalf of both the civilian agencies and the Department of Defense. The program has more than 20 million eligible members.

Sharon is a graduate of Northeastern University and attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Executive program.

Sharon is the recipient of the StrategIT Award for Excellence in Leadership and Technological Achievement, John Hancock's Corporate Award, Social Security's Outstanding Public Service Award and the GSA Meritorious Service Award.

In December 2010, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson appointed Sharon as the agency's Senior Telework Accountability Official. Wall will lead GSA's effort to meet new goals outlined in the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.


Jack Penkoske
Director for Manpower, Personnel, and Security
DISA

Jack Penkoske is the Director for Manpower, Personnel and Security for the Defense Information Systems Agency and is responsible for providing core service support operations; developing and providing oversight for policy pertaining to civilian and military personnel and reserves, systems management, travel and transportation, organization and manpower, professional development/visual information, security, real estate, facilities, supply services, and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

He graduated from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations and received his Masters of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. He is a graduate of the Department of the Army's Personnel Management for Executives Course and the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Executive Institute.

Mr. Penkoske served two years in the U.S. Army and entered government civil service as a personnel management specialist intern with the Department of the Army at Fort Ritchie, Md. After completing the intern program, he served as the Branch Chief in the Civilian Personnel Office where he administered the recruitment and placement, technical services, and non-appropriated fund personnel programs.

Mr. Penkoske then moved to the U.S. Army Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served as the Major Command Senior Staff Advisor for all staffing and placement programs. He has also served as the Civilian Personnel/Human Resources Officer with the Department of the Army in Panama, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC, and DISA. In January 2001, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and as DISA's Director for Manpower, Personnel, and Security.

Jack is a 2005 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious level and a 2008 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award recipient, which is the highest recognition that career Senior Executive Service members can receive.

Jack Penkoske is the Director for Manpower, Personnel and Security for the Defense Information Systems Agency and is responsible for providing core service support operations; developing and providing oversight for policy pertaining to civilian and military personnel and reserves, systems management, travel and transportation, organization and manpower, professional development/visual information, security, real estate, facilities, supply services, and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

He graduated from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations and received his Masters of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. He is a graduate of the Department of the Army's Personnel Management for Executives Course and the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Executive Institute.

Mr. Penkoske served two years in the U.S. Army and entered government civil service as a personnel management specialist intern with the Department of the Army at Fort Ritchie, Md. After completing the intern program, he served as the Branch Chief in the Civilian Personnel Office where he administered the recruitment and placement, technical services, and non-appropriated fund personnel programs.

Mr. Penkoske then moved to the U.S. Army Information Systems Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served as the Major Command Senior Staff Advisor for all staffing and placement programs. He has also served as the Civilian Personnel/Human Resources Officer with the Department of the Army in Panama, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC, and DISA. In January 2001, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and as DISA's Director for Manpower, Personnel, and Security.

Jack is a 2005 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious level and a 2008 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award recipient, which is the highest recognition that career Senior Executive Service members can receive.


Vaughn Noga
Chief Technology Officer
EPA

Vaughn Noga is EPA's Acting Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Operations and Planning. Vaughn has served in a senior executive role at the Environmental Protection Agency since 2008. Prior to direct public service, Vaughn spent the better part of 4 years supporting EPA - with the last 2 ½ years as the Chief Technology Officer for CSC's Environmental and Citizen Solution's(ECS) group. Vaughn is a seasoned IT professional with more than 15 years experience in this field.

Throughout his career Vaughn has distinguished himself as an innovative thought leader with a unique ability to deliver strategically aligned, technically sound and cost effective IT solutions. Prior to his roles as CTO, Vaughn held the position of Senior Solutions Architect and CSC's Director of Integration and Advanced Technologies at the Aeronautical Systems Center Major Shared Resource Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. In that role Vaughn managed an integration staff and provided technology and integration support to his customer in the areas of High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and networking.


Bryan M. Pagliano
United States Department of State
Bureau of Information Resource Management
Special Advisor

Bryan Pagliano is currently serving as a Special Advisor to the Bureau of Information Resource Management at the Department of State. As a Special Advisor, he explores and advocates for new avenues of technology innovation in order to strengthen and improve IT infrastructure and operations. He works closely with the Bureau's Mobile Computing Operations and the Department's next generation telework solution, Global OpenNet.

Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Pagliano was the Director of Information Technology for Secretary Clinton's presidential primary campaign, where he lead the design and build of the campaign's data centers and network operations center. He also orchestrated the continuous movement of technical equipment and staff among nationwide field offices in support of organizational needs. Previously, Mr. Pagliano spent 8 years managing and engineering IT solutions for nonprofit organizations and associations.

Mr. Pagliano holds a BA in political science from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. As an Engineer, Mr. Pagliano was a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and held certifications from Citrix and Cisco.


Paul Cantwell
VP
Lifesize

Paul Cantwell brings a wealth of business experience—both domestic and international— that enables him to restart, turnaround, and bring profitability to companies in the technology industry. Paul currently holds the position of Vice President of Public Sector for LifeSize Communications, a division of Logitech.

Previously Paul was Vice President of the Americas Channels for Tandberg (purchased by Cisco in 2010), a global leader in video communications, Paul delivered the strategy and reconstructed the organization that put the company on pace to exceed projections after just six months…delivering a 33% revenue increase during the greatest recession in many years.

Prior to joining Tandberg, Paul was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Northrop Grumman's IT group, where he took a product resale division that had been struggling for years and returned it to profitability. Before Northrop Grumman, Paul revitalized a stalled, 100% channel-driven division for Avaya - created a partnering program for the startup of complex channels for Cisco Systems - and improved margins and turned around a downward trend in revenue growth for Governmental Technology Services.

Cantwell started his career in finance and sales, gaining exposure to the government sector while working for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). He is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary's University with a Bachelor's degree in Finance, and holds an MBA from Widener University.


Nik Rouda
Director of Solutions
Riverbed Technologies

Nik Rouda is the director of solutions and verticals at Riverbed Technology. He has over 15 years marketing and technical sales industry experience with leading enterprise network, storage and security vendors including Riverbed, NetApp, VERITAS, and Symantec. Nik has a BS in Geophysics from Brown and a MBA from Cambridge.