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Data Innovation Day

Department of Commerce - National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Data Innovation Day

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Data Innovation Day is a Fed-to-Fed exclusive event focused on addressing the latest innovations and challenges in government data. Join government’s most influential innovators, chief data officers, chief information officers, program managers, and analysts to discuss how agencies leverage data to more effectively execute their missions.


Featured Speakers

    • Keynote: Margaret Weichert

      Keynote: Margaret Weichert

      Office of Personnel Management, Acting Director
    • Caryl Brzymialkiewicz

      Caryl Brzymialkiewicz

      HHS, OIG Chief Data Officer


8:00 AM

Registration / Networking

9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks
Avi Bender, Director, NTIS

9:10 AM

Opening Keynote: Drivers of Transformation
Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, OMB and Acting Director, OPM

9:30 AM

Technology Transfer: Optimizing Federally Funded Innovations from Lab to Market
Moderated by Henry Wixon, Chief Counsel, NIST

Clara Asmail, Deputy Director for Policy and Practice, Office of Technology Transitions, DOE
Paul Zielinski, Director, Technology Partnerships Office, NIST
Dr. Henry (Skip) Francis, Director, Director of Data Mining and Informatics Evaluation and Research Group, CDER, FDA

10:15 AM

Predictive Analytics: Leveraging Technology and Data to Fight Fraud
Moderated by Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, HHS OIG

Ken Dieffenbach, Asst. Special Agent in Charge, DOJ OIG
David Yacobucci, Asst. Inspector General for Data Analytics, DOD, OIG
Steven Burke, Special Agent-in-Charge, Data Analytics & Computer Crimes, DOT OIG


Artificial Intelligence: Applied AI for Delivering Mission Outcome
Moderated by Greg Capella, Deputry Director for NTIS

Lungi Okoko Data Team Lead, USAID
Robin Thottungal, Chief Data Scientist, NGA
COL Stoney Trent, Ph.D., Chief Operations Officer, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, DOD
Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, NSF


11:50 AM

Closing Remark
Avi Bender, Director for the NTIS

Moderators and Panelist

  • Henry Wixon

    Henry Wixon

    NIST Chief Counsel
  • Clara Asmail

    Clara Asmail

    Deputy Director for Policy and Practice, Office of Technology Transitions, DOE
  • Dr. Henry (Skip) Francis

    Dr. Henry (Skip) Francis

    FDA Director of Data Mining and Informatics Evaluation and Research Group, CDER
  • Paul Zielinski

    Paul Zielinski

    NIST Director, Technology Partnerships Office
  • Steven Burke

    Steven Burke

    DOT OIG Special Agent-in-Charge, Data Analytics and Computer Crimes
  • Ken Dieffenbach

    Ken Dieffenbach

    DOJ OIG Assistant Special Agent in Charge
  • David Yacobucci

    David Yacobucci

    DOD OIG Assistant Inspector General for Data Analytics
  • Lungi Okoko

    Lungi Okoko

    USAID Data Team Lead
  • Robin Thottungal

    Robin Thottungal

    National Gallery of Art Chief Technology Officer/Chief Data Scientist
  • Colonel Stoney Trent

    Colonel Stoney Trent

    DoD's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Chief of Operations
  • Dr. Erwin Gianchandani

    Dr. Erwin Gianchandani

    National Science Foundation Deputy Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Avi Bender

    Avi Bender

    NTIS Director
  • Greg Capella

    Greg Capella

    NTIS Deputy Director
Why Attend? 
  • Participate in a lively discussion of how agencies are tackling national priorities, deriving data insights, and accelerating mission outcomes.
  • Review lessons-learned, agency case examples, and program frameworks involving data innovation
  • Collaborate with some of the best minds in data science, technology, and management to solve common challenges.
  • Hear from your federal colleagues who are accelerating government results, leveraging cutting-edge data science technologies, and forming partnerships with industry, universities, and non-profits.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The USTPO Madison Building is is easily accessible by metro, rail (Amtrak and VRE), Alexandria DASH Bus, and conveniently located off the I-495 Beltway. Visit the transportation page for more information.

Metro: Through Sept 8, shuttle buses for the blue and yellow line will be replacing trains between Franconia & Nat'l Airport due to platform improvement project. For more information on the alternative metro routes visit

Parking: Public garage parking immediately adjacent to the Madison Building is available


Will Sign Language Interpretation be provided?

This program is accessible to people with disabilities. Sign language interpretation will be provided. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Patricia Gresham,, 703-605-6123


About NTIS:

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) delivers a Fed-to-Fed framework for data science innovation through precedent-setting partnerships with industry, universities and non-profits. By providing the support and structure that helps federal agencies securely store, analyze, sort, and aggregate data in new ways, NTIS helps agencies make better decisions about data — with data. The NTIS private-sector partnerships leverage some the nation’s best and brightest data scientists who help accelerate government results and deliver effective mission outcomes that serve the American people.  

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USPTO Campus
James Madison Building Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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