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Excellence in Government Conference Looks at the ‘Agency of the Future’

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What does the agency of the future look like?

This year’s Excellence in Government conference, which started Monday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, is previewing the future of government as innovative federal officials, experts and academics discuss solutions to some of today’s most critical issues: workforce culture and training, using data to improve performance, fostering incoming talent and creating a modern workplace.

The two-day conference, hosted by Government Executive, kicked off Monday with keynote speeches from former Federal Chief Technology Officer and tech visionary Aneesh Chopra, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director of Management Beth Cobert, and Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack.  

Other key government speakers include Dan Tangherlini, administrator for the General Services Administration; Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management; Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner for the Social Security Administration; Jeri Buchholz, assistant administrator for human capital management at NASA, and many more.  

Excellence in Government also features a slew of panel and breakout sessions with thought leaders in government, including Day 1 sessions on data driven performance, transforming the government workplace and aligning program priorities, budget and workforce investment. Notable Day 2 panels include a session on using mobility and managing mobile workers, transforming mission and support services, innovations in workforce training and women in government.

Day 1 concludes with an interactive town-hall styled forum on empowering millennials to innovate in government. The panel features Isaiah Joo, chief information officer of Young Government Leaders; David Bray, CIO for the Federal Communications Commission; and representatives from the State Department and 18F, GSA’s newest launch. The live-streamed panel promises to be an interactive experience – remote viewers will have the ability to participate virtually in the same capacity as those actually attending the event.

For more information, visit Government Executive.

Frank Konkel is the editorial events editor for Government Executive Media Group and a technology journalist for its publications. He writes about emerging technologies, privacy, cybersecurity, policy and other issues at the intersection of government and technology. Frank also runs Nextgov's Emerging Tech blog. He began writing about technology at Federal Computer Week and previously reported on local and state issues at daily newspapers in his home state of Michigan. Frank was born and raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University.

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