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Federal IT Initiatives - BDPA Conference Executive Panel


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Executive panel discussion at the 2010 BDPA Technology Conference on "Federal IT Initiatives".

Panel members: John James (US Navy), Bob Whitkp (US Navy), Tony McMahon (IRS) and Dr. Anthony Junior (US Navy)

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Federal IT Initiatives - BDPA Conference Executive Panel

  1. 1. EXECUTIVE PANEL SERIES<br />“From the Classroom to the Boardroom”<br />
  2. 2. FEDERAL IT INITIATIVES<br />Panelists:<br />John James<br />Director, Naval Security Personnel System Transition Office, OSD<br />Tony McMahon<br />Director, Enterprise Computing Center, IRS<br />Robert Whitkop<br />Executive Director, Navy’s Next Generational Enterprise Network<br />Special Programs Office<br />Dr. Anthony Junior<br />Director, Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI), Office of Naval Research<br />Moderator:<br />Wayne Hicks <br /> – Executive Director, BDPA Education and Technology Foundation<br />
  3. 3. John James <br />FEDERAL IT INITIATIVES<br />Director, National Security Personnel System<br />Transition Office, Office of Secretary of Defense<br />
  4. 4. Tony McMahon<br />Director, Enterprise Computing Center<br />Internal Revenue Service<br />FEDERAL IT INITIATIVES<br />
  5. 5. BDPA 2010 National ConferenceExecutive Panel Discussions<br />Federal IT Initiatives: What's Next? Are you ready? <br />Tony McMahon<br />7/19/2010<br />
  6. 6. The IRS Importance - <br />THE IRS collected $2,345,337,177 of revenue for the Federal Government for the year 2009. This amount constitutes roughly 96% of the total Federal Revenue.<br />The approximate percentage breakdown of Federal Revenue is as follows:<br />Taxes Collected via the IRS:<br /><ul><li>Individual – 45%
  7. 7. Payroll – 36%
  8. 8. Corporate – 12%
  9. 9. Excise – 3%</li></ul>The remaining 4% of Federal Revenue is derived from Federal Reserve, Customs, and Miscellaneous fees and fines.<br />6<br />
  10. 10. 7<br />Real Estate & Infrastructure Footprint:<br /><ul><li>Enterprise Computing Centers –
  11. 11. Martinsburg – 134,789 square ft of ADP space
  12. 12. Memphis – 96,012 square ft of ADP space
  13. 13. Detroit – 49,168 square ft of ADP space
  14. 14. Remote Locations
  15. 15. CONUS - Servers : All except Wyoming, Delaware, and Hawaii
  16. 16. OCONUS - Beijing, London, Frankfurt, Paris</li></ul>Infrastructure – Current Snapshot<br />Tier I –<br /><ul><li>Unisys: 2 Physical Dorado 280’s –
  17. 17. MTB Partitioned into Prod (ITIF), MADS, TEST, DR
  18. 18. MEM Partitioned into PROD (BTIF, ZTIF), SAT, FIT, DR
  19. 19. IBM:
  20. 20. MTB z9’s – 4, z10’s – 1 permanent, 1 loaner (CADE2)
  21. 21. MEM z9’s – 1 </li></ul>Tier II – <br /><ul><li>6000+ Wintel
  22. 22. 1000+ Unix
  23. 23. 100+ Linux</li></li></ul><li>8<br />The IRS Journey to World Class<br />Aggressive 3 year program geared toward the completion of:<br />Wave - 1 0-18 Months<br /><ul><li>Delivery of Improved Web Services
  24. 24. Reduce O&M costs/ increase capacity
  25. 25. Transformation of IT procurement processes
  26. 26. Disaster Recovery/Risk Management review </li></ul>Wave - 2 12-36 Months<br /><ul><li>Complete industry standard web platform (, RUP/EUP)
  27. 27. CMMI/ITIL
  28. 28. Migration to Data Centric environment (CADE2)
  29. 29. Simplify governance and re-balance the organization towards IT “doers” vs. “managers”
  30. 30. Pilot and launch new end user technologies to improve productivity
  31. 31. Improve end user support effectiveness</li></ul>Wave 3 - 24-54 Months<br /><ul><li>CADE2 finalization / Begin retirement of Legacy Apps
  32. 32. Radically rationalize Applications Development and Maintenance
  33. 33. Standardized services </li></li></ul><li>9<br />Treasury & IRS Involvement to Congressional and Presidential Driven Initiatives<br /><ul><li>Consolidation of Federal Data Center’s
  34. 34. Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment</li></ul> (HIRE) Act <br /><ul><li>Health Care Reform</li></li></ul><li>10<br />Sources<br />Sources:<br />IRS Statistics of Income:<br />Congressional Budget Office<br />Office of Management & Budget<br />HIRE ACT:,,id=220326,00.html<br />
  35. 35. Robert “Bob” Whitkop<br />FEDERAL IT INITIATIVES<br />Executive Director <br />Naval Next General Enterprise Network (NGEN) <br />Special Programs Office<br />
  36. 36. Technology in Motion:<br />The changing shapes of the Cloud<br />BDPA Symposium, Philadelphia<br />Network Centricity 2020<br />Bob Whitkop<br />Exec Director, NGEN SPO<br />(202)213-7858<br />
  37. 37. We have the Network! <br />Transparent transport<br />Secure Network<br />Wired<br />Wireless (3G / 4G)<br />WiFi<br />Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth…<br />Policies, Standards, Spectrum<br />IPV4 / IPV6<br />Access<br />Where controlled?<br />PII<br />It changes and grows<br />Etc…<br />
  38. 38. It’s the Data ‘Stupid’…<br />Where does the Data come from?<br />Cloud – My Cloud / Your Cloud<br />Internet – Everybody’s Cloud<br />Private Data Stores<br />RF over IP / SCADA<br />VoIP<br />Social Networking<br />Safe?<br />Virtualized!<br />COOP<br />
  39. 39. How does the Data get there?<br />VLAN / VPN from Private networks<br />Open Source Internet data<br />Other Data owners’ databases<br />Streaming Video<br />Compressed?<br />
  40. 40. Secure at the Door<br />Now that you have found the data…<br />Do you let it in?<br />Do you secure it in transit?<br />Data at Rest<br />Can you use it?<br />Certificates?<br />Ports and Protocols<br />VM<br />How does IPV6 play? / When?<br />
  41. 41. Applications<br />Are they optimized?<br />Are they Web-based?<br />NIST approved? Common Criteria? FIPS 140-2?<br />Will they run in your environment?<br />Standard format<br />Standard displays<br />CM Issues<br />SaaS<br />App development and certification<br />CMMI – if not, what?<br />Transition of software<br />Data Centers – How many and where and why?<br />Latency<br />Access<br />Capacity<br />Ownership<br />
  42. 42. Greening IT<br />Power<br />Electricity<br />Consumption<br />Display<br />Monitors<br />Virtual<br />Circuitry<br />Lead<br />Boards and wires and frames<br />Boxes<br />Plastics for a million years<br />
  43. 43. Managing as an Enterprise<br />What is an Enterprise? How are decisions made?<br />Where does Enterprise stop and uniqueness begin?<br />How do you cost out services on the network? LCM…<br />Enterprise – Integrated – Federated – Associated<br />How do you certify the seams?<br />Datacenters…<br />IV&V ?<br />
  44. 44. Team Vision<br />Understand the Requirements<br />Understand the ‘Missions’<br />Technology insertion strategy<br />Speed to Capability<br />Build Security in the Design<br />Thinking to the Future<br />Questions?<br />Bob Whitkop<br /><br />(202)213-7858<br />
  45. 45. Enterprise ITSM<br />Required to ensure consistent and affordable solutions supporting the Warfighter/Business<br />Challenges<br />Paradigm shift from Infrastructure/ Application to Services Management (Things  Outcomes)<br />RACI Designation – Single bellybutton to reach across organizations<br />Merging ITSM processes into daily procedures<br />Controlling processes versus controlling Services<br />Recommendations<br />Leadership Engagement and Understanding<br />Enterprise Training for all personnel<br />Focus process development on “Pain Points”<br />Adopt single framework BUT adapt to your organization<br />
  46. 46. Data Centers morph into the Network!<br />Data Center Virtualization <br />Growing from 18% of Data Center Workloads in 2009 to over 50% in 2012 per Gartner <br />Effective Security Practices must be baked in from inception of a well strategized Virtual Data Center (VDC) deployment!<br />Per Gartner: 60 % of virtual servers employed in this new rapid growth are more vulnerable than the original server deployment<br />“One of the major causes of this issue is a lack of involvement of the IT security team in the architecture and planning stages of development,” Gartner said. <br />About 40 % of the surveyed organizations had not brought security professionals into the projects. Dark cloud: Study finds security risks in virtualization*<br />Risk factors to consider:<br />A vulnerable virtualization layer will compromise the hosted applications … focus proven security controls in the VDC configuration process and procedures upfront<br />Network management visibility and processes that fail to make internal virtual networks transparent to proven security protection tools and protocols … what can I see and when<br />Fusing of trust levels on the same physical server without adequate separation … remain vigilant about data mining and Semantic Web 2.0 techniques that allow sensitive network intelligence to be ”manufactured” that could spill into unprotected channels<br />
  47. 47. Web 2.0: Window to Virtual Data Centers<br />The email with attachment is no longer the attack vector on networked Data Centers: <br />“The vast majority of attacks actually come through the Web, and yet it is amazing how few people actually scan their http or https, their secure connections to Web mail,” said Bob Hansmann, Blue Coat Systems Social media opens new door to cyberattacks, panel says**<br />Facebook and MySpace Accounts exceed email user accounts by 10% and growing<br />The Web 2.0 Culture of exponential information sharing trends among uninformed users is inviting malicious attacks into the VDC due to this lax security awareness:<br />“The top three IT security issues today are malware, inappropriate employee activity or network use, and issues related to remote Web access, said Andy Lausch, vice president of CDW Government, citing a recent CDW-G survey. “**<br />The new Web 2.0 behaviors are evolving faster than VDC gaps can be analyzed: <br />“All too often I see a lot of customers and a lot of agencies that actually don’t even know where their gaps are…Threats are going to be changing. They’re ever-evolving and becoming much more complex.” said Stan Oien, a security manager at CDW-G<br />Modeling and simulation of Semantic Web 2.0 behavior patterns will allow more aggressive analysis and mitigation of VDC vulnerability gaps<br />
  48. 48. Dr Anthony Junior <br />FEDERAL IT INITIATIVES<br />Director, Navy Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program Office <br />
  49. 49. FEDERAL IT INITIATIVES<br />Panelists:<br />Tony McMahon<br />Director, Enterprise Computing Center, IRS<br />Robert Whitkop<br />Executive Director, Navy’s Next Generational Enterprise Network<br />Special Programs Office<br />John James<br />Director, Naval Security Personnel System Transition Office, OSD<br />Dr. Anthony Junior<br />Director, Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI), Office of Naval Research<br />Moderator:<br />Wayne Hicks <br /> – Executive Director, BDPA Education and Technology Foundation<br />
  50. 50. EXECUTIVE PANEL SERIES<br />“From the Classroom to the Boardroom”<br />