Save the Date for Public Sector Innovation Summit, February 2014

The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced the Public Sector Innovation Summit, formerly CloudGOV, will take place February 13th in Washington DC.  Formerly Cloud/GOV, the Public Sector Innovation Summit is the premier government IT conference, bringing leading ISVs, cloud service providers, systems integrators and IT services companies together with government decision-makers to learn how innovation is changing the public sector IT market.

When: February 13, 2014
Where: The Westin, Washington DC
Who: ISVs, cloud service providers, systems integrators, IT services companies, and Government decision makers

“The landscape of federal agencies continues to change as they transition to data-driven cloud computing,” says Rhianna Collier, Vice President of the SIIA Software Division. “SIIA’s Public Sector Innovation Summit will provide critical insight and intelligence into the government’s movement towards cloud platforms and services and how ISVs can capitalize on this transition.”

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rhianna Collier at rcollier@siia.net or +1.408.884.3834 or Mike Hettinger at mhettinger@siia.net or +1.202.789.4456..

SIIA Partners with ITIF on Data Innovation Day

SIIA is happy to announce that they will partner with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) for Data Innovation Day, coming tomorrow, January 24, 2013.  Data Innovation Day works to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that come from increased use of information both by individuals and the public/private sector.

This year’s theme is “Big Data. Bigger Opportunities.”

As part of Data Innovation Day, ITIF will host panel discussions in DC on how government agencies are using data to make government work more effectively and efficiently, as well as highlighting interesting examples of how data innovation is transforming different sectors of the economy. DMA will also host a virtual event to celebrate data-driven marketing innovation – and to engage data-driven marketers in the growing data debate that is taking shape in Washington and around the world. For more information, visit the Data Innovation Day schedule of events.


Tracy Carlin is a Communications and Public Policy Intern at SIIA. She is also a first year graduate student at Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology program where she focuses on intersections in education, video games and gender.

This Week in Public Sector Innovation

Issa Posts Discussion Draft of IT Procurement Reform Bill: On Thursday, Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee posted a discussion draft of legislation aimed at improving IT acquisition practices. View the draft here. In response, SIIA issued a statement applauding Chairman Issa for his effort and acknowledging that we look forward to working with the Committee to craft a final bill that will improve IT acquisition for the benefit of vendors and the federal government. View the blog post here.

Cloud Brokerage RFI: This week SIIA’s Public Sector Innovation Group submitted formal comments in response to GSA’s Cloud Brokerage RFI. The comments highlight the need for GSA to work with industry to better define the cloud broker concept, ensure competition in the federal procurement process, optimize the value of software licensing and avoid potential conflicts of interest. The full comments can be viewed here.

NJVC Opens Cloud Brokerage for Federal Government: In related cloud broker news, NJVC, an IT consulting and managed services firm operating in the defense and intelligence arena, launched a multi- cloud broker service for the federal government that will let agencies try, design and price an array of services from cloud providers before spending money and committing to large-scale migration. See GCN’s coverage of it here.

FedRAMP Update: Since the announcement of the first 10 accredited third-party assessment organizations (3PAOs) in June, GSA has added 6 more to the approved list, the latest being Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, which was announced this week. To date no company has received its provisional authorization under the FedRAMP program although GSA expects to have 3 companies approved under the program by the end of the calendar year. See more on FedRAMP here.


Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG.

This Week in the Federal Cloud: April 23-27

Probably the biggest cloud event this week was the Salesforce.com Cloud Force event held on Wednesday at the DC Convention Center. The more than 1000 attendees were treated to a keynote presentation by former Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra. The event focused heavily on the use of social media in the corporate world but also featured the announcement of the launching of Salesforce’s government cloud.

This week also featured the launching of the Cloud Computing Exchange by Meritalk. The Cloud Computing Exchange, like Meritalk’s other “exchanges” is designed to foster discussion and the sharing of best practices among government and industry. The first quarterly meeting of the exchange featured a keynote by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) highlighting their recent transition to Google Apps for Government to manage their email system. The Meritalk Cloud Computing Exchange was followed by a Capitol Hill Brainstorming Session with keynotes from Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Scott Brown (MA) as well as panels of government and industry cloud leaders, including SIIA Members Google and IBM.

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Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG.

SIIA Launches Public Sector Innovation Group to Address Changes to the IT Acquisition Environment

SIIA today announced the launch of a new membership group to help technology firms take advantage of the evolving Federal investment in cloud-related technologies. SIIA also announced that it has brought on Mike Hettinger, a Capitol Hill veteran and leading expert on public sector management, to direct the new division.

Called the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG), this new membership division will help cloud service providers and Third Party Assessment Organizations (3PAO) take advantage of the evolving Federal investment in cloud-related technologies. PSIG is the only organization of its kind to serve this innovative segment of the public sector technology market. While SIIA been a leader for years in guiding tech companies in the government procurement process, the formation of PSIG reflects the dramatically changed government marketplace.

The move to the cloud is an enormous opportunity for many government contractors. The creation of PSIG will help SIIA members understand the changing landscape, seize upon new government initiatives, and generally be better positioned for success with Federal IT procurement.

SIIA has been guiding our members through this process for six years, with our annual Cloud/Gov conference at the centerpiece. When the Federal government issued its ‘Cloud First’ policy last year and adopted the FedRAMP Concept of Operations, we knew it was time to do more to help our members understand the impact of changes to the IT acquisition environment.

Hettinger most recently served as Executive Director overseeing Strategic Planning and Market Development in Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector Practice, where he was responsible for firm-wide strategic business planning, federal marketing, and external relations. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Hettinger was the staff director of the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance and Accountability. Hettinger also has an extensive background in public affairs, having served as a Public Policy Counselor at Patton Boggs LLP, where he oversaw large-scale lobbying and public affairs campaigns. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Hettinger was Chief of Staff to Representative Tom Davis of Virginia.

Read more about PSIG in today’s Government Computer News feature.


Laura Greenback is Communications Director at SIIA.

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