Tuesday, May 14, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
First Amendment Lounge
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
IT in Service of Mission: Delivering on the Promise of the LEAPS Vision
Across the law enforcement and public safety (LEAPS) community, federal, state and local agencies are undertaking a wide range of initiatives to improve their ability to deliver information to the point of need. But for community leaders, it’s a multi-faceted challenge, involving budget constraints, security concerns and workforce training. In this session, executives from across the LEAPS community will kick off the conference by discussing the key issues that must be addressed if agencies are to meet their ultimate goal: enabling the workforce to deliver the best possible services to the communities they serve.
  • Colleen Manaher, Executive Director, Planning, Program Analysis, and Evaluation, CBP, DHS
  • Melinda Rogers, Deputy CIO, DOJ
  • General Linda Singh, Maryland Adj. Gen National Guard
  • Rick Holgate, Senior Executive Partner, Gartner, Moderator
Holeman Lounge
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
First Amendment & Holeman Lounge
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Chad Fulgham, CIO, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund & Interim Executive Director, National Law Enforcement Museum
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
The LEAPS Community at the Crossroads: Charting a New Way Forward
For the last 11 years, AFCEA Bethesda has brought together the law enforcement and public safety (LEAPS) community each year to facilitate much-needed conversations about the role of IT in meeting the community’s evolving mission. Now the LEAPS event is evolving as well. In addition to the annual event, we are forming a LEAPS Community of Interest, which will work throughout the year to engage LEAPS leaders to understand and address their most pressing challenges. This event will provide input to that group. That process gets underway with our morning panel, when we bring together key officials from across the community to hear firsthand about their most important issues—and then move into break-out sessions where we will delve even deeper. But don’t come to the panel expecting to listen passively: As with the rest of the LEAPS conference, this session will keep things interactive.
  • Brian Griffith, Section Chief, IT Management Section, CJIS, FBI
  • Margie Graves, Federal Deputy CIO, OMB
  • Kevin Nally, CIO, US Secret Service
  • Wanda Gibson, CTO, Fairfax County Government
  • Karl Mathias, CIO, US Marshals, Moderator
9:20 AM - 9:35 AM
Holeman Lounge
9:40 AM - 10:35 AM


Big Impacts without Big Budgets

Transformation means more than improved efficiencies and better performance. It means building solutions in a human-centric way that will be easily accepted and more effective. That is of vital importance as the roles of emergency management and law enforcement become less distinct and their mission needs expand. This interactive session will explore how agencies and industry partners can engage in innovation efforts that are geared toward meeting the demands of next-generation first responders, with a focus on how emerging technologies through innovative funding mechanisms can help expand the mission itself—even when working within the constraints of tight budgets.


  • Ira Baron, Chief Technology Officer, OJP
  • Ron Bewtra, Chief Technology Officer, DOJ
  • Sonny Bhagowalia, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, OIT, CBP, DHS
  • Megan Mahle, Acting Director of the Office of Industry Partnerships, DHS S&T
  • Beth Buck, Chief Inspector, Portfolio Management Branch, ITD, US Marshals Service, Moderator

Strengthening America’s Backbone: Harnessing the Workforce as an Asset

America's workforce is truly the backbone of the LEAPS community. Technology makes a difference in LEAPS only to the extent that it is created, managed and operated by people. In recent years, cloud and mobile have changed the way we work, learn and achieve - and now robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and related technologies promise even bigger changes. To realize the full potential of these emerging technologies, we need to think in new ways about how we recruit, train and retain our employees. Join this session as explore strategies for building a LEAPS workforce for the 21st century. 


  • Ed Burrows, Robotic Process Automation Program Manager, Office of the CFO, GSA
  • Patrina King, Management & Program Analyst, FBI
  • Capt. Michael Dickey, Commander, C4IT Service Center, US Coast Guard
  • Roger Miranda, Chief, Human Resource Information Technology, ICE, DHS
  • Jeremy Wiltz, Assistant Director, FBI Information Technology Enterprise Services Division, FBI, Moderator
Fourth Estate

Connecting the Data: Delivering Value from the C-Suite to the Street 

This session focuses on the current state of information sharing between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement organizations. Information sharing occurs every day across organizations to support daily operations--but is it effective and efficient? Is there a disconnect from headquarters/leadership and the individual agents/officers in the field? Is the information in a format or method that best serves daily operations especially during normal duties or critical incidents? We discuss these items and more with our panel representatives from across the spectrum of law enforcement and public safety agencies.


  • COL Scott Kieffer, Executive Director, Global Operations, Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • Catherine Miller, NCR-LInX Program Manager, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Kshemendra Paul, CIO's Cloud Action Officer, Deputy Director for Strategy and Mission, DHS
  • Deepinder Uppal, (formerly) Assistant Division Director, Chief Innovations Officer and Chief Data Steward, Michigan State Police
  • George Vit, Officer, South Brunswick Police Department
  • Eddie Reyes, Director, Public Safety Communications, Prince William County Moderator
L/W/M Room
10:35 AM - 10:45 AM
First Amendment Lounge
10:50 AM - 11:45 AM


Information Sharing Use-Cases

The group will review two use-cases, then conduct a human centered design session to test out potential solutionns. Use-case #1: Closing the gaps in emergency response to cyberattacks that target and damage critical infrastructure in the physical world. Use-case #2: Providing agents and officers with accurate and real-time data for daily oprational needs. The outputs from these two sessions will be inputs to a new  Special Interest Group (SIG) for on-going discussion and implementation.

L/W/M Room


Workforce Solution Roundtables

An interactive session putting solutions together to the challenges identified earlier on.  An up close look inside USCG, FBI, DHS and the IRS. Together, the industry and government will collaborate in facilitated discussions to address issues facing the law enforcement workforce. Working in small groups, we will identify challenges, develop potential solutions, and identify barriers to be overcome. At the end, each roundtable will report out to the larger group with ideas, actions and solutions.  Interactive and forward-thinking conversations with:

  • Capt. Michael Dickey, Commander, C4IT Service Center, US Coast Guard
  • David Bottom, CIO, DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis
  • Shea Jones, Deputy Director, TOIS, IRS Criminal Investigations
Fourth Estate

Innovation in Action: An Interactive Session Using Human Centered Design

In this interactive session, participants will use a human centered design ideation process to identify solutions and test those ideas with our end-user community—the “real world” first responders. These end-users will use a polling tool to rate and rank the ideas, identifying which innovations are ready to be applied and which represent potential future-state solutions.

  • COL Mark Piper, Joint Staff LNO to FEMA, US Air Force
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
  • Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director, FBI
12:20 PM - 12:35 PM
12:35 PM - 1:05 PM
  • Commissioner William Bratton, Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk
    • Former Police Commissioner of the City of New York
    • Former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
1:05 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM