Wednesday, July 29, 2020
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 3:35 PM
3:35 PM - 4:10 PM


We are focused this year on the Insight, Collaboration & Agility necessary for great mission success. Our law enforcement community is leading cyber security initiatives to protect our borders and ensure our Nation's maritime safety, security and stewardship.  RADM Michael P. Ryan, USCG Cyber Commander, will open this year’s Forum with an overview of the challenges and opportunities that the USCG faces as they strive to be a cyber leader in law enforcement. In this discussion of best practices, RADM Ryan will discuss collaboration and championing mutual goals with other agencies and maritime stakeholders seeking to sustain our Nation’s security and economic prosperity. 


  1. Discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts in the cyberspace operational domain as a law enforcement agency charged with protecting our Nation’s maritime equities.
  2. Collaboration and championing mutual goals with other agencies and maritime stakeholders in this arena are paramount to sustaining our Nation’s security and economic prosperity. 

Keynote Speaker:

  • RADM Michael P. Ryan, Coast Guard Cyber Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
4:10 PM - 4:25 PM
4:25 PM - 5:45 PM


Senior leaders in law enforcement and public safety are challenged with leading agencies through historic, and somewhat tumultuous, times. Societal challenges in policing and public health, combined with extreme weather, raise the bar for first responders in ways we couldn’t imagine a few years ago. The Digital Revolution adds tremendous capabilities for deeper insight, closer collaboration, and improved agility. At the same time, change is hard – in obtaining funding, smooth delivery, and employee buy-in. Is your organization using technology to the best of its abilities? What are the risks – and the solutions? How can you make your agency truly agile?

In this Executive Panel, our expert panelists will discuss the challenges facing LEAPS executives today and how they can guide their agency operations and personnel to achieve the vision of better insight, collaboration, and agility. These experienced leaders will share their best practices and lessons learned in making LEAPS organizations more effective.


  1. To understand from senior executives how digital transformation and next-generation technologies are impacting law enforcement and public safety agencies
  2. To learn best practices in leading transformation that pleases both internal and external stakeholders
  3. To know best practices for making a LEAPS agency truly agile


  • Mario Wilson, Assistant Administrator for Acquisition Program Management, TSA

  • G. Zachary Terwilliger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, DOJ

  • Stephen Laycock, Executive Assistant Director of the Intelligence Branch, FBI

  • Regina Lombardo, Acting Director, ATF

  • Moderator: Wyatt Kash, Sr. Vice President of Content Strategy, FedScoop

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 10:35 AM
10:35 AM - 11:25 AM
11:25 AM - 11:45 AM



  • Lori Scherer, VP for Intel and Law Enforcement portfolio, The MITRE Corporation

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


With so many connected devices in use, law enforcement and public safety agencies have access to massive amounts of data, but still struggle to get the right information at the right time. Data becomes more useful through collaboration, and having the right technology for agile operations. LEAPS organizations can improve Insights, Collaboration and Agility by creating a data-centric culture. That means not only being proactive about making sense of your own data, but also having the systems and processes in place to share data effectively with LEAPS partners. 

In this session, we’ll hear from leaders in the LEAPS community about their experiences – challenges and successes – in collaborative information-sharing within their own agency, across other agencies and to the public. 


  1. To learn how agencies can put the right technology, practices and policies in place to create a data-centric culture
  2. To improve data-sharing between agencies and jurisdictions to improve law enforcement and emergency response
  3. To ensure LEAPS resources are used efficiently and effectively


  • Matthew Albence, Deputy Director and Acting Director, ICE

  • Beth Cappello, Acting Chief Information Officer, DHS

  • Melinda Rogers (Invited), Deputy Chief Information Officer, DOJ

  • Gurvais Grigg, Assistant Director, S&T Branch, FBI Laboratory, FBI

  • Moderator: Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Network

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Of all the technologies being fielded in LEAPS in recent years, artificial intelligence is among the most anticipated. AI’s solutions, based on machine “intelligence,” cause both excitement and worry. The ability to analyze images, identify biometrics, and conduct predictive analytics is tremendous – data is analyzed and mapped from drones and robots – can bring scientific breakthroughs or humanitarian dilemmas. The dark side of possibilities have caused some law enforcement departments to ban facial recognition software, an AI application when racial bias was discovered in algorithms. At the Department of Defense, CIO Dana Deasy has called AI the DoD’s top modernization priority – with a 15-month authorized review that led to the adoption of five ethical principles to govern the burgeoning technology.

This session will look at uses for AI and machine learning in law enforcement and public safety, and how AI can be implemented ethically. Our panelists will discuss lessons learned from AI’s introduction in LEAPS, best practices in cross-agency collaboration and next steps for broader, successful AI implementation. The panel discussion will be followed by moderated Q&A, with questions submitted from the audience.


  1. To learn about the possible use cases and risks of AI in LEAPS
  2. To hear key takeaways from implementing AI 
  3. To consider guiding principles for the ethical use of AI


  • Robert Brown, Chief Technology Officer, USCIS

  • Jason Henry (Invited), LEISI Unit Chief, ICE/HSI, DHS

  • Capt. Michael Kanaan, Director of Operations / MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, U.S. Air Force

  • Krista Kinnard (Invited), Director, Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence, TTS, GSA

  • Moderator: Chuck Howell, Chief Scientist for Dependable Artificial Intelligence,The MITRE Corporation


These are challenging times for law enforcement and public safety workers. Active shooters. Stronger storms. Fiercer fires. Deadlier viruses. Digital upheaval.  IT modernization can help by improving daily workflows, processes, and technologies to respond to these demands. But how can you best prioritize modernization programs, and with the support of end users? 

To realize the maximum impact of modernization, both top down and bottom up organizational support is required. LEAPS agencies are challenged to help workers embrace modernization as a way of improving outcomes and how they do their jobs. Aligning modernization to workflow and daily challenges improves adoption rates among the first responder community and overall program success.  

In this session, our panelists will discuss challenges and successes in LEAPS IT modernization. They will share modernization efforts and outcomes. The panel discussion will be followed by moderated Q&A, where audience members will have the opportunity to submit written questions to the panelists.


  1. To explore external drivers that are expanding the mission for LEAPS
  2. To understand the challenges to first responders from these emerging technologies
  3. To discuss potential future modernization efforts
  4. To understand emerging needs and available solutions  



  • Christine Finnelle, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Marshals Service

  • Bob Costello, Executive Director, Enterprise Networks and Technology, CBP

  • Moderator: George Vit, Officer, South Brunswick Police Department


The value of technical solutions such as data analytics, digital automation, and machine learning to the mission is enormous. At a time when the federal government is facing record attrition and difficulty hiring in technical fields, the ability to make sense of data, automate work processes and menial tasks, and use software for decision-making presents an opportunity to increase mission effectiveness.

But for workers who have to learn the new technology or feel threatened that it is used for tasks formerly done by humans, this technical transformation is not met with open arms. The onboarding of such technologies are causing wholesale changes in agencies’ personnel needs. Skills and competencies are changing. People need to be trained, or re-trained, to do the jobs that some have held for years. In the commercial world, new technology adoption is a source of competitive advantage for companies - those that learn to do it well move faster than their competition. In the government, organizations that learn to adopt new technologies successfully will reduce costs, move faster to adapt to changes in the mission environment, and retain their valuable staff. Who is doing it well, and what are the keys to success?

In this session, our panelists will discuss these challenges and lessons learned for how to address this transformation in ways that celebrate the efficiencies of the technology while also respecting workers’ changing needs. The panel discussion will include moderated Q&A.



  1. To understand how IT transformation is changing the landscape for federal workers

  2. To learn best practices for bringing on new technologies that are good for the agency and its employees 

  3. To determine how to modernize the federal government, while focusing on mission, service and stewardship to better serve the public

  4. To know how to reduce the skills gaps in the federal workforce, enhance new/emerging skills,  and better align to future mission needs



  • Heather Kowalski, Chief Information Officer, DOJ - Interpol

  • Roger Miranda, Chief of Human Resources Information Technology, ICE

  • Lester Ingol, Acting Deputy Chief Component Procurement Officer, FEMA

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM
2:40 PM - 2:50 PM
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM