Data management and analytics have come of age. Once the concern of a few who managed information on behalf of entire organizations, today government professionals—from the front office to the front line—create, consume, and demand access to a full range of data sources and types to accomplish their missions. And few enterprises exceed the public sector’s capacity to collect, store, generate, and analyze enormous volumes and variety of data, from satellite and sensor telemetry to financial market and healthcare transactions.

In parallel, exciting new computing strategies have emerged to help government professionals take a deeper and wider view into their information assets, while protecting this data and promoting cost-efficiency. Using innovative technologies, data scientists, cybersecurity professionals, fraud investigators, financial analysts, and healthcare professionals are able to rely on a foundation that puts data at the center of their missions. Today, government organizations are empowered by analytics that help them better understand enterprise operations, predict outcomes, eliminate waste, detect misuse of resources, and defend against unauthorized data access.

In its fifth year, the 2016 Cloudera Government Forum brought together public and private sector practitioners to discuss the state of data analytics and share case studies of how agencies are leveraging their data to enable improved decision-making. Attendees invested a day to understand how their organization can evolve with transformative technologies powered by Apache Hadoop and results-driven data management and analysis. 

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The program included informative sessions for those deeply involved in big data initiatives, as well as fundamentals, such as Hadoop Essentials—the What, Why, and How to Meet Agency Objectives. The agenda featured discussions about how to:

  • Implement strategies and optimize processes to manage, share, and analyze data assets efficiently and cost-effectively
  • Design and deploy an enterprise data hub (EDH)
  • Leverage data to enable more efficient search, discovery, and related mission-support capabilities
  • Architect a comprehensive enterprise data governance strategy that includes latest innovations in Apache Hadoop
  • Apply big data analytics to establish and support pro-active agency cybersecurity initiatives

With a focus on open information exchange, the 2016 Cloudera Government Forum provided an unparalleled opportunity for peer-to-peer networking.  Participants shared how they are changing the way government does business and moving toward more data-driven enterprises, positioned and equipped to address evolving and important national priorities.


Time Event
7:00 – 8:00 AM

Registering and Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Webster Mudge, Senior Director of Technology Solutions, Cloudera

8:10 – 8:30 AM

A View from the Hill: Defending Vulnerable Populations in the Digital World SLIDES

Representative William (Will) Hurd, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (23rd Congressional District of Texas)
Brooke Istook, Director of Strategy and Operations, Thorn Digital Defenders of Children

Data has come to the forefront in the fight to protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Through thoughtful data management and advanced analytics, the dialogue and social interactions of those most at risk—from the elderly, to returning service men and women, to children—can inform and drive powerful capabilities to protect them. Data analytics can be applied not only to identify harmful behavior, but more importantly, to stop those intent on committing crimes against vulnerable users in the increasingly digital world. Hear how many are focused—from the Congress to the non-profit sector—on enabling data-driven government decision-making to deter predatory behavior, disrupt platforms that enable abuse, and accelerate victim identification.

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Accelerating the Speed and Value of Intelligence

Andrew Hallman, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Agency for Digital Innovation

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Featured Keynote: Applying Analytics and Innovation for Agency Transformation and Mission Success

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Technology Insights Dialogue: Future Vision for Effective, Data-Enabled Government

Mike Olson, Chief Strategy Officer, Chairman and Founder, Cloudera
Dhanjuray "DJ" Patil, Deputy Chi ef Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Beyond the big data hype cycle, how are agencies applying data analytics and data science techniques to improve their operations and better serve the American people? Join this thoughtful Executive Interview to learn first-hand how government professionals are using data analytics to advance their business and mission objectives, as well as what are the common obstacles to creating data-driven organizations. This session will highlight how agencies are using data to address the most pressing problems that impact so many nationwide—from healthcare delivery to criminal and social justice to essential development of data talent to maximize the nation’s return on investment in data.

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 AM

Perspectives on Ethical Big Data Governance SLIDES

Murthy Mathiprakasam, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Informatica
Steven Totman, Director of Field Technology, Financial Services Industry Lead, Cloudera Field Technology Office

Enterprise data governance is a critical, yet challenging, business process, and the rapidly expanding universe of data volumes and types make it a more significant undertaking, particularly for public sector organizations. In this session, attendees will learn how to bring comprehensive data governance to their organizations to ensure data collected and managed is handled and protected as required. Discover practical information on how to use the components and frameworks of the Hadoop stack to support your requirements for data auditing, lineage, metadata management, and policy enforcement, and hear recommendations on how to get started with measuring the progress of ethical big data usage--including what’s legal and what’s right. Bring your questions and join this lively, interactive dialogue

10:30 – 11:15 AM

Hadoop Essentials -- The What, Why and How to Meet Agency Objectives SLIDES

Sarah Sproehnle, Vice President, Customer Success, Cloudera

This session will provide an executive overview of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, its basic concepts, and its real-world applications. Attendees will learn how organizations worldwide are using the latest tools and strategies to harness their enterprise information to solve business problems and the types of data analysis commonly powered by Hadoop. Learn how various projects make up the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and the role each plays to improve data storage, management, interaction, and analysis. This is a valuable opportunity to gain insights into Hadoop functionality and how it can be applied to address compelling business challenges in your agency.

11:30 – 12:15 PM

Precision Medicine in the Big Data World SLIDES

Shawn Dolley, Health and Life Science Big Data Expert, Cloudera

Precision Medicine is now a funded NIH initiative and an organic movement in the clinic and at the research institute. Based on work with government sponsored organizations, multiple large pharmaceutical firms and research hospitals, attendees will learn about the best practices for epidemiology, signal detection, research, and the clinical diagnostics associated with Precision Medicine, including the development of high-scale bio-repositories that link traditional patient data with genomic information. Come hear about how leadership, collaboration, consent, and compute can lead to success or failure in your Precision Medicine initiative, and how to bring your stakeholders together for an aligned mission response.

11:30 – 12:15 PM

Seeking Cybersecurity -- Strategies to Protect the Data SLIDES

Eddie Garcia, Chief Security Architect, Cloudera

Agency professionals are responsible for protecting the data they collect, store, analyze, and share. While Hadoop has been especially popular for data analytics given its ability to handle volume, velocity, and variety of data, this flexibility and scale can present challenges for securing and governing the data. Plan to attend this session to understand the Hadoop Security Maturity Model—from the fundamentals to the latest developments--and how to ensure your data analytics cluster complies with the latest INFOSEC standards and audit requirements. Bring your experience and your questions to this informative and interactive cybersecurity session.

12:15 – 1:00 PM

Networking Luncheon and Exhibition Showcase

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Relying on Data for Strategic Decision-Making -- Financial Services Experience SLIDES

Chris Moore, Senior Solutions Engineer, Trifacta
Steven Totman, Director of Field Technology, Financial Services Industry Lead, Cloudera Field Technology Office

Many Federal agencies can benefit from the real-world experience of the financial services sector when it comes to best practices for big data management, cybersecurity, and fraud detection and mitigation. The reality is that most government organizations struggle to manage and reconcile financial information, as they must rely on a mix of legacy systems and newer applications to make fundamental business decisions. If you have big data challenges and are looking for a better way to streamline and secure data management to support your agency’s business and IT operations, plan to attend this session. This is your opportunity to understand how Hadoop can support your specific financial management mandates and help you use your organizational information to make defensible, data-driven decisions.

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Standing Up an Effective Enterprise Data Hub -- Technology and Beyond SLIDES

Al Domingo, Director, Sales Engineering, Cloudera

Federal organizations increasingly are focused on creating environments that enable more data-driven decisions. Yet ensuring that all data is considered and is current, complete, and accurate is a tall order for most. To make data analytics meaningful to support real-world transformation, agency staff need business tools that provide user-friendly dashboards, on-demand reporting, and methods to manage efficiently the rise of voluminous and varied data sets and types commonly associated with big data. In most cases, existing systems are insufficient to support these requirements. Enter the enterprise data hub (EDH), a software architecture specifically designed to be a unified platform that can economically store unlimited data and enable diverse access to it at scale. Plan to attend this discussion to understand the key considerations to making an EDH the architectural center of your agency’s modern data strategy.

1:55 – 2:10 PM

Data Analytics Driving Rapid Innovation—A CIO’s Perspective

Kim Stevenson, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Intel

Attendees will hear from a recognized leader in the CIO community about today’s technology trends that are driving business evolution, how Intel IT is facilitating its own enterprise transformation, and how data serves as a key asset in driving this change. Learn how a large, complex global organization has embraced business analytics to move to a more agile, digital enterprise, including discussion of initial strategies deployed, insights to methodologies and emerging technologies used, and the results achieved --expanded business value. Public sector professionals may benefit from this CIO’s perspective in modeling their own enterprise transformation initiatives, and learn from this organization’s plans to continue to apply analytics to expand their enterprise digital transformation."

2:10 – 3:00 PM

Main Stage Panel: Evolving Government Operations with Transformative Technologies

Francis Rose (Moderator), Radio Host and Founder, Rose Content Strategies
David Corlette, Product Manager, NetIQ
Audie Hittle, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Emerging Technologies Division
Chuck Lewis, Senior Principal Systems Engineer Analytics and Big Data Outcome Leader, Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute FFRDC, MITRE
Steven Posnack, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Lori Walsh, Assistant Director, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analysis, Division of Enforcement, US Securities and Exchange Commission

Government agencies collect, store, protect, and manage tremendous amounts of data in a range of formats and types, yet relatively few have advanced into the art of data analysis to inform decision-making, derive insights, and support dynamic mission requirements. This panel of seasoned professionals will discuss how various agencies are leveraging their information assets to transform data governance, identify areas for process improvement, find answers to mission-critical questions, and have confidence in the data that drives their enterprises.

3:00 – 3:45 PM

Keynote: Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing

Beth Simone Noveck, Co-Founder and Director, The Governance Lab and the MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance, NYU

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Meet the Speakers Networking Reception


  • Al Domingo


    Al Domingo is a Sales Engineering Director at Cloudera where he leads a team of Sales Engineers that help customers gain business value by using Cloudera’s Enterprise Business Hub. Al has over 20 years of experience in Massively Parallel Processing Databases, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Hadoop. Prior to Cloudera, Al was at Pivotal, EMC Greenplum, Oracle, Sagent Technology and Teradata. Al holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering at Rutgers University.

  • Andrew Hallman

    Digital Innovation

    On 6 March 2015 Andrew Hallman was named Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, responsible for accelerating the integration of digital and cyber capabilities across all of CIA’s mission areas.

  • Audie Hittle


    Audie Hittle joined EMC as the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Emerging Technologies Division in November 2012, where his responsibilities span defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies. He has more than 30 years of information technology experience, including a 22 year U.S. Air Force (USAF) C4ISR career. Through his leadership, Hittle supports EMC’s mission to enable government agencies to transform their operations and deliver IT-as-a-Service.

  • Beth Simone Noveck

    The Governance Lab and the MacArthur Research Network

    Beth Simone Noveck is Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Google.org, the GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

  • Brooke Istook

    Thorn Digital Defenders of Children

    Brooke has over 12 years of experience in IT consulting, operations, and program management. She started her career as a Consultant at Accenture, working with Fortune 500 clients in Telecommunications and Entertainment. Prior to Thorn, Brooke was Associate Director at Cognizant, developing successful campus hiring programs. She has significant volunteer experience in the anti-trafficking movement and currently serves on the Board of the Mary Magdalene Project. She holds B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies from Fuller Seminary.

  • Chris Moore


    Chris is an enterprise technology veteran with more than 10 years in the data warehousing and ETL space. As a Senior Solutions Engineer for Trifacta, he focuses his expertise in the Financial Services industry on Big Data, Data Quality, and Master Data Management. Chris can be found on Twitter at @cmooredata.

  • Chuck Lewis

    Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute

    Chuck Lewis manages the Immigration and Enforcement Portfolio for the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HS SEDI™), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that MITRE operates on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

  • David Corlette


    David Corlette is the Product Manager for NetIQ Sentinel, a leading Security Information and Event Management product. For the past eight years David has helped develop innovative threat detection and response solutions. He also chairs event standardization working groups at the Distributed Management Task Force and The Open Group, which he hopes will ultimately make security analysts’ jobs easier.

  • Dhanjuray Patil

    White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Dr. "DJ" Patil joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in February 2015, when he was named by the White House as Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. DJ advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public.

  • Eddie Garcia


    Eddie Garcia is chief security architect at Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management. Eddie helps Cloudera enterprise customers reduce security and compliance risks associated with sensitive data sets stored and accessed in Apache Hadoop environments. Working in the office of the CTO, Eddie also provides security thought leadership and vision to the Cloudera product roadmap. Formerly the VP of InfoSec and Engineering for Gazzang prior to its acquisition by Cloudera, Eddie architected and implemented secure and compliant Big Data infrastructures for customers in the financial services, healthcare and public sector industries to meet PCI, HIPAA, FERPA, FISMA and EU data security requirements. He was also the chief architect of the Gazzang zNcrypt product and is author of two patents for data security.

  • Francis Rose

    Rose Content Strategies

    Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of FrancisRose.com, where he blogs and publishes a weekly newsletter. He recently left Federal News Radio after nine years, including the last five as host of "In Depth with Francis Rose." He is the author of "The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History," available on Amazon. His next book, "Greatness Again: Revitalizing America's Strategic Leadership on the World Stage" is scheduled for publication in February 2016. He is a regular contributor to NewsChannel 8/DC's "Capital Insider" program, and a regular guest host for two nationally syndicated radio programs.

  • Kim Stevenson


    Kim Stevenson is corporate vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Intel Corporation. Under Stevenson’s leadership, more than 6,000 worldwide IT professionals are protecting Intel's assets, driving competitive advantage, and providing IT solutions.

  • Lori Walsh

    US Securities and Exchange Commission

    Lori Walsh is currently the Chief of the Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She joined the SEC in 2000 as a financial economist, first in the Office of Economic Analysis and later in the Office of Risk Assessment. In her role as an economist, she worked on a wide range of issues including securities offerings, foreign private issuers, offering document disclosure, mutual funds, hedge funds and credit rating agencies. Lori has had her research published in academic journals and trade publications. In May 2010, she joined the Division of Enforcement as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence (OMI) where she helped design the first centralized Tips, Complaints and Referrals system for the Commission. In July 2013 she started the Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics (CRQA). CRQA staff includes PhDs, quants, data experts, attorneys, forensic accountants and analysts and provides the Division with enhanced data analytic capabilities to proactively identify as yet undetected violations and to support faster, more effective cases. This is done by developing new analytical techniques, providing basic and complex analytical services and educating Enforcement staff on the power of big data in enforcing securities laws. Lori received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, an MBA and a PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

  • Mike Olson


    Mike co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer (CSO). As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment and direct engagement with customers. Prior to Cloudera Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for Embedded Technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software. Mike has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Murthy Mathiprakasam


    Murthy Mathiprakasam is a Principal Product Marketing Manager for Informatica’s Big Data products. Murthy has a decade and a half of experience working with emerging high-growth software technologies including roles at Mercury Interactive/HP, Google, eBay, VMware, and Oracle.

  • Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

    U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has 30 years of experience in industry and the Federal Government in technical, management, and senior executive leadership capacities, utilizing Information Technology (IT)/Information Resource Management (IRM) to transform organizations and achieve mission success. Mr. Bhagowalia holds MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University; a MS in IRM from Syracuse University; and is a distinguished graduate (twice) from the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University (NDU) with a Federal CIO Certification and IRM Diploma. He is a recipient of numerous government and industry awards, including the White House Champion of Change Award.

  • Sarah Sproehnle


    Sarah is vice president, Customer Success at Cloudera, focusing on driving value of an enterprise data hub within Cloudera’s customer base. Prior to this role, Sarah built Cloudera University, which provides professional training and certification for Hadoop. She spent the past decade building world-class technical and professional training teams after a brief career as an engineer and taught students from most of the Fortune 1000 through her involvement with education at Oracle and Hewlett-Packard. Prior to Cloudera, Sarah helped build the training organization at MySQL, which was purchased by Sun Microsystems for $1 billion. She holds a B.A. in computer science from Grinnell College.

  • Shawn Dolley


    Shawn Dolley is Cloudera's Industry Leader, Health & Life Science. Shawn leads the Cloudera precision medicine and Cloudera Omics solution vision, roadmap and offering, and helps customers develop use cases on the business side of research discovery and translational medicine. Shawn co-led the Healthcare & Life Science industry practice at Netezza, and when acquired by IBM was a part of IBM's Public Sector industry practice. Shawn designed a Health Outcomes Analytic Appliance in conjunction with Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has worked with Dr. Paul Grundy, the godfather of PCMH, on methods to apply analytics to large populations. He has presented to and collaborated with multiple providers, payers, pharma, and research organizations, as well as Big Data technology providers. Shawn has worked in data modeling, metrics, analytics and workflow since 1995. Today, Shawn’s most focused work is on repeatable, affordable solutions for whole genome/exome downstream analytics at scale matched with clinical/phenotype and public data, toward precision medicine and biomarker & drug discovery. Shawn can be found on Twitter at @shawndolley.

  • Steven Posnack

    Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

    Steve Posnack serves as the Director of ONC’s Office of Standards and Technology, a role he recently took on in June 2014. He is now responsible for leading ONC’s HIT Certification Program, Standards and Interoperability Framework, and advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on all matters related to health IT standards and technology. Prior to serving in this role, Steve led ONC’s Federal Policy Division within the Office of Policy and Planning from 2010 to 2014. In this capacity, Steve led ONC’s regulatory affairs, legislative analysis, and several federal policy development and coordination activities. Steven can be found at Twitter on @HealthIT_Policy.

  • Webster Mudge


    Webster Mudge is Sr. Director of Technology Solutions at Cloudera where he strives to bring Hadoop technologies and business objectives together. Previously, Webster held positions in sales and services at companies like Microsoft and FAST Search and Transfer and in software development at firms like Time Inc. Webster has a deep background in the content management and search industries, and brings more than 20 years of hands-on software and services management.

  • Representative William (Will) Hurd

    U.S. House of Representatives (23rd Congressional District of Texas)

    Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Will is a proud product of the Texas public school system. He attended John Marshall High School and Texas A&M University, where he majored in Computer Science and served as Student Body President. After college, Will served as an undercover officer in the CIA in the Middle East and South Asia for nearly a decade, collecting intelligence that influenced the National Security agenda. Upon leaving the CIA, he became a Senior Advisor with a cybersecurity firm, covering a wide range of complex challenges faced by manufacturers, financial institutions, retailers, and critical infrastructure owners. He was also a partner with a strategic advisory firm helping businesses expand into international markets. In 2015, Will was elected to the 114th Congress and currently serves on the Committee of Oversight and Government Reform and chairs the Information Technology Subcommittee. He also sits on the Committee on Homeland Security and is the Vice Chair of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. He is close to his brother Charlie, sister Liz, mother Mary Alice, and father Bob, who all live here in the district. Will can be found at Twitter on @HurdOnTheHill.