The Honorable Danny Werfel (invited)
Office of Federal Management
Werfel is the Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFF) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He is responsible for coordinating OMB's efforts to initiate governmentwide improvements in all areas of financial management.
Werfel currently leads the review of agency efforts under the Financial Performance, Real Property and Improper Payments initiatives of the President's Management Agenda. Previously, Werfel served as the Chief of the Financial Integrity and Analytics Branch within OMB, as a budget examiner in OMB's Education Branch, and as a policy analyst in OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He also served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
Werfel is a recipient of both national and local awards from the Association of Government Accountants for his contributions to federal financial management.
Session and Showcase Speakers
Owen F. Barwell
Chief Operating Officer of Loan Programs Office
Department of Energy
Owen Barwell is the Chief Operating Officer of the Loan Programs Office (LPO). Previously, Barwell served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department of Energy (DOE). As Deputy CFO, Barwell played a vital role in executing the DOE's $26 billion budget to support important energy, scientific and national security investments. He had direct responsibility for the financial management, budget formulation and execution, program analysis and evaluation, and corporate information systems organizations. As the Deputy CFO, Barwell played a key role in establishing and managing DOE's loan programs and continues to serve on LPO's Credit Committee, governing credit and investment decisions.
Organization Effectiveness Services and Human Capital Analytics
Stacy Blanchard is responsible for leading three core service areas within Organization Effectiveness Services: organization readiness, talent development and transformation enablement. In her role as Human Capital Analytics lead, she partners with the Talent & Organization Performance practice to co-sponsor offerings that help organizations improve workforce effectiveness and planning, and more closely align organizational capabilities with business strategy.
Prior to Accenture, Blanchard was the CEO of Hagberg Consulting Group, an organization consultancy specializing in the assessment, alignment and transformation of strategy, corporate culture and leadership.
Stu Bradley serves as the catalyst for providing fraud solution direction to help maintain SAS' leadership position within fraud and financial crimes. He also has 15 years of experience delivering solutions across industries to address his clients' most difficult business problems.
Prior to joining SAS, Bradley was an Executive Manager for a leading global consultancy in the risk and regulatory area, where he helped implement state-of-the-art fraud solutions, global operations for client on-boarding and regulatory compliance, and regulatory risk platforms covering anti-money laundering and know-your-customer requirements.
Lisa Casias (invited)
Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management
US Department of Commerce
Lisa Casias is responsible for financial management and accounting, preparation of the department's annual consolidated financial statements, and for development and implementation of a departmentwide integrated financial system. Her responsibilities include promulgating financial management policy throughout the department and for ensuring the department's compliance with financial management laws and regulations, including the Chief Financial Officers' Act, the Government Management Reform Act, the Government Performance and Results Act and the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act. Casias is also responsible for the Office of Secretary budget operations.
Lead Management Scientist
Chris Checco is the Lead Management Scientist in Accenture's Public Service Analytics organization. Checco is responsible for driving opportunities focused on analytics for public sector organizations globally. Previously, he has worked across the commercial and federal sectors, designing, developing and implementing analytic solutions across a broad range of business applications. Checco has helped many clients realize the power and appropriate uses of analytical solutions, as well as make the results useful to meet and exceed the stated business objectives.
The Honorable Linda Combs
US Office of Management and Budget
Linda Combs is the former Controller of the United States Office of Management and Budget. She has held five Senate-confirmed positions, including CFO at the departments of Transportation and Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency. Combs has also held several positions in the private sector.
She is currently a writer, speaker, certified executive leadership coach, and corporate and nonprofit board director.
Senior Systems Engineer
Nuha Elmaghrabi has extensive experience working with advanced software applications that solve mission-focused issues related to social media analytics and text analytics. Elmaghrabi has worked with various technologies that implement methods such as natural language processing, computational linguistics, text classification, text retrieval, sentiment analysis, question answering, search, information extraction and storage. Elmaghrabi has several years of practical experience building taxonomies (for categorization, entity and event extraction, and sentiment) as well as implementing analytics such as text mining and data mining.
Executive Vice President
Carl Farrell leads a large global team of professionals across the Americas and is responsible for aligning the right analytical solutions to meet the many needs of SAS customers. Farrell oversees all sales functions across seven vertical US business units, in addition to leading all business functions in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
As a member of the global leadership team, Farrell has played an integral role in leading a number of key and strategic SAS acquisitions, including Risk Advisory, a solutions provider in the energy risk market; and VSTI, a company specializing in analytics solutions for the government intelligence sector.
Principal, Analytic and Forensic Technology
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services
Samir Hans currently leads the analytics practice within Deloitte Financial Advisory Service's (FAS) Federal practice – bringing leading commercial practices to help public sector organizations tackle some of the most complex financial accountability and transparency issues. Over the past 15 years, he has drawn upon his software engineering background to help apply advanced analytics to diverse organizational issues – including sifting through massive amounts of structured and unstructured data to find suspicious patterns indicative of financial fraud, waste and abuse. He has also led the development of various Deloitte FAS service offerings and systems in the areas of financial fraud detection, anti-corruption and continuous transaction monitoring.
Chief Technology Officer
Bryan Harris performs research and development of high-performance computing (HPC) solutions that integrate knowledge management, large-scale search, information extraction/semantic analysis and SAS advanced analytics. This research has resulted in VSTI pioneering the development of operational real-time alerting and analysis solutions for intelligence analysts worldwide using stream processing technologies, embedded analytics and next-generation search architectures.
Analytic Systems Engineer
Taylor Heim provides fraud solution direction and expertise within the SAS Federal Analytics Practice. He directly supports various advanced analytic efforts throughout the federal government, including the implementation of fraud and improper payment prevention/detection systems, as well as other advanced analytic solutions.
Assistant Director for Data Analysis
Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
Carrie Hug oversees a team that reviews and analyzes data for public consumption. Prior to coming to the Recovery Board, Hug served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at Treasury for Accounting Policy; Chief of the Accounting Standards and Grants Branch of the Office of Federal Financial Management within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Financial Management and Acquisitions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration within the Department of Transportation.
Director, Forensic Practice
Ken Jones concentrates in financial reporting, securities investigations and a variety of revenue fraud and misconduct investigations. Before joining KPMG, Jones was the Deputy Chief Inspector with the US Postal Inspection Service. He managed all of the Postal Inspection Service operations for administrative, civil and criminal investigations of mail fraud, corporate fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes. He also played a key role in the Postal Service's enterprise risk management and risk assessment process. He was in charge of fraud risk management and internal controls. Jones managed Postal Inspection Service personnel at FINCEN and the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force, which was co-located with the US Department of Justice.
As General Manager of SAS Federal, Karen Knowles leads a high-performing, $70 million business that helps civilian, defense and intelligence agencies across the United States spend taxpayer dollars effectively to achieve missions and goals – all using the power of SAS Analytics.
Knowles oversees a division of sales, business development and technical professionals dedicated to delivering solutions tailored to meet various business and mission issues facing the federal government. Specific areas of focus are supply chain and logistics optimization, fighting fraud waste and improper payments, improving financial transparency, and improving the performance and accountability needs of today's government leaders.
A 17-year software sales veteran, Knowles began her career in sales support, quickly moving into federal sales leadership roles at international software companies, including Crystal Decisions, Business Objects and DuPont.
Strategic Solution Specialist
Jon Lemon's primary focus has been working with federal, state and local government customers to understand organizational effectiveness and their performance against stated objectives. He also helps customers implement industry-leading performance management, workforce analytic and fraud prevention solutions through the integration of technology, processes, people and methodologies.
Prior to joining SAS, Lemon was a Budget Director at the Department of Homeland Security where he formulated, executed and managed more than $4.5 billion of appropriated funds annually. He also worked with Booz Allen Hamilton where he honed his skills in performance management and fraud detection and prevention while supporting various Chief Financial and Program Management Offices throughout multiple federal civilian and defense agencies.
President and Chief Architect
Rob Lill is President and Chief Architect of BNL Consulting. BNL's expertise ranges from service-oriented architecture (SOA), portal development, Web development, Web security, data warehousing, query and reporting, and advanced analytics. Prior to BNL, Lill spent eight years at SAS as a Technical Architect and Systems Engineer. He has more than 18 years of experience in application development. He is well versed in several programming languages and has a background in statistics.
Steve O'Keeffe is a 20-year veteran of the government IT community. He has contributed to The Washington Post and The Economist. O'Keeffe is a fixture as an expert witness on Capitol Hill, testifying on government IT and workforce issues in both House and Senate hearings.
Manager, Pre-sales Resources, Defense and National Security Group
Chris Smith manages the pre-sales systems engineering staff for the National Security Group and all areas in the Department of Defense, as well as leading federal discussions with the SAS Information Technology Resource Management (ITRM) solution set. Prior to joining SAS, Smith implemented comprehensive solutions to technology problems throughout multiple federal civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies.
The Honorable James L. Taylor
Chief Financial Officer
US Department of Labor
James L. Taylor was confirmed by the US Senate as the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Labor in June 2010. Previously, he served as Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, where he assisted the Inspector General in managing more than 600 auditors, inspectors and investigators. From 1999-2005, Taylor was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the US Department of Commerce, where he successfully implemented the department's first integrated financial management system and earned its first clean audit opinion.
Taylor has received the Donald E. Scantlebury Award for Excellence in Federal Financial Management, and the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive.