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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Emerging Technologies and the Government - What’s Next?

Start Date: 6/11/2019 7:30 AM EDT
End Date: 6/11/2019 10:00 AM EDT

Venue Name: Valo Park (formerly TEGNA)

7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA  United States  22102

Organization Name: SECAF Events

Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Executive Briefing: Emerging Technologies and the Government: What’s Next?

Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22101

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Gaming… it seems like these buzzwords are everywhere and it can be difficult to cut through the noise. But what does government actually need? Join SECAF and a panel of government and small businesses leaders on June 11, as we discuss Federal priorities in emerging technology, what is next, and how small businesses can help. 

Moderator:  Richard Pineda - CALIBRE Systems, Inc., President &CEO


  • Michael McFarland - Director of the Office of Acquisition Business Systems in the Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, Division of Acquisition in the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kevin McGuire - SysNet Technologies
  • Anne Neumann - SBPO, Program Manager (SETA) at DARPA SBIR/STTR Program
As CALIBRE’s President, Richard Pineda is responsible for establishing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction; establishing corporate policies; and managing the overall business, financial performance, and CALIBRE’s long-term growth. Mr. Pineda comes to CALIBRE through the company’s recent acquisition of Spear, Inc., a professional Information Technology (IT) solutions provider. He also serves as the President of SPEAR, A CALIBRE Company.

Prior to his current position as CALIBRE’s President, Richard served as the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spear, Inc. Under Mr. Pineda’s leadership, Spear was one of the fastest growing privately held firms in the federal contracting industry, and was known for its IT expertise in the areas of cyber, data analytics, network, and end-user support. Spear grew to deliver solutions for clients all across the globe from 18 offices in 21 states. Additionally, Spear won the 2017 Greater Washington GovCon Contractor of the Year Award (up to $25M), won the 2017 Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Government Contractor of the Year ($12M-$25M), was named to the 2018 Best Places to Work list by the Washington Business Journal, was named to Washington Technology’s Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing small businesses for 2018 (#25) and 2017 (#5), and was recognized as one of Inc. 500 | 5000’s fastest-growing private companies in 2018 and 2017.

Before founding Spear, Inc., Mr. Pineda was President of Dell Services Federal Government, a Fortune 50 organization. There he was responsible for overseeing the company’s business operations and service delivery to its civilian Federal Government, Department of Defense, and National Security clients.

Mr. Pineda is a member of the Boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), SECAF, and Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA). He is also a Council Member of the Virginia Tech President’s National Capital Region Leadership Council.

Mr. Pineda earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management Information Systems from George Washington University.

Michael McFarland is the Director of the Office of Acquisition Business Systems in the Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, Division of Acquisition in the Department of Health and Human Services.  As Director of OABS he is responsible for implementing the Department-wide policies governing the development and management of business systems which support the acquisition community, and managing HHS-wide acquisition business systems.

Prior to joining HHS Mr. McFarland was the Deputy Director of the IT Schedule 70 Contract Operations providing operational oversight and guidance to 150 Contracting 1102s responsible for awarding and administering over 5000 IT Schedule contracts with annual business volume exceeding $15 Billion.  Before that Mr. McFarland was the Director of the Office of Non-MAS Acquisition Operations, a Supervisory Contract Specialist, at the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) within Information Technology Category (ITC).  In this role Mr. McFarland oversaw a team of experienced acquisition professionals responsible for managing procurement vehicles like the Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant, Alliant 2, VETS and 8a STARS; Cloud Computing contract vehicles; strategic software acquisitions; security services contracts; and Government Wide Telecommunications contracts Networks and EIS.  These contracts are valued at over $150B and provide access to vendors with vital technology and telecommunication products and services across the federal, state, local, and tribal governments in a streamlined manner that increases government effectiveness and saves taxpayer dollars. He was instrumental in ensuring his team contributes to innovation and economic stimulation through prudent contract awards and the on-going monitoring of contract performance.

Previous to GSA Mr. McFarland worked for 21 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture doing Department-wide information technology acquisitions. 

Dr. Kevin McGuire has over 30 years of technical and management experience implementing Vulnerability Assessment and Information Assurance (IA) processes. He is a recognized industry expert, speaking on ISS issues at varied forums and federal agency program offices, in the areas of cybersecurity, forensic investigation and process management. His extensive experience ranges from hands-on systems vulnerability analyses, assessments, and mitigation plans, to work as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and a Chief Information Officer (CIO). He has developed proven successful methodologies for all forms of authorization & accreditation (A&A) processes and documentation according to NIST RMF, and DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) standards.

His educational background, including both an M.S. and a PhD in Cybersecurity related disciplines, amplifies Dr. McGuire’s value to federal and commercial agencies. His work as a Dale Carnegie CIO enhanced his management and leadership skills.

Prior to joining SysNet Technologies, Kevin was the CIO of the US Navy/Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division in Bethesda, MD. Previous to the NSWC position, Dr. McGuire worked for Computer Sciences Corporation and was a CISO supporting the US Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army through varied programs. He has also been a Senior Director for Research & Development under Telos/Xacta Corp., a VP of Technology in New York, and the CIO of Dale Carnegie Training, Inc. in New York, responsible for the development and implementation of a world-wide communications system. In summary, Dr. McGuire brings a wealth of technical talent and leadership to SysNet and our customers, at all levels.

Anne Neumann has been supporting DARPA for 14 years and manages Policy and Outreach for the DARPA SBIR/STTR programs within the Small Business Programs office which is focused on creating an environment that considers small business concerns as a primary source of innovative solutions; expanding small business relationships and training opportunities within DoD and other Federal agencies; and enabling the small business community to create and transition radical, game-changing technologies. She started her career at DARPA in the Small Business Programs Office and continued onto the Information Processing Technology Office and to the Strategic Technology Office where she was a Business Financial Manager before returning to the SBIR/STTR programs in 2015. Ms. Neumann has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Elon University.
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