2016 NALIT Professional Development Seminar Agenda and Handouts

9/26/2016

Indianapolis, Ind. | Sept. 12-15, 2016

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The NALIT Professional Development Seminar each year offers a combination of educational and interactive sessions and tours, and technology exhibits.

View the seminar homepage and the at-a-glance schedule.

All sessions were held at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites except as noted. Links to presentations and handouts are listed under each session below.

monDAY, SEPT. 12

Time

Sessions

11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Indianapolis Foyer

Registration/Information Desk
 

1-1:30 p.m.

Corydon Room

Welcome and Seminar Overview

  • Jeff Ford, chief technology officer, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana

Legislative Demos/Exhibits Overview

Hear from colleagues in several states about new and innovative applications. The session will begin with a brief overview from each state, followed by exhibits at 1:30 so attendees can get a close up look and ask detailed questions.

 

          Welcome and Introductions:

  • Linda Wettstone, senior systems analyst, Senate, Virginia; Chair, NALIT 

Speakers

  • Rebecca Garcia, project lead, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas
  • Paul Shelton, Information Systems Division, programmer analyst team lead, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas
  • Amber Snyder, team lead, Information Systems Division Legislative Council, Texas
  • Brooke Anderson, IT staff, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Indianapolis Ballroom

Legislative Applications Showcase

Take an informal look at the legislative applications just highlighted. Ask detailed questions and explore the applications in-depth.

  • Bill Research and Drafting (BRAD) System, Rebecca Garcia, Texas
  • Bill and Statute Explorer (BASE), Cross Reference System and Interactive Maps, Paul Shelton, Texas
  • CapCentral Chamber Application, Amber Snyder, Texas
  • XML-based Bill Drafting/Editing System, Brooke Anderson, Utah  

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Break

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Corydon Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Ballroom

Concurrent Session: Desktop Support and Client Interaction

 

Moderator

  • Cindy O'Dell, service & support manager, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
     

Speakers

  • Wallace Austin, client technologies manager, Informatlion Systems, North Carolina
  • Amber Snyder, team lead, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas

 

Concurrent Session: Mobile Web/Mobile Apps

Moderator

  • Kyle Forster, information technology manager, Legislative Council, North Dakota

 

Speakers

  • Todd Kersey, programmer, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana 
  • Kevin Foley, specialized client support, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas

 

3:30-3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Corydon Room

Disaster Recovery

The best way to recover from a disaster is to prepare for it. Hear about disaster recovery planning in three states and participate in sharing information about your state’s recovery plans or your experiences with different types of disruptions. 

 

Moderator

  • Kurt McDowell, director, Legislative Information Systems, Ohio

Speakers:

  • Doug Bromm, senior systems analyst, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana
  • David Coles, network manager, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

4:45-5:15 p.m.
Indianapolis Ballroom

 

Meet & Greet and Orientation to NALIT

Meet current and past NALIT Officers and Directors and learn about NALIT—its structure, purposes and traditions. Find out what NALIT can do for you, how you can participate and what’s available on the NALIT website. Meet your peers from other states and get some helpful tips about how to make the most of your time in Indianapolis. For first time attendees and anyone who wants to learn more about NALIT.

Facilitators:

  • Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia; Chair
  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota; Vice Chair
  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky; Secretary
  • Terri Clark, Kansas; Past Chair

 

Open Evening
Network with colleagues over dinner at one of many Indianapolis restaurants and explore the downtown area’s attractions.

Tuesday, SEPT. 13

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Foyer

Registration/Information Desk
 

7:45-8:45 a.m.
Vincennes Room

Breakfast
NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Propylon.

9-9:45 a.m.
Indianapolis Ballroom

Opening Keynote Session: Engaging the Public Through Technology

  • Geoff DePriest, director, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana
  • Scott Moshier, netlogx, Open Indy Brigade, Indiana

 

9:45-10 a.m.

Break

10-11 a.m.
Vincennes Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-11 a.m.
Indianapolis Ballroom

Concurrent Session: Why Would I Work There?

What innovative approaches are legislatures using to find the technical talent they need? How are we making "government jobs" attractive, especially to the younger workforce? Discuss succession planning, recruitment, retention and integration of new staff into legislative and IT culture.

 

Moderator

  • Terri Clark, Director of Technical Services, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas

 

Speakers

  • Geoff DePriest, director, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana 
  • Peter Capriglione, applications manager, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Scott Darnall, director of information technology, Legislative Research Council, South Dakota

 

 

Concurrent Session: Wireless Management and Security

Citizens, lobbyists, staff and lawmakers expect to have wireless access anytime and anywhere within historic state capitols and legislative offices. How can IT support the growing number of devices and connections? Hear about other states’ experiences in structuring support for wireless access demands.

 

Moderator 

  • Troy Adkins, network administrator, House of Delegates, Virginia

 

Speakers

  • Eric Reid, senior systems analyst, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana
  • Michael Lauth, information security analyst, Legislative Services Agency, South Carolina

11-11:10 a.m.

Break

11:10-12:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Ballroom

Five Minutes of Fame

Hear a concise overview of current IT projects, issues and accomplishments from your colleagues (who have signed up in advance), with a little trivia in between. This fast-moving session is always interesting, sometimes entertaining, and sometimes sweetly rewarding. This session is sponsored by Xcential Legislative Technologies.

 

Facilitators

  • Joel Redding, chief information Officer, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

  • David Coles, network manager, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

Speaker Presentations

 

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Vincennes Room

Lunch

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Irosoft.

 

NCSL Welcome:

Chuck Truesdell, Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Kentucky; NCSL Staff Vice Chair

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Circle City 10, 10th Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Ballroom

Concurrent Session: Runtime StackPanel Discussion

Hear about the different types of tech stacks being used in legislatures, why they were chosen, and the pros and cons of each.

 

Moderator

  • Kyle Forster, information technology manager, Legislative Council, North Dakota

 

Speakers

  • Brian Adams, programmer, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana

  • Paul Pinner, programmer/analyst, House, Virginia

 

Concurrent Session: IT Infrastructure Security
IT infrastructure and security are central to all the technology solutions and services provided to legislatures. In this session, you’ll hear about options for anti-malware appliances, why various options were chosen, designed and implemented, and how effective they’ve been. You’ll also learn how one state implemented biometric technology to increase security and decrease the number of help-desk calls regarding forgotten passwords. 

 

Moderator:

  • David Coles, network manager, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

Speakers

  • Terri Clark, director of technical services, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas 
  • Jon Postiglione, chief of technology, Legislative Services Agency, South Carolina
  • Michael Lauth, information security analyst, Legislative Services Agency, South Carolina

 

2:30-2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.
Indianapolis Ballroom

From Data to Insights: Data Analysis and Visualization Tools

Learn how legislatures are using data analytics to make information more understandable and useful for internal users and constituents.

Moderator:

  • Manish Jani, information technology manager, Office of Legislative Council, Colorado

Speakers: 

  • Brian Adams, programmer, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana
  • Jessica Harmon, senior fiscal and program analyst, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana
  • Karen Firestone Rossen, senior fiscal analyst, Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis, Indiana

 

3:45-4 p.m.

Break

4-5 p.m.
Vincennes Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-5 p.m.

Indianapolis Ballroom

Concurrent Session: Legislative Data Preservation for UELMA

The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) sets forth specific requirements for the authentication and preservation of legislative and legal materials. UELMA has been adopted or is being considered in several states. Learn about UELMA and technological approaches that are used in states to satisfy the requirements for preservation and security.

 

Moderator

  • Ronda Tentarelli, senior projects coordinator, LEG-TECH, Washington

 

Speakers

  • Mendora Servin, ITS manager, Legislative Data Center, Office of Legislative Counsel, California
  • Jason Judt, data systems project manager, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota
  • Daniel Kruse, systems analyst/programmer, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota

 

Concurrent Session: On-Prem/Hybrid/Cloud: Why and How
You’ve heard the benefits of moving to the cloud, including lower costs, stability, scalability, and flexibility. However, decisions about cloud, hybrid cloud or staying on-premise can be complicated. Hear from colleagues in three states about why and how they made the decision to move to the cloud…or not. 

 

Moderator:

  • Linda Wettstone, sr. systems analyst, Senate, Virginia

 

Speakers:

  • Mike Allen, network manager, Legislative Services Division, Montana
  • Chad Poll, Office of Legislative Research & General Counsel, Utah
  • Gary Wieman, network manager, Legislative Technology Center, Nebraska

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Social Event: Lucas Oil Stadium Quarterback Club

(A shuttle bus will be available starting at 6 p.m. at the hotel's South entrance, or meet in the main lobby to walk over as a group.)

Join us at the Lucas Oil Stadium Quarterback Club for dinner and entertainment with your colleagues. Network with colleagues, and enjoy sports entertainment and video gaming at the home of the Colts. 

wednesDay, sept. 14

7:00-8:15 a.m. & 2:30-5 p.m.

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites

Registration/Information Desk
Indianapolis Foyer

7:15-8:15 a.m.

Indianapolis Ballroom

Breakfast
NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, International Roll-Call.

8:15 a.m. - Noon

Indiana State House

Tours and Briefings: Indiana State House
(Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:15 am for the short walk to the Indiana State House.)
 

Tour the beautiful and historic Indiana State House with its marble floors, brass chandeliers and distinctive stained glass rotunda dome. Learn about the sophisticated and innovative technology that supports the essential functions of the legislative process in Indiana.

 

Tours and Briefings: Indiana State House

  • Handouts
  • State House Tour
  • House and Senate Chambers Tour
  • Captioning of Webcasts
  • Committee Mgmt. System
  • Voting System

Noon-1:30 p.m.

State House

Lunch: A Taste of Indiana

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Thomson Reuters.
 

Keynote: The FBI/Apple Encryption Debate

Recent terrorist attacks brought to the forefront the controversy over law enforcement access to encrypted devices and pitted the FBI against Apple. In this session, we will learn the fascinating details behind the controversy.

Introduction:

  • Terri Clark, director of technical services, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas

Speaker:

  • Fred H. Cate, vice president for research, distinguished professor and professor of law; Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Indiana University

2-4 p.m.

Legislative Building

Tours and Briefings: Indiana State House

 

  • Server Room/IT Offices
  • Chamber System
  • Development Methodology and Tools for Agile/ Iterative Development
    • Eric Jones, Technical Team Lead, Legislative Service Agency, Indiana
  • Neo4j: Duplicate/ Conflict Checking Database

4 p.m.

Walk back to Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites.

5-7 p.m.

Indianapolis Ballroom

NALIT Reception and Exhibits
NALIT exhibits bring you the latest in information technology products and services for legislatures. Take a leisurely and first-hand look at our exhibits while enjoying the reception.

 

Exhibitors:

  • International Roll-Call
  • Irosoft
  • Propylon
  • Sliq Media Technologies
  • Tallan, Inc.
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Xcential Legislative Technologies
ThursDay, sept. 15

7:30-10:30 a.m.

Indianapolis Foyer

Registration/Information Desk

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Corydon Room

Breakfast

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies.

8-8:30 a.m.

Corydon Room

What It Takes to Host a NALIT Seminar: Roundtable and Q & A with Past Hosts

  • Peter Capriglione, North Carolina

  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
  • Joel Redding, Kentucky
  • Mendora Servin, California

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Vincennes Room

Standards for Legislative Data

 

Calls for common data exchange standards for legislative data are gaining momentum. Hear case studies about how the Akoma Ntosa standard is being implemented in the United Kingdom and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Moderator:

  • Terri Clark, director of technical services, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas

Speaker:

  • Grant Vergottini, co-founder & CEO, Xcential Legislative Technologies, California

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Break

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Vincennes Room

Services for External Access to Data 

 

Legislatures are facing growing demands to make bulk legislative data available to the public in open formats. Making legislative data available via APIs and other formats sounds great, but it also creates some new challenges. What makes sense for you?

 

Moderator

  • Kelly Stallings, development team leader, Information Systems, North Carolina

Speakers

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Corydon Room

Roundtables

 

Meet in small groups with your colleagues to ask and answer questions directly relevant to your position, whether management, support/help desk, infrastructure & systems administration, applications development & programming.

  • Management
    • Facilitator: Ronda Tentarelli, senior projects coordinator, Washington

  • Support/Help Desk

    • Facilitator: Wallace Austin, client technologies manager, North Carolina

  • Infrastructure & Systems Administration

    • Facilitator: Brian Girten, technical services engineer, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas 

  • Applications Development & Programming

    • Facilitator: Jeff Ford, chief technology officer, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana