2018 NALIT Professional Development Seminar Agenda and Handouts

10/1/2018

Photo of Tennessee State CapitolThe 2018 NALIT Professional Development Seminar (PDS) for legislative information technology professionals will be held Sept. 11-14, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Meet with legislative IT professionals from across the nation for networking, learning and skill development. Below is the full agenda for the meeting.

All sessions and events will be held at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, except as noted. (Tours and sessions during the morning on Thursday, Sept. 13 will be held at the Tennessee State Capitol and other legislative buildings.)

Visit the NALIT PDS home page for additional details about housing and registration.

Agenda

See photographs from the NALIT Seminar, courtesy Kristy Ford, Indiana.

TUESDay, SEPT. 11
  (All sessions/events on Tuesday will be held at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt.)
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration/Information Desk

1 p.m.

Welcome

  • Vinay Dattu, Tennessee

Seminar Overview

  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky; chair, NALIT
1-1:25 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcase Part I: Overview

 

Hear from colleagues in several states about new or innovative applications. The session will begin with a five-minute overview from each state. The next session will be an exhibit-style session so attendees can get a close-up look at applications and ask detailed questions.

 

Introductions

  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky

Speakers:

1:25-2:05  p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcase Part I: Showcases

 

Take an informal look at the legislative applications just highlighted. Ask in-depth questions and share your own experiences and lessons learned with others.

  • Compare Program, Virginia
  • CAPS: Tools for Committees, Washington
  • Budget Status System, North Dakota
  • Constituent Services Application, Kentucky
  • Electronic Signature Application, Indiana
2:05-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-2:35 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcase Part II: Overview

 

Hear from colleagues in several states about new or innovative applications. The session will begin with a five-minute overview from each state. The next session will be an exhibit-style session so attendees can get a close up look at applications and ask detailed questions.

 

Introductions

  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota

Speakers

  • Kerry Bryan, Calendar Program, Tennessee
  • Kurt McDowell, Web-based Drafting Tool, Ohio
  • Mike Schatz, Digitization of Audio Files, Minnesota
  • Jamie Schaub, Office 365 Interim Committee System for Meeting Management, Wyoming
2:35-3:15 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcase Part II: Showcases

 

Take an informal look at the legislative applications just highlighted. Ask in-depth questions and share your own experiences and lessons learned with others.

  • Calendar Program, Tennessee

  • Web-based Drafting Tool, Ohio

  • Digitization of Audio Files, Minnesota

  • Office 365 Interim Committee System for meeting management, Wyoming

3:15-3:45 p.m.

Meet and Greet and Orientation to NALIT

 

Learn about NALIT and find out how to get involved. Connect with your peers from other states and get some helpful tips about how to make the most of your time in Nashville. For first time attendees and anyone who wants to learn more about NALIT.

 

Facilitators

  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky; Chair, NALIT
  • Jeff Ford, Indiana, Vice Chair, NALIT
  • Soren Jacobsen, Idaho, Secretary, NALIT
  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota, Past Chair, NALIT
5:30-7 p.m.

Opening Reception

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our reception sponsor, Tallan.

Relax, unwind and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages while connecting with your colleagues. 

 

WednesDay, sept. 12
  (All sessions on Wednesday will be held at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt. The evening reception is offsite.)
7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

7:45-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast 

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our breakfast sponsor, Propylon.

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Opening Session: Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Cybersecurity

As the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) grow at a near exponential rate, fields ranging from machine translation to medical image analysis are realizing the benefits. However, the area of greatest impact may well be that of cybersecurity, from both sides of the equation. We will explore the question "What is the long-term impact of AI to the equilibrium between attackers and defenders?"

 

Welcome Remarks

  • Vinay Dattu, Tennessee

Speakers

9:45-10 a.m.

Break

10-11 a.m.

The Importance of Customer Service in Information Technology

 

Customer service skills may be more important than technical skills, especially in the legislative environment. Exceptional IT customer service will earn loyalty, respect, and support for an entire legislative IT department. Learn communication do’s and don’ts, explore tips for working with the customer/client, and discuss what it means to “treat people right” while providing service that improves overall results.

 

Moderator

  • Wallace Austin, North Carolina

Speakers

11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Five Minutes of Fame

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our session sponsor, Xcential.

 

Hear a concise overview of current IT projects, issues and accomplishments in other states. Share your experiences and expertise and hear from others for new ideas, information or advice. 

 

Facilitators

  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
  • Ronda Tentarelli, Washington

Presentations/Handouts

 

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our lunch sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

1:30-1:50 p.m.

Networking Break

 

This is your chance to follow up with your colleagues to ask and answer questions about projects and applications described in the Five Minutes of Fame.

2-2:45 p.m.

Security Incident Response Programs

 

Governments are increasingly susceptible to cybersecurity attacks. Ransomware, DOS and other attacks have caused disruptions in state legislatures. Learn the crucial elements of an incident response plan and hear about incident response services available free to state and local governments, including legislatures.

 

Moderator

  • Jeff Ford, Indiana

Speakers

3-4 p.m.

Blockchain for Legislatures

 

Blockchain technology enables a distributed record or ledger database that is consensually shared and synchronized across networks spread over multiple sites, institutions or geographies. It allows transactions to have public witnesses, thereby making fraudulent transactions or cyberattacks more difficult. Hear about how blockchain technology can be used in legislative applications from a software and systems expert who has experience in both legislative software and in the blockchain space.

 

Moderator

Jeff Ford, Indiana 

Speaker

4-5 p.m.

Moving to Office 365

 

This session offers a practical look at the benefits and challenges of migrating to Office 365. Hear from states that have taken different approaches, from limited to more enterprise approaches.

 

Moderator

Speakers

6-8 p.m.

Tennessee Host State Reception: BB King's Blues Club

NALIT gratefully acknowledges the support of our host state.

Let the good times roll when you step into B.B. King’s Blues Club--located downtown on 2nd Avenue in “The District”--for hors d'oeuvres and beverages with your colleagues. 

 

thursDay, sept. 13

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt

Registration/Information Desk

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt

 

Breakfast

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our breakfast sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies.

 

8:15-11:45 a.m.

State Capitol and Legislative Office Buildings

Tours and Briefings: Tennessee State Capitol
(Buses will depart from the hotel lobby at 8:15 a.m.)

 

Welcome: Vinay Dattu, Tennessee

 

Special Guest: Senator Randy McNally, Lt. Governor, Tennessee

  • Tennessee State Capitol Tour
  • House Voting System
  • Legislative Information System Offices
  • Senate Committee Room Technology
  • Tennessee Legislature's Dashboard
  (Sessions/events on Thursday afternoon and evening will be held at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt.)

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt

 

Luncheon Session: Cybersecurity Threats and Trends

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

 

Supervisory Special Agent Dean Kinsman has investigated criminal and national security computer intrusion cases and has participated in several coordinated multinational searches and arrests of international cyber subjects. Kinsman will share his knowledge and advice about current cybersecurity trends and threats.

 

Introduction

  • Vinay Dattu, Tennessee

Speaker

  • Dean Kinsman, supervisory special agent, FBI, Tennessee

1:30-2:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30-2:15 p.m.

 

Concurrent Session: Search Tools

 

Search tools are a critical means of providing access to legislative information. For some states, the approaching end-of-life of Google Search Appliance is prompting a change. Others are seeking a powerful, faster or more cost-efficient solution. Hear from other states about how and why they selected a new search tool, and how it has performed.

Moderator

  • Vinay Dattu, Tennessee

Speakers

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Concurrent Session: Improving Communication with Digital Signage

 

Legislatures are using digital signage to provide real time legislative information onsite for legislators, staff and visitors. Hear about the hardware and software that makes it possible for legislatures to present information in creative new ways.

 

Moderator

  • Roberto Lusanta Jr., Nevada

 

Speakers

  • Zac Maier, Indiana

2:15-2:30 p.m.

 

Break

2:30-3:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:30-3:15 p.m.

 

 

 

Concurrent Session: Recruiting and Retaining Staff

 

We need motivated and talented staff to get our legislative IT work done. But, everywhere in the country it's harder than ever to find, recruit and retain the critical people we need. Hear how some states are creatively tackling staffing challenges, and bring your own thoughts and ideas to this engaging and interactive session.

Moderator

  • Terri Clark, Kansas

Speakers

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Concurrent Session: Bulletproof Coding

No one can write code that is guaranteed “bulletproof” or error-free. But there are methodologies and best practices that can help. Hear about and discuss ways to polish your craft.

 

Moderator

  • Paul Pinner, House, Virginia

Speakers

  • Varnie Karmo, Indiana
  • Hanley Loller, Kentucky

3:30-4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30-4:30 p.m.

 

Concurrent Roundtable: Web Development

 

Join in an interactive discussion about web development activities in legislatures. Come prepared to join in the conversation and share your state’s web programming environment, web framework, development tools and other information about your web development experiences. 

 

Facilitators

  • Seth McFarland, North Carolina 
  • Kelly Stallings, North Carolina 

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Concurrent Session: Creating a Case for Security Staffing

 

Legislatures face increasing cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and incidents, yet most have limited resources for adding a CISO or a dedicated cybersecurity position. Hear how two states made a case for adding security staff and discuss ideas for training and other ways to improve security staffing even without adding FTEs.

 

Moderator

  • Peter Capriglione, North Carolina

 

Speakers

5-7 p.m.

 

 

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

friDay, Sept. 14
  (All sessions on Friday will be held at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt.)
7:30-10:30 a.m. Registration/Information Desk
7:30-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8-8:30 a.m.

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

 

Thinking about hosting a NALIT seminar in your state? It's a rewarding experience, say past hosts. Hear from past seminar hosts from Tennessee, Indiana and North Carolina.

 

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Roundtable: Security Awareness

 

This session will begin with an overview of results of a recent NALIT survey of cybersecurity programs and staffing in state legislatures. Then be a part of a discussion about different approaches to security awareness programs and options for security. 

 

Facilitator

  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.

Future-Proofing Legislative Applications and Data

Gain insights into how to develop for stability and longevity.

 

Moderator

  • Kurt McDowell, Ohio

Speakers

  • Matt SmithIndiana
  • Michael Blankenship, Kentucky
10:45-11:15 a.m.

Birds of a Feather Roundtables I

 

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 and programming.

  • Management
    • Facilitator: Cameron Crump, Washington
  • Support/Help Desk
    • Facilitator: Glenn Harris, Idaho
  • Infrastructure & Systems Administration
    • Facilitator: Kyle Forster, North Dakota
  • Applications Development & Programming
    • Facilitator: Hanley Loller, Kentucky
  • Women in IT
    • Facilitator: DeLynn VanDriel, Washington

 

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Birds of a Feather Roundtables II

 

This second session of roundtables allows you to participate in more than one area of interest. Ask and answer questions directly relevant to your position, whether management, support/help desk, infrastructure and systems administration, applications development and programming.

  • Management
    • Facilitator: Glenn Harris, Idaho
  • Support/Help Desk
    • Facilitator: Soren Jacobsen, Idaho
  • Infrastructure and Systems Administration
    • Facilitator: Terri Clark, Kansas
  • Applications Development and Programming
    • Facilitator: Vinay Dattu, Tennessee
  • Women in IT
    • Facilitator: Ronda Tentarelli, Washington

 

11:45 a.m. Seminar ends
 


2018 Planning Committee Members

 

NALIT Chair: 

  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota

Host State Chair:

  • Vinay Dattu, Tennessee

Members:

  • Troy Adkins, House, Virginia
  • Jim Bell, Senate, New York
  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
  • Glenn Harris, Idaho
  • Manish Jani, Colorado
  • DeLynn Magura, Washington
  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky
  • Mendora Servin, California
  • Ronda Tentarelli, Washington
  • Shay Wilson, Alaska