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NALIT 2012 Legislative Summit Agenda

 

Picture of NALIT logoNCSL Legislative Summit National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT)
McCormick Place Convention Center (West Building) 
Chicago, Illinois

August 6-9, 2012
 

AGENDA AND HANDOUTS

As of August 17, 2012

Two excellent NALIT sessions were live streamed and are now available for viewing at your convenience. See"Innovating with iPads" and "Social Media Safety."  Presentations and handouts from the session are listed below. Check back for frequent updates.

Speaker biographies for NALIT sessions are available here.


Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Monday, August 6, 2012

7:30 am-5:30 pm
MPW Regis.B, Level 3

Registration

12:30 pm-1:15 pm
MPW W 176a, Level 1

New Legislative Summit Attendee Orientation
If you are attending your first NCSL Legislative Summit, take part in this interactive orientation and learn how to navigate your way through the nation's most substantive public policy meeting. Learn about meetings that will get you more involved with NCSL, including our business meeting, staff sections, standing committees and more.

1:30 pm-3:00 pm
MPW Skyline Ballrm., Level 3

General Session
Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial has been named one of the top economic forecasters in the country by the Wall Street Journal. She acts as advisor to Federal Reserve Board and regional Reserve Banks and is one of the most respected economists in the world and among the most quoted economists in the financial press.

3:15 pm-5:00 pm
MPW W176a, Level 1

NALIT: Technology Initiatives in the States
Co-Sponsored by the Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section.
Hear short presentations about current information technology initiatives in several states, and share information about projects in your state, whether recently completed, currently in progress or planned for the future. This fast-paced session is not just for IT professionals; it’s for anyone who would like to share experiences and expertise about information technology initiatives.

Facilitator: Rich Beckwith, Director of Information Services, House of Representatives, Missouri

Handouts:

 

6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Offsite

NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner
Join IT colleagues from around the country for a great evening at a local restaurant. Spouses and guests are welcome.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

7:30 am-5:30 pm
MPW Regis.B, Level 3 

Registration

8:00 am-8:45 am
MPW W184cd, Level 1
 

NALIT: Open Data, Open States
Grassroots groups and non-government organizations are scraping and standardizing legislative information from the web so it can be made more easily accessible to the public. Many groups also are calling for legislatures to provide bulk data in open formats to make it easier to provide this type of information to citizens. Learn about these projects and their impact on legislatures and citizens.

Moderator: Peter Capriglione, Business Applications Manager, North Carolina

Speaker:

                Speaker biographies

9:00 am-10:15 am
MPW Skyline Ballrm., Level 3

General Session featuring Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse—Two of the Nation's Leading Pollsters
Peter Hart and Neil Newhouse are two of the nation's leading pollsters. Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a firm that The New York Times describes as "the leading Republican polling company" in the country. Peter Hart is "the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party," according to the National Journal and is chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.

10:00 am-4:00 pm
MPW Hall F1, Level 3

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 am-1:30 pm

Standing Committee Sessions
NCSL's 15 standing committees will hold informational sessions and policy meetings. The programs are open to all attendees.

Noon-1:30 pm
MPW W185c - Level 1
 

GIS Technology After Redistricting
Sponsored by the Elections and Redistricting Committee
Most legislatures develop elaborate systems for the redistricting process. Once the lines have been adopted, rather than mothballing them can they be used to help in policymaking? Explore different ways states can use their GIS technology after redistricting has wound down.
Presiding/Panelist: Clare Dyer, Redistricting and Special Projects, Texas Legislature
Panelists:

  • Rich Leadbeater, ESRI, Maryland
  • Howard Simkowitz, Caliper Corporation, Washington, D.C.

3:15 pm-4:45 pm
MPW W470ab, Level 4

Legislative Staff University: Communication Tools for Navigating Uncertainty
Legislative staff today work in an environment driven by too much information, too little time, too few personal interactions. How can you be certain the things you say are understood and responded to appropriately to achieve intended results? Learn from Laree Kiely—a distinguished professor, CEO and participant in the Legislative Staff Management Institute—how to better understand, listen to and communicate with lawmakers and staff alike for a more productive workplace.
Speaker: Laree Kiely, Kiely Group, California  

4:45 pm-5:45 pm
MPW W185cd, Level 1

NALIT: Legislating in the Cloud

Cloud computing makes it possible to access, store and deliver software and services through the Internet. It also has the potential for significant cost savings. Learn what cloud computing is and discuss the pros and cons of moving to the cloud, including questions about confidentiality, security and ownership of data. Hear from colleagues in state legislatures that have considered or are taking the leap to the cloud.

Moderator: Gary Wieman, Network Manager, Nebraska

Speakers:

                 Speaker biographies

6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Museum of Science and Industry

Illinois Opening Reception—Windy City Welcome
Chicago stands tall as the city of big shoulders—a city known for its renowned architecture, captivating museums, beloved sports teams, wonderful shopping, great food and beautiful lake shore. At this opening event, you’ll have exclusive access to the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere and experience fascinating, world-class exhibits. During your exploration of the museum, you will get a “taste” of what makes Chicago famous—food, fun and music. A traditional “Taste of Chicago” will showcase all the famous eats and tunes from the Windy City, from deep dish pizza to the classic Chicago style hot dog, from jazz to gospel to rock.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

6:00 am-7:30 pm
Offsite

Bipartisan Bike Ride
See the picturesque sights of Chicago at a leisurely 10 minutes per hour. Bikes, helmets, coffee and health breakfast snacks will be provided. Dress comfortably. All skill levels and ages are welcome at this guided ride. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
NCSL gratefully acknowledges BikeTexas, Wal-Mart, General Mills and BNSF for sponsoring this event.

7:30 am-5:30 pm
MPW Regis.B, Level 3

Registration

8:00 am-9:15 am
MPW W176a, Level 1

NALIT Breakfast and Business Meeting
NALIT members will hear committee reports, consider By-Laws changes and elect new officers. In addition, the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards will be recognized.

Presiding: Rich Beckwith, Director of Information Services, House of Representatives, Missouri, NALIT Chair

Speaker Biography

10:00 am-Noon

Exhibit Hall Open

Noon-1:30 pm

Atlanta Exhibit Hall Luncheon

3:00 pm-4:30 pm
MPW W375e, Level 3

Strong Stewards: A Tribute to Legislative Staff
With legislatures facing a skeptical public, tight budgets and increasing partisanship, staff are called upon to be the champions and guardians of representative democracy. Mary Crane will demonstrate how managers can effectively recruit, retain and motivate staff, and how new staffers can enhance their talents to replace departing veterans. Crane has been featured on "60 Minutes" and "Fox Business News," and her experience includes working in the White House.
Speaker: Mary Crane, Mary Crane & Associates, New York

4:30 pm-5:30 pm
MPW W180, Level 1

NALIT: Social Media Safety -- Watch the recorded session: "Social Media Safety"
Co-Sponsored by the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries, the Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section and the National Legislative Services and Security Association.
Social networking sites have created new security challenges in legislative and political realms. Hacking, high-jacking and impersonation happen too frequently. Hear about the security and privacy risks of social media, as well as some apps and location check-in tools, and learn some simple steps to keep your accounts secure.
Moderator:  Peter Capriglione, North Carolina General Assembly
Speaker:

                 Speaker biographies

Thursday, August 9, 2012

6:00 am-7:30 am
Offsite

Walk for Wellness
The Walk is a collaborative effort of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL, the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and the NCSL Health Committee.Stretch your legs and join your friends at the Walk for Wellness, a 5K walk (or run) along Lake Michigan, to raise awareness of chronic diseases and health disparities. It’s open to all Summit attendees; no preregistration is required. The start/finish location is Arvey Field, near Lake Shore Drive and Roosevelt.
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the support of the American Beverage Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Physical Therapy Association, HIMSS, the International Bottled Water Association and Walmart. 

7:30 am-12:00 pm
MPW Regis.B, Level 3

Registration

9:00 am-10:15 am
MPW Skyline Ballrm., Level 3

General Session on Jobs
John Engler, former Michigan governor and current head of the Business Roundtable, and Douglas Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar Inc., and Edward B. Rust Jr., CEO of State Farm Mutual and vice-chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will participate in a lively discussion on the different roles government and businesses can play in creating jobs.

9:00 am-Noon

Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 am-12:15 pm
MPW W375e, Level 3

NCSL Annual Business Meeting
All legislators and legislative staff are urged to attend the Business Meeting for consideration of Policy Directives and Resolutions that will guide NCSL’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration, amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of Procedures, election of NCSL officers and approval of the Conference budget. All other meeting participants are welcome to observe.

12:30 pm-2:00 pm
MPW Skyline Ballrm., Level 3

General Session featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize winner

Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, prolific author and captivating speaker. She has written books about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson and most recently about Abraham Lincoln. "Team of Rivals" illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

2:15 pm-3:30 pm
MPW W184cd, Level 1

NALIT: Innovating with iPads -- Watch the recorded session: Innovating with iPads
Several states have completed pilot projects using iPads or tablets legislature-wide or in legislative committees. Hear from states that are integrating iPads into daily operations of the legislature and learn about the challenges and rewards of the projects from a variety of perspectives.
 

Moderator/Speaker:

Speakers:

 Speaker Biographies

3:30 pm-4:45 pm
MPW W184cd, Level 1

NALIT: BYOD in the Legislature
IT professionals face new challenges as the "bring your own device" (BYOD) phenomenon spreads to workplaces everywhere. BYOD requires new skills and expert staffing to manage the risks it can bring to legislative networks. This session will look at the different approaches legislatures are taking with BYOD and the various management, policy and security questions that must be addressed.

Moderator: Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, General Assembly, Kentucky
Speakers:
  • Gigi Brickle, Director, Legislative Printing IT Systems, South Carolina
  • Eric Dugger, Network Services Manager, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada
  • Mark Humphrey, Deputy Director of Infrastructure & Operation, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas
 
Handouts:

 

6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Millennium Park

Illinois Closing Event—Music Feast 
What better way to say farewell to the City by the Lake than an evening of great music and fine food in this 25-acre park along Lake Michigan’s shoreline—a center for world-class art, music, architecture, gardens and landscape design? Guests will savor and sip some of Chicago’s best offerings from its many culturally diverse neighborhoods such as Greek Town, Little Italy and Ukrainian Village. While sitting under the stars, listen to an exclusive performance by the toddling town’s best-known musicians. Get ready for an evening of culinary and musical delights set against the picturesque skyline in one of the city’s top tourist attractions.


Speaker Biographies

2012 NCSL Legislative Summit
NALIT Sessions

Technology Initiatives in Legislatures
Facilitator Biography

Rich Beckwith
Rich and family live on a small farm in rural Cole County stocked mostly with cats and chiggers. His wife Debbie of 20 years (marrried 20 years, not 20 years old) is a full-time mom, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of Beta Sigma Phi. For his "real" job, Rich is Director of Information Systems for the Missouri House of Representatives. His current efforts are directed at IT strategic planning, long-term infrastructure projects and customer-focused service delivery. Rich has a Masters debree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri Columbia and obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Lincoln University. When not at work, Rich can be found volunteering as a HAZMAT technician, FEMA All Hazards Incident Support Team member for the Cole County Emergency Response Team, and medical first responder for Cole County. Rich's hobbies include Amateur (Ham) Radio, astronomy, gardening and reading science fiction.


Open Data, Open States
Moderator/Speaker Biographies

Peter Capriglione
Peter Capriglione has been with the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) since October 1986.  Before his employment with the NCGA, he worked with Public Systems Associates from 1983 until 1986.  From 1986 until 2000, he was the Infrastructure Manager for the Information Systems Division.  Now he is the Business Applications Manager for the division and serves as a staff member to the legislative IT committees.  Peter received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. at North Carolina State University.
 
James Turk
James Turk is a Developer and Open Source Coordinator for Sunlight Labs. He is now leading the Open State Project (http://openstates.org), an effort to scrape and standardize legislative information from all fifty states. He earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008. Before joining Sunlight Labs, he also spent time working at Project Vote Smart.


Legislating in the Cloud
Moderator/Speaker Biographies

Eric Dugger
Eric is currently the Network and Support Services manager responsible for all networking, hardware, IT security and client support and has worked on legislative systems both as an employee in the private and public sectors. He has over 15 years management and technical experience in the legislative IT environment. Eric holds a B.S in Marketing Management from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MBA with emphasis on Information Technology Management from Western Governor’s University. He also holds Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications and has also been a member of the State of Nevada’s IT security committee.
 
Jonathan Palmore
Jonathan Palmore is a native Virginian. He serves as the Senior Assistant Clerk of Technology for the Senate of Virginia. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Before entering the public sector, Jonathan worked with UNIX-based computer systems in the health care information systems arena.
 
Sharon Crouch Steidel
Sharon Crouch Steidel currently serves as Director of Information Systems for the Virginia House of Delegates, a position she has held since 1983, although she began working for the House in 1975.  She is responsible for all aspects of IT development for the House of Delegates and advises staff and members on technology issues.  Sharon periodically works for the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, on democratic initiative projects related to information technology. In this role, she has worked with legislative entities in countries such as Yemen, Brazil, Argentina, Central America and Ghana.  Sharon served as Staff Chair of NCSL’s Executive Committee.  She also was a member of NCSL's Website Advisory Steering Committee and chaired various NCSL Technology Task Forces and teams.  She also is a Past Chair of the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT). 
  
Gary Wieman
Gary Wieman is the Network Manager for the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. He has been with the legislature for 17 years, the last 13 years in his current position.  His duties include server, workstation, and laptop installation and maintenance, network monitoring, and applying security updates.  He also coordinates the activities of the helpdesk to support the systems group.  Gary participates in state of Nebraska workgroups to develop network security policies and a state enterprise directory, and was legislative technical representative for the capitol wiring project.  Gary earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska.  He then worked at the university as a programmer for modeling livestock production systems, validating soil erosion prediction models, and building a data acquisition system to measure soil-water release curves before joining the Legislative Technology Center staff.  Gary received the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Award in 2008.  He served two terms as NALIT Chair from 2005 to 2007 and currently serves on the NCSL Executive Committee.

 
Social Media Safety
Moderator/Biographies

Peter Capriglione
Business Applications Manager, North Carolina General Assembly
Peter Capriglione has been with the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) since October 1986.  Before his employment with the NCGA, he worked with Public Systems Associates from 1983 until 1986.  From 1986 until 2000, he was the Infrastructure Manager for the Information Systems Division.  Now he is the Business Applications Manager for the division and serves as a staff member to the legislative IT committees.  Peter received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. at North Carolina State University.
 
Kevin Haley
Director of Product Management, Symantec Security Response
Kevin Haley is Director of Product Management for Symantec Security Response, where he is responsible for ensuring that the security content gathered from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network is actionable for its customers.  This includes educating customers on security issues and incorporating the security content into Symantec’s enterprise and consumer product lines.  The valuable security data provides the basis for protecting customers against complex Internet threats and other security risks. 
 
During his twelve years at Symantec, Haley has leveraged his security expertise in the development of the company’s antivirus solutions for endpoints and mail servers, and in creating network and system management solutions.  Haley managed a global team of technical product managers who evangelized Endpoint Security Products and were responsible for field enable and technical training for SAV, SCS, SEP v11.0 and SNAC 11.0.
 
Before joining Symantec, Haley was part of the OpenView group at Hewlett-Packard, working on the company’s software distribution tools.  Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Haley was a product manager at Sun Microsystems, where he managed the development and delivery of network and server software for Solaris on Intel.


Innovating with iPads
Moderator/Speaker Biographies

Delegate Brent Boggs
Delegate Boggs has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates since 1996. He was asked to serve in a leadership role as Vice-Chairman of the House Finance Committee in 2006 and was named House Majority Leader in 2008. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Legislative Rural Health Caucus and serves on the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, Standing Committee on Government Organization, Select Committee on Emergency Health Preparedness, Legislative Intern Committee, Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, and Commission on Special Investigations. Delegate Boggs has also has served on numerous standing, select and interim committees throughout his legislative tenure. In addition to his legislative service, he was appointed to the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority. A 32-year engineer with CSX transportation, Delegate Boggs also has deep roots in the transportation industry and government serving as a lobbyist at the State Capitol for 12 years prior to the beginning of his legislative service. On the federal level, he worked on Capitol Hill from 1997 to 2002, working on surface transportation issues simultaneous with his legislative service. In the community, he serves on the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Appalachian Area on Aging Board of Directors, and Central WV Aging Services Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, West Virginia Farm Bureau, West Virginians for Life, and Sons of American Legion. Delegate Boggs is President of the Gilmer-Braxton Technology Research Zone, a non-profit entity he helped form through legislation to move forward with development and deployment of high-speed and wireless broadband service to central West Virginia.
 
Janell Hopkins
Janell Hopkins has worked in the Texas legislative environment for more than 21 years, joining the Texas Legislative Council after working two sessions as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. Since coming to the council, Janell has spent her career in a number of roles—supporting legislative offices, working with applications development teams, writing software documentation, and leading office support teams. She is currently manager of the Computer Support Center which includes the call center, the training center, and five office support teams.
 
Hobie Lehman
Hobie Lehman serves as the Coordinator of Committee Operations as well as the Sergeant-At-Arms for the Senate of Virginia. he has a BA in Communications from Virginia Tech. Before coming to the Senate of Virginia, Hobie was a television news reporter for an ABC affiliate in Roanoke Virginia.
 
Jonathan Palmore
Jonathan Palmore is a native Virginian. He serves as the Senior Assistant Clerk of Technology for the Senate of Virginia. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Before entering the public sector, Jonathan worked with UNIX-based computer systems in the health care information systems arena.

Sharon Crouch Steidel
Sharon Crouch Steidel currently serves as Director of Information Systems for the Virginia House of Delegates, a position she has held since 1983, although she began working for the House in 1975.  She is responsible for all aspects of IT development for the House of Delegates and advises staff and members on technology issues.  Sharon periodically works for the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, on democratic initiative projects related to information technology. In this role, she has worked with legislative entities in countries such as Yemen, Brazil, Argentina, Central America and Ghana.  Sharon served as Staff Chair of NCSL’s Executive Committee.  She also was a member of NCSL's Website Advisory Steering Committee and chaired various NCSL Technology Task Forces and teams.  She also is a Past Chair of the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT).
 
 
BYOD in the Legislature
Moderator/Speaker Biographies

Gigi Brickle
Gigi Brickle is Director of Legislative Information Technology Systems, a state agency within the legislative branch of S.C. government that serves the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Legislative Council in a non-partisan manor.  She has twenty six years of experience and perspective, crossing parties, caucuses, aisles and houses.  She is responsible for all agency operations including, but not limited to, project management, budgeting, personnel management, infrastructure and systems, applications development, help desk, training, work flow management and web content.  Before becoming director in 2001, she was the systems infrastructure manager for ten years.  Gigi holds a B.S degree in Business Administration (Finance and Management) from the University of South Carolina.  She is a member of the South Carolina Information Technology Directors Association as well as several local user groups.  Additionally, she is a graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute, a former partnering leadership consortium with the Kennedy School of Government. 
 
Eric Dugger
Eric is currently the Network and Support Services manager responsible for all networking, hardware, IT security and client support and has worked on legislative systems both as an employee in the private and public sectors. He has over 15 years management and technical experience in the legislative IT environment. Eric holds a B.S in Marketing Management from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MBA with emphasis on Information Technology Management from Western Governor’s University. He also holds Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications and has also been a member of the State of Nevada’s IT security committee.
 
Mark Humphrey
Mark Humphrey is the Deputy Director of Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) for the Texas Legislative Council. He is responsible for managing and providing direction and leadership in defining, establishing, supporting and operating the overall computer architecture of the council. Mark has 20 plus years of institutional experience and knowledge at the council delivering IT solutions to the legislative environment. The I&O section is responsible for providing support for application development, operating systems, network operating systems, mobile and desktop software configurations, systems support software, database software, transaction processors, network configuration, network software support, and operational support for all systems. I&O’s latest focus has been on developing the infrastructure to broadly support client device mobility for the legislative environment.
 
Joel Redding
Joel Redding has been employed with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) since 1995. Joel served as a programmer/analyst before becoming webmaster in 2005. In 2009 Joel became the Deputy Chief Information Officer and still serves as webmaster.  Before coming to the LRC, Joel was employed by Humana, Inc. Joel has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kentucky State University.

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