2015 NALIT Professional Development Seminar Agenda and Handouts

Sacramento, Calif. | Sept. 29-Oct. 2

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

At legislative demonstration sessions on Tuesday afternoon, gather new ideas and learn first hand about a variety of applications developed by your legislative IT colleagues.

Opening keynote speaker, PK Agarwal, former CTO of California, provided a vision of the technology-related disruptions and opportunities that lie ahead. Panel discussions and interactive sessions on a variety of technology topics of interest to legislatures make up the rest of the agenda.

All sessions were held at the Citizen Hotel, except for tours and briefings at the Capitol on Thursday morning.


TuesDay, Sept. 29
Time Sessions

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

1:15-1:20 p.m.

Welcome and Seminar Overview

  • Terri Clark, director of technical services, Legislative Office of Information Services, Kansas; chair, NALIT
  • Mendora Servin, information systems manager, Office of the Legislative Counsel, California; chair, Host State Committee
1:20-3:15 p.m.

Pre-seminar: Legislative Demos/Exhibit

Get a close-up look at and hear about how legislatures are creating solutions and leveraging tools for various legislative applications and for collaboration, communications and productivity.

  • North Carolina: Dashboard
    • Kelly Stallings, development team leader, Information Systems Division
  • North Dakota: Mobile app and bill tracking application
    • Kyle Forster, information technology manager, Legislative Council
  • Tennessee: Mobile device management solution
    • Alan Osborne, manager of network services, Legislative Information Services
  • Texas: CapCentral--mobile-friendly central website for one-click access to the most important and latest legislative information.
    • Scott Loiselle, project manager, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council
  • Virginia: Committee agendas – effective agendas, notifications and reporting tools under one hood.
    • Paul Pinner, programmer/analyst, House of Delegates
    • Troy Adkins, network administrator, House of Delegates
  • Washington: Floor management system
    • Steve Hull, computer application developer, Legislative Service Center
  • NALIT/NCSL: Learn more about NALIT, and bring your ideas, questions and suggestions for your association.
3-3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15-5:15 p.m.

Pre-seminar: Legislative Demos/Exhibits

Get a close-up look at and hear about how legislatures are creating solutions and leveraging tools for various applications and for collaboration, communications and productivity.

  • California: Use of Drupal for websites
    • Pranil Naresh, web projects and content manager supervisor, Office of the Legislative Counsel
  • Hawaii Senate: Spreadsheet bill tracker
  • IndianaChamber management and voting
    • Jeff Ford, chief technical officer, Legislative Services Agency

    • Matt Smith, business analyst manager, Legislative Services Agency

  • North Dakota: XenMobile Enterprise MDM (with ShareFile Enterprise)
    • Cody Malloy, information technology specialist, Legislative Council
  • Texas: Web-based learning management system
    • Andy Smith, web and eLearning specialist, Media & Education, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council
  • Virginia: iHOD – Updated floor calendar and committee agendas – member’s point of view.  
    • Troy Adkins, network administrator, House
    • Paul Pinner, programmer/analyst, House
  • NALIT/NCSL: Learn more about NALIT, and bring your ideas, questions and suggestions for your association.
5:30-7 p.m.

Opening Reception: The Underground Lounge, Historic Elks Tower

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor: Sliq Media Technologies

Meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends with food and drink in this fun and funky venue.

WednesDay, Sept. 30
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

8:15-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor: Propylon
9-9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: A Vision of the Future - Disruption and Opportunities Ahead for Government
PK Agarwal has a national reputation as a public sector visionary and also had the unique distinction of having a U.S. national annual award named as the P.K. Agarwal for Leadership in Electronic Government. The former CTO of California is currently CEO and Regional Dean for Northeastern University-Silicon Valley, and also serves as chairman of the board of Future 500.

9:45-10 a.m. Break
10-11:45 a.m.

Five Minutes of Fame

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.



  • Mark Humphrey, director, Information Systems Division, Legislative Council, Texas
  • Joel Redding, deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky


Participant presentations:


Noon-1 p.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor: International Roll-Call


1-2 p.m.

Tools for Mobile App Development

Learn from legislatures that have evaluated, set requirements for and selected tools for mobile apps, and how they are being implemented. 



  • Gary Schaefer, information systems coordinator, Senate, Louisiana


  • Kyle Forster, information technology manager, Legislative Council, North Dakota
  • Regina Peyfuss, associate application developer, Legislative Information Services, Colorado
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Help Desk Management Systems

Need help selecting or developing a help desk management system, large or small? Hear about systems developed or used in two states, including the requirements, workflows and other preparations involved in selecting, developing or procuring a help desk system.


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


  • Ellen Donati, information systems manager, Customer Support Division, California
  • Alberto Plantilla, service manager, Customer Support Division, California

  • Linda Sanford, project manager, Architected Services Division, California

3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Webcasts and Webinars

Most legislatures webcast floor proceedings, but some are expanding to committee webcasts or creating webinars to highlight events or to provide training. Hear about the policies and politics involved in expanding webcasts to committees, and learn about new tools and techniques for developing webinars.


  • Kevin Kumpf, Programmer/Analyst, South Dakota



Evening Dinner on your own/Dutch treat dinners
ThursDay, Oct. 1
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration/Information Desk
7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Walk to capitol--across the street from the Citizen Hotel.

Tours and Briefings: Legislative Data Center, California State Capitol

Tour the historic California State Capitol and learn about the sophisticated technology that supports the essential functions of the legislative process in California. 

8:40 a.m.-Noon

Tour of Legislative Data Center Offices

  • Data Center and Data Center Offices

State Capitol Building

  • Capitol Tour
  • Chamber/Gallery Briefings
  • Committee Room/Committee Systems Briefings 
Noon-1 p.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor: Thomson Reuters

1-2:30 p.m.

Legislative Data Center Briefings/Demos

  • Bill Drafting
  • Constituent Management
  • Floor Systems
2:30-2:45 p.m. Walk back to Citizen Hotel
3-4 p.m.

Legislative Websites: Responsive and Accessible Design

Smartphones and tablets are now used more often than PCs to access the web. Websites now need to be accessible to mobile users as well as to the disabled. Learn from legislatures that have designed mobile-friendly and accessible sites.


  • Gary Schaefer, information systems coordinator, Senate, Louisiana



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.


Evening Dinner on your own/Dutch treat dinners
FriDay, Oct. 2
7:30-10:30 a.m. Registration/Information Desk    
7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Managing Employees 

Learn some proven methods to manage, motivate, discipline and inspire employees.



  • Joel Redding, Deputy CIO, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky


9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:30 a.m.

Standards for Legislative Data

Calls for common data exchange standards for legislative data are gaining momentum. Such standards enable broader use and more efficient exchange of legislative data and encourage open standards that allow for better analysis, and interpretation of legislative data. Learn about and discuss what's new and what's next for these standards and what they may mean for state legislatures. 


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



10:30-11:30 am


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, or applications development & programming. 


  Seminar ends