2017 NALIT Professional Development Seminar Agenda and Handouts


A photo of the Maryland capitol building through the trees.The 2017 NALIT Professional Development Seminar (PDS) for legislative information technology professionals was held Sept. 12-15, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. See handouts from legislative IT professionals from across the nation who met for networking, learning and skill development. Below is the full agenda for the meeting.

All sessions and events were held at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, except as noted. (Tours and sessions during the day on Thursday, Sept. 14 were held at the State House, the House Office Building, or other legislative buildings.)

Visit the NALIT PDS home page for additional details about housing and registration. See also our searchable agenda

Agenda and Session Handouts


Time Sessions
11a.m.-5 p.m. Registration/Information Desk

1 p.m.

Welcome, Seminar Overview

  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota; chair, NALIT
1-1:30 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.



  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota


  • Brooke Anderson and Doug Farr, Bill Drafting System, Utah
  • Hugo Cisneros, Author Sign-on, Texas
  • Kyle Forster and Cody Malloy, Legislative Daily App, North Dakota
  • Matthew Smith, Electronic Signature Application, Indiana
  • Ryan Slaymaker, Online Training and CSCWeb, Texas


1:30-2:15 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcase Part I


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

  • Bill Drafting System, Utah
  • Author Sign-on, Texas
  • Legislative Daily App, North Dakota
  • Electronic Signature Application, Indiana
  • Online Training and CSCWeb, Texas
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3 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 5-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.




3-4:15 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcase Part II


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

  • NYSenate.gov Website and Open Legislation, New York

  • Bill Drafting System, Maryland

  • House e-Witness Registration, Texas

  • Digital Audio Network and Digital Panels/Touchscreen for Committees, Colorado
4:30-5 p.m.

Meet and Greet and Orientation to NALIT


Learn about NALIT—its structure, purposes and traditions—from the current NALIT and NCSL Officers. 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 Annapolis. For first time attendees and anyone who wants to learn more about NALIT.



  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota; NALIT chair
  • Chuck Truesdell, Kentucky; NCSL Staff Chair
  • Angela Andrews, Legislative Staff Services, NCSL
  • Pam Greenberg, Liaison to NALIT, NCSL
5:30-7 p.m.

Opening Reception


Join us for a light reception, then connect with your colleagues to explore the many restaurants and entertainment options nearby in the downtown area.

WednesDay, sept. 13
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration/Information Desk

8-9 a.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Irosoft

9-9:45 a.m.

Opening Session/ Keynote: The Cybersecurity Threat Landscape


Welcome Remarks

  • Mike Gaudiello, Maryland


  • Captain Paul Tortora,USN (ret), director, Center for Cyber Security Studies, U.S. Naval Academy
9:45-10 a.m.


10-11 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Committee Applications


Legislatures are taking creative approaches to streamline committee meetings and committee voting and reduce paper while improving transparency and public access. Hear how committee applications were developed and deployed in several states.



  • Matthew Smith, Indiana




Mobile Device Management (MDM): Keeping BYOD in Check

Despite the drawbacks for IT—especially security risks involved—prohibiting BYOD in the legislature can be a lost cause. Learn about BYOD policies and MDM solutions to monitor, manage and secure employees’ mobile devices.


  • Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia


11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.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. (NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor for this session, Xcential.) 



  • Amber Snyder and Kevin Foley, Texas
12:30-1:30 p.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Thomson Reuters

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Birds of a Feather 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
  • Support/Help Desk
  • Infrastructure & Systems Administration
  • Applications Development & Programming


2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Managing and Prioritizing Projects


This session will explore how legislatures select and manage projects. For example: How involved is legislative management in the selection process? What tools (project portfolio management tools, home-grown or COTS; spreadsheets, etc.) are used to support that effort? What happens when something crops up mid-cycle? How do you report status to IT and legislative management? What kind of budgeting do you have to do, and how do you provide cost and/or staff time estimates?


  • Michael Day, Tennessee



Web Development


Hear about web development platforms being used in legislatures, including Bootstrap, Drupal and other platforms.



  • Kyle Forster, North Dakota


3:45-4 p.m. Break
4-5 p.m.

General Session: Customer Support and Service
This session provides insights on how different legislative IT groups deliver support to internal and external users, including what tools are employed, what processes are used, and what metrics are tracked. It's a great opportunity to share best practices and ideas to improve support services and help create a happier and more effective user community.


  • Cindy O'Dell, Kentucky




Maryland Night Reception

Network with your colleagues over festive appetizers and cocktails at this reception, courtesy of our host state.


thursDay, sept. 14
7:45-8:45 a.m. Registration/Information Desk

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Historic Inns of Annapolis


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies

8:45 a.m.-Noon 

State House and Legislative Office Buildings

Tours and Briefings: Maryland State House

(Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45 am for the short walk to the Maryland State House)

  • Maryland State House Tour
  • Chamber/Floor/Voting Systems
  • Committee Room Technology

Noon-1:30 p.m.



NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, International Roll-Call.
1:10 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Optional Tours of Data Center

1:30-2:45 p.m.

House Office Building

General Session: Top Ten Tips for Windows 10 Migration


Hear from colleagues in states that have made the move to Windows 10 about the best practices for deployment and the worst pitfalls to avoid. Learn also how to manage the culture change required with this upgrade. Take home the top ten tips from each state’s experience. Watch the archived recording of the session.



  • Soren Jacobsen, Idaho



  • Wallace Austin, North Carolina
  • Dave Warycha, Indiana
  • Mike Gaudiello, Maryland


2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-4:30 p.m.

House Office Building


Unconference Session


We’re trying something new this year: an “unconference” session where the attendees control the agenda and give short presentations on IT topics that matter to them. It’s the ultimate in audience participation! Is there a topic you wish was on the conference agenda but isn’t? Then sign up to give your own 10-15 minute presentation and share with your colleagues in a friendly supportive environment. Before the conference you can sign up with a topic idea at https://goo.gl/forms/KkAmdMG5rrHbcV8n2, and during the conference we’ll announce the location of the on-site signup board. This “unconference” session is guaranteed to be informative, interactive and fun – so put on your thinking caps and start planning what you want to come talk about.



  • Jim Bell, Senate, New York


  • Harjot Bains, California (virtual test environments)
  • Jim Bell, New York (legislative IT internships)
  • DeLynn Magura, Washington (GovDelivery for email newsletters)
  • Kelly Stallings (leveraging Atlassian tools to improve the development cycle)

5-7 p.m.

Historic Inns of Annapolis

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.



  • International Roll-Call
  • Irosoft
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Propylon
  • Sliq Media Technologies
  • Tallan, Inc.
  • Xcential
friDay, Sept. 15
7:30-10:30 a.m. Registration/Information Desk
7:30-8:30 a.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our sponsor, Propylon.

8-8:30 a.m.

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


Thinking about possibly hosting a NALIT seminar in your state? Find out what’s involved from past seminar hosts.

  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
  • Mike Gaudiello and Steve Dustin, Maryland
  • Pam Greenberg, NCSL liaison to NALIT
8:30-9:30 a.m.

General Session: Security Discussion


Be a part of this discussion about a wide-range of security issues: experiences with end-user security awareness training; security privileges; policies and procedures; inventorying, firewalls and network infrastructure; experiences with NIST vs. US CERT standards; handling malware crises and cyber-attacks, and more.



  • Terri Clark, Kansas


  • Craig Whisenhunt, Texas
  • Jeff Ford, Indiana

Some of the resources discussed:

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

General Session: Experiences in the Cloud Roundtable


Hear about and share experiences with cloud technologies.




11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Optional U.S. Naval Academy Tour 


This tour, for legislative staff only, highlights life at the U.S. Naval Academy past and present. Tour includes Lejeune Hall, Bancroft Hall, Tecumseh Court, Herndon Monument, Main Chapel (when open) and the Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War hero. The “yard,” as the lush grounds of the Academy are called, reflects the beauty of Beaux Arts architecture and historical monuments commemorating naval events.