2019 NALIT Professional Development Seminar Agenda and Handouts


Idaho State Capitol Building

The 2019 NALIT Professional Development Seminar (PDS) for legislative information technology professionals will be held Oct. 1-4, 2019, in Boise, Idaho. 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 Grove Hotel, except as noted. (Tours and sessions during the morning on Thursday, Oct. 3 will be held at the Idaho State Capitol.)

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


Tuesday, Oct. 1
11 a.m.-5 p.m.



1 p.m.


  • Glenn Harris and Soren Jacobsen, Idaho; host state co-chairs, NALIT seminar planning committee

Seminar Overview

  • Jeff Ford, CTO, Indiana; chair, NALIT
1-1:45 p.m. 

Legislative Applications Showcases—Overview

Hear from colleagues in several states about new or innovative applications. This part of the showcase session provides a five-minute overview from each state about the application they will showcase.


  • Jeff Ford, CTO, Indiana; chair, NALIT



  • Dave Burhop, Chris Harmon, VirginiaBudget Portal and Budget Document Compare
  • Amy Crandell, TexasCapCentral
  • Hugo Cisneros, TexasAdvanced Search Web
  • Norma Clark, IdahoGovernment Electronic Management System (GEMS)
  • Adam Ford, House, MissouriHouse Committee System
  • Sasha German, TexasOnTrack Web
  • Tyler Haddix, South DakotaACTS System
  • Matt Smith, IndianaBill Tracking Plugin for Chrome


1:45-2 p.m. Break
2-3:15 p.m.

Legislative Applications Showcases—Exhibits

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

3:15-4 p.m.

Showcase Roundtables

This session is your opportunity for additional follow up questions and discussion with others about the kinds of applications just showcased.

  • Bill Drafting Systems
    • Facilitator: Adam Wilde, Senate, Missouri
  • Committee Systems
    • Facilitator: Kelly Stallings, North Carolina
  • Bill Tracking and Search Systems
    • Facilitator: Kyle Forster, North Dakota
  • Web-based Tools
    • Facilitator: Joel Redding, Kentucky
4-5 p.m.

Meet and Greet and Orientation to NALIT and NCSL

Learn about NALIT—its structure, purposes and traditions. Find out what NALIT can do for you, how you can participate, and share your thoughts and ideas about how NALIT can best meet your needs. Meet your peers from other states and get some helpful tips about how to make the most of your time in Boise. For first-time attendees and anyone who wants to learn more about NALIT. 

NALIT Officers

  • Jeff Ford, Indiana; NALIT Chair
  • Soren Jacobsen, Idaho; NALIT Vice Chair
  • Nate Rohan, Wisconsin; NALIT Secretary
  • Cindy O’Dell, Kentucky; NALIT Past Chair

5:30-7 p.m.

Beside Bardenay
610 W. Grove St.

Opening Reception

NALIT gratefully acknowledges our Megabyte sponsor, Tallan. 

Beside Bardenay captures the spirit of Idaho and the Northwest and is a cornerstone of Idaho’s restaurant and bar industry. The establishment is in a restored warehouse on the historic Basque Block in downtown Boise. Relax, unwind, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages with your colleagues from other state legislatures.

Wednesday, Oct. 2
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration, Information Desk    


7:45-8:30 a.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our Kilobyte sponsor, Propylon.

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Introduction

  • Glenn Harris, Idaho
  • Jeff Ford, Indiana, chair, NALIT
8:45-9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: How Innovation Is Transforming Our Planet—for Good

Gurtej Sandhu holds more than 1,300 U.S. patents, which makes him one of the top inventors in the world. In this talk that weaves together the history and the future of innovation, he reminds us that creativity is an essential part of being human and offers ways for each of us to play a part in ongoing innovation. 



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

Building Effective Cybersecurity

In this two-part session, hear first about how to convince leadership of the need for a cybersecurity program and how to set up, structure and equip the program. In part two, see some live demos of some common red team tools and hear from an industry expert on initiatives for combating today’s common threats.


  • Jeff Ford, CTO, Indiana


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 Legislative Technologies.
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.


  • Jeff Ford, CTO, Indiana
  • Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia


12:30-1:30 p.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges out Kilobyte sponsor, Thomson Reuters.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Accessibility Technologies
Learn how legislatures are improving accessibility on websites, in webcasts through captioning, and with assistive technologies for lawmakers. 


  • Gary Schaefer, Senate, Louisiana
2:30-2:45 p.m.


NALIT gratefully aknowledges our break sponsor, FireEye/Carosoft

2:45-4 p.m.

Building Bill Drafting Systems

Hear from states that are developing new bill drafting systems (in-house or with a contractor) and from states with older systems modernized with new features and updates.


  • Rick Johnson, Washington


4-5 p.m.

Birds of a Feather Roundtables

Meet in small groups to discuss questions directly relevant to your position—whether management, support/help desk, infrastructure and systems administration or applications development and programming. 

  • Management
    • Facilitator: Glenn Harris, Idaho
  • Support/Help Desk
    • Facilitator: Brian Fitzgerald, South Carolina 
  • Infrastructure & Systems Administration
    • Facilitator: Dave Warycha, Indiana
  • Applications Development & Programming
    • Facilitator: Eric Lavagni, Texas
  • Women in IT
    • Facilitator: DeLynn VanDriel, Washington
5-5:15 p.m.

Hosting a NALIT Seminar

NALIT is looking for legislatures to host upcoming seminars in 2020 and 2021. Hear from past seminar hosts about what's involved and how rewarding it can be to showcase your state.

Evening Open evening.
Thursday, Oct. 3
7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration, Information Desk
7:30-8:15 a.m.


NALIT gratefully acknowledges our Kilobyte sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies.

8:15 a.m. Short walk to the State Capitol.

8:30-10:30 a.m.

State Capitol

Tours and Briefings: Idaho State Capitol

Tour the beautiful Idaho Statehouse, "A Capitol of Light," which was rededicated in 2010 after three years of restoration and renovations. 


Resource: Used for the Idaho House Telephone Voting System: "Developing Cisco IP Phone Services" by Darrick Deel, Mark Nelson and Anne Smith. 

10:40-11:45 a.m.

State Capitol

Remote Testimony

Learn about Idaho's recent remote testimony pilot project and be part of a mock session, and hear about Colorado's successful implementation of remote testimony. 


  • Soren Jacobsen, Idaho
  • Justin Hood, Colorado
11:45 a.m. 

Return to Grove Hotel

12-1 p.m.


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

Special Guest:

  • Jon Heining, general counsel, Texas Legislative Council; immediate past NCSL Staff Chair
1-2 p.m.

Concurrent Session: Managing Public Records Requests

Requests for legislative records seem to be on the rise. Hear about legal issues and best practices related to public records and discuss the role of legislative IT in public records retrieval and retention.


  • Dave Burhop, Virginia


1-2 p.m.

Concurrent Session: Agile and Other Development Methodologies
Agile and other software development practices include a set of project management processes that promote transparency, communication, and teamwork, as well as a set of engineering practices that promote quality, adaptable architecture, and automation of repetitive tasks. Hear how some states have adapted Agile to fit their environment and why others have moved to different methodologies.


  • Kelly Stallings, North Carolina


2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session: Building Teams and Building Morale

Every workplace occasionally needs a bit of help to keep employees engaged and motivated. Learn about and discuss ways to improve employee satisfaction, productivity and retention.

  • Nate Rohan, Wisconsin


2:15-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Session: Network/Infrastructure Issues
Hear about and discuss network infrastructure issues including hyperconvergence and cloud backups.


  • Mark Zuchlewski, Washington


  • Cody Malloy, North Dakota
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session: Preparing for Session—Promoting and Marketing IT

IT departments typically work behind the scenes, but much of the success of IT lies in how customers learn about, understand and use legislative technology. Learn ways to promote yourself, your team and your work to raise your visibility within the legislature—in positive ways.


  • Gary Schaefer, Senate, Louisiana


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session Roundtable: The Cloud—Costs, Conveniences and Concerns

What are the real costs and benefits of going to the cloud? Join this roundtable and share your experiences and your questions.


  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
5-7 p.m.

Exhibitors Reception

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


  • Tallan
  • International Roll-Call
  • Propylon
  • Sliq Media Technologies
  • Thomson Reuters
  • FireEye
  • Lexum
  • Xcential
Friday, Oct. 4
7:30-10:30 a.m. Registration, Information Desk
8-9 a.m.


9-9:45 a.m.

Closing Keynote: John Strand: Cybersecurity Active Defense and Offensive Countermeasures

The current threat landscape is shifting. Traditional defenses are failing us. We need to develop new strategies to defend ourselves. Even more importantly, we need to better understand who is attacking us and why. You may be able to immediately implement some of the measures we discuss, while others may take a while. Either way, consider what we discuss as a collection of tools at your disposal when you need them to annoy attackers, determine who is attacking you, and, finally, attack the attackers. 


  • Jeff Ford, Indiana


This video gives an overview of John Strand's SANS course on Cybersecurity Active Defense, Offensive Countermeasures, & Cyber Deception. 


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

Cybersecurity Roundtable

Be part of a conversation about cybersecurity challenges facing state legislatures.


  • Jeff Ford, Indiana
 11 a.m.-Noon

Training Trials and Triumphs

Hear about training programs and tools. Discuss ways of encouraging attendance, reinforcing training, and best practices for introducing new systems or other changes to customers.


  • DeLynn VanDriel, Washington


  • Ellen Donati, California
  • Ryan Slaymaker, Texas



Seminar Ends