NALIT 2018 Legislative Summit Agenda and Handouts


Downtown Los Angeles

National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT)
Agenda and Handouts

2018 Legislative Summit
Los Angeles Convention Center
July 29-Aug. 2, 2018

NALIT meetings at the NCSL Legislative Summit cover the latest issues and provide opportunities for legislative information technology professionals and others to come together to discuss IT issues and find solutions that work.


For more details about Legislative Summit registration and information about all sessions, visit the Legislative Summit home page and download the NCSL Events App.

SunDay, July 29, 2018 
Time Sessions
6-8 p.m.

NALIT Dutch Treat Dinner

Network with your legislative IT colleagues from around the country at a local restaurant for this "Dutch treat" event. Spouses and guests are welcome, but space is limited, so advance reservations are required. Contact Pam Greenberg to RSVP. 

MonDay, July 30
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


1:45-3 p.m.

General Session: CEO Forum: The Next Generation of Innovation
Hear from leading technology CEOs about the next generation of innovation and how tech will play an active role in identifying our country’s most promising opportunities and solving its biggest challenges. The conversation will address key policy issues facing the tech industry and legislative bodies, and ways to spur innovation and job creation across America. NCSL is pleased to offer this general session in conjunction with TechNet, the voice of the innovation economy.

  • Andrea Deveau, TechNet, California
  • Tim Chen, Nerdwallet, California
  • Brynne Kennedy, Topia, California
  • Marco Zappacosta, Thumbtack, California
3:15-4:30 p.m.

NALIT: Responding to New Cybersecurity Threats in Legislatures
The cybersecurity arena is changing rapidly and creates new challenges for legislatures. How do you know if your legislative operations are safe from cyberattacks? What steps can you take to protect legislative operations and IT systems, and what kinds of tools and policies should be in place to respond to threats or attacks?


Moderator, Speaker/Facilitator:

  • Jeff Ford, Chief Technical Officer, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana


  • Paul Hoffman, Program Manager, MS-ISAC, New York
  • Aaron Kleiner, Director, Cybersecurity Policy for Digital Transformation, Microsoft Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy, Washington

Speaker Biographies


Aaron Kleiner's handouts:

Jeff Ford's presentation

Paul Hoffman's presentation


4:45-5:30 p.m.

NALIT: Security and Emergency Response Systems for Legislatures

Joint with the National Legislative Services & Security Association.
Learn about and discuss IT security measures to support cyber and physical security in capitol buildings, and find out how emergency response systems can help if physical or cyber attacks occur.


  • Peter Capriglione, Director, Information Systems Division, General Assembly, North Carolina



  • Martin Brock, Chief of Legislative Police, General Assembly, North Carolina
  • Anthony "Steve" Pike, Division of Capitol Police, General Assembly, Virginia

Speaker Biographies


5:30-7 p.m.

Networking Reception at L.A. Live



TuesDay, JULY 31, 2018
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
9-10 a.m.

General Session: Heathy Workplaces: : Culture Trumps Compliance

As organizations across the country grapple with charges of harassment and other challenges, the national conversation has turned to workplace culture. Hear from Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), about the importance of workplace culture, especially in environments with complicated power dynamics like those inherent in state legislatures. Learn why the underlying culture is even more essential than rules and enforcement, and how to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

  • Johnny Taylor, Society For Human Resource Management, Virginia
7:30-8:45 a.m.

Legislative Staff Breakfast—Ethics in the Legislature: How to Avoid the Danger Spots
Protecting the legislative institution requires ethical decision-making by those who work in the legislature. Legislative staff need to be objective, credible and immune to political pressure. This session looks at the danger spots and the deception of rationalizations, and provides tools for navigating ethical challenges in the legislative environment.


  • Marianne Jennings, Marianne M. Jennings, LLC, Arizona
10:15-12 p.m.

Legislative Staff University: Understanding and Optimizing Workforce Diversity

Today’s workforce is becoming more diverse and many organizations, including legislatures, are deploying strategies to retain, engage and support skilled and talented staff. In this session, legislative staff will learn why workforce diversity matters, and how appreciating and understanding diversity can create optimal work environments—places where everyone gets to apply their skills and feel recognized, appreciated and valued.

  • Daryl Dixon, Diversity Resource Group, Georgia

3-4:15 p.m.








3-4:30 p.m.

NALIT: Evaluating the Cost of IT Projects
Joint with the National Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO) 
Large or complex information technology projects can be difficult to budget for and manage. This session will help legislative staff and legislators know what kinds of questions to ask when considering or proposing an IT budget request, what kinds of practices lead to successful IT projects, and other issues.


  • Stephen Klein, Legislative Chief Fiscal Officer, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, Vermont


  • Sean McSpaden, Principal Legislative IT Analyst, Legislative Fiscal Office, Oregon

  • Robin Carnahan, 18 F Acquisitions, General Service Administration, Washington D.C.

  • Waldo Jaquith, 18 F Acquisitions, General Service Administration, Washington D.C.

Speaker Biographies


OR (choose one)


A Sign of the Times: Digital Signage in State Capitols

Joint with the Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section (LINCS)

Using digital signs in state capitols opens a whole new world of communications. States are beginning to get creative—moving beyond listing hearings, floor votes and events to include news and weather, along with slides and videos on legislative activity and the legislative process. Learn how legislative writers, photographers, videographers and IT staff are collaborating to provide information to statehouse workers and visitors in a new and dazzling way.


  • David Byerman, Director, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky


  • Jeff Fossett, Video Communications Specialist, Kentucky
  • Mark Pulliam, Multimedia Services Specialist, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky

View video "Digital Signage Up Ahead… LegislaTV," Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky


4:30-5:15 p.m.

NALIT: Transforming Technology Needs into Deeds

Determining IT projects, setting priorities, executing on work and following up are all collaborative processes that involve more than just IT staff. Hear about IT project collaboration – the challenges, the successes and the things those involved would like others to do or understand.


  • Linda Wettstone, Senate, Virginia


  • Robert Haney, Chief Clerk, House of Representatives, Texas
  • Toni Miller, Information Systems Manager, Legislative Data Center, California
  • Dave Tomlinson, Information Technology Specialist, Legislative Data Center, California

Speaker Biographies


WednesDay, aug. 1
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration   
8:45-9:45 a.m.

NALIT Business Meeting

NALIT members will elect new officers and recognize the winners of the NALIT Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.


  • Kyle Forster, NALIT Chair, IT Manager, North Dakota
12-1:45 p.m.

Salute to Legislative Staff Luncheon: Play-by-Play Leadership Lessons

From her job as the first female CEO in the NFL to serving as chairman of Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league, Amy Trask has an abundance of experience to share. Amy will take you on her journey of successes and failures, where she learned to thrive under pressure, advocate for herself, make decisions under a microscope, deal with strong personalities and “negotiate like a girl,” as her memoir declares. Join Amy as she offers a play-by-play of some of her most memorable leadership lessons—in life and in business.

5-5:30 p.m.

NALIT Executive Committee Meeting

Discuss association services, meetings and outreach efforts. All NALIT members (legislative information technology professionals) are welcome to attend.


  • Kyle Forster, NALIT Chair, IT Manager, North Dakota
6:30-9 p.m.

Social Event at Paramount Studios


ThursDay, aug. 2
7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Registration
8-9:30 a.m.

2019 Nashville Kickoff Breakfast: It's All About Country--Politics, Polling and Pop Culture

Explore what America is thinking with nationally renowned pollsters Margie Omero and Kristen Soltis Anderson as Nashville sets the stage for next year’s Summit. Enjoy a scrumptious, southern-style breakfast while Omero and Soltis Anderson share how the numbers reveal the public’s mindset on news, politics and pop culture. You won’t want to miss the bipartisan team that co-hosts the top-200 podcast, “The Pollsters,” while getting a peek at what’s in store at next year’s Summit in Nashville


Speaker: Margie Omero, GBA Strategies, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Kristen Soltis Anderson, Echelon Insights,



Speaker Biographies


Responding to New Cybersecurity Threats in Legislatures


Jeff Ford

Jeff Ford is the Chief Technical Officer for the Indiana Legislative Services Agency. Jeff joined LSA full time in 2003 after serving two years as the CIO of Pioneer Financial Services. Jeff started his IT career with WordPerfect Corporation in the early 90's and later owned the consulting firm, Software Studios, Inc., that specialized in providing custom software solutions in the legal and legislative markets. Software Studios helped the Indiana Legislative Services Agency develop their current drafting solution and they actively marketed the LegiSoft product line until 2001. Jeff completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.


Paul Hoffman

Paul Hoffman is the Program Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a division of nonprofit CIS (Center for Internet Security, Inc.) since 2016.  The MS-ISAC has been designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation's state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) governments. With over 3,000 members encompassing all 56 States and US Territories, the MS-ISAC is a growing and vibrant organization helping the SLTT community defend the global cyber frontier. Hoffman’s extensive and varied career in the IT field includes stints at General Electric and most recently as Infrastructure Manager at AYCO\Goldman Sachs. Paul and his team serve the SLTT community and function as the “concierges” for all things related to MS-ISAC.


Aaron Kleiner

Aaron Kleiner is Director, Cybersecurity Policy for Digital Transformation in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department. In this role, Aaron leads a team responsible for advancing cybersecurity policy initiatives that enable digital empowerment for organizations around the globe and enhance cyber resilience across the technology ecosystem. Prior to joining Microsoft, Aaron served as an international trade attorney and market access specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce, which he joined through the Presidential Management Fellows program. Aaron was also the Senior Legislative Assistant for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Aaron received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, and he completed executive studies in regulatory management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Security and Emergency Response Systems for Legislatures


Chief Martin Brock

Chief Brock has worked with the NC General Assembly Police Department for approximately 19 years as he progressed through the ranks of the department. Chief Brock currently holds a Master of Public Administration Degree with a concentration in Emergency Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has a NC Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 262nd Session. Chief Brock currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor and Trainer for Wake Community College and Johnston Community College where he teaches in the Police Academy, In-service law Enforcement training, and curriculum courses in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice.   He has also had the opportunity to spend hundreds of practical hours managing protest arrest and in court testifying about those events. 


Peter Capriglione

Peter Capriglione has been with the North Carolina General Assembly since October 1986. Before his employment with the NCGA, he worked with Public Systems Associates from 1983 until 1986. Peter became the Information Systems Division director in May of 2017. Before that was the Infrastructure Manager and the Business Applications Manager and severed as the IT staff member for legislative committees. Peter has severed as the Chair of NALIT. Peter received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his M.A. from North Carolina State University.


Colonel Anthony "Steve" Pike

Colonel Anthony S. “Steve” Pike was appointed as chief of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Division of Capitol Police, in Richmond on October 10, 2011. As chief, he is responsible for the Division’s 125 sworn and support personnel serving the Capitol community of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of Virginia’s government, its employees and visitors. The Division's historical roots originate at the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1618, the Guard, consisting of 10 men was formed to protect the Governor from the hostile Indian population. Colonel Pike is a graduate of the 227th session of the FBI National Academy, the 64th session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Develop Seminar, Northwestern University for Public Safety Executive Management Program, and the Commonwealth Management Institute. Colonel Pike serves as the vice chairman for the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission and President for the National Legislative Services and Security Association. 


Evaluating the Cost of IT Projects


Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan leads the State and Local Government Practice at 18F. She is a businesswoman, lawyer and former Missouri Secretary of State.  Her lifelong passion for improving how people experience and value their government inspires her work helping state and local governments get the digital tools they need to deliver services to people that are better, faster and cheaper.  In 2017 Carnahan’s was recognized as one of FedScoop’s Top Women in Tech. In addition to her work at 18F, Robin advises a number of civic technology companies and serves on the boards of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the LaunchCode Foundation and Union Labor Life Insurance Company.  She also serves on the Democracy Fund’s National Advisory Committee, is a Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Service and was a 2013 Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics. Robin frequently speaks about government innovation through smarter use of technology and in 2014 joined the global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group as a Senior Advisor.


Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith is a technologist with 18F, the federal government’s technology shop, which is part of the U.S. General Services Administration. His work focuses on collaborating with state partners to identify ways to increase the quality of procured software. He’s been with 18F since 2016. Previously, Jaquith worked for U.S. Open Data and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was a Fellow with both the Shuttleworth Foundation and the Knight Foundation. In 2011 he was named a Champion of Change by the White House and was named a member of Government Technology’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” list in 2016.


Stephen Klein

Stephen Klein serves as Legislative Chief Fiscal Officer of the Vermont State Legislature. He is responsible for management and operations of the non-partisan Joint Fiscal Office.  He was involved in establishing the Joint Fiscal Office’s State IT review capacity which has been in place since 2016.  His Office has played a key role in the Legislature’s ongoing efforts to improve technology review practices generally. Stephen Klein has been with the Vermont Legislative Fiscal Office since 1992.  He serves as a Board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Public Policy Center and the Washington-based Federal Financial Information Service (FFIS).    He served as NCSL’s representative on the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Board from 2014-2017. In 2013 Stephen Klein received the Steven Gold award for his significant contributions to public financial management in intergovernmental relations and state and local finance.


Sean McSpaden

Sean McSpaden currently serves as a Principal Legislative IT Analyst for Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO). In that role, Sean is responsible for overseeing state agency information technology (IT) and information security related operations, projects and programs on behalf of the Oregon Legislature and providing IT related program coordination, policy and budget development, fiscal impact analysis, and program evaluation recommendations to the Legislative Assembly and committees staffed by the Oregon LFO. Sean also serves as the Committee Administrator for Oregon’s Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology and the Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission.


Transforming Technology Needs Into Deeds


Robert Haney

Chief Clerk, Texas House of Representatives

Robert currently serves as the Chief Clerk of the Texas House, and for the last twenty-six years he has strived to improve the institution with new advances in procedure and technology in the legislative environment. When not managing the legislative process on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives during the legislative session, Robert serves as project leader for many of the technological innovations used within the legislative environment today. Robert also currently serves as the President of the national organization for clerks and legislative secretaries, known as the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS). ASLCS celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and is the longest existing staff section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).


Toni Miller

Deputy Director, Legislative Data Center

Toni has over 32 years of information technology experience in the California legislative

environment where she currently serves as a Deputy Director for the Chamber and

Committee Division with the Legislative Data Center. In this role, Toni is responsible for

management and support of the hardware, software, and data components of the

Chambers in support of floor sessions and committee hearings for the California State

Legislature as well as the support for the bill drafting application for the Legislative

Counsel Bureau. Toni began her information technology career with the California State

Senate in 1985 and promoted to various positions supporting all customer aspects of the

legislative process to her current Deputy Director position with the Legislative Data

Center. Toni is a California native, who resides in the Sacramento foothills of Loomis

with her husband and enjoys outdoor activities and traveling.


Dave Tomlinson

Information Technology Specialist III

Dave Tomlinson is an Information Technology Specialist who works with the California State Legislature building and supporting their legislative information systems. Dave’s genuine interest in politics and thorough understanding of California’s legislative process and those involved in the process is the cornerstone of his successful career at the Legislative Data Center. Dave led the business analysis effort in the modernization of both the internal and external California Legislative Information systems and Committee Services application. Dave enjoys the challenges of the many special assignments he receives, such as presenting at this conference. Dave holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University.


Linda Wettstone
Senior Systems Analyst, Senate

Linda Wettstone began her career with the Virginia Senate in 1996. She earned an MIS degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Before joining the Senate staff, Linda worked as a programmer, network administrator, program manager and regional manager for a computer consulting firm for 10 years. Linda currently provides computer support and training to the session legislative staff, manages workshops for legislative assistants, develops and maintains websites and leads and serves on various committees to improve information systems for the Virginia Legislature.