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Environmental Information Symposium 2010

“Enabling Environmental Protection through Transparency and Open Government”

May 10-13, 2010

 

Monday, May 10, 2010

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Various Contiguous Meetings


Tuesday, May 11 (Morning)

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-Symposium Training and Interactive Sessions

Training Room 1
Salon I

Training Room 2
Salon L

Interactive Sessions
Salon C

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Using EPA’s Web 2.0 Tools
Learn how to use wikis, blogs, Ideascale© and other Web 2.0 tools to interact with the public and use outside opinions in the decision-making process. The class will include a discussion on the use of specific tools as well as Web 2.0 broadly. Learn about the capabilities of the various tools by examining examples of how EPA has leveraged Web 2.0 technology.

David Eng (PDF) (14 pp, 305K), Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Hosting Your Application at EPA’s National Computer Center
This class will provide attendees with an overview of EPA’s National Computer Center; the types of applications and systems the Center hosts; the benefits of hosting at the NCC; and how to deploy your application at the National Computer Center.

John McQuaid (PDF) (45 pp, 2.2MB), Office Technology Operations and Planning, OEI

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
E-mail Optimization Pilot Demonstration: Enhancements to the End User Experience
This class will provide an overview of the Agency’s Computer Room, Server and Storage Management (CRSSM) E-mail Optimization initiative, which is designed to modernize, standardize and improve e-mail service delivery and reduce EPA’s overall e-mail service cost. Learn about the proposed e-mail service delivery model that will result in reduced infrastructure costs through server consolidation and storage reductions; enhanced disaster recovery and COOP capability; improved portability for remote workers; consistent e-mail experience throughout EPA; webmail and server-based archiving for all staff; and localized e-mail support and administration.

Cathy McGuire (PDF) (44 pp, 891K), Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Don Serina, Region 8, EPA
Ken Tindall, Region 5, EPA

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Letting the Sunlight into the Dollars: Developing a Transparent Business Case that Builds True Accountability (10 pp, 481K)
Business cases and ROI analysis are required by OMB and the Agency for all major IT investments. A good business case/ROI analysis is vital in demonstrating the value of a proposed IT investment to senior management, OMB and Congress; meeting mandates for transparency and accountability; gaining and maintaining funding; and building transparency and accountability into project planning and management. Learn about the challenges of successful Business Case and ROI development from a panel of EPA managers and staff that has experience in developing and communicating business cases and ROI analyses for IT investments at EPA.

Jeffrey Wells, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Mark Luttner, Booz Allen Hamilton
Victoria Adams, Booz Allen Hamilton

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Metadata to Improve the Findability of EPA’s Web Content (29 pp, 1.7M)
The purpose of this session is to educate the audience on the value of Web content metadata; review EPA’s Web Taxonomy and Web Metadata Specification; demonstrate the use of metadata to improve EPA website search results; and show how metadata increase findability and transparency.

Susan Fagan, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Ann Marie Bramer, ASRC

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Open Government and Privacy Protections
The training session will focus on understanding how Open Government policies and new technologies are providing opportunities for public engagement in federal decision-making as never before and how federal agencies can use social networking sites, Web 2.0, wikis, blogs, cloud computing and other means to disseminate and receive information from the public while ensuring that the privacy rights of individuals are not compromised.

Judy E. Hutt (PDF) (15 pp, 1.5M), Office of Information Collection, OEI

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Architecting a National Inspector and Evidence Management System or 21st Century Objectives for a 20th Century Program (34 pp, 1.3M)
EPA Region 4 is exploring the development of a National Inspection and Evidence Management System. The system would retrieve, store and manage electronic records and data needed for the pre-inspection, inspection and post-inspection phases of targeted EPA inspections. It would be designed using an Enterprise Architecture (EA) solutions approach in which EA is the master plan that links business planning to business operations and infrastructure.

Region 4 is soliciting interest and participation in the development of the system, with the goal of leveraging EPA technology and expertise in a holistic manner and using enterprise architecture to help deliver solutions to real world, programmatic issues within the Regions.

Odelia Funke, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Rick Duffy, OECA
John Dombrowski, OECA
Verne McFarland, Region 6, EPA
Jim Couch, Region 4, EPA

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Protecting EPA’s Workforce by Improving Emergency Notification Systems: An Opportunity for Stakeholder Input (13 pp, 1.5MB)
OARM will provide information about and solicit stakeholder opinion regarding EPA’s communications systems used to notify employees and staff in the event of an emergency. The specific objectives are 1) to foster greater collaboration and cross-organizational coordination between EPA and the OARM Security Management Division, working towards a “One EPA” and 2) to encourage transparency regarding the rollout of EPA’s next generation emergency notification system.

Bruce Riddle, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Diane Dixon, OARM
Mike D’Andrea, Region 3, EPA
Michael Tembrina, Booz Allen Hamilton

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Financial System Modernization Project (FSMP) — What It is and How It Impacts You
OCFO will engage in dialogue about the Financial System Modernization Project (FSMP) and its potential implications for users. Participants will discuss how EPA is coordinating on-going systems implementation; how EPA is communicating its FSMP activities to the Agency and how to access this information; and Momentum and how it differs from IFMS.

Michael L. Roberts (PDF) (18 pp, 749K), Office of the Chief Financial Officer

11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Tuesday, May 11 (Afternoon)

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session

A video of this entire session can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6840467 Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Salon H
  • Opening and Welcome
    • Linda A. Travers, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Chief Information Officer
    • Office of Environmental Information
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Welcome to Philadelphia
    • Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 3
  • Plenary 1: EPA's Priorities and Goals in Enabling Environmental Protection through Transparency and Open Government.
    • Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. EPA
  • Plenary 2:  Federal Policy for Open Government
    • Beth Noveck
    • Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    • Director, White House Open Government Initiative
    • Executive Office of the President, Office of Science & Technology Policy

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session 1
Open Government
Salons A & B
Session 2
Exchange Network
Salons C & D
Session 3
Improving EPA Business Processes
Salon E
Session 4
Collaboration
Salon F

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Open Government and EPA
EPA is implementing a variety of initiatives to promote a culture of collaboration, participation and transparency in our work. In this session, learn about EPA’s Open Government Plan, particularly current and planned efforts to increase access to information, promote public engagement in EPA’s actions and decisions, and foster collaborative problem-solving. Learn about the challenges EPA may face as it implements Open Government and approaches to overcome them.

John Moses (PDF) (20 pp, 671K), Office of Information Collection, OEI

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Privacy and Transparency — A Contradiction?
This session will provide points of view from information management professionals who are engaged in open government initiatives, responsible for promoting a culture of openness and transparency and using innovative platforms to foster a new generation of public engagement, while ensuring that the privacy rights of individuals engaged in activities with the government are protected in accordance with federal requirements.

Deborah Williams, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Judy Hutt, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Larry Gottesman, Office of Information Collection, OEI

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Models for Information Transparency
This session will provide an overview of the information transparency concept. Learn about "transparency" models currently available in literature.

Review the federal perspectives on information transparency (e.g., OMB IQGs, EPA IGQs, reproducibility). Study examples of appropriate transparency for various information types and uses. Learn techniques for addressing performance for transparency.

Jeffrey Worthington (PDF) (54 pp, 2M), Office of Planning, Resources and Outreach, OEI

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Open Government Beyond Compliance: Investing in Content Analytics to Get Value from Public Participation and Collaboration (25 pp, 2.8MB)
Most federal agencies are looking for ways to generate public interest and encourage public participation and collaborative dialog as their compliance goals for the President’s Open Government Directive. There is clearly a need to implement solutions (process and technology) necessary to parse, categorize, relate and distill meaningful information through hundreds of thousands of information threads buried in EPA’s open forums in public e-mails, blogs and/or responses to the Agency’s request for comments. Learn about innovative perspectives on text or content analytics gathered from the insights developed at

Deloitte’s Innovation Center and through client experiences at Health and Human Services, the World Bank and the New York Times.

Bill Wade, Deloitte Consulting
John Stultz, SAS Institute

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Environmental Information Outreach in Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Learn about the environmental information communication strategies used by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for internal and external communications.

Steve Rohde (PDF) (16 pp, 2.2MB), Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Tribal-Style Information Exchange for the Masses
This session will demonstrate how a tribal consortium in the Pacific Northwest has opened up the Exchange Network for its tribal members at a fraction of the typical cost for participation. Learn about the approach adopted by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission to use its grant funds to the broader benefit of its member tribes and to the potential benefit of the nation’s broader tribal community. See a demonstration of the implemented “SuperNode” solution that has brought the NWIFC member tribes into the Exchange Network. Discuss the re-use of technologies and solutions, including open source technology, in the implementation of this solution and how that can continue for the benefit of others.

Kevin Lyons (PDF) (19 pp, 8.3MB), Windsor Solutions

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Sharing Data Across Media Programs, Across Agencies and With the Public via Web Services (19 pp, 517K)
Learn about an approach two EPA program offices (Office of Water and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) have taken in developing public Web services that allows for more direct access to EPA data systems, and provides data sharing opportunities with other federal agencies and the public. Web service capabilities will be demonstrated for water quality monitoring data (from both EPA and USGS), water program geospatial data and hazardous waste generation and management data.

Dwane Young, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Kristen Gunthart, Office of Water
Pravin Rana, Office of Water
Lisa Jenkins, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Lee Kyle, Office of Information Collection, OEI

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
International Exchange of Hazardous Waste Notices/Responses
Learn about the benefits, challenges and lessons of reusing and implementing centralized IT services in an international exchange. OEI is working with the OECA Office of Federal Activities (OFA) and the OSWER Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) to develop an exchange of hazardous waste notices to import and corresponding responses between EPA’s Waste Import Export Tracking System (WIETS), Environment Canada, and the Mexican Environmental Agency (SEMARNAT).

Roy Chaudet (PDF) (9 pp, 481K), Office of Information Collection, OEI
Chris Clark (PDF) (34 pp, 987K), Office of Information Collection, OEI
Bill Noggle, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Open Solution to Reporting and Effectively Using TSCA Information
Learn about the challenges of securing Confidential Business Information (CBI), providing timely access to public data and effectively supporting downstream usage of TSCA data within EPA. The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is currently modernizing its processes by reaching out to stakeholders with the goal of developing a secure, transparent solution leveraging proven technology. This session will provide lessons learned and discuss challenges related to industry confidence in submitting CBI and public data to EPA; leveraging Agency Web services, publishing tools and Enterprise standards to accept and manage secure and public data; effectively accessing and sharing data across numerous systems; and publishing and sharing data with a variety of stakeholders in a timely fashion.

Matt Leopard (PDF) (9 pp, 178K), (Intro PDF) (3 pp, 296K), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Paul Brigandi, CGI Federal
Dalroy Ward, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
John Harman (PDF) (26 pp, 2.3MB), Office of Information Collection, OEI

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
ICIS and Beyond - Current and Future Plans and Technology for Enforcement and Compliance Data (30 pp, 26.2M)
In this session, learn about how OECA will expand its use of the Exchange Network to include the processing of all NPDES enforcement and compliance data as well as potentially use more Exchange Network technologies to increase e-reporting from the state partners to EPA and data publishing from EPA to the state partners.

Michael Beaulac, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
Alison Kittle, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Glendora Spinelli, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Use of Social Media to Facilitate Collaboration, Transparency and Open Government
Learn how social media tools and technologies are being used to by EPA, other Federal agencies, and interested stakeholders to share knowledge and information in an open, structured framework. Learn about EPA’s strategy for social media; see applications of social media in OSWER and OAR programs and hear about the experiences of other Federal government organizations using social media.

Jeffrey Levy, Office of Public Affairs
Jeff Maurer (PDF) (4 pp, 121K), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Robert Burchard (PDF) (7 pp, 25K), OAR
Sonny Bhastia (PDF) (7 pp, 218K), SRA

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Watershed Central (39 pp, 3.1MB)
Learn about EPA’s Watershed Central wiki and its benefits for networking, collaborative decision-making and problem-solving within and between watershed practitioners at all levels. Hear about how EPA worked with watershed practitioners and within the Agency to determine what users really needed to improve watershed management and see a demonstration of the key features of the wiki:
epa.gov/watershedcentral

Beth Jackson, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Curtis Cooper, Office of Research and Development
Stuart Lehman, Office of Water

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Examining Risks and Benefits of More Open Social Networking
Learn how use of social networking to improve information sharing and community-building will transform how organizations think about identity and its relation to collaboration and social media strategies. Social network sites, micro-blogging, activity streams, blogs and wikis enable employees to construct their own identities via profiles and social graphs. As employees participate and contribute in these social networking environments, internally or externally, they also establish social roles and community reputations. This session will examine the risks and benefits of more open and transparent information sharing on collaboration and identity strategies.

Mike Gotta (PDF) (15 pp, 934K), Burton GROUP™

5:30 p.m.

Exhibits and Networking: Welcome Reception

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast – Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

A video of this entire session can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6857550 Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Salon H
  • Plenary 3: Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention/TSCA Reform
    • Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator
    • Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Plenary 4: Toxics Release Inventory: Leading the Way in Information Access and Transparency
    • Introduction: Linda A. Travers, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Chief Information Officer,
    • Office of Environmental Information
    • Moderator: Rick Martin, Acting Director, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
    • Michael Kraft (PDF) (17 pp, 153K)
    • Professor of Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs
    • University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 5
Open Government (cont)
Salons A & B
Session 6
Exchange Network (cont)
Salons C & D
Session 7
Enterprise Architecture in Practice
Salon E
Session 8
Technical Topics
Salon F

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Restructuring EPA.gov
This session will provide an overview of improvements planned for EPA.gov to make it more usable, including the development of microsites, topically-oriented subsections, resource lists, and a scientific and technical library. A demonstration of the pilot microsites and a resource list will be provided.

Jonda Byrd, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Jeffrey Levy (PDF) (22 pp, 899K), Office of Public Affairs

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Future Trends in Data Information and Sharing - What's After Web 2.0?
This talk will provide perspective on the next most important paradigm shift in information technologies and computing. The four pillars of the Web-Squared shift are cloud computing, app phones, location awareness and semantic data. Each will be defined, shown by example, next-step directions highlighted, and major challenges outlined. Participants will gain an understanding of what new disciplines, with regard to information technology, information management, data quality and security, could have the biggest impacts on operations in the next one to two years.

Nancy Grady (PDF), (25 pp, 810K), SAIC

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Toxics Release Inventory: Data Uses and Transparency and Access Enhancements (18 pp, 309K)
Over the years, TRI data has empowered stakeholders, including regulated facilities, to make environmental improvements. Stakeholder feedback has also been used to further improve TRI data transparency and openness. In this session, learn how the TRI Program has shared its toxics data soon after collection and fostered collaboration and openness through various mechanisms. Explore TRI Program enhancements that will further increase data transparency and continue to meet the evolving needs of data users.

Larry Reisman, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Peggy Bagnoli, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
National Information Exchange Model 
The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a partnership of federal, state and tribal agencies and other organizations, the purpose of which is to facilitate the sharing of critical information between agencies. Learn about how NIEM may affect EPA, how it supports transparency and better public access to information, and why EPA should take a leadership role in the development of an environmental domain within NIEM.

Donna Roy (PDF) (40 pp, 1.2M), Executive Director, NIEM Project Management Office, Department of Homeland Security

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Exchange Network Tools and Shared Services: Providing Cost Effective Access
to Information and Services

This session will inform users about the Exchange Network’s (EN) shared tools and services and demonstrate simple configurable data publishing and access using the shared tools and services. See a demonstration on how the Exchange Network Discovery Services manage metadata and automate the collection of metadata for the Exchange Network. Learn how the Network Authentication and Authorization Services provide identity. See simple desktop integration for shared services based on standards and a demonstration of Google™ search against shared data.

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Easy Access to Ambient Water Monitoring Data Through the Exchange Network
In this session, potential users of the Exchange Network Browser will learn about recent updates. The latest version of the browser includes a module to search and retrieve ambient water quality data, and information about ambient water monitoring projects. It also includes time-saving features, such as the ability to use only one query to simultaneously retrieve data from both USGS and EPA. Users can also query on both spatial and tabular data, store queries for reuse and analyze information by maps and graphs.

Angela Lynn Witcher (PDF) (34 pp, 3.5MB), New Jersey  Department of Environmental Protection

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Architecting Climate Change Initiatives (11 pp, 894K)
Learn about efforts across the Agency related to climate change mitigation, monitoring and reporting. Discuss the role of information exchange and information technology strategic planning in support of those efforts.

David Prompovitch, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Gene Durman, Office of Air and Radiation
Lisa Jenkins, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Information Sharing:  How Streamlined Data Access Leads to More Effective Protection of Environmental Resources (30 pp, 2.8MB)
With increased access to data resources, federal agencies and local jurisdictions are potentially better equipped than ever to monitor changes in the environment and detect potentially harmful practices before widespread damage can occur. In this session, participants will learn about an architectural approach to developing a solution that ties data, technology and applications together; visualization tools; cross-federal activities focused on increasing environmental protection efforts; and state and local activities focused on using available data to effect changes in regulating land uses around the Chesapeake Bay.

Jerry Johnston, Office of  Environmental Information
Kevin Kirby, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Nancy Imler, TreCom Systems Group, Inc.

 

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Transforming Project Management – A Path towards Transparency and Open Government
Learn about the Office of Water PMO’s experiences and achievements that can serve as a model for other environmental programs to meet the challenges and achieve the promise of the federal government’s IM/IT goal of “transparency and open government.”

Vince Allen, Office of Water
Tod Dabolt (PDF) (13 pp, 562K), Office of Water
Craig Cheney, PPC
Tony Diecidue, PPC

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
The EMF: A System for Managing and Running Complex Environmental Simulations and Data
Examine the complex data and simulation management issues involved with preparing data for use by air quality models (AQMs). A multi-user software system called the Emissions Modeling Framework (EMF) has been developed to facilitate this process. The EMF stores data used for and created by emissions modeling in a centralized location, facilitates the quality assurance and summarization of these data, and provides an efficient and unique capability of versioning the data such that earlier versions of data sets can always be retrieved.

Alison Eyth (PDF) (26 pp, 1.3M), Office of Air and Radiation

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Emerging Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure of EPA, Tribes, States, Localities and Regulated Entities
This session will provide an overview of information security requirements. Learn about the current threat environment, targeting, mechanisms the adversaries are using and what protective steps are needed.

Brian Herrick (PDF) (29 pp, 2.1MB), Philadelphia FBI – Cyber Squad

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Automated Data Review Tool (17 pp, 562K)
Learn about an innovative, transparent and quantitative way to establish a reliable and efficient exchange of laboratory data and meet EPA order CIO 2150.0 to ensure the data is of known and documented quality. EPA’s Headquarters Superfund Program and several EPA regions have used this Web-based automated data review application — Electronic data eXchange and Evaluation System (EXES) — to perform automated data evaluation. EXES performs a standardized evaluation of the overall quality of the data and provides reviewers with tools to evaluate the data against different measurement quality objectives.

Michael Johnson, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Nazy Abousaeedi, CSC

12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own, Exhibit Hall is open, Demonstration Theaters Open at 12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Quality Assurance of Modeling Activities — An Interactive Session

Meeting Room 405

The goal of this session is to present the findings of a recent report on QA of modeling activities in selected EPA programs and engage session participants in formulating recommendations for improving the QA of modeling. The presentation will include information on what model evaluation practices are followed throughout a model’s life-cycle, how these activities are documented, and the level of coordination between QA managers, contract managers, program staff and modelers in the QA of modeling activities. Best practices will be highlighted and areas needing improvements will be identified.

Noha Gaber, Office of the Science Advisor
Patricia Mundy (PDF) (12 pp, 342K), Quality Staff, OEI
Michael Messner (PDF) (17 pp, 574K), Office of Water
Gabriel Olchin (PDF) (8 pp, 215K), Office of the Science Advisor

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Demo Theater 1 Demo Theater 2 Demo Theater 3

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Open Government Through Open Source
Learn about OpenNode2 — a government community-owned, open source project that supports the majority of EPA’s Exchange Network.

Guy Outred (PDF) (11 pp, 547K), Windsor Solutions
Kurt Rakouskas, ECOS

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
IT Governance Tools — A Public View of IT Policy and Investments
Learn about the IT policy wiki and the simplified access and open collaboration available to create, edit and view IT polices, procedures, guidelines and standards. See a demonstration of the IT Dashboard as a publicly available tool for monitoring and assessing investment performance and how increased transparency can lead to greater understanding and informed decision-making.

Beth Jones, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Ask a Librarian — Live Chat Reference Service at EPA
See a demonstration of the chat interface for end-users and librarians using the service. Learn about the chat reference service for EPA staff.

Deborah Balsamo, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Teri DeVoe, ASRC Management Services

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
EPA Desktop Library: New Resources
Learn about the search and navigation features of the new Desktop library, including Web of Knowledge, over 2000 electronic books, environmental science and pollution prevention databases and electronic journals, policy papers and international and national news.

Darlene Boerlage, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Kate Dougherty, ASRC Management Services
Teri DeVoe, ASRC Management Services

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Look What Happens When You Open Your Door to Google™ and Other Search Engines
Get a brief background and general philosophy of the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) Web site.  Learn about the recent developments of opening the NSCEP content to search engines such as Google™ and Northern Light©, and how that has vastly expanded our web traffic. We will demo a Google™ search using our shorter ZyPurl URLs with the added feature of search terms highlighted. Search enhancements on the NSCEP Web site will also be shown.

Jeannie Turner (PDF) (13 pp, 2.7MB), NSCEP
Mike Allaire, ISS, Inc.

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Demonstrating EPA's OGD Discussion Site
Learn how EPA has utilized the innovative crowd sourcing Web application, Ideascale©, to get input from the public in support of the Administration’s Open Government Directive (OGD). The objective of this exhibit is to present the benefits of crowdsourcing tools and explain how Ideascale©, and similar applications, can be utilized to engage the public in priority setting.

Dalroy Ward, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
NJ-GeoWeb: Transparency in Decision-Making (26 pp, 2.5MB)
Learn about this state-of-the-art GIS Internet Application, how it links GIS features with live media data from internal government systems, accesses detailed data easily and intuitively, and transparently gives users a way to find answers to their specific questions.

Lawrence Thornton, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Lou Jacoby, NJ Department. of Environmental Protection

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Using READ in Support of IT Strategic Planning
Learn how OW leverages READ as a tool for IT strategic planning and uses it in support of various data calls (i.e., Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Management Budget).

Vince Allen (PDF) (7 pp, 66K), Office of Water

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Using Registering Code and Other Services in the New Reusable Component Services
Learn about the Reusable Component Services, which will serve as a registry for Web services, XML tags, XML schema and data flows. RCS will identify associations, such as which Web services are associated with which XML schema and which data set, which in turn is associated with which system and which data dictionary.

Lico Galindo, Office of Information Collection, OEI

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Desktop and Server Virtualization (7 pp, 980K)
See a demonstration of desktop virtual technology and its associated benefits in EPA. This demonstration will allow participants to interact with the standard CTS desktop image in a virtual environment and observe the migration of physical devices in to virtual instances. Participants will also be able to access standard Agency applications in a virtual environment.

Michael Blake, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Mike Cullen, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Jody Zeugner, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
A Blueprint for Social Engagement and Collaboration with Regulations.gov
Learn about Regulations.gov/Exchange, an option currently available to Agency programs to assist in the development and hosting of social media tools (e.g., blogs, threaded discussions, ratings, video clips, etc.) to support individual program efforts.

Shanita Brackett (PDF) (12 pp, 406K), Office of Information Collection, OEI

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
EPA’s GeoData Gateway (GDG): Providing Transparent Access to the Agency’s Geospatial Resources
See a demonstration of EPA’s geospatial metadata portal, the GDG. Learn about the various ways to access information at the GDG, including using the GDG’s search and browse capabilities, how the GDG provides tiered access to metadata records based on a user’s login credentials, and how the GDG utilizes the Agency’s central identity and access management system. Discuss how the GDG uses automated harvesting and validation procedures in order to ensure that the information stored in the central catalog is of the highest quality.

Michelle Torreano (PDF) (7 pp, 688K), Office of Information Collection, OEI

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Showcasing Innovative Collaboration in a Document-Rich Environment (10 pp, 561K)
Now more than ever, stakeholders, both internal and external, must have timely and simple access to this information to make optimal decisions.
In this session, you will learn about EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs PRISM solution and discuss the architecture needed to support transparency and information sharing.

L.A. Darnell, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Pat Doback, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
David Rizzi, Guident Technologies
Ian Graham, Guident Technologies

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
EPA Web Developers and the Virtual Desktop (15 pp, 414K)
See a demonstration of the Virtual Desktop solution and learn how the solution is currently being used by EPA Web developers to access non-standard software and identify potential users for their applications.

Maja Lee, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Jonda Byrd, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Enhanced Access to WATERS Services and Data
Learn about recent changes the Office of Water has implemented to improve access to WATERS data and services. The presentation will include a live demonstration of the main WATERS components that enable ease of access to WATERS data and services.

Brad Cooper, INDUS Corp.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Know What Your Users Think — What Web Analytics Can Tell You About Your Web Site — How You Can Use the Information (20 pp, 2.2MB)
Metrics from specific analytic tools are being used by EPA customers to better address the public’s need for information. This presentation will teach you how the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Research and Development and others have used metrics to manage their sites. It will also demonstrate how metrics have been used by OEI to support the implementation of various Agency-wide initiatives.

Charlotte Cottrill, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Dalroy Ward, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Envirofacts Redesign
Learn about the Envirofacts redesign effort. This session will include a demonstration of the new features, functions and layout of the Envirofacts Web site. Participate in an interactive discussion of current and future needs of the Envirofacts user community and data providers.

Bill Muldrow (PDF) (14 pp, 1.2M), Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
What’s New and What’s Next with MyEnvironment
See a demonstration of the MyEnvironment Web application, learn about some of the new features implemented in February 2010 and discuss plans for new enhancements.

Kim Balassiano (PDF) (13 pp, 601K), Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
EPA’s New Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Model: Applying Technology to Support the President’s Climate Change Initiative
In this demonstration, the audience will learn how technology, along with stakeholder collaboration and detailed analysis, supported a priority public policy initiative. Learn how stakeholders from federal agencies, states and manufacturers were able to work together to determine the new, consolidated national standard and about the modeling approach (calculations, data storage and outputs) and its differences with the previous authoritative DOT model.

Steve Ziegler, ICF

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
The Border Project Tracker: Linking Projects to Program Goals
Learn how the Border Project Tracker, developed by OEI in coordination with OIA and other stakeholders, can help Agency programs to collaboratively track their projects and show progress toward achieving program goals.

Kara Koehrn, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Lee Pera, Office of Information analysis and Access, OEI

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Enterprise Professional Networking
Learn about EPA’s new messenger networking tool, which provides social networking features similar to Facebook™ and can be used in a professional setting to support cross-organizational teams, work groups and communities of interest. This session will also include an overview of the potential benefits of using the tool to enable better information sharing, engagement, communication, transparency, trust and collaboration across organizational and geographic boundaries.

Lin Darlington, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Using Business Intelligence and Analytics to Enhance the Quality of EPA’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Data Management and Review

Timothy Hinds, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
FSMP Momentum COTS Package and FSMP Web Site
Learn about OCFO's effort to replace the Agency's aging financial management system with Momentum, a new COTS-based financial system. See a demonstration of the Momentum product along with the project Web site.

Michael L. Roberts, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Annalena Winer, CGI
Katie French, CGI

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
EPA Earth as a Decision Support Tool
Learn about the utility of basic spatial analysis tools in decision-support activities and see the EPA Earth tool (built on Google Earth©) in action.

Prajwal Kulkarni, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Thomas Forbes, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Steve Young, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Lee Pera, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Use of Geostatistics in Sediment Assessment and Remediation
Learn about the application of geostatistical tools to sediment assessment and remediation projects being implemented under the EPA Great Lakes Legacy Act. Geostatistical tools, developed in the mining industry, are being applied in environmental assessment and remediation. These techniques can be utilized to describe the extent and nature of contamination, develop sampling designs, develop remedial plans, reduce uncertainty in decision making and facilitate cost-effective remedial investigations.

Judy Schofield, CSC

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
National WSA Databrowser: Capturing the Knowledge in the Wadeable Streams Assessment
In this session, you will learn about design and construction of the National WSA Databrowser and see how project-specific visualization and analysis Web tools can be built from open source components.

Wayne Davis, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Jonathan Callahan, Mazama Science

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
EPA’s Mobile Web Site: m.epa.gov
Learn about the mobile trend and m.epa.gov. See what m.epa.gov looks like, what information it provides access to and how you can have your relevant information posted on the site.

Brett Graham, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session 9
Business Intelligence
Salons A & B
Session 10
Exchange Network (cont)
Salons C & D
Session 11
Semantics and Terminology
Salon E
Session 12
Technical Topics (cont)
Salon F

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Using Business Intelligence to Foster Information Openness — A Case Study in EPA Emergency Management Business
Learn how data will be made available and analyzed through the use of Business Intelligence. Through collection, sharing and analysis of data, patterns begin to emerge and questions are answered that were not previously possible without extensive manual effort. Learn how these answers are provided by the Business Intelligence solution and discuss concepts for the future.

Constance Haaser (PDF) (21 pp, 1.2MB), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Joan Karrie, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Ian Graham, Guident Technologies
Vikas Sharma, Guident Technologies

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The Changing Face of EPA Analytics
Learn about modern, Web-oriented approaches to statistical analysis. See examples from Headquarters and regional programs.

Barry Nussbaum (PDF) (8 pp, 399K), Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Michael Messner, Office of Water
John Dorkin, Region 5, EPA
Art Lubin (PDF) (36 pp, 292K), Region 5, EPA
Al Alwan, Region 5, EPA

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Implementation of Centralized Shared Services: Case Studies
Many environmental programs are using OEI services to meet their business needs, such as encryption, handling of CBI, and automated, machine-driven exchange for the regulated community. In this session you will learn the benefits, challenges and lessons of implementing centralized IT services from two examples: eTSCA in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and EPA’s Moderated Tracking System in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

Donald Frank (PDF) (23 pp, 466K), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Tobias Schroeder (PDF) (23 pp, 580K), Office of Information Collection, OEI
Greg Mitchell, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Charles Freeman, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Pascal Dedjinou, Office of Air and Radiation

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Improving Information Access: The Role of Terminology and Metadata in the Semantic Web
A primary goal of the Open Government Directive is to improve public access to government information. An oft-cited method for increasing transparency is through the Semantic Web. However, the Semantic Web is not magic — there is a man behind the green curtain, and he ought not be ignored!  During this panel discussion you will learn about some examples of useful Semantic Web applications and the important role terminology and metadata play in enabling these applications. The Semantic Web is the technology that enables the Web to utilize relationships between terms to help discover, understand and reuse information.

Michael Pendleton, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Lynne Petterson, Office of Research and Development
Gail Hodge (PDF) (14 pp, 1.1MB), Information International Associates
Eric Miller (PDF) (50 pp, 3.2MB), Zepheira
Luis Bermudez (PDF) (98 pp, 4.5MB), Southeastern Universities Research Association

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Know What Your Users Think — What Web Analytics Can Tell You About Your Web Site (20 pp, 2.2MB)
In this session you will learn how metrics from specific analytic tools have been used by EPA programs to better address the public’s need for information. Learn how the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Research and Development and others have used metrics to manage their sites. See how Web site metrics have been used to support the Agency-wide Web site.

Dalroy Ward, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Charlotte Cottrill, Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Information Sharing in a Diverse Community
In this session learn how HUD successfully created a diverse, information-sharing community to help disaster victims find temporary housing using the National Housing Locator System (NHLS). This session will also provide lessons learned and guidance to help EPA programs stand up similar government and
industry communities to effectively communicate, coordinate and provide critical citizen services.

Matt Tabor (PDF) (16 pp, 678K), Citizant, Inc.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
IT Policy Wiki — A Transparent and Collaborative Policy Process
Learn about the OTOP IT Policy Wiki and how the wiki will benefit EPA. See a demonstration of the simplified access and open collaboration available to create, edit and view IT policies, procedures and guidance.

Joseph Salama, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI

5:30 pm

Exhibits and Networking: Reception

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast — Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 13
Cloud Computing
Salons A & B
Session 14
IT Infrastructure
Salons C & D
Session 15
Quality Management
Salon E
Session 16
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Salon F

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
The Silver Lining of Cloud Computing (32 pp, 592K)
This session will teach the concepts of cloud computing. Attendees will understand the types of cloud computing, the current state of cloud computing and its future potential. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, and discuss where cloud computing fits within EPA’s information technology (IT) operations.

Wayne Eason, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI
Maja Lee, Office of Technology Operations and Planning, OEI

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Future of Application Hosting at EPA’s National Computer Center…New Technologies at EPA’s Data Center (20 pp, 2.1M)
Learn about the National Computer Center’s FY2010-2012 Operations Plan, which will streamline the NCC’s business processes to ensure transparency to customers; improve communications and build on relationships with customers to better support the Agency’s mission; and implement energy-efficient, green IT practices to demonstrate comprehensive cost savings.

David Updike, National Computer Center, OEI
Tim Thorpe, National Computer Center, OEI
Maja Lee, National Computer Center, OEI

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Geospatial Cloud Computing: An Eye Towards the Future (18 pp, 670K)
This session will speak to the unique features of cloud computing for the geospatial community.

Jerry Johnston, Office of Environmental Information
Anne Hale Miglarese (PDF), Booz Allen Hamilton

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Security in the Cloud: Embracing the Technology While Minimizing Risk
During this panel discussion, participants will learn why and how a lack of clear understanding of requirements can result in failure of projects seeking to capitalize on this technology; gain insights into the impact of virtualization and cloud computing; and find out about tools and techniques that help ensure security in the cloud.

Herb Goodfellow, Guident Technologies
Ian Graham (PDF) (24 pp, 1.2MB), Guident Technologies
Michael Berman, Catbird Network, Inc.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Computer Room Server and Storage Room Management: E-mail Optimization Initiative (23 pp, 463K)
Learn about the Agency’s Computer Room, Server and Storage Management (CRSSM) E-mail Optimization initiative, which is designed to modernize, standardize and improve e-mail service delivery and reduce EPA’s overall e-mail service cost.

Robin Gonzalez, National Computer Center, OEI
Don Serina, USEPA Region 8
Warren Beer, USEPA Region 9
Laurel Michael, USEPA Region 10

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
WAN 2010 — Network Solutions Supporting Business Requirements
Is the Agency network keeping pace with user and application demands? This panel will provide an in-depth look at the Agency’s next generation network, WAN 2010, and will highlight the role all Agency users play in managing EPA’s network resources. Learn about the attributes of the new network, implementation plans, monitoring and effective use of network resources.

Lynn Conger (PDF) (14 pp, 213K), National Computer Center, OEI

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Computing: Information Assurance for 21st Century Government
We hear every day about technologies that are "faster, better, cheaper "— and even greener — but it just doesn't matter if they are not secure. During this panel discussion you will learn how the right technologies can be brought together to deliver scalable, flexible and trusted environments using cloud computing. Learn, from information assurance experts, how to implement security procedures to improve yourorganizational resiliency and agility to react to adverse events.
Richard Lively, RSA
Jim Robshaw, Cisco
Paul Kohl, Windsor Solutions, Inc

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Enterprise Content Management: Managing the Promise and Pitfalls of Federal ECMS Programs
Hear about lessons learned from ECM system deployments at federal agencies and departments other than EPA. Learn which lessons are the most important and how they can be addressed in the context of the Agency’s Content Management Task Force.

Constance Downs, Office of Information Collection, OEI
George Patch (PDF) (7 pp, 60K), Booz Allen Hamilton

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Buying Prime on a Burger Budget — The Quality Bistro
Learn about EPA Region 2's continuing process and results achieved by the application of innovative tools to reduce costs (time and resources) for assuring quality of environmental data and information used for decision-making in the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Efforts to capitalize on electronic tools for consistency, transparency and value-added assessment with a customer focus will be highlighted.

Robert Runyon (PDF) (25 pp, 482K), Region 2, EPA

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Recovery Act Data Quality: Methodological Innovations
In this session, you will learn about the challenges and experiences quality assuring three types of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) data: performance data, jobs created data and recipient-reported data.

Ann Ferris, National Computer Center, OEI
Judy Lieberman (PDF) (21 pp, 900K), OCFO
Zohair Baig (PDF) (16 pp, 1.2MB), Office of the Administrator

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Data Quality Screening Using Trend Charts
This session will introduce an innovative, transparent, quantitative and graphical method to communicate data quality information (quality control results) for Superfund, RCRA, drinking water and wastewater data. Learn how trend charts from the Superfund Contract Laboratory Program are being used to interpret QC results from laboratory analyses, field quality control, field and laboratory audits, and data validation for site investigations in Region 9.

Roseanne Sakamoto (PDF) (25 pp, 2.9MB), Region 9, EPA
Michael Johnson (PDF) (5 pp, 192K), Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Nazy Abousaeedi, CSC

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Recipient Reporting and Transparency (29 pp, 1.2MB)
Learn about the means and methods used by OMB, the Recovery Board and EPA to share ARRA recipient-reported information through FederalReporting.gov and Recovery.gov — the primary means of obtaining transparent ARRA-reported information.

Don Flattery, Office of Environmental Information
Connie Dwyer, Office of Information Collection, OEI
Michael Wood, Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board
James Maras, Office of Management and Budget

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
EPA Recovery Mapper
Since the very beginning of EPA’s implementation of the ARRA, we have been using mapping technology to enhance public understanding of the way the Agency is spending these funds and the impact they are having in local communities. Learn about the new version of the EPA Recovery Mapper and help us shape the future of this interactive Web site.

Jerry Johnston, Office of Environmental Information
Lawrence Thornton (PDF) (18 pp, 866K), Office of Information Analysis and Access, OEI
Pat Garvey, Office of Information Collection, OEI

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Closing Plenary

A video of this entire session can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6883239 Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Salon H
  • Plenary 5: What the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Means to the Future of Transparent Government and Interaction with the Public, and How EPA Supports that Transparency
    • Moderator: Lisa Schlosser, Director, Office of Information Collection, OEI
    • Craig E. Hooks, Assistant Administrator
    • Office of Administration and Resources Management
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • G. Edward DeSeve
    • Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Act Implementation
    • Office of the Vice President
    • The White House
  • Closing Remarks

Mention of a commercial product or service in this agenda document does not constitute an endorsement by EPA or any of its employees.

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