Scale workforce interactions to improve confidence and decision making

June 10th, 2010

With Collaboration being a critical enabler of 21st century “Work”, panelists will examine how do you define, manage, and more importantly, increase collaboration? Their focus on this second session will be the Confidence Dimension of collaboration. Increasing collaboration and, subsequently, decision making, involves the level of trust you have in something — in the information you have, the people with whom you are making decisions.


Rebecca S. Harris– Program Director, Program Executive Office, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services, DISA
David Wennergren– Deputy CIO/Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology, Department of Defense
Gerald T. Charles, Jr. – Director, Office of Strategy and Operations, Public Sector Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

Moderator: Tom Temin– Co-host of the Federal Drive

Rebecca S. Harris
Program Director, Program Executive Office
Global Information Grid Enterprise Services

Rebecca S. Harris is the Program Director, Program Executive Office, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services, for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and responsible for delivering net-centric enterprise information sharing services to provide trusted, decision-quality information for use by our joint forces and coalition partners.

She attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia in 1978, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (Microbiology), with a minor in Chemistry. She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. She received her Acquisition Level III Certification in Program Management from the Defense Management Systems College in 2000.

In 1980, she began her Government service with the United States Army Computer Systems Command (USAISSC) where she developed software and designed databases for the Army Standard Civilian Personnel Management Information System. She was the Army representative on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) X3H2 Database and X3H4 Information Resource Dictionary System Committees and the ANSI SQL Database standard was developed during her tenure. She provided technical leadership and direction for the development of the Army’s Data Administration initiative.

In 1991, she joined DISA to work in the DoD Data Administration Program Management Office. In 1995, she assumed DoD Data Administrator responsibilities and oversaw the implementation and management of the DoD Data Administration Program. From 1996-1998, she served as the U.S. Head of Delegation for North Atlantic Treaty Organization Information Systems Subcommittee.

In 1998, she was appointed Project Manager for the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Program and Global Directory Service and assumed DoD PKI Deputy Program Manager responsibilities in March 2000. In October 2001, she became Chief, Center for Information Assurance Applications joining the Senior Executive Service. She provided technical leadership and engineering support for the development and implementation of DoD Information Assurance capabilities.

In 2002, she joined the Office of the Chief Information Officer and was appointed Chief, Knowledge Management at DISA.

In 2004, she led the Global Information Grid (GIG) Enterprise Services Engineering organization as Principal Director; where she planned, engineered, acquired, and integrated Joint interoperable, secure global net-centric Enterprise Capabilities for the GIG.

She was appointed Director, Program Executive Office, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services in February 2006.

Her efforts have garnered the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, 2006; AFCEA Golden Links Award, 2002; The Grace Hopper Government Technology Leadership Award, 2001; DISA Director’s Quality Achievement Award, 1994; USA Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, 1991; and numerous performance and achievement awards.

David M. Wennergren
Deputy CIO/Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology
Department of Defense

Mr. David M. Wennergren serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology / Deputy Chief Information Officer, providing top-level advocacy in creating a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and ensuring the delivery of the capabilities required to achieve the Department’s transformation to net centric operations. In addition to his duties as Deputy CIO, Mr. Wennergren is the Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Defense Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Wennergren served for four years as the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO), during which time he also served as the Department of the Navy’s Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer. Prior to becoming the DON CIO, he served for four years as the DON Deputy CIO for Enterprise Integration and Security. Past assignments also included, the Head, Plans and Policy Branch within the Shore Installation Management Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), the Economic Support Team Leader on the Department of the Navy’s Base Structure Analysis Team (BSAT) during the Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process for BRAC-93 and BRAC-95, Commercial Activities Program planning and review in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), participating in the Navy’s BRAC-91 process, and working as a management analyst at both the Naval Industrial Resources Support Activity and the Naval Air Technical Services Facility.

Mr. Wennergren received his B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from Mansfield State University. He was a recipient of a Secretary of the Navy Civilian Fellowship in Financial Management, culminating in a Master of Public Policy (MPP) in Public Sector Financial Management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs. He has received the Department of the Navy Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. Other honors include being selected as the Federal CIO Council 2008 Azimuth Award winner, the Government Computer News 2005 Defense Executive of the Year, the 2006 John J. Franke Jr. Award from the American Council for Technology, the Federal Computer Week 2006 Eagle Award, three Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Awards, the Computerworld Premiere 100 Award, and the 2008 General James M. Rockwell AFCEAN of the Year. He is also honored to have worked in two organizations that were awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Gerald T. Charles, Jr.
Director, Office of Strategy and Operations Public Sector

Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

Gerald T. Charles, Jr. leads strategy and operations for Cisco’s U.S. Federal Public Sector business. He brings more than 25 years of executive management, comprehensive technology, and strategic thinking expertise to roles of Executive Advisor, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and VP/General Manager. As a thought leader in management and technology strategy, governance, and business models, workforce and workspace sustainability, security, IT-based solutions, and innovation, he is helping transform service delivery and economic value in the public sector. He has served various senior executives and officials in civilian, defense, and commercial organizations. Charles has developed and implemented companies’ mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic, operational, and financial goals.

Prior to Cisco, Charles was a vice president for TRW and BDM. He brought in multimillion-dollar contracts, turned closed subsidiaries into profit centers, and was a key technical and program architect for implementation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR system. After TRW, Charles was vice president for OAO Technology Solutions (OAOT), a commercial outsourcer and managed services provider, where he eliminated major losses in ebusiness divisions and corporate acquisitions, implemented an IT solution provider practice, and started the company’s public sector division.

Charles is a published author and wrote The LAN Blueprint: Engineering It Right (McGraw-Hill) as well as various Cisco global industry points of view, including the 21st century workforce and workspace, innovation in the Public Sector, transportation, and security. Charles also earned a congressional medal for outstanding service and achievement.

Charles holds an master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.