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Frustrated that the presidential candidates haven’t addresses the issues that will impact how the government does business? Have they answered your questions? Well, here is your chance.

You can suggest questions to the technology advisers of both campaigns, who will be speaking next week.

I’m heading down to Williamsburg, VA on Sunday for the Industry Advisory Council’s 2008 Executive Leadership Conference — one of the big government IT conferences of the year. They have a fairly interesting agenda lined up — former comptroller David Walker, NYU professor Paul Light, Charlie Cook, who is one of the best at watching the congressional races and what that will mean.

There has been a shifting in conferences — many of them have been getting shorter as it is just difficult for people to carve out so much time from work. As I reported earlier this year, IPIC, for example, is considering shortening its four-day conference.

ELC is a good way to stay tuned in to what is the buzz around this market. The conference starts Sunday evening and is a full day Monday, and then a half-day on Tuesday. The challenge always has been keeping people in their seats on that Tuesday. So the IAC team has some good stuff on that Tuesday. For example, they have Light talking about “The Path to Reenergizing Federal Service.” They also have a team of the government CIOs who will conclude the event with their goals for the upcoming year. And, given that there is a real opportunity for the CIO Council to be the government IT group, it will be interesting to see what they have to say.

But IAC also has representatives from the campaigns of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain… IAC has a panel of reporters who will be asking questions — including me, GovExec/NextGov’s Allan Homes, and 1105 GovInfo’s Anne Armstrong — but IAC (and I) am seeking your questions.

What would you like to have them address? Either post your questions/comments here… or you can send them to

The two speakers:

For Obama: Michael Nelson from Georgetown University and a senior technology advisor to Obama
For McCain: Michael Gallagher, former head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce and a senior technology advisor to McCain

Read the note IAC sent out about these sessions after the break.

So here is the note that IAC sent out to its members:

IAC ELC Attendee:

The 2008 ELC, “On the Edge of Opportunity…” is less than two weeks away. We’ve filled the entire conference from Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon with rich and relevant content, and addresses from a roster of prominent influencers, including Charlie Cook, Publisher of the Cook Political Report, the Honorable David Walker, former Comptroller General; and Amy Holmes, CNN Political Analyst. This ELC promises to be a stellar program..

On Tuesday, Oct 28, the last day, we’ve included some of your favorite activities. We’ll lead off with the always-popular “Breakfast with the CXOs”, followed by Dr. Paul Light, NYU Professor addressing “The Path to Reenergizing Federal Service”.

For Tuesday’s “finale”, we will also include a panel of senior technology advisors representing both Senators McCain and Obama who will explore, “Technology and Innovation Perspectives for the Road Ahead. ” ELC will wrap up with a dynamic session where the “CIOs Speak Out…”, moderated by DOD’s Dave Wennergren. This panel includes: Karen Evans/OMB; Molly O’Neill/EPA; Rob Carey/Dept of the Navy; Vance Hitch/DOJ; Christine Liu/SBA; Michael Carleton/HHS; and Janet Barnes/OPM. And, be sure to make plans to join the CIOs for lunch following the CIO session.

To make these last two sessions even more relevant and interactive, we’re inviting you to engage with the panelists by emailing “what’s on your mind?” questions and issues in advance. Email your questions for either or both panel(s) – “Technology and Innovation…” and “The CIOs Speak Out…” to

We’re looking forward to having you join in this year’s expanded and exciting dialogue at “ELC ’08”!

See you in Williamsburg!

ELC 08 Chairs:

Anne Altman, IBM
Bob Howard, Department of Veterans Affairs

Written by cdorobek

October 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

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