On October 11, 2023, The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center hosted a public, multi-stakeholder hybrid event discussing data strategies for an AI-powered government. This event accompanied the release of the GeoTech Center’s findings on the challenges and opportunities to making data “AI-ready” across the Federal enterprise, along with recommendations for planning, piloting, and procurement.

The rapid increase in demand within the public sector to use AI-based tools through cloud service providers for a wide variety of use cases poses significant challenges for Federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Data Officers (CDOs), and other IT stakeholders in the data ecosystem. The technical applications of AI built on Federal data are extensive, including hyper-personalization of information and service delivery, predictive analytics, autonomous systems, pattern and anomaly detection, and more.

Following a brief overview of our findings, the event led off with a fireside chat on how to bring data-driven AI insights to the Federal enterprise featuring leaders from the public and private sectors. Additional experts from the public and private sectors, including from the White House and the DoD, discussed what agencies can do and are doing to successfully plan and develop data-centric AI applications, and to pilot and scale data and AI for mission impact.

Read our full findings and recommendations online here or download the summary PDF.


Opening remarks and overview of findings (video link)


Lloyd Whitman
Senior Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council


Janice DeGarmo
Chief Operating Officer
Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University

Dominic Delmolino
Vice President of Field Technology and Engineering, Worldwide Public Sector
Amazon Web Services

Lloyd Whitman
Senior Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

Fireside chat: Bringing data-driven AI insights to the federal enterprise (video link)
Panel discussion: Planning and developing data-centric AI applications (video link)


Garrett Berntsen
Director for Technology and National Security
National Security Council

Viveca Pavon-Harr
Chief Data Scientist and Director of AI Discovery Lab
Accenture Federal Services

Haluk Resat
Program Leader, Bridge2AI Program
NIH OD Office of Strategic Coordination

Bryan Lane
Technology Writer | Advisor | Civil Servant


Marguerite Benson
Sticky Wicket Advising

Bharat Patel
Product Lead, Project Linchpin – Sensor AI

Jon Stresing
Senior Account Manager – DoD

Jane Pinelis
Chief AI Engineer
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Panel discussion: Piloting and scaling data and AI for mission impact (video link)
Closing remarks (video link)


Kyle Michl
Chief Innovation Officer
Accenture Federal Services

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