Federal Source Code Summit: Towards a Source Code Community

Thursday, October 08, 2020 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET

Hosted by Code.gov and Digital.gov

Register Add to Cal 2020-10-08 08:30 AM 2020-10-08 12:15 PM America/New_York Federal Source Code Summit: Towards a Source Code Community This summit brings together the federal community to share success stories and best practices for utilizing federal source code and open source software, and examine the implementation of the Federal Source Code policy. Event Page: https:/event/2020/10/08/federal-source-code-summit-building-coding/ Digital.gov digitalgov@gsa.gov

Code.gov will host its first annual Federal Source Code Summit to share success stories and best practices for utilizing federal source code and open source software (OSS), and examine the implementation of the Federal Source Code Policy.

The U.S. government spends billions of dollars annually on information technology (IT). Whether sustaining legacy systems or procuring highly customized applications, the costs add up. Code.gov was launched three years ago to lead the charge for code reuse and open source development while providing agency partners and developers with resources to improve agency mission outcomes and provide quality service to save taxpayer dollars.

This summit includes success stories in the U.S. and abroad with source code and OSS, and participants will discuss next steps for continuing to build communities focused on OSS.

Note: This summit is scheduled to be both in-person and virtual, however it may ultimately be all virtual pending government directed social distancing guidelines. Attendees will be notified of updates closer to the date of the event.

Federal Source Code Summit Agenda

Speaker confirmation pending agency approval.

8:30 - 9:00am Check-in to pick up badge

9:00 - 9:15am Welcome kick-off

9:15 - 9:35am Summit Keynote by Ron Bewtra, Chief Technology Officer, Department of Justice

9:45 - 10:15am Fireside Chat with International Governments

  • Leonardo Favario, Department for the Digital Transformation, Italian Government
  • UK Government - TBD
  • Canadian Government - TBD

10:20 - 10:50am Federal Source Code Study Results by Joseph Castle, Product Owner & Front-End Engineer, Code.gov

10:50 - 11:00am Break for coffee and networking

11:00 - 11:30am Policy Implementation Panel

  • Andrew Heibel, Program Lead for Walkoff, National Security Agency
  • Brian Lee, Senior Advisor, Informatics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Laura Beufort, Software Developer, Federal Election Commission
  • Joe Amalfitano, Open Source Lead, Social Security Administration

11:40-12:10pm Software Development w/ Open Source Panel

  • Sara Cope, Product Owner of Digital.gov, General Services Administration
  • Taylor Yates, Data Scientist, NASA
  • Aidan Feldman, Lead for TTS Infrastructure, General Services Administration
  • Rayvn Manuel, Developer and Engineer, National Museum of African American History and Culture

12:10-12:15pm Summit Closing


Joseph Castle is the Product Owner & Front-End Engineer of Code.gov where he is responsible for maintaining the Code.gov website and overseeing federal agency implementation of the White House’s Federal Source Code Policy. Dr. Castle earned his PhD from Virginia Tech and his dissertation focused on OSS publication in the federal sector. He served in the Obama Administration, is a U.S. Army veteran, and a Fed100 recipient.

Leonardo Favario is the Open Source Project Leader of the Department for the Digital Transformation at the Italian Government. He is responsible for the open source strategy which involves Developers Italia, the publiccode.yml specification,the new National guidelines and the catalogue of opensource software created by public administrations and available for reuse. Previously, he was in charge of the open source strategy of the Digital Transformation Team working in the Italian Presidency of the Council, where he supported the establishment of the new software reuse model following the open source approach. Leonardo is a free and open source software advocate since a very young age. He holds a PhD in computer and control engineering and he has been a Fulbright BEST scholar in California where he also worked on the development of some open source platforms at Stanford University.

Brian Lee is the Senior Advisor for Informatics to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of the Chief Information Officer where he work with data to make better technology investments to improve public health impact. Brian is the program official for open.cdc.gov and data.cdc.gov, helping public health programs across all CDC centers, institutes, and offices connect open technology with public health communities. Brian joined CDC in 2012 as the Deputy Director for the Informatics Innovation Unit and later served as the Chief Public Health Informatics Officer for the Office of Public Health Scientific Services. Brian is a self-taught programmer and holds a BBA from Georgia State University, an MPH from Emory University, and multiple certifications.

Amin Mehr is co-product owner of Code.gov in the Office of Solutions within GSA’s Technology Transformation Services. On the team, he works on a range of topics including strategy, product, outreach, and customer experience to help agencies meet the objectives of the Federal Source Code Policy. Cross-agency collaboration is pivotal in ensuring that agencies are doing their best to build software in a smart and scalable manner. In his previous work at GSA, Amin served as former program director for Performance.gov alongside his work on the CIO Council. He also has previously led teams at the Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce on BusinessUSA, The Small Business Innovation Research Program and a variety of other IT initiatives.

Karen Trebon is the Lead for the Smarter IT Delivery Portfolio, one of five in the Technology Transformation Services within the Federal Acquisition Service at the U.S. General Services Administration. She manages the people, budget, and contracts that power Search.gov and Code.gov. Karen has been with GSA since 2002. She has a Bachelors in Government from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Prior to GSA, Karen worked for Amplify Public Affairs and the American Power Association. She also worked in Annapolis, and also did three brief stints on Capitol Hill with Senator Sarbanes, Representative Hoyer, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

This Summit is hosted by Code.gov with support from Digital.gov. Code.gov is the federal government’s platform for sharing America’s source code.