A big data workshop hosted by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute.

June 19, 2014
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Georgetown University
Rafik B. Hariri Building (MAP)
Fisher Colloquium
37th and O Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20007

Advanced registration for this event is required.
Register here.

About the Workshop
On June 19, 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute will co-host an event entitled Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies. This event will convene key stakeholders and thought leaders from across government, academia, industry, and civil society at Georgetown University to share their individual views and insights.

This event is part of ongoing efforts by the Obama Administration to engage both subject matter experts and the public in a national discussion about the future of data innovation and policy. Drawing from the recent White House working group report, “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values”, this event will focus on the opportunities and challenges posed by Federal agencies’ use of data, best practices for sharing data within and between agencies and other partners, and measures the government may use to ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties in a big data environment. It will build on other workshops held by OSTP in collaboration with MIT, NYU, and UC Berkeley. Learn more about these workshops and the big data review from the White House.

This event is open to the public, and will include remarks from Counselor to the President John Podesta and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Nicole Wong.

About the Massive Data Institute
As part of the McCourt School of Public Policy’s founding in October of 2013, we are building a Massive Data Institute devoted to the study of high-dimensional data for public policy. The Institute will use big data sets to increase understanding of society and human behavior and thus improve public policy decision-making.

Incredible advances in public policy may be possible by bringing together the scientists who can analyze these data and the policy practitioners in the government and nonprofit sectors that can design and implement policies.


12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Check-in
1:00 - 1:10 p.m.

Edward Montgomery, Dean
McCourt School of Public Policy

1:10 - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Nicole Wong, Deputy Chief Technology Officer
The White House

1:30 - 2:25 p.m.

Panel One: Open Data & Information Sharing

  • Moderator:  Nick Sinai
    Deputy Chief Technology Officer
    The White House
  • Allison Oelschlaeger
    Center for Strategic Planning
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Rosye Cloud
    Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment
    Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Rajive Mathur
    Director, Office of Online Services
    Internal Revenue Service
  • Zach Goldstein
    Acting Chief Information Officer
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Waldo Jaquith
    U.S. Open Data Institute
2:25 - 3:20 p.m.

Panel Two:  Big Data & Privacy

  • Moderator:  Robert Groves
    Georgetown University
  • Mark Doms
    Undersecretary for Economic Affairs
    Department of Commerce
  • Karen Neuman
    Chief Privacy Officer
    Department of Homeland Security
  • May Chu
    Assistant Director, Public Health
    Office of Science and Technology Policy
    The White House
  • Peter Austin
    Philanthropy Engineer
  • David Vladeck
    Professor of Law and Co-Director,
    Institute for Public Representation
    Georgetown University
3:20 - 3:35 p.m. Break
3:35 - 4:30 p.m.

Panel Three:  Big Data & Discrimination

  • Moderator:  Nicole Wong
    Deputy Chief Technology Officer
    The White House
  • Julie Brill
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Solon Barocas
    Princeton University
  • Jason Lagria
    Senior Staff Attorney
    Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Erica Brown Lee
    Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer
    Department of Justice
  • Carole Miaskoff
    Acting Associate Legal Counsel
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote
John Podesta, Counselor to the President


Georgetown's campus is located in Washington, DC at the corner of 37th & O Streets, NW. You can drive to campus, but public parking is extremely limited. Plan your visit here.

This event will be webcast live at http://www.ustream.tv/GeorgetownLive

Lauren Mullins
Director of Communications
McCourt School of Public Policy
(202) 687-2269