July 21, 2022 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT
COVID-19 crystalized America’s innovation imperative. MerITocracy 2022: American Innovation Forum is an event produced by MeriTalk in partnership with Hill and White House leadership as well as industry visionaries. More than a talk shop, this program will underscore the requirement for tangible outcomes and practical operational plans. MerITocracy will focus on creative thinking around critical issues that sit at the nexus of policy and technology: education and workforce, global competitiveness, security and privacy, healthcare, diversity and inclusion, cryptocurrency, infrastructure, and citizen services.
July 21, 2022
8:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT
Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

Congressional Participants & Speakers

Kiran Ahuja
Office of Personnel Management
Bice
U.S. House of Representatives
boring
Chamber of Digital Commerce
Robin Carnahan
General Services Administration
Connolly
U.S. House of Representatives
Carlos Del Torro
U.S. Navy
Tom Emmer
U.S. House of Representatives
Foster
U.S. House of Representatives
Will Grannis
Google Cloud
Heath
Politico
Himes
U.S. House of Representatives
Issa
U.S. House of Representatives
Khanna
U.S. House of Representatives
Krishnamoorthi
U.S. House of Representatives
marks
The Washington Post
Clare Martorana
Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
Palmer
U.S. House of Representatives
Panchanathan
National Science Foundation
Barton Phillips
DocuSign
Rosen
U.S. Senate
Sherrill
U.S. House of Representatives
Van Hollen
U.S. Senate
White
WAMU
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
DocuSign
Forcepoint
Fortinet Federal
Google Cloud
Pure Storage
Recorded Future
Snowflake
TaxBit
Zscaler
ACT-IAC
Alliance for Digital Innovation
AP NORC
Partnership for Public Service
Politico
WAMU
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Steve O'Keeffe
Founder
MeriTalk
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Blockchain and cryptocurrency are already transforming business, investing, and our American future. A Blockchain-based digital government will unify and streamline business and citizen services, unlock new functionality, and protect data. From BitCoin to Ethereum to Helium, the explosion and pervasion of crypto currency and business models promises new innovation the like we have not seen since the dawn of the internet revolution. What does this mean for regulation, transparency, compliance, and taxation? And will that revolution unleash new innovation to improve services and restore trust, or leave the Federal government watching as the private sector and foreign competitors take blockchain and crypto to the bank.

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boring
Founder and CEO
Chamber of Digital Commerce
Tom Emmer
R-MN
U.S. House of Representatives
Foster
D-IL
U.S. House of Representatives
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Sherrill
D-NJ
U.S. House of Representatives
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We’re a nation built on the hard work, ingenuity, and innovation of a melting pot of people and cultures. And, studies show that diverse workplaces are higher performing – and spur innovation and growth.

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Kiran Ahuja
Director
Office of Personnel Management
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Which is the world’s largest economy – U.S. or China? Depends on how you calculate. Nominal GDP – the U.S.; Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) GDP – China. The point is, the U.S. has lost its claim to undisputed economic leadership.

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Heath
Senior Editor
Politico
Panchanathan
Director
National Science Foundation
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In 2020, government services not only ranked dead last on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) – Uncle Sam beat all segments to the bottom by more than 10 percent. Surprised…I bet not. The Federal government has never embraced customer experience excellence. COVID-19 underscored just how dangerous this indifference can be – considering citizens were left waiting for critical benefits for weeks and months due to outdated systems or trying desperately to find accurate information on testing protocols and locations.

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Robin Carnahan
Administrator
General Services Administration
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Connolly
Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations
U.S. House of Representatives
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The U.S. spends far more on healthcare as a share of GDP – but we rank dead last when it comes to access, outcomes, administrative efficiency, and equity. Not only are we overspending and underperforming, but fraud runs unchecked to the tune of $234 billion annually – with COVID-19 opening the door to new opportunities for fraudsters.

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White
Host, 1A
WAMU
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Cyber criminals stole $6 trillion in 2021 – a sum greater than the GDP of every nation with the exception of the U.S. and China. But, that’s table stakes compared to the cost to our democracy – namely confidence in our government and society – all at the hands of increasingly sophisticated and determined state sponsors. Unless we fix the cyber security and integrity issues, democracy may fall.

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Reporter
The Washington Post
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