FCW Bookshelf LIVE!

FCW covers the business of federal technology, and frequently digs into the best books on management, leadership and the broader implications of emerging tech. FCW Bookshelf LIVE! at ACQUIRE provided a free, special opportunity to explore these insights in person.

Led by FCW Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider, Bookshelf LIVE! featured several renowned authors who discussed their work—and how it can be applied by innovators and change agents in government. Plus, attendees got to meet their favorites and take home a signed copy of each author's book!

  • Wednesday, June 8
  • 10:30 am – 11:15 am

David L. Hall

CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate

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A former U.S. Navy intelligence officer, David Locke Hall was a federal prosecutor when a bizarre-sounding website, CRACK99, came to his attention. It looked like Craigslist on acid, but what it sold was anything but amateurish: thousands of high-tech software products used largely by the military, and for mere pennies on the dollar. Want to purchase satellite tracking software? No problem. Aerospace and aviation simulations? No problem. Communications systems designs? No problem. Software for Marine One, the presidential helicopter? No problem. With delivery times and customer service to rival the world’s most successful e-tailers, anybody, anywhere—including rogue regimes, terrorists, and countries forbidden from doing business with the United States—had access to these goods for any purpose whatsoever.

But who was behind CRACK99, and where were they? The Justice Department discouraged potentially costly, risky cases like this, preferring the low-hanging fruit that scored points from politicians and the public. But Hall and his colleagues were determined to find the culprit. They bought CRACK99's products for delivery in the United States, buying more and more to appeal to the budding entrepreneur in the man they identified as Xiang Li. After winning his confidence, they lured him to Saipan—a U.S. commonwealth territory where Hall’s own father had stormed the beaches with the marines during World War II. There they set up an audacious sting that culminated in Xiang Li's capture and imprisonment. The value of the goods offered by CRACK99? A cool $100 million.

An eye-opening look at cybercrime and its chilling consequences for national security, CRACK99 reads like a caper that resonates with every amazing detail.

About David L. Hall

David L. Hall is a partner in the Litigation Department of Wiggins and Dana LLP, including the International Trade Compliance, the White Collar Defense, Government Investigations, and Corporate Compliance, the Cybersecurity and Privacy, the Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Art Law and Museum practice groups.

Mr. Hall is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents corporations and individuals in complex civil litigation and in investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice and other federal and state agencies. He conducts internal investigations and corporate compliance assessments for companies, including those in the defense, financial, and health care industries.

Mr. Hall advises clients concerning cybersecurity and data privacy, including assessments of policies and procedures, and data breach preparation and response. He assists clients in the unmanned aerial systems industry regarding the regulatory requirements of federal agencies. Mr. Hall has successfully defended individuals and companies under investigation by the federal government for a wide range of suspected unlawful activity, including bank fraud, securities fraud, political corruption, unlawful sales of art and antiquities, fraud against the government, and unlawful exports.

In 2013, Mr. Hall retired from the United States Department of Justice after a distinguished 23-year career as an Assistant United States Attorney. While in federal service, Mr. Hall received the Director's Award for Superior Performance, numerous Special Act Awards, and other awards and commendations from government agencies, including the FBI, CIA, DEA, and ATF. He has also been recognized with the DHS/ICE Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, the DHS/ICE International Achievement Award, and the SAFE Beacon Award.

Mr. Hall served as the Special Prosecutor for the FBI Art Crime Team, and has extensive experience with investigations and prosecutions concerning cultural property. He negotiated the return of stolen Norman Rockwell paintings from Brazil and led the successful undercover investigation and prosecution of Marcus Patmon, an art thief who sold stolen works by Picasso. Mr. Hall forfeited and returned to Iraq a collection of Mesopotamian artifacts, and effected the return to Peru of a gold Moche monkey head (circa 300 A.D.) that had been looted from the royal tombs of Sipan. Mr. Hall also seized and forfeited the Rosenberg Diary, the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi propagandist and Reich Minister for the occupied eastern territories. The Rosenberg Diary is now part of the Holocaust Museum collection.

Mr. Hall served in the United States Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer for thirty years, retiring at the rank of Captain. He commanded three intelligence units and served with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in addition to numerous Navy commands. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and numerous other personal awards, unit citations, and service awards.

In 1991, Mr. Hall authored the book, The Reagan Wars: A Constitutional Perspective on War Powers and the Presidency, published by Westview Press. Mr. Hall is the co-author of "Stolen Cultural Property: A Risk Management Primer," in The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals (Rowman and Littlefield).

  • Wednesday, June 8
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Pagan Kennedy

Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World

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Find out where great ideas come from.

A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die.

By studying inventions like these — the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed — we can learn how people imagine their way around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers. Pagan Kennedy reports on how these enduring methods can be adapted to the twenty-first century, as millions of us deploy tools like crowdfunding, big data and 3-D printing to find hidden opportunities.

Inventology uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation. As Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it's now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality. Inventology is a must-read for designers, artists, makers—and anyone else who is curious about creativity. By identifying the steps of the invention process, Kennedy reveals the imaginative tools required to solve our most challenging problems.

About Pagan Kennedy

Pagan Kennedy, the former Innovation columnist for the New York Times Magazine, is author of the New York Times Notable Book Black Livingstone, the Barnes & Noble Discover pick Spinsters and eight other books. She has been an MIT Knight Science Journalism fellow and published articles in dozens of newspapers and magazines. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

  • Thursday, June 9
  • 10:30 am – 11:15 am

John H. Johnson, Ph.D.

Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume

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While everyone is talking about “big data,” the truth is that understanding the “little data” (stock reports, newspaper headlines, weather forecasts, etc.) is what will help you make smarter decisions at work, at home and in every aspect of your life.

The average person consumes approximately 30 gigabytes of data every single day, but has no idea how to interpret it correctly. Everydata explains, through the eyes of an expert economist and statistician, how to correctly interpret all of the small bytes of data we consume in a day. Readers will become effective, skeptical consumers of everyday data.

Each chapter of Everydata highlights one commonly misunderstood data concept, using both real-world and hypothetical examples from a wide range of topics, including business, politics, advertising, law, engineering, retail, parenting, and more. Readers will get the answer to the question – “Now what?” – along with concrete ways they can use this information to immediately start making smarter decisions, today and every day.

About John H. Johnson, Ph.D.

John H. Johnson is President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, and a professional economist, expert witness, author and speaker. Through his leadership, Edgeworth Economics has become one of the world’s premier economic consulting firms. Dr. Johnson is known internationally for his ability to explain highly sophisticated concepts in a simple, straightforward manner and brings this skill to his consulting, writing, and speaking.

At Edgeworth, Dr. Johnson provides consulting and expert testimony for Fortune 100 clients, trade groups, and government agencies. In his litigation work, he guides companies and outside counsel on the appropriate use and interpretation of complex data sets, and has served as expert witness in some of today’s most high-stakes corporate lawsuits. On the business analytics side, Dr. Johnson helps companies translate their complex internal data sets into strategic, actionable information across a variety of business settings including human resources, finance, marketing, manufacturing, and business intelligence. Both aspects share the need to understand — and properly apply — large, complex sets of data. He applies this same skill to his writing and speaking, where he helps audiences avoid the most common pitfalls people make when confronted with data, so they can become more confident and discerning consumers of data and make better decisions in their professional and personal lives.

Dr. Johnson is a frequent presenter on economic topics and the use of data, and co-author of Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Everyday. He has also authored numerous papers across his areas of expertise.

Dr. Johnson received a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA in Economics with Highest Distinction from the University of Rochester. He lives with his wife and two children in McLean, Virginia. www.johnhjohnsonphd.com

  • Thursday, June 9
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

William Eggers @wdeggers

Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies that are Transforming Government

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What if you could file your taxes or open a business online in mere minutes? It's already possible in Estonia. So why are some U.S. government agencies still running software from the 1960s with no upgrades in sight?

When HealthCare.gov went live in October 2013, many called the website a catastrophe. For the U.S. Federal government, however, the launch ultimately proved pivotal: it underscored the necessity of digital excellence in public institutions and inspired hundreds of the tech industry’s best and brightest to come to Washington with the singular mission to modernize government.

So how do you take a government built on analog, industrial-era frameworks and redesign it as a fully digital state? We must imagine a new kind of government.

Imagine prison systems that use digital technology to return nonviolent offenders promptly and securely into society. Imagine a veterans’ health care system built around delivering a personalized customer experience for every Vet. We now have the digital tools (cloud computing, mobile devices, analytics) and the talent to stage a real transformation. This book provides the handbook to make it happen.

William Eggers, author of eight books and a leading authority on government reform, knows how we can use tech-savvy teams, strong leadership and innovative practices to reduce the risks and truly achieve a digitally transformed government.

About William Eggers

William D. Eggers, a leading authority on public-private partnerships and government reform, is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s Public Sector industry practice.

He is the author of eight books, including his newest, co-authored with Paul Macmillan, The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises are Teaming up to Solve Society’s Biggest Problems (Harvard Business Press, September 2013). The book, which The Wall Street Journal calls “pulsating with new ideas about civic and business and philanthropic engagement,” was named to ten best books of the year lists.

His earlier books, including the Washington Post best seller, If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, have won numerous awards including “best books on policy, leadership and public services” from The Guardian, the 2014 Axiom book award for best book on business theory, the Louis Brownlow award for best book on public management, the Sir Antony Fisher award for best book promoting an understanding of the free economy, and the Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research. He coined the term Government 2.0 in a book of the same name.

His commentary has appeared in dozens of major media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.