photo of speakerJohan Bos-Beijer

Director, Analytics Services
Office of the Associate Administrator
Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies
General Services Administration

Mr. Bos-Beijer has substantial of senior and executive management experience in the public and private sectors.  His management career started at a higher education institution in the area of compliance auditing working with the Veterans Administration on GI Bill cases.  His subsequent management work has involved program integrity and lifecycle management, technical operations, client services, finance, data warehousing and complex analytics, identity management, managed security services, change control, data management, and audit resolution. Before joining the federal government, he served at executive and senior management levels in Academia, Financial Aid, Financial Management and Banking, and Vice President of Operations for a $2 billion law practice as well as Vice President for management and servicing.  He was a principal contributing author of the US Department of Education Audit Guide and initiated the first Integrated Project Teams and Change Control processes at the agency.   Mr. Bos-Beijer is also author of the 2007 identity and access management framework (IAM/IdM) for the Department of Education which helped shape the federal FICAM framework.  His work enabled ED to deploy the first major government data warehousing initiative and successful analytics effort in 1999/2000.   Under his leadership portals were deployed, systems integrated and interoperability across multi-billion dollar portfolios aligned with the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) was achieved.  In the public sector he has held such key positions as Director of Change Control, Chief of Staff, Deputy General Manager for Financial Partners, Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, and was the first eCommerce Director at ED.  Mr. Bos-Beijer initiated the first managed security services provider (MSSP) concept for the agency and served as the principal Director for the Business Continuity and Identity Management Programs.  His work has been recognized in Special Act awards from the ED OIG and HHS OIG, as well as special recognition from the Office of the Secretary at ED, and for his teams throughout his career.  He is currently serving as senior advisor to many federal and state agencies as well as law enforcement and intelligence offices in their efforts to stand up or enhance analytics programs to combat fraud, waste and abuse.  Mr. Bos-Beijer is the recipient of a special veterans recognition award in 1979 for his counseling and guidance to thousands of veterans representing deployments in multiple conflicts as they reentered civilian life.


Since being recruited to join GSA in 2008, he has served as Director of Business Operations and Analytics for the new quarter billion dollar Common Acquisition Platform program which he co-conceived and designed.  His other positions included Director of Strategic Solutions and Senior Advisor overseeing the successful design and migration of the dotGOV domain management program to a direct order service, as well as the achievement of a milestone of over $1 billion in federal cost avoidance through the SmartBUY program.  He created a repeatable acquisition strategy for data center services in 2010.  Mr. Bos-Beijer authored and designed an Analytics as a Service model in 2009 based on the extensive work he conducted in the late 1990s through 2008.  This model is currently being rolled out by GSA through its Office of the Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies and Federal Acquisition Service CAP program.  Mr. Bos-Beijer is often consulted as an experienced analytics practitioner advisor to various public agencies in the civilian and defense sectors.  He completed a special one year executive senior advisory assignment at the request of the HHS OIG which included the successful development and implementation of the consolidated data analysis center (CDAC), predictive analytics framework, HSPD12, and program management.  His recent accomplishments included overseeing enterprise commodity program management in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner across multi-billion dollar portfolios at GSA.  Mr. Bos-Beijer authored the federal marketplace strategy and common acquisition platform (CAP) concept of operations.  He has been a founding and contributing member, as well as speaker, for major organizations that encompass policy, audit, technology, analysis, and operations, as well as public access including the National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, Education Finance Council, Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, Architecture Plus Government IT Forum, Government Web Development Forum, National Association of Credit Managers, InCommon, Healthcare Associations, Digital Government Institute, Student Information Systems Users Group, American Law Institute, Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations, and the CyberLaw Resource Network.  Mr. Bos-Beijer recently served as a judge for the ISC2/Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA) and is an ATARC 2015 Data Innovation Award winner.  He is the government chair of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Shared Interest Group and Analytics & Big Data Committee.  Mr. Bos-Beijer was unanimously nominated as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Interagency Fraud and Risk Data Mining Group (IFRDMG).  His work includes speaking at and working with various prestigious institutes of higher education to share analytics, service management, data management and technology capabilities with students and faculty.


photo of speakerLinda Boland Abraham
Co-founder, comScore, Inc.

Linda Abraham is a founding member of comScore's executive team who helped guide the company’s growth since its incep­tion in 1999 to its current position as a global leader in digital measurement and analytics. comScore went public in 2007 (NASDAQ:SCOR) and today has a global footprint of 32 offices across 23 countries.

Now an advisor to comScore, Ms. Abraham is an angel investor and is a board member/advisor to a number of startups and private companies, spanning investing/private equity, data/analytics, machine learning, cybersecurity, wearable technology, educational technology and the sharing economy.

 Ms. Abraham serves on the Technology Pioneer Selection Committee for the World Economic Forum, and she is a member of the Global Advisory Council on the Future of Education. She was named a ‘Great Mind’ by the Advertising Research Foundation, and received ‘Best Paper of the Year’ designation from the Journal of Advertising Research for ‘Changing the Way the World Sees Digital Advertising.’ Ms. Abraham is a frequent industry speaker, appearing in media outlets such as CNBC, The CBS Evening News and NPR.


We regret that Mark Algee-Hewitt, our originally advertised morning keynote speaker, is unable to join us for Datapalooza this year due to a family emergency. We encourage everyone to attend his exciting talk `Read, Write, Respond: Data, Affect, and Narrative' when he comes to Grounds as a guest speaker for the Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge on Tuesday, October 13. More information to come on the DSI and CSDK websites in the coming weeks. See the abstract below for a sneak peek at this exciting upcoming talk:

Chief among the criticisms of the quantitative study of literary texts is that the approach is rigidly formalistic: data on word frequencies leave little room for other kinds of critical interventions. How, for example, can information about words, syntax or grammar reveal textual features that trigger particular affective responses in different readers? In this talk I explore the phenomenon of suspense, an aesthetic experience that has resisted literary critical or even psychological explanation. By interleaving multiple kinds of data, I show that the emerging methods of the Digital Humanities are uniquely suited to exploring the boundaries between text and affect, reader and researcher, and formal structure and aesthetic experience. In this project, I seek to open up a new area of study in our field, one that combines the richly formalistic approach of quantitative analysis with a deeper understanding of the text as a uniquely affective communicative medium.