May 17

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Unemployment insurance (UI) fraud may have cost the nation nearly $40 billion last year, experts say, depriving out-of-work Americans of desperately needed help during the COVID-19 crisis. And while state unemployment programs were hardest hit, they weren’t the only targets. Emergency relief programs for rent and utility bills also came under attack.

Join Government Technology on May 17 at 11am PT/2pm ET, for an important conversation on how state and local agencies can stop benefits fraud before it happens. You’ll learn how intelligent cloud-based technologies can detect and prevent efforts to create fake user accounts and takeover legitimate accounts – all without slowing down the delivery of critical payments to applicants in need of assistance.

Register now to get practical information on:

-- Using the cloud to quickly strengthen program integrity
-- Leveraging adaptable AI technology that continuously learns evolving fraud patterns.
-- Addressing fraud proactively, reducing pay and chase


Andy Pitman

Andy Pitman

Director, HHS Solutions, Microsoft

Andy Pitman is a director on Microsoft’s U.S. government solutions team, helping customers improve the efficiency and quality of their health and human service solutions. More specifically, Andy is responsible for Microsoft’s state and local government health and human services strategy and vertical solutions such as Medicaid and child welfare. In this role, Andy works with customers and partner companies to develop and implement innovations in areas such as case management, data analysis, cloud computing and devices. Previously at Microsoft, Andy led customer solutions for public safety, DMV, enterprise content management, digital archiving, voter registration and electronic identity. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2005, Andy spent almost 18 years at Accenture, where he served in a variety of roles, including leadership of Accenture’s U.S. government Microsoft solutions team; project leader for many government projects, especially in human services; leader of eGovernment offerings, including Accenture’s eGovernment Accelerator solution; and leader of Accenture’s global field software organization. Andy holds an MBA from Tulane University and a BS degree from the University of Alabama.

Tara Hamby

Tara Hamby

Senior Business Applications Specialist, Microsoft

Tara Hamby is a Senior Business Applications Specialist on Microsoft’s U.S. State and Local Government team, focused on Enterprise Resource Planning and Power Apps for the West Coast. In her role, Tara helps government agencies modernize their applications and innovate in areas around Finance, Supply Chain and fraud, waste and abuse. Prior to Microsoft, Tara was with Oracle Consulting where she lead teams of implementers in the Enterprise Commercial ERP space. Tara also spent over 10 years as a Project Manager, Operations Manager and Strategic Account Manager in the Microsoft Partner channel. Tara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana.

Josue Martinez-Montero

Josue Martinez-Montero

Senior Manager for Customer Acquisition, Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection, Microsoft

Josue Martinez-Montero is the Senior Manager for Customer Acquisition with the Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection product team. He has been at Microsoft for almost a decade in various software engineering and product manager roles spanning Windows, Xbox, and Dynamics. If you've seen the Windows lock screen, booted up a new Windows device, or turned on an Xbox console in the past few years, you're likely familiar with his work. Today he focuses his energy on helping businesses and governments worldwide leverage the power of advanced AI/ML to combat fraud and abuse.

Deborah A. Snyder

Deborah A. Snyder — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Deborah is accomplished C-level influencer, with a broad range of experience in government, policy, cyber security, privacy and information technology. An experienced and highly-respected thought-leader who has held executive roles for over two decades.

She recently retired from her position as New York State’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), after over 35 years of public service.

In that role, as part of New York State's information technology transformation and consolidation initiative, she helped redesign how the state protects its data. As State CISO, she directed the State’s comprehensive cyber security governance, risk management and compliance program, providing strategic leadership and vision, and assuring business-aligned, risk-based investments that maximized business opportunity and minimized cyber security risk. She also directed the NYS Cyber Command Center, hotline, procedures for reporting and response to cyber-threats, and digital forensics. https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/an-inside-look-at-new-york-state-government-cybersecurity.html

She holds multiple industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), SANS Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) Global Information Assurance Certification, and Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP).