NASS 2018 Winter Conference


Feb 16 - Feb 19


Washington, DC


Fairmont Georgetown

This event will bring together government and industry leaders to showcase Secretary of State initiatives and highlight all the latest developments in state and federal policy-making circles. NASS President Connie Lawson and other speakers will focus on many important topics including Election Cybersecurity and Remote Notarizations.


Click here to register for the 2018 NASS Winter Conference!

Early registration rates expire on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Online registration ends on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Cancellations received by 5 PM EST on Monday, February 5, 2018 will be refunded less a $50 processing fee (processing fee only applies to payments made originally with a credit card). Cancellations received after February 5, 2018 and No-Shows will NOT receive refunds.

Press/ Media: To attend this event please contact Maria (Dill) Benson, NASS Communications Director at

Hotel Reservations:

Fairmont Georgetown
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-429-2400 (mention NASS Winter Conference when booking)

Click Here to Book Now

The NASS rate at the Fairmont Georgetown is $201 per night, plus 14.5% tax. Rate is guaranteed through January 23, 2018, or until the room block sells out. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel/travel arrangements. To make reservations by phone, call 202-429-2400 and mention NASS Winter conference to receive the discounted rate. Any cancellations, no-shows or early departures without 48-hours advance notice will result in the forfeiture of one night deposit.


The Fairmont Georgetown is approx. 5 miles from Reagan National Airport (DCA). Please arrange your own ground transportation.

Taxi - To/from the airport is approx. $25 one way.
Uber/Lyft - Both are available at Reagan National Airport. Rates vary.
Parking - Valet parking at the hotel overnight is $56 daily.

Metro - From Reagan National Airport (DCA) take the Blue Line towards Largo Town Center. Exit the Metro at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station. After exiting, walk towards 24th St. NW. Turn right onto 24th St. NW and walk approximately ½ mile. The Fairmont Georgetown will be on the left.


Exhibit space at the winter conference is only available to current NASS Corporate Affiliates in good standing, who may sign-up for exhibit space during online registration.

Exhibit tables will be located in the Imperial Foyer at the Fairmont Georgetown. NASS will provide approx. 8'x10' space with skirted 6' table and two chairs. Exhibitors are responsible for ordering their own electricity.
Wireless Internet access will be available for use in the meeting space. Space is limited to 20 exhibitors and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in late January.

Order A/V contact: Sherry Abeel at 202-349-1325 or
Fairmont Exhibitor Guide

Event Agenda:

Agenda is subject to change. Committee meetings open to all attendees, unless otherwise noted. Conference dress is business attire. Valid conference ID badge is required for entry to ALL meetings & events. Government NASS members may attend NASED meetings free of charge.

Feb 15th

NASS Executive Board - Thursday

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Executive Board Meeting & Dinner

Feb 16th

DAY 1 - Friday

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Conference Registration
Imperial Foyer

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Expo/Demo Set-Up
Imperial Foyer

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Off-Site Meeting
Buses will board at the M Street entrance

Feb 17th

DAY 2 - Saturday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Conference Registration
Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Breakfast with Panel Discussion - Cybersecurity Best Practices for Elections

Moderator: Ms. Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor for Elections Program, Democracy Fund

  • Hon. Denise Merrill, Secretary of State, Connecticut
  • Mr. Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
  • Colonel Donald Bray, former Commander of the Cyber Protection Brigade (invited)
  • Ms. Sabra Horne, Director, Stakeholder Engagement for Cyber Infrastructure Resilience (SECIR), Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Michael Garcia, Center for Internet Security

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

General Session: Planning Now, Looking Ahead

Moderator: Hon. Matthew Masterson, Chairman, US Election Assistance Commission

  • Hon. Connie Lawson, Secretary of State, Indiana

  • Mr. Noah Praetz, Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois

  • Mr. Christopher Krebs, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS

  • Mr. David Forscey, Policy Analyst Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, NGA

  • Ms. Susan Parnas Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, National Conference of State Legislatures

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: New Cyber Tools for Election Officials

  • Department of Homeland Security Services
    Mr. Sean McCloskey, Branch Chief Stakeholder Risk Assessment & Mitigation, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS
    Mr. Antonio daRosa, Management & Program Analyst, Election Task Force, DHS

    Mr. Kelvin Coleman, VP of Elections Security & Stakeholder Engagement, MS-ISAC
    Mr. Ben Spear, Senior Intelligence Analyst, MS-ISAC

  • Google - Protect Your Election

  • Cloudflare - Athenian Project
    Ms. Alissa Starzak, Policy Counsel, Cloudflare

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Luncheon Featuring Facebook and Twitter

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

NASS/NASED Joint Session: State and Local Playbook Walk Through with the Belfer Center
Ballroom I

  • Mr. Eric Rosenbach, Director, Defending Digital Democracy Project, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Ms. Caitlin Conley, Defending Digital Democracy Project, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break
Imperial Foyer

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Voter Participation Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • National Voter Registration Day Efforts in 2018
    Mr. Brian Miller, Executive Director, Nonprofit VOTE

  • Findings from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study
    Ms. Natalie Adona, Research Associate, Elections Program, Democracy Fund

  • Committee Discussion

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Elections Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Election Security Assistance Provided by National Guard
    Brigadier General Timothy Lunderman, Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard for Headquarters Air Force, Chief Information Dominance and Chief Informational Officer (SAF CIO/A6)

  • Review of S.2261, Secure Elections Act and other Federal Legislation

  • Review of Digital Millennium Copyright Act Regulatory Changes

  • Committee Discussion

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NPA Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Reception Hosted by the Embassy of Japan
For Secretaries & State Government Staff

Residence of the Ambassador of Japan
Buses will board at the M Street entrance

Feb 18th

DAY 3 - Sunday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Conference Registration
Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Remote Electronic Notarization Task Force Meeting
Kennedy Ballroom

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Business Services Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Review of Federal Legislation on the Collection of Beneficial Ownership
  • Presentation of Proposed Standards from NASS Task Force on Remote Electronic Notarization
    Hon. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky, NASS Remote Electronic Notarization Task Force Co-Chair
    Hon. Mark Martin, Arkansas, NASS Remote Electronic Notarization Task Force Co-Chair
  • Business Identity Theft, New Issues and State Remedies - Committee Roundtable Discussion

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Securities Committee

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

NASS Awards Luncheon Featuring Presentation of the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award to the Little Rock Nine

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

International Relations Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • U.S. Commercial Service Assistance to U.S. Companies
    Ms. Colleen Fisher, Director, Baltimore Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service

  • Committee Discussion

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Awards Committee

  • Committee Discussion - 2018 Margaret Chase Smith Award & 2018 IDEAS Award

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break
Imperial Foyer

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop - Risk Limiting Audits
Ballroom I

Moderator: Mr. David Becker, Executive Director, Center for Election Innovation & Research

  • Hon. Wayne Williams, Secretary of State, Colorado

  • Hon. Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Secretary of State, New Mexico

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop - Filling the Gaps in State Cybersecurity Workforce
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Ms. Robin Carnahan, Senior Advisor, Head of State & Local Practice, 18F Acquisition (invited)

  • Ms. Yejin Cooke, Director of Government Affairs, NASCIO

  • Mr. David Forscey, Policy Analyst Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, NGA

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Corporate Affiliate Showcase Including Reception for Secretaries & Affiliates

Feb 19th

DAY 4 - Monday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Expo/Demo Tear Down
Imperial Foyer

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Secretaries-Only Session
Ballroom I

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - SOS Staff-Only Session

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

NASS Business Meeting
Kennedy Ballroom

Members will vote on business items adopted by NASS committees.