SIA adds DHS official to list of speakers at its government summit

With only a few days remaining until the June 2-3 Government Summit, the Security Industry Association is proud to announce that another high-ranking government official will be sharing his expertise at the event.

Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection James Snyder will kick off Wednesday with a breakfast keynote presentation on "Coordinating the National Infrastructure Plan." Mr. Snyder is a retired U.S. Army major general who completed his last Army assignment as director of operations for the coalition's Iraq Reconstruction Management Office in May 2008.

He joins a Government Summit keynote lineup that also includes:

• Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., member of the Senate Appropriations Committee
• Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
• Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
• Richard Skinner, inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security
• Thomas Cellucci, chief commercialization officer for the Department of Homeland Security

In addition, Jacob Goodwin, editor-in-chief of Government Security News, and Austin Smith, executive director of the Interagency Security Committee, will deliver addresses.

This year's event will also feature two special guests: Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and co-host of Fox News' Beltway Boys, and Donna Brazile, one of the country's foremost political strategists and the campaign manager for Al Gore's run for the presidency in 2000. Barnes and Brazile will engage in what is sure to be a lively debate about public policy issues and the new administration.

The Government Summit annually provides security industry professionals with information and insight about the role of government in the electronic and physical security business. This year, speakers and panels of experts will address more than a dozen topics, including "Leveraging Infrastructure Protection Grant Funds," "Following the Federal Stimulus Funds," "Understanding Government End-User Priorities" and "Identity Management:

What's on the Horizon?"

The Government Summit is to be held at the Embassy Suites Washington D.C. Convention Center Hotel. A reception is scheduled for Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m., and the event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. the following morning. You do not have to be a SIA member to attend. Please note that this event is free for end-users of security products.

Register for the summit on the SIA Web site, or get more information by contacting Don Erickson, SIA's director of government relations, at (703) 647-8484 or

The Security Industry Association would like to thank the sponsors of its 2009 Government Summit: ADT Government Systems, Adesta, Orsus Situation Management, TransTech Systems, Condortech Services, GSA Schedules Inc., Cisco, HID Global, Hirsch Electronics, Bosch Security Systems, Fiber Patrol by Optellios and Siemens.