Government Summit Detailed Schedule

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When: 8 June, 2023 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Room 301-302

Thank you for joining us for the Government Industry Summit at DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023! Here you will find the detailed schedule for the day. Please note schedule details are subject to change, and additional content will be added as it becomes available. 





8:00am-9:00am Registration + Coffee Break Join us at the 3rd floor coffee station kick off the day and find our way to the session room together. Check-in with our committee at the registration table outside of room 301-302.  
9:00am-9:15am Welcome & Introduction Our amazing committee members and our partners at Agileana will open the summit with some introductory remarks and an overview of the day.

Government Summit Committee


9:15am-9:30am Ice Breaker We'll get our brains going with a little opening activity! Government Summit Committee
9:30am-11:00am Keynote Panel: Adding the "A" to DEI+A - the impact of the Executive Order on the work of government agencies


In 2021, the White House issued an Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce. Raising the priority of accessibility to the same level as diversity, equity, and inclusion has allowed many agencies to direct resources and improvement efforts to their accessibility programs.

Learn from a panel of federal agency representatives on how improving accessibility in their agencies has changed since the issuance of the Executive Order.

Mike Gifford (Moderator)

Senior Strategist, W3C Invited Expert, Accessibility/Sustainability, Drupal Core Accessibility Maintainer

Brooke Aiken

Section 508 Program Manager, FDIC

Jasmyne Epps

Product Manager, Georgia Technology Authority

Martha Wilkes

Accessibility Strategist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the CTO


Coffee Break



Case Study: Developing a Testing Strategy for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Sponsored by

Are you dealing with a large website that lacks a testing plan? In this session, Ken Rickard from will share insights into developing a testing strategy for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' website, which underwent a migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 as part of an enterprise replatforming project.

Ken will discuss various testing options, including code quality, accessibility, visual regression, and functional and unit testing, available through Drupal core, contributed modules, and third-party tools. He'll provide guidance on identifying and prioritizing appropriate testing types for different situations.

Additionally, the session will delve into collaborating with clients to help their stakeholders comprehend the value and importance of a robust testing strategy. Join us to learn valuable tips and techniques for establishing a comprehensive testing plan for your large-scale web projects.

Ken Rickard 

Senior Director of Consulting,

Case Study: Transforming Outreach and Connectedness among Martin County, Florida’s 1,100 employees

Sponsored by Promet Source


Promet migrated the Martin County, Florida website to Drupal 7 in 2016 and continued to cultivate a strong partnership with subsequent initiatives that included site redesign, a Drupal 9 migration, ongoing support, and an employee intranet.

The Challenge

Too often state and local government agencies devote a depth of resources and focus on streamlined navigation and aesthetically engaging web journeys for citizens, but don’t consider employees in the process.

For Martin County, the lack of a robust, easily navigable intranet meant that employees were sometimes receiving three to four emails a day. Confusion about how to find needed forms led to frequent calls and outreach to HR.

The Solution

Development of a robust intranet within the existing Drupal CMS, that served as an easily searchable repository of documents and information.

Lori Nicolanti

Project Manager, Promet Source
11:45am-12:00pm World Café introduction   Government Summit Committee
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break    
1:00pm-1:10pm Welcome Back!    Government Summit Committee

Case Study: Empowering the Underdog - How Drupal and NCLC's Legal Resources Promote Justice for All

Sponsored by

Discover how Drupal empowered vulnerable citizens and their advocates by providing equitable access to legal and governmental resources from the National Consumer Law Center.

The NCLC library provides access to a large repository of consumer laws, and endless references to previous cases and comments. Having this access empowers smaller firms to better represent ordinary citizens against larger enterprises.

There were a number of challenges that need to be solved for the library website, and this case study explores:

- Upgrading from Drupal 7

- Setting up a subscription content system with Drupal Commerce

- Using Solr to manage an advanced search index

- Leveraging React within Drupal to provide content in an in-site bookreader with shareable features

Chad Carlson

Manger, Dev Rel @
1:30pm-2:15pm Presentation: Let Drupal be Drupal:’s Conscious Recoupling

Headless Drupal is a hot topic, but be careful to not reinvent the wheel… badly. In this cautionary tale, learn about the US Small Business Administration’s long journey from a bloated D7 site, to a fully-decoupled D8 site, to a back-to-basics, recoupled D9/D10 site that’s more accessible, more performant, easier to maintain, and has the content managers loving Drupal again!

In 2018, the SBA knew something had to be done about its beast of a Drupal 7 site, with 218 modules and technical debt for miles. The new site PO, SBA’s Ryan Hillard, wanted to bring the agency’s forms and processes onto the site, and decoupled Drupal was the solution.

But in going headless, the site became a terrible user experience for both system administrators and content editors, with a bloated React app, overcomplicated middleware, and dozens of microservices and Lambda redirects. This became painfully obvious during SBA’s key role in the COVID-19 response.

In 2022 the site was rebuilt in D9 with a “Let Drupal be Drupal” philosophy. By saving React for the handful of pages that truly need app-like functionality, the new site is easier to maintain and update for both developers and content editors and allows for a faster response time in the case of disasters.

Denise Amling

Director of Agile, Bixal 

Tia Calloway

Senior Art Director, Capital One

Ryan Hillard

Systems Developer, U.S. Small Business Administration

John Shortess

Technology Lead, Bixal

2:15pm-2:25pm Coffee Break    
2:25pm-3:50pm Attendee-driven World Café table topic discussions Collaborative and interaction roundtable discussions about topics that you are most interested in. Share your thoughts and ideas with each other, swap strategies, assess industry best practices, and make meaningful connections with other folks in government. You! 
3:50pm-4:00pm Closing Remarks & Wrap-up   Government Summit Committee
Thank you to our Government Summit sponsors!