From Buzzwords to Reality: How New Technologies Will Shape the Future of Grants Management 
3:45PM - 5PM

Mike Atassi, Deloitte Consulting & Mike Peckham, HHS

In this session, we will take the audience on a tour of new technologies that most hear about, but are not sure if and how they apply. Technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Design Thinking, Human-Centered Design, Social Media Integration, Cloud Computing, etc. hold several promises. We will explore if any of them present a “game-changer” for grants management. We will also explore applying approaches that minimize risks and maximize returns on investment.


Mike Atassi
Deloitte Consulting

Mike Atassi is a Specialist Leader at Deloitte Consulting with over 20 years of experience in federal grants management lifecycle engineering, development, and operations in shared services environments. He has spent the last 14 years focusing on leading grants management IT programs, developing strategic client solutions, and providing expert subject matter expertise. Mike served in leading roles supporting federal grants management shared services Centers of Excellence – including Electronic Research Administration (eRA) and Previously, Mike and his team designed, developed, and implemented the award-wining system that allows grantees to find and apply for federal grants opportunities through a central portal.

Mike Peckham

Michael Peckham is the ReInvent Grants Management Lead under the ReImagine HHS initiative. He brings over 30 years’ experience in federal accounting, program management, systems implementation, and grants management to lead HHS in meeting its ReImagine goals of modernizing HHS Grants Management. Mike recently led the HHS DATA Act Program Management Office in successfully meeting the implementation goals as well as leading the grants portion of the Section 5 Pilot under the statute.