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Transforming Government Through Technology

Sunday, March 26th, 2017 - 13:30
The federal government can reduce costs while improving services by adapting private sector cost reduction strategies and technologies to achieve similar benefits in government. This objective is highlighted by a recent report, led by the Technology CEO Council (TCC), in which the IBM Center for The Business of Government participated. In “The Government We Need,” TCC members detail how, if implemented effectively, technology-based reforms could reduce federal costs by more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

In Praise of Public Servants

Friday, February 10th, 2017 - 10:01
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Friday, February 10, 2017 - 08:21
This week, FCW announced the list of winners of the 2017 Federal 100 Awards. For nearly three decades, the Fed 100 has recognized many impactful leaders who made a significant impact in federal IT during the previous year – the list highlights change agents in and with government who make a difference in how IT can drive mission performance and operational efficiency.

Getting it Done: A Guide for Government Executives

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 - 15:24
Those new to government will find a world very different than their previous experience in other sectors. Those returning to government will find a far different government than the one they left. Both will find a large group of stakeholders, including members of the United States Congress, very interested in every action they take. In addition, you will face the challenge of managing large organizations. If cabinet departments were listed in the Fortune 500, they would occupy slots in the top 20.

Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 - 9:51
According to a 2015 survey by Pew Research Center, the public believes existing democratic institutions are failing. Just 20 percent say the federal government runs its programs well, and 59 percent say the government is in need of “very major reform”—up 22 points since 19971. With rates of trust in government at an all-time low, technology and innovation will be essential to achieve the next administration’s goals and to deliver services more effectively and effciently.

Using Mobile Apps in Government

Monday, July 18th, 2016 - 8:53
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With the explosive growth of mobile devices, apps have become commonplace since Apple introduced them for iPhones in 2008. There are close to 4 million apps available. The app economy has burgeoned with billions of downloads. Nearly 90 percent of a mobile user’s time is spent on apps. The growth of mobile devices and apps presents new opportunities in the public sector. Schadler, Bernoff, and Ask argue that there is a mind shift in the mobile environment, in which a person expects that “I can get what I want in my immediate context and moments of need.”

Collective Acquisition Expertise: Drawing Insights from Leaders

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 - 9:44
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 09:34
Blog Co-Author:  Dan Chenok The US federal government spends nearly a half-trillion dollars per year through contracts, buying everything from office supplies and automobiles to professional services, information technology, and complex weapon systems.  This week’s ACQUIRE conference is just the latest event that highlights the critical role played by acquisition in virtually every facet of government.

A Playbook for CIO-Enabled Innovation in the Federal Government

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 - 16:03
In the federal government, for example, agencies have begun to designate chief technology officers, chief innovation officers, chief data officers, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and similar roles to promote new approaches to innovation. But because many innovations are rooted in the use of technology, agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs) can play a strong role as well. Furthermore, the new Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act creates a statutory requirement for CIOs to help lead agency IT innovation efforts.

Strategies to Manage Well Given Scarce Resources

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 10:02
The Center has published a variety of reports and related materials that provide ways for government to succeed in the face of constraints. Accordingly, we have brought key findings on this topic together in this compilation, found in the upper left-hand portion of the page, or as individual articles:

Federal Ideation Programs: Challenges and Best Practices

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - 14:30
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Ideation platforms are modern tools predicated on an old adage, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” Though that proverb has been widely accepted, collecting and synthesizing the knowledge of “all of us” into actionable next steps has been a daunting task. The rewards for doing so, however, are potentially very high, especially for large organizations in both the private and public sector.

Conversation with Authors: Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers with Dr. Jane Fountain

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 - 11:33
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What two dimensions are necessary for effective collaboration? How can agency leaders and OMB foster cross-agency collaboration as a way of doing business? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Jane Fountain author of the IBM Center report, Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers.
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Mon, 10/14/2013
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Federal agencies and academics have long discussed the importance of cross-agency collaboration.
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