Executive Director
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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Dan Chenok is Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He oversees all of the Center's activities in connecting research to practice to benefit government, and has written and spoken extensively around government technology, cybersecurity, privacy, regulation, budget, acquisition, and Presidential transitions. Mr. Chenok previously led consulting services for Public Sector Technology Strategy, working with IBM government, healthcare, and education clients.

Mr. Chenok serves in numerous industry leadership positions. He is a CIO SAGE with the Partnership for Public Service, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Member of the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of the Senior Executives Association Community of Change for Governance Innovation; previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), Chair of the Federal Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, and two-time Cybersecurity commission member with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Chenok also generally advises public sector leaders on a wide range of management issues.

Before joining IBM, Mr. Chenok was a Senior Vice President for Civilian Operations with Pragmatics, and prior to that was a Vice President for Business Solutions and Offerings with SRA International.

As a career Government executive, Mr. Chenok served as Branch Chief for Information Policy and Technology with the Office of Management and Budget, where he led a staff with oversight of federal information and IT policy, including electronic government, computer security, privacy and IT budgeting. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Branch Chief and Desk Officer for Education, Labor, HHS, and related agencies in OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Chenok began his government service as an analyst with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and left government service at the end of 2003.

In 2008, Mr. Chenok served on President Barack Obama’s transition team as the Government lead for the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform group, and as a member of the OMB Agency Review Team.

Mr. Chenok has won numerous honors and awards, including a 2010 Federal 100 winner for his work on the presidential transition, and the 2016 Eagle Award for Industry Executive of the Year.

Mr. Chenok earned a BA from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

New Report from the IBM Center: A Framework to Improve Management of Cyberspace

This report is the product of a group of experts, which was convened by the Department of Computer Science at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). IUP brought together an interdisciplinary panel of experts in national security, international relations, foreign policy, information system network and security, public policy, and computer science. These experts participated in two collaborative roundtable meetings during the first six months of 2014. The report presents results from the roundtable discussions, as well as other research conducted by the author.

A Renewed Focus on Research that Can Benefit Government

These leaders helped frame challenges that government faced where sustained analysis and recommendations could point to new opportunities for improvement, constituting the foundation for "Six Trends Driving Change in Government" that frames our research agenda.

Cloud Implementation in the Agencies: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Participants shared keen insights and perspectives about success factors, lessons learned, and areas where further thinking and research would benefit government.

Cloud Implementation in the Agencies: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead (Part 2)

In a post yesterday, I shared the first three themes that emerged from the discussion. Today's post addresses the next three themes: Budgeting and buying cloud services Building security in the cloud Developing skilled personnel Budgeting and buying cloud services. Government is still in the early stages of understanding how to budget for the cloud, and purchase cloud services under existing procurement rules and norms.

Weekly Roundup: March 16-20, 2015

Interesting review of State government measures to encourage reporting on programs that aren't working well. Advice on DATA Act implementation. OMB launches site to access multiple IT policies. DOD launches Better Buying Power 3.0. John Kamensky Knock Knock – Who’s There? GSA launches the Digital Analytics Dashboard. According to the White House: “the Digital Analytics Dashboard will show how many people are using federal government websites, what websites are getting the most traffic over a select period of time.” The website E Pluribus Unum says there are 1,361 .gov web domains.

Weekly Roundup: March 23-27, 2015

How the new policy on 360 reviews of government #acquisitions can work — perspectives from @kelmansteve. How to build great customer experiences with government – insights from the experts: @actiac How the proliferation of devices is changing #cybersecurity — and what the government can do about it — ideas from @fcc_cio David Bray John Kamensky Tradition vs. Efficiency.

Developing a Management Roadmap for the Next Administration

For new leadership teams across the government, effective management will constitute a critical success factor for the implementation of the President's agenda, the execution of that agenda by millions of federal employees and partners, and the public's confidence in government performance. As part of transition planning, Presidential candidates will benefit significantly from a robust roadmap for effective management that is planned well in advance.

The Foundation for Effective Government Management in 2017 Starts Now

Last week’s discussion commenced one part of a multi-pronged Ready to Govern (#Ready2Govern) initiative, through which the Partnership seeks to improve the transfer of power and knowledge between administrations.

FITARA Guidance Moves Forward

OMB conducted a broad set of internal and external outreach meetings to draft the guidance, and is now taking comments on that draft. OMB strongly encourages substantive comments to be sent today to allow for careful consideration of early feedback. This process could be a model for OMB guidance in other areas. Congress passed the FITARA statute in December 2014, as Sections 831-837 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

New Research Report Recipients

We are pleased to announce our latest round of awards for new reports on key public sector challenges, which respond to priorities identified in the Center's long-term research agenda. Short summaries of each report, which will be published starting early 2016, are included below. New Awards Evidence About Implementing Agile: The 18F Experience by Andrew B. Whitford, University of Georgia This report draws lessons from the experience of 18F, a special organization within the General Services Administration.

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