Weekly Roundup: April 5-9, 2021

Biden's $1.5 trillion 2022 budget plan tilts spending toward civilian agencies. The administration is adding money to multiple tech modernization programs and removing the Overseas Contingency Account from the Defense Department request and folding in warfighting funds into the base budget. The topline or "skinny" budget contains $769 billion in non-defense spending and $753 billion in national defense programs.

Weekly Roundup: March 29-April 2, 2021

DHS Secretary announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday said his agency will begin a series of 60-day sprints focused on ransomware, industrial control systems, transportation systems and election security. "With respect to responding to ransomware attacks, we will strengthen our capabilities to disrupt those who launch them and the marketplaces that enable them," Mayorkas said at a virtual RSA Conference event.

Weekly Roundup: February 22-26, 2021

Michael J. Keegan

Lawmakers, contractors look to extend COVID reimbursements to industry. Lawmakers and defense industry groups are pushing to extend pandemic relief authorities that reimburse government contractors for paid leave if they are unable to work through the end of the fiscal year.

Weekly Roundup: February 15-19, 2021

Michael J. Keegan

Weekly Roundup: February 8-12, 2021

Michael J. Keegan

COVID-19 and its Impact: Seven Essays on Reframing Government Management and Operations

On behalf of the IBM Center, we are pleased to publish a new special report, COVID-19 and its Impact: Seven Essays on Reframing Government Management and Operations with essays from academic and government experts around the country. 

Weekly Roundup: February 1-5, 2021

Michael J. Keegan

Weekly Roundup: December 14-18, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

Overseeing COVID-19 Pandemic Response Spending

Congress authorized historic levels of emergency funding in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This response involved $2.6 trillion in economic relief to individual citizens, loans for businesses, and support for hospitals and other medical providers, as well as economic relief for impacted businesses, industries, and state, local, and tribal governments.

A key part of this effort was the establishment of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the PRAC, which is charged with providing a transparent accounting of relief funds.  

Weekly Roundup: December 7-10, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

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Michael has two decades of experience with both the private and public sectors encompassing strategic planning, business process redesign, strategic communications and marketing, performance management, change management, executive and team coaching, and risk-financing.

Michael leads the IBM Center for The Business of Government's leadership research. As the Center’s Leadership Fellow, his work is at the nexus of the Center’s mission – connecting research to practice. My work at that the Center complements frontline experience of actual government executives with practical insights from thought leaders who produce Center reports – merging real-world experience with practical scholarship. The purpose is not to offer definitive solutions to the many management challenges facing executives, but to provide a resource from which to draw practical, actionable recommendations on how best to confront such issues. Michael also hosts and produces the IBM Center’s The Business of Government Hour. He has interviewed and profiled hundreds of senior government executives from all levels of government as well as recognized thought leaders focusing on a range of public management issues and trends. Over the last four years, Michael has expanded both the show’s format and reach – now broadcasting informational and educational conversations with dedicated public servants on two radio stations five times a week and anywhere at anytime over the web and at iTunes. Michael is also the managing editor of The Business of Government magazine, with a targeted audience of close to 14,000 government and non-government professionals. Additionally, he manages the Center’s bi-annual proposal review process that awards stipends to independent, third party researchers tackling a wide range of public management issues.

Prior to joining the Center, Michael worked as a senior managing consultant with IBM GBS (Global Business Services) and as a principle consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Washington Consulting Practice (WCP). He led projects in the private and federal civilian sectors including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, FEMA, and the Veterans Health Administration. Before entering consulting, he worked in the private sector as product development manager at a New York City based risk financing firm.

Since 2003, Mr. Keegan has been a reviewer for Association of Government Accountant’s Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)© program, keeping abreast of the most recent developments in authoritative standards affecting federal accounting, financial reporting and performance measurement. He is also a member of APPAM, the NYU Alumni Association, and the Data Center & Cloud Talent, USA. He holds masters in public administration and management from New York University and was the founder of its DC alumni group as well as previous treasurer of the NYU graduate school’s alumni board.

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