The Business of Government Magazine - 2022 Edition
From the Executive Director
Laying a Foundation to Achieve Management Success in Government
From the Editor’s Desk
Navigating Crisis: Insightful Lessons in Resilience
Leading the Defense Innovation Unit: A Conversation with Michael Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit, U.S. Department of Defense
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is the only U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military to help it solve critical problems and build a future-ready force.
Evaluating and Improving the Performance of Government: A Conversation with Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office
For over 100 years, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has helped Congress to improve the performance of government, ensure transparency, and save federal funds.
On Leading the U.S. Coast Guard: A Conversation with Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
August 4th, 2021, marked the Coast Guard’s 231st birthday. Created by Congress as the Revenue-Marine on August 4, 1790, at the request of Alexander Hamilton, the Coast Guard is the oldest continuously operating naval service of the United States.
Advancing Mission Success Using Innovation and Technology: Insights from Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) protects our nation’s borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, and illegal migration while simultaneously facilitating the flow of lawful travel and trade.
People First. Mission Always: Insights from Jane Datta, Chief Human Capital Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Since NASA’s inception, scientific discovery has been an enduring mission of the agency. NASA conducts scientific exploration, gazing out into the galaxy and beyond, seeking to discover the secrets of the universe, searching for life in the solar system, and protecting and improving life on Earth.
Leveraging Technology to Innovate and Deliver Results: Insights from Sanjay Gupta, Former Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration
Since 1953, the mission of the U.S. Small Business Administration has been to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and vitality of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters.
Driving IT Modernization and Transformation: Insights from Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency that grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks. Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished.
Improving AI Strategic Coordination: Insights from Pamela Isom, Director, Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Since World War II, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been at the forefront of most of the groundbreaking and worldchanging revolutions in science and technology.
Building the U.S. Army of the Future: Insights from Kate Kelley, Chief Human Capital Officer, Army Futures Command
The creation of the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) marks one of the most significant Army reorganization efforts since 1973. Unlike its peer commands, which focus on today’s readiness, AFC focuses specifically on forging future readiness.
Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset: Insights from Caroline Kuharske, Acting Chief Data Officer, Defense Information Systems Agency
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is considered the nation’s premiere IT combat support agency and the trusted provider to connect and protect the warfighter in cyberspace.
Modernizing Financial Management Systems: Insights from Stacy Marcott, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Today, the nation faces a range of diverse threats and challenges. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to play a leading role in battling the pandemic, securing the border, implementing our immigration laws, strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity, building greater resilience and preparedness, and so much more.
Perspective on Leading through Uncertain Times
My goal each week on The Business of Government Hour is straightforward: to interview key government executives and thought leaders who are tackling significant challenges and seizing opportunities to lead.
Orchestration: A Key Framework for 21st Century Government Action
The collective response to COVID-19 over the last two years—and the emerging pattern of recovery from this unprecedented global pandemic—reveals little to no value in a sole actor response to twenty-first century challenges.
Governance, Standards, and Shared Services Can Drive Effective Implementation of Zero Trust Strategies
Federal agencies and their partners are engaged in a continuous and ongoing dialog about improvements to our cybersecurity posture. I am heartened by the fact that there is such continued focus on the topic and accelerated momentum in implementing improvements.
An Opportunity of a Lifetime: Unexpected Monies to Address Long-Standing Needs
A blockbuster, one-time-only pandemic-driven grant of $350 billion to states and localities has created an opportunity of a lifetime to make investments in longstanding needs. Will officials be up to the challenge?
Toward an Intelligent, Agile, and Responsive Supply Chain
VA has several initiatives underway to modernize its supply chain and prepare for future public health emergencies.
Delivering What Matters: Improving Government Service Delivery
Governments perform a number of important functions. However, almost all government functions can be boiled down to protecting people and helping people.
Managing The Next Crisis: Twelve Principles For Dealing With Viral Uncertainty
On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first case of a mysterious disease with origins in Asia: it would come to be known as COVID- 19. Within ten days, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global health emergency, followed shortly by restrictions on air travel.
The Key to Modern Governmental Supply Chain Practice: Analytical Technology Innovation
Supply chain management (SCM) is a fundamental practice of government organizations that facilitates the exchange of products for its stakeholders. Government purchases include expenditures on goods and services by federal, state, and local governments.