Ann Dunkin

Ann Dunkin is EPA's Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining EPA, Ms. Dunkin served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) for nearly five years. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, PAUSD is consistently ranked one of the top school districts in the nation. As Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Dunkin was responsible for managing all aspects of the District’s technology infrastructure, technology professional development, libraries and long term enrollment planning. Before this, Ms.

Henry Darwin

In his capacity as EPA's Chief of Operations, Henry Darwin serves as a key advisor to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on day-to-day operations, while also leading the agency’s transformation to an organization of continuous improvement. Deploying a Lean Management System to reduce waste and maximize value-added work, Darwin is creating more effective ways to better serve EPA’s customers while freeing up the capacity of EPA employees to do more environmental good. This includes strengthening partnerships with the states in streamlining and modernizing environmental protection.

Steven A. Cohen

Steven Cohen is Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at SIPA. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at SIPA and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education. From 2002 to 2006, he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Cohen served as Vice Dean of SIPA.

Staying Social in the Face of Social Media Scrutiny

This ruling cites applicable regulations in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015. Rulings like this can both clarify some issues and raise new questions about social media usage in government. Those questions may discourage organizations from deepening their social presence. However, as social media remains an essential form of communication with citizens, that would only serve as a detriment to those agencies and the people they are trying to reach.

Regulatory Reform: Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

Here’s one example of what the review found:

Weekly Roundup May 20, 2016

Report card day: Agencies remain average or below on IT reforms. House lawmakers are set to release the second scorecard grading agencies’ implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the progress across all four categories is limited.

E-Rulemaking: Fix or Transform?

Yesterday I attended what I thought would be a yawner – a Brookings seminar on e-rulemaking.  But it turned out to be a carnival of different professional streams – administrative procedures lawyers, citizen engagement advocates, technology experts, transparency advocates, and regular civil servants trying to get their jobs done.  They even created a Tweet stream - #erulemaking!

Getting "Change" Right

The seminar – like his book -- was a very practical description of real-life experiences in leading organizational change. A self-described former street performer, Kahan engaged his audience in ways to create rapid, widespread engagement in their organizations. He offered both a framework for understanding how to do this, as well as a series of specific actions, based on his personal experiences in helping foster large scale changes in the World Bank and other organizations.

Creating IT Start-Ups in Government

The current White House leaders of these offices have also inherited a capacity first created in the prior Administration that can turn the good ideas of these two offices in to action – the U.S.