How Open Innovation Can Transform the Government Technology Playing Field

But a key feature of open competitions is the possibility of new entrants who bring innovative play to qualifying tournaments that precede the main tournament. These new entrants can develop approaches that allow them to raise the level of play for all players based on creative strategies, and strong execution.

Agile Government Center

co-blogger:  Terry Gerton, National Academy of Public Administration

Some of the details of the new Agile Government Center (AGC) are discussed in this blog.

Vision - A global network of governments, non-profits, foundations, academic institutions and their private sector partners who adopt and implement agile government principles to provide goods and services that fully meet customer needs and build public trust.

Introducing the Center’s New Visiting Fellows, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

Our Center has been interested in state and local government best practices over the years and we have partnered with Barrett and Greene on two previous efforts.  The most recent was, “Off to a Running State Capital Start:  A Transition Guide for New Governors and Their Teams,” which provided information to help gubernatorial teams move quickly and set the stage for a successful term in office.   Earlier, in 2010, Barrett and Greene authored a blog series cente

ERM for Mission Success in the 21st Century: Lessons from Research

The Center recently co-hosted a seminar on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) earlier this month, in partnership with the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) and the Senior Executives Association (SEA).  Panelist experts provided an overview of “ERM in Action,” offered insights on private sector risk management tools, and shared the latest research on setting a foundation for successful ERM in government.  We have excerpted key highlights from the session in a podcast, and summarize key points below.

John Kamensky Receives Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award

John Kamensky, Senior Fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government and an Associate Partner with IBM's Global Business Services, was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Award at the Government Executive award ceremony on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Insights on Public Administration

Academic experts have contributed significant insights that have informed practice, research, and teaching for many years. Government leaders rely on expert analyses from academia to help them understand their impact on the citizens and nations they serve. Scholars advance the profession through their writings and dialogues.

AI Can Enable Government to Meet Future Challenges While Addressing Risks Responsibly

Contributors: Claude Yusti, Tatiana Sokolova with IBM, and Katie Malague and Peter Kamocsai with the Partnership for Public Service

Few technological innovations offer the many potential benefits of artificial intelligence. AI tools range from entertaining to productivity-improving to life-saving, from playing poker or creating paintings in Vincent van Gogh’s style to transcribing audio to diagnosing diseases or predicting financial fraud.

Introducing the Center’s New Visiting Fellow, Ed DeSeve

Agile software development features small, cross-functional, self-organizing teams that include customers working quickly to deliver solutions in increments that immediately provide value. Agile delivery approaches support government goals of doing more with less and improving agency capacity to manage their budgets and delivery dates. 

Collaboration Across Government and Enabling Strategies: Effective Implementation of the Federal Data Strategy Action Plan

The Data Coalition and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently co-sponsored a public forum on the Federal Data Strategy’s draft 2019-2020 Action Plan. The event provided an opportunity for industry, academic, and non-profit speakers to provide comments on 16 draft action items in the Federal Data Strategy.  


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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 and member of the Research Advisory Council with the Partnership for Public Service, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Member of the Board of Directors for the Senior Executives Association, Member of the Government Accountability Office Polaris Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Member of the American University IT Executive Council, and Mentor with the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship.  Previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), Chair of the Cyber Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Chair of the NIST-sponsored 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. Finally, Mr. Chenok serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, teaching at the school's Washington, DC Center.  

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, the 2016 Eagle Award for Industry Executive of the Year, and the 2002 Federal CIO Council Azimuth Award for Government 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.

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