How Can Bid Protests be Reduced in Government Contracting?

Government administrative processes often receive criticism for focusing on inputs and not outcomes.  A specific example of this criticism has been registered by members of the acquisition com¬munity regarding source selection processes used for contracting that could be improved to reduce bid protests, the appellate pro¬cess for contracting.  Protests do not occur frequently, but when they do occur the costs are significant—and when sustained, they can impact the process for many subsequent contracts.

How Can Bid Protests be Reduced in Government Contracting?

 and Public Policy at Willamette University.

and Public Policy at Willamette University.

The Sequel to Mythbusters in Government Contracting – Another Step Forward

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OMB/OFPP) issued the second memorandum designed to debunk misperceptions about what is and is not permitted in agency-industry communications about pending and future contracts.  This sequel memo focuses on correcting misunderstandings in industry; the first was directed at government.  Together, the memos continue to make the procurement system more transparent.  It is now up to agencies and companies to act in ways that deliver better results based on greater openness and information exchange.

Open Government and Creativity: GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) serves as a key resource for OMB and agencies in delivering on the Administration’s IT agenda, as indicated in its newly issued annual report.

Refined Priorities: OMB’s New IT Leaders Step Forward

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget rolled out their information technology (IT) initiatives for the coming year.  Led by new Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Steve VanRoekel, supported by his staff under Deputy Lisa Schlosser, the plans represent continuity of much of the agenda fostered by prior Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, plus some interesting and potentially impactful new elements.  

Open Government and Creativity: GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

This week, GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) released its annual report on activities in 2011.  This GSA entity, led by Administrator Dave McClure and a very able staff, serves to drive innovation and transparency to support better government for citizens.  OSCIT oversees the Government’s portal, www.USA.gov; leads a number of Administration priorities, including cloud computing via 

Information Technology: Enabling Management Productivity

Federal CIO VanRoekel recently spoke about the Administration’s renewed focus on improving productivity within the federal government. One key to success is the strategic use of IT to improve how agencies manage programs.

 

Reflections on IT Leadership: ELC 2011

At the 2011 Executive Leadership Conference (ELC), the overarching theme was that in the complex world of government IT, leadership – the conference’s middle name -- continues to be a critical success factor in delivering successful change – at a collective and individual level.

 

Integrating Privacy and Security: The US Government Steps Forward

The US government recently took a noteworthy step toward strengthening security and privacy, issuing a roadmap for how to make such improvements real and achievable.

 

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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, Member of the Board of Directors for the Senior Executives Association, Chair of the Cyber Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and Member of the American University IT Executive Council.   Previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), 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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