How Can Governments Leverage Open Data to Support Greater Equity in Health Care?

With Monique Outerbridge, Partner, US Federal Health, IBM

As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, multiple studies and reports have documented that Black Americans and other people of color are at higher risk of adverse health outcomes. Existing health disparities in the U.S. are heavily influenced by the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, known as the social determinants of health (SDOH). Health outcomes can also be influenced by differential applications of emerging technology and differential effects of climate change.

The GovTech space

GovTech Europe: Your organisation has been working in the GovTech sector for some time. What are the most pressing tech challenges that governments face right now? Any notable examples?

Cristina Caballe: Unsurprisingly, the most pressing tech challenges that governments face right now stem from the COVID-19 pandemic, and geopolitical shifts, making the need for increased cybersecurity more important than ever.

Addressing the New Era of Deterrence and Warfare: Visualizing the Information Domain

Blog Co-Authors:  Kim Kagan, founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War; Fred Kagan, senior fellow and director of the Critical Threats Project at American Enterprise Institute; Brian Babcock-Lumish, director of the General David H.

How Can Governments Use AI to Improve Procurement?

** This blog was first published on The Regulatory Review website.

Perhaps no governmental process creates the perception of a complex bureaucracy more than the U.S. government’s procurement system.

The 3 stages of cloud adoption

Blog Co-Authors: Rasheedat Osei-Acheampong, partner and delivery executive of hybrid cloud transformation at IBM; Emma Shirato Almon, Associate Manager, Partnership for Public Service; Mark Lerner, Senior Manager, Technology and Innovation, Partnership for Public Service.

Announcing the Center’s New Visiting Fellow: Dr. Danny Harris

Dr. Harris was formerly the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Education from 2008 to 2016. As the CIO, he maintained all of the department's mission critical information system resources. This included managing the department's information assurance program and capital planning and investment management processes. He also deployed and maintained all enterprise-wide information technology and managed the agency's participation and implementation of Federal CIO Council.

Transforming Technology Procurement (Part Two)

In our first blog, we wrote how many governments around the world are updating how they procure technology.  The goal is to reduce risk and get higher value out of investments -- especially from complex systems integration programs.  We highlighted three common approaches to those changes, and will next describe two additional approaches, five lessons learned, and five key takeaways.

As a review, the five approaches include:

Transforming Technology Procurement

Mike Stone is the Managing Partner within Global Government Consulting. Paul Dommel is an IBM Partner within the Strategy and Transformation Global Government Practice.


Advancing AI in Defense Organizations

The use of AI in national defense dates back more than 6 decades, but the transformational impact of this technology on defense operations only began to be realized in the past 10 years. AI-enabled solutions present significant opportunities for defense organizations to improve mission outcomes; however, leaders must be prepared to address the challenges their organizations might encounter on their AI journeys.

OECD Two Pillar Strategy and Tech Implications for National Tax Agencies

Guest Bloggers:  Florian Breger, Vice President Civilian Global Government; Paul Dommel, Partner, Strategy and Transformation;  Sharon Moore, Principal Industry Engineer, Global Government; and Mike Stone, Managing Partner Global Government, IBM


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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.