Announcing the Center’s Challenge Grant Competition Recipients

Earlier this year, our Center welcomed proposals describing how existing and emerging technologies will transform how government works and delivers services to the public in light of the impact of COVID-19.  We received many proposals on the thee topics outlined in the request:  1) changing nature of work, 2) reimagining how government delivers services and products to the public, and 3) managing risk and building resilience.

A Short Trip Through Regulatory History

This week marks the 27th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 12866, which has set out principles for development and review of Federal agency regulations across the last four Administrations.  The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) oversees EO 12866; a view of key highlights behind the directive and its amendments provides an informative guid

How new leaders should think about artificial intelligence

Blog Co-Author:  Katie Malague, Vice President, Government Effectiveness, Partnership for Public Service

Intelligent automation incorporates AI, blockchain, cloud computing, robotics and other technologies, and is collectively transforming how agencies work—from managing paperwork to using data for decision-making to providing services to customers.

Successful Adoption of Intelligent Automation in Government: The Case of the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab

Pressure to do more with less, improve efficiency and reduce cost while meeting citizen needs is challenging government agencies. Intelligent Automation (IA) meets this challenge by transforming work while enabling the workforce to perform more effectively and efficiently.  Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) as part of an integrated platform -- which also includes Robotics Process Automation (RPA), analytics, process management, and digital strategy – IA can improve how federal agencies operate internally and serve customers externally.

Digital Innovation Can Enable Environmental Action

Co-blogger:  David Zaharchuk, Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value

Announcing the Center’s New Fellow: Margie Graves

Margie comes to this role in the Center after a successful career in leading technology-focused organizations and initiatives in government, industry, and the non-profit sectors. Margie’s work as Visiting Fellow will focus on research, speaking, and writing across a broad range of technology and data topics, including cloud computing, analytics, emerging technology, and cybersecurity. 

Successful Adoption of Intelligent Automation in Government: The Case of the Marine Corps

The views presented are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or its Components, nor does it serve as an endorsement of IBM or the Partnership for Public Service, its products, or services.

Achieving Substantial Gains in IT Performance Across Government Through DevSecOps

Guest Blogger:  Chris Yates, Senior Solutions Architect, Red Hat

Eli Whitney, famed inventor of the cotton gin, demonstrated the value of Interchangeable parts in the United States in 1801 to the US Congress, President John Adams, and President Elect Thomas Jefferson. This was a critical demonstration of the impact and value such a feature could bring to the military. Whitney demonstrated the viability and value of interchangeable parts by stripping down several muskets, and then reassembling a functional musket from random parts from the disassembled muskets.

Supply Chain Resiliency within the Federal Government – Enabling COVID-19 Recovery

This blog was written by Mark Fisk, Partner – Blockchain Government Lead and COVID-19 Supply Chain Response Lead, IBM

The impact to supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery remains a significant concern for both industry and government. Over the past several months, Federal agency leaders have discussed difficulties as they address multiple impacts:


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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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