Weekly Roundup January 30-February 3, 2023

Pentagon launches management reform institute to address challenges. The U.S. Defense Department launched the Defense Management Institute, an independent research entity (and part of the nonprofit Institute for Defense Analyses), aimed at advancing the Pentagon’s management, organization, performance improvement and enterprise business operations.

Insights for Thriving in Disruption

In our increasingly uncertain, complex, and transforming world,” says Roger Spitz, “the sooner we begin to embrace change and educate ourselves to take action, the better. Disruption is already transforming every aspect of our personal and professional lives and permeates every institution and sector of society. It’s not enough to be aware of the accelerating speed and scope of this change - we must prepare for it.” 

Weekly Roundup January 23-27, 2023

NIST Risk Management Framework Aims to Improve Trustworthiness of Artificial Intelligence. New guidance seeks to cultivate trust in AI technologies and promote AI innovation while mitigating risk. AI innovations are arriving at mind-boggling speed. Is your organization ready? Today, NIST released an AI Risk Management Framework that can help maximize AI technologies’ benefits and reduce the risk of negative impacts. See our voluntary guidance. 

Pursuing IT Modernization at OPM

“Given I am the tenth CIO in the last 12 years at OPM,” explains Guy Cavallo, “I am focused on bringing stability and I can do that by setting a clear IT vision and strategy.” Recently, Guy Cavallo joined me on The Business of Government Hour for a timely and insightful discussion on OPM’s cloud-first IT modernization program, increasing OPM’s technology workforce, replacing its legacy contact center for retirement services, and work to accelerate the adoption of a zero-trust cybersecurity architecture. The following is excerpted from our conversation. 

Weekly Roundup January 16-20, 2023

When the Infrastructure Boom Meets the Workforce Crash. Now, with the federal government pouring cascades of cash into state and local coffers, a new problem is on the horizon. Though this isn’t widely recognized yet, all the money in the world won’t make much of a difference if there aren’t enough people, in and out of government, to spend the money effectively and in a timely way.

On Leading GSA's Federal Acquisition Service

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) uses the collective buying power of the federal government to acquire goods and services to support its agency customers. According to the recent GSA Strategic Plan, FAS offers agencies more than 31 million different products and services and in fiscal year (FY) 2021 it delivered over $84 billion in various products, services, and solutions. 

Sonny Hashmi, Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA

Sonny Hashmi is the commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $75B of products, services, and solutions that enable federal agencies to efficiently accomplish their missions while saving taxpayer dollars.

Weekly Roundup January 9-13, 2023

How Should Government Regulate AI? We Asked a Robot. Artificial intelligence's potential in the public sector has grown exponentially, as have questions around appropriate guardrails. This article links to an interviewed of the ChatGPT chatbot from OpenAI to see what it had to say.

On Improving Government Performance

Michelle Sager is the Managing Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Strategic Issues team. She oversees work on government-wide governance, strategy, performance, and resource issues—including the High-Risk program and the annual Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation reports. 

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Sonny Hashmi is the commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $75B of products, services, and solutions that enable federal agencies to efficiently accomplish their missions while saving taxpayer dollars.

Known as a cloud computing thought leader in the emerging technology industry, Sonny previously served as the managing director of global government strategy at Box. There, he worked with federal, state, local and international government organizations on cloud and mobility strategy.

Prior to joining Box, Sonny served as GSA chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO). He led the agency IT modernization strategy as GSA adopted cloud computing, agile acquisition and DevSecOps principles, and helped create a cloud computing and performance measurement roadmap for the federal government.

Sonny Hashmi is active in the federal IT community and has been recognized with several awards including the Fed100, FedScoop 50 and as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Hayman Service to America medal.

He earned a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University and a master’s certificate in innovation management from the University of Maryland.

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