NEW REPORT: Addressing Complex and Cross-Boundary Challenges in Government

These types of challenges run the gamut from the pandemic to economic dislocation, homelessness, and natural and manmade disasters. These major crises have complex causes, and the resources needed to properly address them often transcend the capacity of any single government agency. Addressing these challenges effectively requires what the National Academy of Public Administration calls “new approaches to public governance and engagement.” Such approaches necessitate collaboration or co-alignment across the efforts of multiple organizations.

Weekly Roundup December 4-9, 2022

Senate passed bill to 'stop the government speak' in agency documents. The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to override an existing law and update requirements for government agencies to write communications in easy-to-understand language. Specifically, the Clear and Concise Content Act, backed by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chair Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Sen.

Delivering Innovative IT Solutions to Meet Mission

"The CIO's office is growing" explains Bob Costello, chief information officer at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) "…We're pivoting from more of a compliance-CIO shop to an operational shop, where we're still doing that very important compliance mission, but starting to deliver services and become a true partner to the mission operators in making sure they have those solutions to interact with our partners."

Weekly Roundup November 28-December 2, 2022

Year two of the PMA; Cyber advice for Pentagon leaders; A plan for zero-emission vehicles by 2027. NEW: Academy President & CEO Terry Gerton talks with @FRoseDC on @DailyScoopPod about the progress #government has made implementing the President's Management Agenda, and what comes next. Tune in! #PMA #management

Weekly Roundup November 14-18, 2022

Biden’s Nominee to Become Administrator of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Goes to the Full Senate. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee reported favorably out of committee Richard Revesz’s nomination to be administrator of OIRA, which oversees the regulatory process across the government, approves government information collections, establishes government statistical practices and coordinates federal privacy policy.

Weekly Roundup November 7-11, 2022

Enhancing the FITARA scorecard. Opportunities exist to enhance the FITARA scorecard to ensure its continued relevance and to keep pace with technology changes. This year, ACT-IAC created a working group of former federal technology leaders, all now successful industry executives, to evaluate the FITARA Scorecard and identify potential enhancements to ensure its relevancy and to keep pace with technology changes.

Weekly Roundup October 24-28, 2022

Collaboration Starts at Home, Extends Globally. Since being established the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), it has been breaking down barriers of government bureaucracy to quickly get the right information to the right people—enabling them to make well-informed decisions that raise our collective defense. CISA Stakeholder Engagement Strategic Plan 2023-2025 has been released to help CISA broaden and strengthen those partnerships by unifying the agency’s approach to stakeholder engagement.

Weekly Roundup October 17-21, 2022

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Accelerating Government with ACT-IAC – Episode 20 – FITARA Enhancements. On this episode, Dave Wennergren talks with technology executives Richard Spires, Margie Graves and Dave Powner about the recently released ACT-IAC report: “Recommendations for Evolving the FITARA Scorecard.”

Eight Strategies for Transforming Government

Importantly, the areas address both individual trends influencing government, and topics that can be addressed with even greater impact if assessed in a way that integrates across trends—such as driving an agile approach to digital innovation that improves outcomes. This integrative approach is especially true for how different trends relate to equity across government programs and foster trust in government institutions,

Weekly Roundup October 10-14, 2022

The Agile-Policymaking Frontier – Part 1 and 2. Prof. Larry A. Rosenthal, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley discusses “agile policymaking” as a vehicle for better government and how agile would be more objective and evidenced-based when it comes to traditional policy analysis (“TPA”).

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Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
United States

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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