Weekly Roundup: December 14-18, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

Overseeing COVID-19 Pandemic Response Spending

Congress authorized historic levels of emergency funding in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This response involved $2.6 trillion in economic relief to individual citizens, loans for businesses, and support for hospitals and other medical providers, as well as economic relief for impacted businesses, industries, and state, local, and tribal governments.

A key part of this effort was the establishment of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the PRAC, which is charged with providing a transparent accounting of relief funds.  

Weekly Roundup: December 7-10, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

Weekly Roundup: Nov. 23-Dec. 4, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

DOJ's China hack indictments offer businesses key threat intel, officials say. The Justice Department's ongoing effort to crackdown on Chinese intellectual property theft has resulted in 1,000 foreign nationals being expelled from the United States, and a top intelligence official says U.S. businesses should take note of what the indictments disclose about China's tactics.

Insights on Navigating the Future

Margaret Heffernan joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss her recent book UNCHARTED: How Navigate the Future. Heffernan authors a compelling and timely work that explores the human desire for certainty and our seeming addiction prediction. The future, since it has yet to happen, remains unknow and is always uncharted. This reality tends to make us uncomfortable.

Weekly Roundup: October 26-30, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

DOD could get permanent telework capability in 2021. The Defense Department wants to convert its key telework tool, the Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) environment, to a permanent capability by next summer, according to John Sherman, DOD's principal deputy CIO.

Weekly Roundup: October 19-23, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

Trump order creates Schedule F, to speed hiring and firing in key positions. The Oct. 21 executive order looks to reshape the competitive service by allowing agencies to reclassify policy jobs under a new schedule and give senior managers greater flexibility in hiring candidates and firing employees.

Modernizing Financial Systems and Improving Transparency

“The mission of my office,” says Troy Edgar, “is to make sure that we have the right resources in the right places at the right time.”

Weekly Roundup: October 12-16, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

Weekly Roundup: October 5-9, 2020

Michael J. Keegan

Lawsuit upends $4B DHS software buy. A push to buy a modernized DHS financial management system is being held up by another court battle, one that threatens to again upend a project that already suffers from a long history of failure.


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IBM Center for The Business of Government
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Michael has two decades of experience with both the private and public sectors encompassing strategic planning, business process redesign, strategic communications and marketing, performance management, change management, executive and team coaching, and risk-financing.

Michael leads the IBM Center for The Business of Government's leadership research. As the Center’s Leadership Fellow, his work is at the nexus of the Center’s mission – connecting research to practice. My work at that the Center complements frontline experience of actual government executives with practical insights from thought leaders who produce Center reports – merging real-world experience with practical scholarship. The purpose is not to offer definitive solutions to the many management challenges facing executives, but to provide a resource from which to draw practical, actionable recommendations on how best to confront such issues. Michael also hosts and produces the IBM Center’s The Business of Government Hour. He has interviewed and profiled hundreds of senior government executives from all levels of government as well as recognized thought leaders focusing on a range of public management issues and trends. Over the last four years, Michael has expanded both the show’s format and reach – now broadcasting informational and educational conversations with dedicated public servants on two radio stations five times a week and anywhere at anytime over the web and at iTunes. Michael is also the managing editor of The Business of Government magazine, with a targeted audience of close to 14,000 government and non-government professionals. Additionally, he manages the Center’s bi-annual proposal review process that awards stipends to independent, third party researchers tackling a wide range of public management issues.

Prior to joining the Center, Michael worked as a senior managing consultant with IBM GBS (Global Business Services) and as a principle consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Washington Consulting Practice (WCP). He led projects in the private and federal civilian sectors including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, FEMA, and the Veterans Health Administration. Before entering consulting, he worked in the private sector as product development manager at a New York City based risk financing firm.

Since 2003, Mr. Keegan has been a reviewer for Association of Government Accountant’s Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)© program, keeping abreast of the most recent developments in authoritative standards affecting federal accounting, financial reporting and performance measurement. He is also a member of APPAM, the NYU Alumni Association, and the Data Center & Cloud Talent, USA. He holds masters in public administration and management from New York University and was the founder of its DC alumni group as well as previous treasurer of the NYU graduate school’s alumni board.

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