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For over 75 years the U.S.

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For a decade, The Business of Government Hour has brought you leading government executives who are changing the way government does business.

Reverse Auctioning: Saving Money and Increasing Transparency

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Reverse Auctioning: Saving Money and Increasing Transparency by Professor David C.Wyld, is the latest repo

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A decade into the 21st century, the U.S. has encountered many unforeseen challenges and seemingly unimaginable opportunities. In this ever-more complex world, many question the proper use of power, leadership, and security in international relations. What is smart power? How do the challenges of the 21st century demand a reshaping and redefining of leadership? Professor Joseph S.

The Business of Government Magazine – The NEW Spring/Summer 2011 Edition

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Weekly Roundup January 22, 2016

Improving Performance Management. Liam Ackland’s op-ed in Federal Computer Week identifies six steps that agency chief human capital officers could take in 2016 to address three major challenges:  the retirement tsunami, the skills gap, and improving employee engagement. https://fcw.com/Articles/2016/01/15/oped-performance-management.aspx?Page=1

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An Empty Driver’s Seat. Federal News Radio interviews Danny Werfel former federal exec, and former acting IRS commissioner: “Call it the eighth year syndrome. It's the last year of a presidency and scores of politically appointed slots throughout the federal government are vacant, and likely to stay that way until the next administration comes in.”  Werfel gives advice on how career execs can manage through this period.

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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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