Weekly Roundup August 15-19, 2022

GovExec Daily: Don't Ignore Government Performance Metrics. Shelley Metzenbaum joins the podcast to discuss why more people should pay attention to performance reports. Everyone wants better performance out of the federal government, but few pay enough attention to metrics like those found on Performance.gov. In fact, the federal government released quarterly performance updates for agency priority goals just this past July, but it was largely ignored.

Weekly Roundup August 8-12, 2022

Commerce, NASA leaning on the Evidence Act to push common priorities. Only in the last year has the 2019 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act started to demonstrate a real impact on agency missions.

Weekly Roundup August 1-5, 2022

Agencies Are Struggling to Hire and Spend Money Due to Incessant Stopgap Funding Bills. GAO issues a warning as Congress struggles to reach fiscal 2023 spending agreement.

Weekly Roundup July 25-29, 2022

GAO offers options for improving U.S. semiconductor supply. The prioritization of semiconductor goals—such as protecting national security or improving economic competition—determine which option will prove most important.

NEW BOOK - Targeting Commitment: Interagency Performance in New Zealand

New Zealand has long been considered at the forefront of public administration, experimenting with new ways of organizing and delivering public services. In 2017, guided by our mission to connect public management research to practice, the IBM Center published a very timely and insightful report, Interagency Performance Targets: A Case Study of New Zealand’s Better Public Services Results Programme, by Rodney Scott and Ross Boyd.

Weekly Roundup July 18-22, 2022

Officials reorganize HHS to boost pandemic response: Plan would elevate ASPR, which plays key role in emergencies, to be an agency on par with CDC, FDA. The Biden administration is reorganizing the federal health department to create an independent division that would lead the nation’s pandemic response, amid frustrations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Weekly Roundup July 11-15, 2022

Preparing governments for future shocks. IBM, working through the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the IBM Institute for Business Value, and in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) plan to convene a series of roundtable disc

Weekly Roundup July 4-8, 2022

Quarterly President's Management Agenda and Agency Priority Goal Updates. The Office of Management and Budget is publishing the latest President’s Management Agenda (PMA) quarterly updates on Performance.gov highlighting key progress advancing our three core priorities: strengthening and empowering the Federal workforce; delivering excellent, equitable, and secure Federal services and customer experience; and managing the business of government.

Weekly Roundup June 20-24, 2022

Six Big Government Success Stories of the Last Two Decades. There are several areas where elected officials and government employees at all levels excelled at problem-solving and succeeded in improving the lives of Americans. Some of their efforts attracted great attention (even if it tended to fade rather quickly). Others never received widespread attention. Here are six examples.

Weekly Roundup June 13-17, 2022

Trustworthy: INCREASING CIVIL SERVANTS' TRUST AT WORK. NEW REPORT: @publicservice researchers explored civil servants' trust in two key dimensions of the federal government (1) government leaders and (2) civil service rules and their enforcement—and what agencies and Congress can do to improve it.


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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