Strategic Foresight and Leadership

These blogs are based on my rich discussions with hundreds of current and past government executives, who join me each week for informative, insightful, and in-depth conversations on The Business of Government Hour.

Weekly Roundup: January 22 - 26, 2018

Michael J. Keegan


Agile and Inquisitive – the A.I. leadership!

This blog explores two leadership qualities essential for meeting the demands and challenges of a continuously evolving technological landscape.  With the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) no longer in some far-off future, government leaders must comprehend and harness both its perils and possibilities and doing that effectively will require these leaders to be agile and inquisitive - A.I. leadership. The ability to adapt to change and anticipate disruption and use both to your advantage rather than being sidetracked by either marks the qualities of an agile leader.

Weekly Roundup: February 26-March 2, 2018

Michael J. Keegan

Meet the 7 leaders who will be steering modernization dollars. The Office of Management and Budget announced seven members for its new Technology Modernization Fund board, drawing IT expertise from across the federal government to oversee the distribution of $500 million in IT modernization funds over the next two years as part of the Modernizing Government Technology Act.

Weekly Roundup: March 5-March 9, 2018

Michael J. Keegan

DOD details its plans for JEDI cloud contract. The timeline for a department-wide commercial cloud solution is aggressive, but Pentagon officials say deeper in-house expertise and better internal cooperation can get them to an award this year.


Weekly Roundup: March 26 -March 30, 2018

Michael J. Keegan

The Business of Government Hour

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.

Weekly Roundup: March 12-March 16, 2018

Michael J. Keegan

White House-backed IT modernization push makes first contract awards. The General Services Administration picked the vendors who will support a plan to centralize modernization best practices.

Weekly Roundup: March 19 -March 23, 2018

Michael J. Keegan

Omnibus spending bill complicates administration’s reorg plans.   Tucked in the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill is a provision that adds another layer of complication to the Trump administration’s reorganization initiatives. According to the omnibus, agencies cannot simply cut or eliminate a specific program or office unless Congress has authorized the move in an appropriations bill.

Transforming the National Archives: A Conversation with David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

The National Archives is more than just the nation's record keeper and protector of records. It is the steward of the American story that preserves the past to protect the future. The records it holds are the original sources of that story, documenting the collective history of our nation through the actions of individuals and institutions.


Leadership Fellow & Host
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.