Weekly Roundup June 6-10, 2022

Connecting IT, Customer Experience, and Trust in Government. Through the Federal IT Operating Plan, the U.S. government is driving digital transformation across the Federal enterprise.

NEW REPORT: Three Reforms to Improve Defense Resource Management

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) resource allocation process—the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) system— is now sixty years old. It has brought discipline and rigor to one of the toughest budget environments in the government. It has also been criticized for being slow and bureaucratic, hindering DoD’s efforts to accelerate modernization in the face of fast paced high technology advancement and increasing aggressive near peer adversaries.

Weekly Roundup May 16-20, 2022

Federal CIO: The tech is 'the easy part' of improving CX. "The technology is the easy part," federal CIO, Clare Martorana, told FCW in an interview.

Weekly Roundup: May 9-13, 2022

Former deputy federal CIO Roat leaned on her relationships to achieve results. “Whoever’s coming in, really needs to pay attention to the budget cycle.

On Leading the U.S. Coast Guard

August 4th, 2021, marked the Coast Guard’s 231st birthday. Created by Congress as the Revenue-Marine on August 4, 1790, at the request of Alexander Hamilton, the Coast Guard is the oldest continuously operating naval service of the United States. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Lifesaving Service and became the modern U.S. Coast Guard. As one of the country’s six armed services, the U.S. Coast Guard has been deployed to support and fight every major U.S. war since 1790. In 2003, the Coast Guard found its current home as a component of the U.S.

Weekly Roundup: May 2-6, 2022

NEW REPORT: Optimizing Analytics for Policymaking and Governance. The federal government has long recognized the importance of deriving actionable insights from curated data to inform policy development, measure progress, and judge effectiveness of government programs.

Perspective on Leading through Uncertain Times

This essay and much more content about government leadership and management appears in The Business of Government magazine

My goal each week on The Business of Government Hour is straightforward: to interview key government executives and thought leaders who are tackling significant challenges and seizing opportunities to lead.

NEW MAGAZINE: The Business of Government 2022!

Events over the last couple of years have put a renewed emphasis on the importance of being resilient. Leaders and organizations have been walloped by the unforgiving realities of disruption and uncertainty. Often when responding to the unforeseen—doing all one can to operate, meeting expectations, following through on commitments, and delivering on missions—there is little time to reflect, take stock, or gain perspective. When faced with the unexpected, reflex and instinct seem to be what leaders and organizations alike rely on to weather the turbulence.


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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