Crafting a Research Agenda to Manage a 21st Government

In order to keep The Center for The Business of Government’s research current, we host occasional roundtable discussions with leaders from the public sector, the academic research community, and across industry; these discussions help to challenge current assumptions about what matters for government today, and to frame new areas for investigation going forward.

A New Approach to Cybersecurity Across Agencies – the Administration’s Progress Report

Last week, the Obama Administration released its latest set of reports on government performance toward achieving many high-priority goals, within and across agencies.  As the Center has written previously, public presentation on this topic focuses on outcomes for high-priority goals can incentivize agencies to reach results in key areas that matter for citizens, businesses, and governments.

Thoughts About Government Transformation

Yesterday, I had the honor of joining a distinguished panel in testifying before Congress about reinventing and transforming government.

A Call for Research into Key Challenges Facing Government

Last week, The IBM Center for The Business of Government released our most recent “Call for Research Proposals” – a guide to what key challenges faced by government will benefit from Center-sponsored reports in the next several years.  The Center solicits proposals that result in reports that have sound research, insightful findings, and actionable recommendations for government leaders and public managers in the following areas of interest – challenges that we consider to be six driver

IBM Center Funds Nine New Research Projects

New reports will explore themes of innovation, crowdsourcing, financial management, and performance-based budgeting.

New Report: Controlling Federal Spending by Managing the Long Tail of Procurement

Professor Wyld argues that more aggressively managing the tail of government spending - smaller, non-core expenditures that tend to receive less attention - offers the possibility of substantial cost savings.

Center’s Guide for New Leaders Across Government Now Available

Four years ago, the IBM Center for The Business of Government released a book to guide new government executives, especially new political appointees. The goal of the book was to quickly acclimate new government executives to the world of public service as practiced in Washington, D.C.

The Revised "Operator’s Manual for the New Administration"

Four years ago, the Center for The Business of Government released “The Operator’s Manual for the New Administration.”  This report provided practical insights on how to make agency operations work more effectively, drawing on the first ten years of reports from the Center to draw lessons learned in areas ranging from leadership to money to technology to collaboration.  The insights were written in the form of memos to individual leaders who come into government and need to make its wheels turn to acc

Information: To Share and Protect, Part 2

To commemorate Data Privacy Day, this blog post addresses the Privacy Controls; the first addressed the Information Sharing Strategy (http://www.businessofgovernment.org/blog/business-government/information...); and a third will discuss the necessary linkages between the two.

New Report Examines the State of Rulemaking 2.0

The IBM Center for The Business of Government is today releasing a new report, Rulemaking 2.0: Understanding and Getting Better Public Participation, by Cynthia R.Farina and Mary J.Newhart with CeRI (the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative).

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Dan Chenok is Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He oversees all of the Center's activities in connecting research to practice to benefit government, and has written and spoken extensively around government technology, cybersecurity, privacy, regulation, budget, acquisition, and Presidential transitions. Mr. Chenok previously led consulting services for Public Sector Technology Strategy, working with IBM government, healthcare, and education clients.

Mr. Chenok serves in numerous industry leadership positions. He is a CIO SAGE with the Partnership for Public Service, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Member of the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Board of Directors, Member of the American University IT Executive Council, and Co-Chair of the Senior Executives Association Community of Change for Governance Innovation; previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), Chair of the Federal Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, and two-time Cybersecurity commission member with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Chenok also generally advises public sector leaders on a wide range of management issues. Finally, Mr. Chenok serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, teaching at the school's Washington, DC Center. 

Before joining IBM, Mr. Chenok was a Senior Vice President for Civilian Operations with Pragmatics, and prior to that was a Vice President for Business Solutions and Offerings with SRA International.

As a career Government executive, Mr. Chenok served as Branch Chief for Information Policy and Technology with the Office of Management and Budget, where he led a staff with oversight of federal information and IT policy, including electronic government, computer security, privacy and IT budgeting. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Branch Chief and Desk Officer for Education, Labor, HHS, and related agencies in OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Chenok began his government service as an analyst with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and left government service at the end of 2003.

In 2008, Mr. Chenok served on President Barack Obama’s transition team as the Government lead for the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform group, and as a member of the OMB Agency Review Team.

Mr. Chenok has won numerous honors and awards, including a 2010 Federal 100 winner for his work on the presidential transition, and the 2016 Eagle Award for Industry Executive of the Year.

Mr. Chenok earned a BA from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.