Executive Director
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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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, 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.

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.

New Research Report Recipients

We are pleased to announce our latest round of awards for new reports on key public sector challenges, which respond to priorities identified in the Center's long-term research agenda. Short summaries of each report, which will be published starting early 2016, are included below. New Awards Evidence About Implementing Agile: The 18F Experience by Andrew B. Whitford, University of Georgia This report draws lessons from the experience of 18F, a special organization within the General Services Administration.

How Can the Next Administration Build A Strong Political and Career Leadership Team? How Can the Next Administration Build A Strong Political and Career Leadership Team?

On May 27, the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service co-hosted a Roundtable to discuss how effective leaders can help drive successful outcomes for the next Presidential term. An exceptional group of current and former senior officials from Administrations of both parties, leaders from Capitol Hill, as well as experts from academia and the private and non-profit sectors participated in a robust discussion.

The DATA Act Moves Forward The DATA Act Moves Forward

Across the government, agencies are working under leadership from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Treasury to implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).

New Report -- “Tools to Innovate: Data Analytics, Risk Management, and Shared Services”

Today, governments have access to a variety of tools to successfully implement agency programs. For example, Data Analytics—especially of financial data—can be used to better inform decision making by ensuring agencies have the information they need at the point of time that it can be most effective. In addition, governments at all levels can more effectively address risks using new Risk Management approaches. And finally, Shared Services can not only save money, but also stimulate innovation, improve decisionmaking, and increase the quality of services expected by citizens.

Measuring Up: How Can CIOs Take Stock?

Information technology has made possible the availability of real-time data and the tools to display that data, such as dash­boards, scorecards, and heat maps. This has boosted the use of data and evidence by government decision makers in meeting their agency and program missions. But what about the use of performance metrics by agency chief information officers themselves? Background. Typically, CIOs have a good inventory of metrics regarding the performance of their technical infrastructure, such as server down time.

Meet the Center's Newest Fellow: Darcie Piechowski

For several years, our Center has promoted and welcomed dialogue with government stakeholders around how best to encourage innovation and social media; our work in this space is led by our Social Media and Innovation Fellow. I am pleased to introduce the new occupant of that seat, Darcie Piechowski. Darcie succeeds Gadi Ben-Yehuda, who recently moved to be the Director of Social Media with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

FedRAMP Goes Mobile, Benefiting Agencies and the Public

co-authored by guest blogger Andras Szakal, Vice President and CTO, US Federal, IBM Benefits from FedRAMP FedRAMP has made great strides in operationalizing the federal security C&A process. FedRAMP brings commercial best practices standardization of the process for cloud security, and does across agencies in a way that also provides consistency across the entire federal government.

Enterprise Government: How the Next Administration Can Better Serve Citizens (Part One)

On September 16, the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service co-hosted a Roundtable to discuss how agency leaders can coordinate and integrate activities to drive successful outcomes for the next Presidential term. An exceptional group of current and former senior officials from Administrations of both parties, leaders from Capitol Hill, as well as experts from academia and the private and non-profit sectors participated in a robust discussion.

Enterprise Government: How the Next Administration Can Better Serve Citizens (Part Two) Enterprise Government: How the Next Administration Can Better Serve Citizens (Part Two)

This blog is a continuation of our first blog on Enterprise Government, which presented an introduction on Enterprise Government and highlighted a number of challenges for the next Administration to address. In this blog, we will present the key findings and recommendations in each of four areas to spur a government-wide approach to solving problems. These action areas include: 1. Developing Administration Strategic Objectives – helping the incoming administration translate its governing priorities into clear goals. Set out a roadmap to accomplish goals.

Enabling Leadership Success for the Next Administration

This blog post is co-authored by Alan Howze In 2017, for the first time in eight years, a new President will be sworn into office. Regardless of which party wins, a new set of political appointees will serve as executive leaders across the government. The decisions that the new administration makes about who to appoint – which starts during the transition process -- will set a path forward for the administration.

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