Integrating & Analyzing Data in Government—the Key to 21st Century Security: Observations from Brussels

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 - 12:49
[Pictured Left:The Roundtable brought together leaders from the EU, NATO, DHS, State Department, and other stakeholder and EU member state officials.] The Brussels discussion focused on how the the EU and other European organizations and member states can work the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and other US agencies, to best enable a trusted environment for sharing information.

Next Steps in Improving Government Performance

Monday, January 29th, 2018 - 14:48
A new study released today by the National Academy of Public Administration says there has been a missing step.

Weekly Roundup: November 27 – December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1st, 2017 - 10:50
John Kamensky FEMA’s Resilience Reset. RouteFifty reports: “State and local governments should own the disaster recovery process by creating integrated, outcome-based mitigation plans like Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator said Thursday at a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill.”

Insider Threats Part III: Advanced Analytic Techniques and the Challenges of Implementation

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 - 12:55
The first two blogs in this Insider Threats series presented an overview of Insider Threat policies and key organizations and an assessment of current and recommended strategies for mitigating Insider Threats, respectively. 

Weekly Roundup: January 9-13, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017 - 18:48
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 17:37
Michael J. Keegan Obama appointee to lead VA under Trump. Dr. David Shulkin, the Department of Veterans Affairs current undersecretary for health, was tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the agency. Check out my interview with Dr. Shulkin on The Business of Government Hour.

Beyond the operating room: Applying military healthcare data insights to the civilian sector

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 - 10:02
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 13:23
Major Jim Markham is an operations research / systems analyst in the Army.  He is currently serving as a Research Fellow in the Training with Industry program, during which he works with IBM for one year before returning to the Army, including time with the Center for The Business of Government. His fellowship is intended to help him learn how industry applies big data and analytics to healthcare challenges in order to take this knowledge back to the Army.   Background:

Jim Markham

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 - 9:55
Major Jim Markham is an operations research / systems analyst in the Army.  He is currently serving as a Research Fellow in the Training With Industry program, during which he works with IBM for one year before returning to the Army, including time with the Center for The Business of Government. His fellowship is intended to help him learn how industry applies big data and analytics to healthcare problems in order to take this knowledge back to the Army.

Big Data, Big Cities, Big Deal

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 - 10:27
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:23
Professor Alfred Ho, at the University of Kansas, recently surveyed 65 mid-size and large cities to learn what is going on, on the frontline, with the use of Big Data in making decisions.  He found that Big Data has made it possible to “change the time span of a decision-making cycle by allowing real-time analysis of data to instantly inform decision-making.”  This decision-making occurs in areas as diverse as program management, strategic planning, budgeting, perfor

Ten Actions to Implement Big Data Initiatives: A Study of 65 Cities

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 - 9:44
Professor Ho conducted a survey and phone interviews with city officials responsible for Big Data initiatives. Based on his research, the report presents a framework for Big Data initiatives which consists of two major cycles: the data cycle and the decision-making cycle. Each cycle is described in the report.

Achieving IT Security Intelligence

Monday, July 18th, 2016 - 8:54
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No longer can security programs rely on “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”–the bad guys could already be inside your systems, stealing your data or probing to get in. Too many CIOs and CISOs are looking for jobs because they thought their systems and data were secure when, in fact, the opposite was true. Security programs need effective protection of valuable information and systems to prevent data breaches and to comply with the ever-increasing federal compliance requirements (e.g., FISMA, the Privacy Act, NIST, OMB mandates, FedRAMP, HIPAA/HITECH, etc.).
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