Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector

The pace of these changes is so rapid that it has become necessary to harness the power of emerging technology as a key enabler of addressing these threats to our way of life. In particular, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a force for public good in recent years. The technology is revolutionizing the way we derive value and insights from data in order to improve our daily lives. In addition, governments gather a treasure trove of pertinent data that can be used to execute important missions and improve services to the citizen.

Achieving Mission Outcomes Through DevSecOps

DevSecOps—short for development, security, and operations—is an approach to IT security based on the principles of the scientific method of experimentation: observe, question, hypothesize, predict, test, and iterate. This solid foundational methodology has served the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math, including computer science) community well, and has resulted in some of the most impactful innovations and scientific breakthroughs of our time.

This report addresses the critical role that DevSecOps plays to support the DoD mission.  It highlights the:

How the TMF Can Enable Broad Improvements Across Government

Agencies can learn from experience about how modernization investments can be sustained and scaled over time as they prepare their first round of proposals for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF).   Specifically, the TMF guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calls for proposals that reach across the government enterprise to include:

Leveraging the TMF for the secure modernization of high value assets

Last week we published the first in an ongoing series of commentaries intended to highlight the Technology Modernization Fund as a funding option available to agencies to modernize critical systems while lessening reliance on costly legacy systems and reducing cyber risk. In this first post, we outlined elements of the Office of Management and Budget’s TMF/American Rescue Plan (APR) guidance that were just recently updated.

Margie Graves

Setting up For IT success: Enhancing the impact of the Technology Modernization Fund

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance regarding priorities and processes for agencies to submit proposals for the Technology Modernization Fund that support the American Rescue Plan Act.   The guidance provides important insights on how the TMF can be leveraged to address mission objectives.

Visiting Fellow
The IBM Center for The Business of Government

Margie is a Visiting Fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government.  Margie’s work with the Center will be informed by her track record of experience and expertise.  She is the former Deputy Federal CIO for the Office of Management and Budget. She led the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer efforts to drive value in Federal IT, deliver digital services, protect Federal IT assets and information, and develop the next generation IT workforce. In her previous role, Margie worked to improve the way Government delivers results and technology services to the public. She drove elements of the President’s Management Agenda; IT Modernization, Data as a Strategic Asset and Workforce of the 21st Century. 

Previously, Margie served as the Deputy CIO at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Deputy CIO, she had oversight of an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs. In addition, she managed the operations of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, covering the functional areas of Applied Technology, Enterprise Architecture, Data Management, IT Security, Infrastructure Operations, IT Accessibility, Budget and Acquisition.

Prior to her selection as DHS Deputy CIO, she was the Executive Director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the DHS Office of the CIO. She developed and executed IT Portfolio strategies in alignment with the DHS mission. She also served as the Deputy Program Manager for the DHS Border and Transportation Security IT Integration Program which established the operational foundation and roadmap for consolidating and securing segments of the DHS application portfolio, data architecture and IT infrastructure.

Margie has private sector experience in the management consulting industry, where she held executive positions and also performed consulting engagements for clients. She has experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture capital planning, systems engineering, business process reengineering, strategic planning and financial management. She worked for several global consulting firms including ten years with A.T. Kearney, Inc. She worked for clients in the chemical, utility and medical services industries, and held leadership positions in technology and financial management.   Margie also serves as a Senior Advisor to IBM’s Federal Services practice, and a member of IBM’s Former Government Executives Council.

Margie has also held numerous industry leadership positions, including past President of the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT) and recent election as the Executive Vice Chair and next year Chair of the industry-led Industry Advisory Council (IAC) - (ACT-IAC is the unified organization that brings government and industry leaders together to improve government through the effective and innovative application of technology.)

She holds a M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.

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