Information Technology as the Driver of Change

Information technology (IT) isn’t seen today as a stand-alone back-office function.  IT is at the heart of much of government and enables service to the citizen, efficiency, and effectiveness.  

Becoming More Agile: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

Over the past few years, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service at the U.S. Department of the Treasury has made progress toward becoming a more agile organization; during the pandemic it became necessary to speed up those practices. We’ve learned to move quickly, rely on technology, remove silos and take more responsible risks.

How Can Governments Use AI to Improve Procurement?

Government agencies have experimented with AI to improve the procurement process. The IBM Center for the Business of Government has released four lessons learned from these innovative efforts, which can help guide agencies, companies, and researchers understand past precedents and envision possibilities.

The 3 stages of cloud adoption

Cloud computing, or the use of remote servers and services hosted on the internet, has rapidly become the norm for information technology in the federal government, and for good reason.

Agencies Really Are Missing an Opportunity by Downplaying Performance Information

Whatever is done needs to go beyond just posting data on a platform website. It should be a public event with media, not just a stealth quarterly posting of progress reports. The Partnership’s Best Places to Work event, report and announcement may be a good model. The model of congressional technology reform hearings could also be a way to better shine a flashlight on government performance.

Providing a secure cloud for agency applications

This blog draws from a July 21 webinar on cloud security hosted by the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for The Business of Government featuring three federal IT leaders: David Catanoso from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Timothy Persons from the Government Accountability Office and Robert Vietmeyer from the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense

The Future of Tax: Who is the Taxpayer?

In this first blog of the series, we discussed the future of tax as it relates to tax agencies. In this post, we'll discuss the future of tax and the taxpayer. For this Modern Tax Administration series, we are concerned with how a tax administration can recognize with certainty an individual or an organization that may be required to pay tax. 

The Agile-Policymaking Frontier

If we believe agile policymaking can foster more enlightened practice in the public realm, we might first set a baseline of how policy professionals are currently trained to do their work. Then, agile policymaking’s leading edges can be applied, either buttressing existing features harmoniously or disrupting them constructively. 

How Can Government Promote Greater Homeownership Across Communities of Color?

A roundtable of leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae, the U.S. Department of Education, and key non-profit and industry stakeholders developed recommendations for actions to support homeownership among HBCU students and families.

Approaches for Accelerating Shared Services Implementation in the Federal Government

Shared services is a business model for modernizing the delivery of mission support activities common to multiple government agencies.

Transforming Technology Procurement

Many governments around the world are updating how they procure technology.  The goal is to reduce risk and get higher value out of investments -- especially from complex systems integration programs.  This paper describes five common approaches to those changes, five lessons learned, and five key takeaways.  In this first blog, we'll cover the first three approaches to procurement transformation.

A Quick Take on the President’s Management Priorities

The president's vision has now been filled out in more detail. Here are some thoughts.

On Leading the U.S. Coast Guard

A Conversation with Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard exploring the Coast Guard’s strategic direction, his key priorities and modernization efforts, and reflections on his tenure as the commandant.

Orchestration: A Key Framework for 21st Century Government Action

Only through leveraging a mosaic of interests can most modern complexities be addressed by governments, often working with their partners in civil society, academia, and industry.

Perspective on Leading through Uncertain Times

Leaders benefit from being grounded, mindful, grateful, and ruthlessly consistent in everything they do.

Who’s shaping the future of your agency? Increasingly, it’s the CFO

Several recommendations have emerged for kick-starting and sustaining not only financial systems modernization, but any government agency’s IT modernization initiative.

Building the Cybersecurity Workforce America Needs

But almost none are more important than having a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce that can protect the public and private sector systems that our lives and economy depend on. Yet it is estimated that half a million cybersecurity positions across the public and private sectors remain unfilled, and that gap is only expected to grow. To compound these shortages, public and private sector cybersecurity needs are constantly changing as technology and practices evolve.