Mitigating risk, managing cybersecurity and building resiliency to meet the mission of government

The IBM Center for The Business of Government has written previously about the need for mission leaders to focus on cyber security as a key success factor, especially given the Administration’s identification of “cybersecurity as a key enabler of mission delivery” in the President’s Management Agenda.  Below we provide highlights of a few of those reports focused on cyber, which provide a foundation for IBM to build on as the Cybersecurity Center moves ahead.  We look forward to adding to this r

Lessons in Accountability from the Pandemic

The American Society for Public Administration hosted Center authors Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Visiting Fellows at the IBM Center for the Business of Government and Senior Advisors, Columnists, and co-chairs of the Advisory Board for Route Fifty as well as Don Kettl, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy to speak on their latest report, “Managing The Next Crisis: Twelve Principles For Dealing With Viral Uncertainty.” Center Director Dan Chenok facilit

How Intelligent Automation Can Help Government Agencies Focus on Mission Critical Outcomes

Blog Co-Author:  Matt Warshaw

Federal agencies spend billions of dollars every year on routine office functions such as procurement, human resources, logistics, and information technology. Intelligent automation (IA) is one set of tools that can help agencies  simply processes, saving time and reducing costs, ultimately allowing federal employees to focus their energy on mission critical outcomes rather than complex back-office tasks.

Government 2025 – Sharing Wisdom From and For the World

Our Center recently collaborated with the IBM Institute for Business Value on work with thought leaders across government, industry, academic, and the nonprofit sectors to drive an online global conversation about the future of Government around the world, the “Gov2025 Jam.”  This dialogue explored five key issues representing some of the most pressing challenges facing governments and societies today.

Assessing Agility at the State and Local Government Level

The American Society for Public Administration hosted Center author Professor Sukumar Ganapati of Florida International University to speak on his report, “Adopting Agile in State and Local Governments.” Center Director Dan Chenok helped to launch the session as Professor Ganapati described Agile, Agile in government, and Agile beyond technocracy.   Read a summary here.

Driving Outcomes for Defense Agencies Through AI

(Contributors:  Adam Gilbride, Associate Partner, IBM United Kingdom and Matt Warshaw, Director, US Government Centers, IBM)

How Agencies can use Other Transaction Authorities to Meet Mission Goals

The term “Other Transaction Authority” (OTA) stems from statutory provisions that allow certain federal agencies to enter into transactions with commercial entities using nontraditional procurement methods and contract terms. While OTAs have been around in NASA since 1958 and within the Department of Defense since 1989, they have experienced significant growth in recent years following expansion under the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

How Governments can Emerge Stronger in the Aftermath of COVID-19: Preparing for The Future

Governments and societies continue to face the unforeseen and unprecedented challenges of responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The experiences of the last 18 months have pointed to the importance of well-managed actions at the local, national, and cross-border levels.

Implementing AI Across the Federal Government

Blog Co-Author: Tom Suder, Founder & President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC)

“Over the past two to five years we’ve really seen a migration of artificial intelligence from the lab out into operations.”


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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 and member of the Research Advisory Council with the Partnership for Public Service, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Member of the Board of Directors for the Senior Executives Association, Member of the Government Accountability Office Polaris Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Member of the American University IT Executive Council, and Mentor with the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship.  Previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), Chair of the Cyber Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Chair of the NIST-sponsored 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, the 2016 Eagle Award for Industry Executive of the Year, and the 2002 Federal CIO Council Azimuth Award for Government 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.