AI Can Enable Government to Meet Future Challenges While Addressing Risks Responsibly

Contributors: Claude Yusti, Tatiana Sokolova with IBM, and Katie Malague and Peter Kamocsai with the Partnership for Public Service

Few technological innovations offer the many potential benefits of artificial intelligence. AI tools range from entertaining to productivity-improving to life-saving, from playing poker or creating paintings in Vincent van Gogh’s style to transcribing audio to diagnosing diseases or predicting financial fraud.

Introducing the Center’s New Visiting Fellow, Ed DeSeve

Agile software development features small, cross-functional, self-organizing teams that include customers working quickly to deliver solutions in increments that immediately provide value. Agile delivery approaches support government goals of doing more with less and improving agency capacity to manage their budgets and delivery dates. 

Collaboration Across Government and Enabling Strategies: Effective Implementation of the Federal Data Strategy Action Plan

The Data Coalition and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently co-sponsored a public forum on the Federal Data Strategy’s draft 2019-2020 Action Plan. The event provided an opportunity for industry, academic, and non-profit speakers to provide comments on 16 draft action items in the Federal Data Strategy.  

Effective Implementation of the Federal Data Strategy Action Plan

Today, the Data Coalition and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) co-sponsored a public forum on the Federal Data Strategy’s draft 2019-2020 Action Plan. The event provided an opportunity for industry, academic, and non-profit speakers to provide comments on 16 draft action items in the Federal Data Strategy.  

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 research agenda. These reports will continue to catalyze and accelerate the production of practical research with actionable recommendations that benefits public sector leaders and managers.

Addressing Mission Challenges with Agility

Blog Co-Author:  Mark Bolter, Vice President, IBM Global Business Services

How Can Government Manage Risks Associated with Artificial Intelligence?

Co-Author:  Tatiana Sokolova, IBM

With contributions from Claude Yusti and Anna Lenhart with IBM, and Peter Kamoscai with the Partnership for Public Service


Greater access to and sharing of data can help increase the understanding of how best to address underlying risks and ethical issues in AI implementation.

The Center Announces a New Fellow: Karin O’Leary

Karin O’Leary, former Chief Financial Officer for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and Budget Officer for the Department of Justice, will focus her work with the Center on financial management and related issues.

The President’s Management Agenda – A Week, A Year, An Era

A week ago today, OMB Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Margaret Weichert hosted a celebration marking the first year of this Administration’s President’s Management Agenda (PMA).  At this event, a variety of government leaders and external stakeholders gathered to underscore the importance of management as a strategic imperative.  The current PMA is premised on a foundational “double trio” of drivers that link IT Modernization, Data Strategy, and Workforce Improvement to better results for the nation, in terms of Mission Performance

Governments Can Enhance the Power of Big Data -- By Adding “Thick Data” To the Mix

Organizations and researchers across the private and public sectors have learned much from advances in the use of analytics to assess a vast and growing volume of information. “Big data” enables understanding of patterns and anomalies with far greater speed and accuracy, and has been used to help government make more informed decisions in areas ranging from social service delivery to global threats.


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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.