Open Government and Creativity: GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

This week, GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) released its annual report on activities in 2011.  This GSA entity, led by Administrator Dave McClure and a very able staff, serves to drive innovation and transparency to support better government for citizens.  OSCIT oversees the Government’s portal, www.USA.gov; leads a number of Administration priorities, including cloud computing via 

Information Technology: Enabling Management Productivity

Federal CIO VanRoekel recently spoke about the Administration’s renewed focus on improving productivity within the federal government. One key to success is the strategic use of IT to improve how agencies manage programs.

 

Reflections on IT Leadership: ELC 2011

At the 2011 Executive Leadership Conference (ELC), the overarching theme was that in the complex world of government IT, leadership – the conference’s middle name -- continues to be a critical success factor in delivering successful change – at a collective and individual level.

 

Integrating Privacy and Security: The US Government Steps Forward

The US government recently took a noteworthy step toward strengthening security and privacy, issuing a roadmap for how to make such improvements real and achievable.

 

Innovation in Improving the Delivery of Services to Citizens

A new report, "Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation: Expanding Ways to Provide Cost-Effective Services," provides insight into a program through which Federal agencies work with States and cities on improving performance and reducing cost in programs that serve citizens.

The Next Phase of Open Government: An Opportunity for Innovative Leaders

Recent activity from the President and agencies has brought renewed attention to the issue – providing an opportunity that Federal leaders can use to help improve program operations.

 

The Administration’s Open Government Initiative has led to much progress over the past two years, yet more work remains to be done to further the cause of transparency.  

OMB Unveils Its Performance.Gov Website

The Bush Administration had its Results.Gov scorecard. The Obama Administration now has unveiled its Performance.Gov dashboard. Is a dashboard better than a scorecard?

OMB’s Recent CIO Memorandum: Clarifying and Reinforcing CIO Primary Responsibilities

A new memorandum details four areas for which all Federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have authority and “a lead role”: Governance, Commodity IT, Program Management, and Information Security.

Government IT and September 11 – Recollections and Continuances

Former head of the OMB's Information Policy and Technology discusses three ways his office was affected by and responded to September 11, 2001.

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Executive Director
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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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 with the Partnership for Public Service, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Member of the GAO Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics Polaris Advisory Council, Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Member of the Auburn University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Board of Directors, Member of the American University IT Executive Council, and Co-Chair of the Senior Executives Association Community of Change for Governance Innovation; previously, he served as Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the government-led American Council for Technology (ACT), Chair of the 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.

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