Leaders Speak on Federal IT: A Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour

What emerging technology is transforming how government agencies operate? How are federal agencies pursuing IT modernization? What are some of key challenges facing the chief information officers of federal agencies? Join host Michael Keegan for a Special Edition of The Business of Government Hour – Leaders Speak on Federal IT -- sharing insights from key senior federal IT leaders on the IT journey of their agencies.
Broadcast Date: 
Monday, May 15, 2023 - 10:44

Weekly Roundup: May 8-12, 2023

What's going on with DHS' enterprise cloud plan? The Department of Homeland Security teased its plan for a 10-year enterprise cloud contract in the fall and then went relatively quiet. Based on previous cloud procurements, that could be a good thing. 

Weekly Roundup: April 24-28, 2023

How Local Governments Can Rise to the Infrastructure Complexity Challenge. To take advantage of the federal government’s $2 trillion in investments, municipalities must think big, start small and scale fast.  By recognizing some of these challenges in advance, county and municipal leaders can adopt strategies to help them realize the ambitious goals of these programs.

Weekly Roundup: April 17-21, 2023

The 2023 Federal 100. Meet those recognized by their peers as exceptional contributors to federal IT in 2022.  Hundreds of nominations were submitted, and a panel of government and industry judges deliberated for hours. The result? A list of 100 men and women who personify what's possible in federal IT. 

Weekly Roundup: April 10-14, 2023

DHA preps for MHS Genesis follow-on contract. The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research on a sustainment contract for the military's $5.5 billion electronic health records program. The contract, which spans 10-years and includes a team of contractors charged with delivering and integrating the Cerner electronic health record into the work of more than 200,000 care providers and 9.6 million beneficiaries. 

NEW REPORT: Beyond Resilience—The Case for Adaptability

With disruption now the norm rather than the exception, governments need to rethink business as usual and prepare for business as disrupted. Government executives and managers should plan for continuous disruption and for how their agencies and departments will operate under continuous turbulence and change. In 2022 alone, we witnessed the impact of war,  the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and natural disasters such as Hurricane Ian—not to men­tion energy scarcity, supply chain shortages, the start of a global recession, record highs for inflation, and rising interest rates.

Weekly Roundup: April 3-7, 2023

Easterly Voices Urgent Need to Set AI Regulatory Landscape.  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly warned on Thursday that the United States needs to quickly determine the regulatory landscape for development of AI technologies, which she said have the potential to become the most consequential – and perhaps dangerous – technologies of the 21st century.

Leading the Defense Logistics Agency

As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency manages the end-to-end global defense supply chain – from raw materials to end user disposition. “Our mission is to ‘deliver readiness and lethality to the warfighter always and support our nation through quality, proactive global logistics,” explains Vice Admiral Michelle Skubic, director of DLA. To accomplish this mission, this agency has a staff of about 25,000 employees divided into multiple supply chains that contract for material and services across the military classes of supply.

Weekly Roundup: March 27-March 31, 2023

The 12 tricks to getting things done, from 'deliverologist' Sir Michael Barber. A self-confessed 'deliverologist', Barber understands how to get things done -- a skill that is fundamental to good leadership. Barber is most famous for setting up and running Tony Blair's Prime Minister's Delivery Unit. It's a function that was later copied by governments across the world.

Weekly Roundup: March 20- March 24, 2023

NEW REPORT: Preparing governments for future shocks: An action plan to build cyber resilience in a world of uncertainty. A new report that outlines a series of actionable steps designed to help governments emerge stronger from current and future cyber shocks.


Leadership Fellow & Host
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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Michael has two decades of experience with both the private and public sectors encompassing strategic planning, business process redesign, strategic communications and marketing, performance management, change management, executive and team coaching, and risk-financing.

Michael leads the IBM Center for The Business of Government's leadership research. As the Center’s Leadership Fellow, his work is at the nexus of the Center’s mission – connecting research to practice. My work at that the Center complements frontline experience of actual government executives with practical insights from thought leaders who produce Center reports – merging real-world experience with practical scholarship. The purpose is not to offer definitive solutions to the many management challenges facing executives, but to provide a resource from which to draw practical, actionable recommendations on how best to confront such issues. Michael also hosts and produces the IBM Center’s The Business of Government Hour. He has interviewed and profiled hundreds of senior government executives from all levels of government as well as recognized thought leaders focusing on a range of public management issues and trends. Over the last four years, Michael has expanded both the show’s format and reach – now broadcasting informational and educational conversations with dedicated public servants on two radio stations five times a week and anywhere at anytime over the web and at iTunes. Michael is also the managing editor of The Business of Government magazine, with a targeted audience of close to 14,000 government and non-government professionals. Additionally, he manages the Center’s bi-annual proposal review process that awards stipends to independent, third party researchers tackling a wide range of public management issues.

Prior to joining the Center, Michael worked as a senior managing consultant with IBM GBS (Global Business Services) and as a principle consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Washington Consulting Practice (WCP). He led projects in the private and federal civilian sectors including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, FEMA, and the Veterans Health Administration. Before entering consulting, he worked in the private sector as product development manager at a New York City based risk financing firm.

Since 2003, Mr. Keegan has been a reviewer for Association of Government Accountant’s Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)© program, keeping abreast of the most recent developments in authoritative standards affecting federal accounting, financial reporting and performance measurement. He is also a member of APPAM, the NYU Alumni Association, and the Data Center & Cloud Talent, USA. He holds masters in public administration and management from New York University and was the founder of its DC alumni group as well as previous treasurer of the NYU graduate school’s alumni board.

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