Weekly Roundup June 20-24, 2022

Six Big Government Success Stories of the Last Two Decades. There are several areas where elected officials and government employees at all levels excelled at problem-solving and succeeded in improving the lives of Americans. Some of their efforts attracted great attention (even if it tended to fade rather quickly). Others never received widespread attention. Here are six examples.

Weekly Roundup June 13-17, 2022

Trustworthy: INCREASING CIVIL SERVANTS' TRUST AT WORK. NEW REPORT: @publicservice researchers explored civil servants' trust in two key dimensions of the federal government (1) government leaders and (2) civil service rules and their enforcement—and what agencies and Congress can do to improve it.

Weekly Roundup June 6-10, 2022

Connecting IT, Customer Experience, and Trust in Government. Through the Federal IT Operating Plan, the U.S. government is driving digital transformation across the Federal enterprise.

NEW REPORT: Three Reforms to Improve Defense Resource Management

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) resource allocation process—the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) system— is now sixty years old. It has brought discipline and rigor to one of the toughest budget environments in the government. It has also been criticized for being slow and bureaucratic, hindering DoD’s efforts to accelerate modernization in the face of fast paced high technology advancement and increasing aggressive near peer adversaries.

Weekly Roundup May 16-20, 2022

Federal CIO: The tech is 'the easy part' of improving CX. "The technology is the easy part," federal CIO, Clare Martorana, told FCW in an interview.

Weekly Roundup: May 9-13, 2022

Former deputy federal CIO Roat leaned on her relationships to achieve results. “Whoever’s coming in, really needs to pay attention to the budget cycle.

On Leading the U.S. Coast Guard

August 4th, 2021, marked the Coast Guard’s 231st birthday. Created by Congress as the Revenue-Marine on August 4, 1790, at the request of Alexander Hamilton, the Coast Guard is the oldest continuously operating naval service of the United States. In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Lifesaving Service and became the modern U.S. Coast Guard. As one of the country’s six armed services, the U.S. Coast Guard has been deployed to support and fight every major U.S. war since 1790. In 2003, the Coast Guard found its current home as a component of the U.S.

Weekly Roundup: May 2-6, 2022

NEW REPORT: Optimizing Analytics for Policymaking and Governance. The federal government has long recognized the importance of deriving actionable insights from curated data to inform policy development, measure progress, and judge effectiveness of government programs.

Perspective on Leading through Uncertain Times

This essay and much more content about government leadership and management appears in The Business of Government magazine

My goal each week on The Business of Government Hour is straightforward: to interview key government executives and thought leaders who are tackling significant challenges and seizing opportunities to lead.


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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.