Weekly Roundup August 1-5, 2022

Agencies Are Struggling to Hire and Spend Money Due to Incessant Stopgap Funding Bills. GAO issues a warning as Congress struggles to reach fiscal 2023 spending agreement.

Weekly Roundup July 25-29, 2022

GAO offers options for improving U.S. semiconductor supply. The prioritization of semiconductor goals—such as protecting national security or improving economic competition—determine which option will prove most important.

NEW BOOK - Targeting Commitment: Interagency Performance in New Zealand

New Zealand has long been considered at the forefront of public administration, experimenting with new ways of organizing and delivering public services. In 2017, guided by our mission to connect public management research to practice, the IBM Center published a very timely and insightful report, Interagency Performance Targets: A Case Study of New Zealand’s Better Public Services Results Programme, by Rodney Scott and Ross Boyd.

Weekly Roundup July 18-22, 2022

Officials reorganize HHS to boost pandemic response: Plan would elevate ASPR, which plays key role in emergencies, to be an agency on par with CDC, FDA. The Biden administration is reorganizing the federal health department to create an independent division that would lead the nation’s pandemic response, amid frustrations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Weekly Roundup July 11-15, 2022

Preparing governments for future shocks. IBM, working through the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the IBM Institute for Business Value, and in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) plan to convene a series of roundtable disc

Weekly Roundup July 4-8, 2022

Quarterly President's Management Agenda and Agency Priority Goal Updates. The Office of Management and Budget is publishing the latest President’s Management Agenda (PMA) quarterly updates on Performance.gov highlighting key progress advancing our three core priorities: strengthening and empowering the Federal workforce; delivering excellent, equitable, and secure Federal services and customer experience; and managing the business of government.

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.


Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
United States

Sonny Hashmi is the commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $75B of products, services, and solutions that enable federal agencies to efficiently accomplish their missions while saving taxpayer dollars.

Known as a cloud computing thought leader in the emerging technology industry, Sonny previously served as the managing director of global government strategy at Box. There, he worked with federal, state, local and international government organizations on cloud and mobility strategy.

Prior to joining Box, Sonny served as GSA chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO). He led the agency IT modernization strategy as GSA adopted cloud computing, agile acquisition and DevSecOps principles, and helped create a cloud computing and performance measurement roadmap for the federal government.

Sonny Hashmi is active in the federal IT community and has been recognized with several awards including the Fed100, FedScoop 50 and as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Hayman Service to America medal.

He earned a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University and a master’s certificate in innovation management from the University of Maryland.

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