Weekly Roundup August 22-26, 2022

Federal Experts Want More Visibility Into the FedRAMP Process. Both vendors and federal officials want more visibility into the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) process, which certifies the security of cloud technologies for Federal government use and is operated by the General Services Administration (GSA).

Fostering Resilient Institutions: Context for Center Research

With the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s next due date for new research report proposals approaching on September 6th, we are publishing additional perspectives on our research topics over the next week in the form of blog posts focused on each topic.   The insights in these posts draw from dialogue that helped to frame the research agenda, as well as subsequent content relevant to each research topic area.  We hope that these posts provide potential research

Weekly Roundup August 15-19, 2022

GovExec Daily: Don't Ignore Government Performance Metrics. Shelley Metzenbaum joins the podcast to discuss why more people should pay attention to performance reports. Everyone wants better performance out of the federal government, but few pay enough attention to metrics like those found on Performance.gov. In fact, the federal government released quarterly performance updates for agency priority goals just this past July, but it was largely ignored.

Weekly Roundup August 8-12, 2022

Commerce, NASA leaning on the Evidence Act to push common priorities. Only in the last year has the 2019 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act started to demonstrate a real impact on agency missions.

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.


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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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