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Transition Teamwork: Helping New Leaders Make Smart Choices

December 14, 2015 On Nov. 10, the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service co-hosted a roundtable on how transition teams and new agency leaders can implement structures that enable managers to make smart and timely choices by incorporating data and evidence into their decision-making process. By...

Making Decisions in a Time of Transition

December 10, 2015 In 2017, the next administration will face many significant and simultaneous decisions on an array of issues, and mountains of data to inform these choices. How can new leaders quickly gain situational awareness? How can they harness ongoing processes like budget formulation and performance reporting as inputs for decision-making?How can...

Building Leadership Strength for the Next Administration

October 27, 2015 In 2017, for the first time in eight years, a new president will be sworn into office. Regardless of which party wins, a new set of political appointees will serve as executive leaders across the government. The decisions that the new administration makes about who to appoint — which starts...

How Can the Next President Build a Strong Political and Career Leadership Team?

June 15, 2015 The success of a presidential administration rests in the hands of leadership—political appointees and career executives who are responsible for implementing policy, achieving mission outcomes and running government operations. By focusing on leadership talent as a key priority, the next president can significantly enhance government’s capacity for political and career...

Mapping a Management Agenda for 2017 Starts Now

May 4, 2015 The IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service recently hosted a group of experts from academia and several former senior officials from administrations of both parties to frame key management issues and opportunities for the next presidential term. The discussion, facilitated by former Veterans...

Drop the ‘Magic’ Cloud Talk and 5 Other Steps to Cloud Migration Success

March 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Dan Chenok is the executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government The IBM Center recently hosted a roundtable discussion among several agency chief information officers and IT leaders about the state of play when it comes to cloud migration. Participants shared insights and perspectives about success...

Bringing Out the Best in the Executive Ranks

December 15, 2014 Last week, President Obama and several agency heads spoke at a meeting of senior executives in Washington. The event helped frame why executive leadership remains a critical core of federal workforce productivity and effectiveness, and the president introduced several initiatives intended to strengthen the executive core as well as the...

Transforming Acquisition for the Future

November 7, 2014 The recent series of columns “3 Myths That Cripple Acquisition” stressed that acquisition transformation, not just reform, is critical to enable the federal government to effectively lead in the Collaboration Age. Now it’s time to chart a course forward toward such transformation. The expectation that government and acquisition should be...

Making Data Real: Lessons From Federal Leaders

October 2, 2014 At an event yesterday, the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service added to a growing body of knowledge about how government leaders can leverage the power of analytics and data to make better decisions. This event was the culmination of a series of...

Reflections on 9/11 and Excellence in Government

September 16, 2014 As we paused last week to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, I am reminded of how that event changed so much of our history—including impacting how government moved forward to manage technology and people who care deeply about serving the American people, and working with our international...