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Dana Grinshpan

Research Manager OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dana Grinshpan is the Research Manager for the Government Business Council (GBC), the research division of Government Executive, where she specializes in primary research development and survey instrument creation. Prior to joining GBC, she worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), assisting in the research and writing of work on South Asian regional cooperation. She has a Master of Arts in international security and political economics from the University of Chicago and graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University where she holds a B.A. in international studies with a minor in Arabic.
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Retaining and Developing Tomorrow's Federal Talent

November 13, 2013 Retention and workforce development are two important components to keeping any organization staffed with the right talent. Amid ongoing budget deficits, many federal agencies have been struggling in these efforts, resulting in skills gaps in many occupational areas. Skills gaps, as defined by the Government Business Council (GBC), occur when...

7 Myths Challenging Shared Service Adoption

October 17, 2013 Though some federal agencies have made progress in shared service adoption and at least nine federal shared service providers (FSSPs) have emerged across various lines of business, widespread concerns over the implications of shared services are slowing further implementation of the 2012 Federal IT Shared Services Strategy. With these concerns...

Video Conferencing Mandates: What Your Agency Needs to Know

September 23, 2013 In the past three years, federal leaders from agency chiefs to President Obama have mandated the use of video conferencing, citing the need to reduce travel spending, increase collaboration, and improve productivity in the federal government. As Congress and agencies look for ways to improve operations during the sequester, they...

Keeping Pace: A Norwegian Case Study for Digital Government

September 5, 2013 It seems more and more often that news outlets are publishing stories of the successes of Nordic governments. Wealthy economies, 30 days of vacation by law, and government-prepared tax forms that can be reviewed, filed, and paid from a smartphone in seconds. Despite the majority of praise being attributed to...

Federal Survey Results: 6 Key Challenges to Adopting Shared Services & How to Overcome Them

September 2, 2013 Agencies are now required to identify and move particular services to shared models. But many agencies are having difficulty making the transition. In this special research report, Government Business Council (GBC) digs deep into responses from over 300 agency managers to identify the biggest challenges in adopting shared service models...

Protecting the Past & Leaving Room for the Future: Challenges Facing Federal Records Management

August 29, 2013 The Presidential Directive on Records Management outlines a clear future path for the proper storage, destruction and maintenance of paper and electronic agency records. The type of accurate and complete recordkeeping detailed by the Directive is also essential to compliance with other initiatives, including sequestration, the “Freeze the Footprint” Real...

Data Analytics: The Prescription for High Health Care Costs

July 22, 2013 Ask anyone today and you’ll hear that health care costs are astronomically high. National health care expenditures nearly doubled from 2000 to 2011, from $1,377.2 billion to $2,700.7 billion, and they continue to climb. Numerous factors are likely responsible for the growth, including rising hospital, provider and medical technology prices;...

The Need for Self-Service Data Tools, Not Scientists

July 22, 2013 Data science is one of today’s hottest fields and one that is rife with competition. Projections indicate that employer demand requires that the United States increase the number of graduates with skills handling large amounts of data by as much as 60 percent. The federal government is one of the...

The Cloud Roadmap for Agencies: How to move fast (and safe) to capture huge savings

July 15, 2013 With better guidelines around cloud computing acquisition and security now in place, many agencies are starting to branch out to more sophisticated cloud computing systems and reaping huge benefits in cost savings. Download this GBC research brief to learn how some agencies are taking advantage of the new guidelines and...

In the Eye of the Storm: Public Sector Leadership in the Logistics of Disaster Relief

July 10, 2013 By 2014, an average of 375 million people per year will be affected by climate-related disasters, more than 50 percent greater than last decade’s average. To provide aid to those in need, a vast network of NGOs has arisen to raise funds and provide materials. However, these organizations are quickly...

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