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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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Making Big Data Work for Government

November 30, 2012 “Big data” comes with many promises. Not the least of these is access to previously unaccounted information, “dark data,” and large volumes of unstructured information. But big data alone is not a silver bullet. True, it holds the potential for extracting business or mission intelligence and improving decision-making, but without...

If you want to solve the IT skills gap, fix the gender gap

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In October, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave a speech at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York where he stated “cyberspace is the new frontier.” Ears really perked when he said that cyber actors have already infiltrated America’s critical infrastructure, including the computers that operate chemical plants, the...

Second Terms are for Second Chances

November 27, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Presidential second terms are for second chances. They provide the least awkward chance for presidents to redirect their mission, update their goals, and rearrange key advisors and positions. Second terms also solidify agendas and the way forward, giving Congress assurances about where the...

The Technologist's Guide to 2013

November 20, 2012 "Technology is a system based on the application of knowledge, manifested in physical objects and organizational forms for the attainment of specific goals,”according to Rudi Volti, technology expert at Pitzer College. In government, these goals include the support of mission-critical operations, and through research and development, the discovery of new...

3 Bad Research Techniques That Will Ruin Your Work

November 13, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Last week, quantitative minded people everywhere cheered as analysis trumped gut. Nate Silver’s predictions about the Electoral College proved precise and far more accurate than those who insisted the election “felt” like a tossup. But, with Silver’s prescience on display, it was hard...

GBC Infographic Library

November 1, 2012 .wysiwyg.legacy img {width:150px;margin: 5px 20px 10px 0;} The Government Business Council, Government Executive's research and analysis division, seeks to bring in-depth research and analysis to federal decision makers. In addition to reports and issue briefs, the Government Business Council regularly publishes infographics, a unique and refreshing way to deliver insightful...

Retirement Planning

October 31, 2012 Under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), as long as a federal employee worked 20 to 30 years in government, their benefits were guaranteed, no matter the length of retirement. Since 1983, the federal government has been operating under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which leaves much of the...

The 6 Biggest Federal IT Trends Coming in 2013

October 24, 2012 The Government Business Council, the research division of Government Executive, has taken on the task of identifying the biggest technology trends in the federal government for 2013. We combed through our archives of research reports, issue briefs, surveys, focus groups, and case studies to identify which areas have received the...

Chief Learning Officers: Teaching the Government's Workforce

October 22, 2012 Federal agencies in the coming year will have to deal with ongoing budget cuts, a graying workforce, and potentially sequestration. Training will be a vital component in agency efforts to overcome these challenges. In the past decade, numerous agencies have created a Chief Learning Officer position or designation, giving that...

Chief Learning Officers: What Would You Say...Ya Do Here?

October 16, 2012 There’s a famous scene in the movie Office Space where “The Bobs” ask a hamstrung employee, “What would ya say…you do here?” New research from the Government Business Council indicates that, in the case of Chief Learning Officers (CLO), over 63 percent of federal managers aren’t quite sure. The CLO...