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Dana Grinshpan

Dana Grinshpan

Research Manager

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.
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

Retention and 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.

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7 Myths Challenging Shared Service Adoption

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. This in-depth study analyzes the myths challenging shared service adoption.

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Video Conferencing Mandates: What Your Agency Needs to Know

Video conferencing technologies are on the rise, and federal leaders are mandating its use more than ever. What your agency needs to know.

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Keeping Pace: A Norwegian Case Study for Digital Government

How the Federal Government is keeping pace with digital government leaders around the world.

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

The Federal IT Shared Services Strategy requires that federal agencies first look at existing systems and services before considering new IT investments, but many are having difficulty with the transformation. In a recent Government Business Council survey of 300 federal managers, just 44 percent of respondents indicated that their agencies are really “shared-first.” Identifying which services should be moved to a shared model and finding existing providers are among the top challenges facing today’s federal leaders.

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

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 Estate Mandate, the Executive Order on Open Data, continued progress on the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and a new focus on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Despite the high priority many federal leaders place on records management, agencies are in various stages of implementation.

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Data Analytics: The Prescription for High Health Care Costs

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. Escalating health care costs have both direct and indirect effects on federal finances. Though agencies may not be able to affect the price of care themselves, steps can be taken to ensure that dishonest activity does not add to already inflated costs. With the uncertainty associated with the Affordable Care Act, curbing unnecessary spending is a top priority.

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The Need for Self-Service Data Tools, Not Scientists

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 organizations most in need of data scientists, but hiring freezes, slashed training budgets and a lack of qualified candidates have all hampered the ability to recruit these types of professionals. Faced with such obstacles, agencies have been developing creative solutions to fill the hiring gap.

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

When the Cloud First Strategy was released in 2010, agencies were concerned with adoption and basic capabilities of cloud computing. At the time, there was a great deal of reluctance to move to the cloud due to security concerns and compatibility with legacy IT systems. After almost two years, the federal mindset has shifted from reluctant adopter to enthusiastic learner.

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

By 2014, an average of 375 million people per year will be affected by climate-related disasters. A vast network of NGOs has arisen to provide disaster relief, but it will take the leadership of federal, state, and local agencies to tackle the growing number of disasters at home and abroad.

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Infographic: The New Era of COOP Planning

Continuity of operations (COOP) plans have come a long way in the federal government, and a new era of operations has led to a new era of COOP plans.

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Reinforcing Data, Not Bunkers: A New Era of Data-Centric COOP Planning

Instead of drills and assigning bunker beds, the new era of COOP planning will be focused on data security, continuous access, and keeping federal employees online.

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Inside the DCGS-A: Advancing Real-Time Intelligence

A look at the present and future of the Army's massive, groundbreaking intelligence system.

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The Modern Reality of COOP Planning: Reinforcing Data, not Bunkers

Instead of drills and assigning bunker beds, the new era of COOP planning will be focused on data security, continuous access, and keeping federal employees online.

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TacCom

In March 2009, Secretary Napolitano launched the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Efficiency Review to improve agency operations by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and eliminating duplication. TacCom, the DHS-wide Tactical Communications procurement vehicle, is a successful case study of consolidating requirements across multiple component agencies and streamlining the procurement of even the most nuanced technology resources.

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3 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Agency's IAM System

Though 83 percent of the 24 major federal agencies have IAM systems in place, a March 2013 FISMA report revealed numerous gaps in agency implementation. Here are 3 signs you may need to upgrade your IAM system.

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Weathering the Storm: How Cloud Management Can Align Competing Federal C-Suite Priorities

It has often been agreed that IT procurement projects can be duplicative, costly and slow to complete, but new developments are underway that may fundamentally change how IT is managed. At the center of this conversation is a debate about the role of the chief information officer (CIO). One can be sure that a change in the dynamic of the C-suite would create new questions on the way agencies manage their IT investments, especially cloud computing. As agencies move more of their mission critical workloads to the cloud, the alignment of priorities in the C-suite will make for a much smoother transition.

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Live Streaming: Powering Continuous Monitoring Through Big Data

The White House has mandated continuous monitoring since 2010, but funding shortages have slowed implementation at many agencies. Now that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to cover the costs, all federal civilian agencies are implementing surveillance programs. Big data, especially when leveraged through data mirroring, has the potential to greatly improve cybersecurity efforts.

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