The Chenok era dawns at IBM center

Dan Chenok, the new executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, took the lead on July 1. He takes over from Jonathan Breul, who is retiring.

Chenok has been a senior fellow at the center since 2010, offering his expertise on government technology, acquisition and ways to improve management. He also leads the organization’s consulting services for public-sector technology strategy and is chairman of the federal government’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board.

Chenok has declined to comment on his vision for the organization’s future, preferring to wait until he actually steps into the new role, but he sent a message via Twitter on June 8 that he is “honored to build on Jonathan Breul’s great leadership.”

Previously, Chenok was senior vice president of civilian operations at Pragmatics and vice president of business solutions and offerings at SRA International. Before joining the private sector, Chenok was the branch chief for information policy and technology at the Office of Management and Budget, where he and his staff oversaw policies related to e-government, computer security, privacy and IT budgeting. In 2008, he served on President Barack Obama’s transition team as the government group leader of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Working Group and as a member of the agency review team for OMB.

Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at Harvard University and a Federal Computer Week columnist, praised the center’s past and future leaders. “Jonathan brought both an appreciation of scholarship and also a requirement that scholarship about public administration be relevant to practitioners — a great mix,” Kelman said.

“Because of Dan's background and accomplishments over the years, I expect him to continue Jonathan's work and adapt it as necessary,” Kelman said. “I hope he is successful in fighting for resources for this effort inside IBM. This has become an important source of funding for public administration research.”

Kelman also wrote a post on his “Lectern” blog at FCW.com extolling the center’s work in promoting sound scholarship in the field of public administration, primarily through grants to academic researchers.

“The research is published in working papers that IBM makes available,” Kelman wrote. “Generally, the quality of these papers is higher than would typically be the case for the in-house ‘research’ reports consulting firms often produce, though they do not typically possess an academic rigor sufficient to allow them to be published in scholarly journals. Over the years, the IBM center has produced extremely helpful and practical work on subjects such as collaboration across organizational boundaries, performance measurement, business process re-engineering and reverse auctions.”

About the Author

Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

Featured

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1986, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

  • Shutterstock image.

    Merged IT modernization bill punts on funding

    A House panel approved a new IT modernization bill that appears poised to pass, but key funding questions are left for appropriators.

  • General Frost

    Army wants cyber capability everywhere

    The Army's cyber director said cyber, electronic warfare and information operations must be integrated into warfighters' doctrine and training.

  • Rising Star 2013

    Meet the 2016 Rising Stars

    FCW honors 30 early-career leaders in federal IT.

Reader comments

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 OccupyIT

Dan Chenok is one of the good guys - those islands of excellence that make things happen no matter what. Good luck Dan!

Thu, Jul 5, 2012

IBM has chosen the right executive director for this post. Those who know Dan Chenok and have worked with him have experienced an unusually dedicated person....... go so far as to say an "Abraham Lincolnesque" figure in his professional and personal life.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group