Q & A with Dan Chenok

Tuesday - 10/9/2012, 10:45pm EDT

Dan Chenok, executive director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

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October 9, 2012 -- If you mired down in the weeds of day-to-day administering a system for a federal agency, you should listen to the interview with Dan Chenok, executive director of the Center for the Business of Government at IBM.

Chenok has extensive federal and commercial experience that gives him an unusual ability take a look at problems from a perspective that cuts across agencies and what is commonly called "silos." For example, one large federal initiative is to collaborate within and among agencies.

The Center for the Business of Government did a survey across agencies to see what the main obstacles are. Dan talks about this survey and its eight recommendations for collaboration in the federal environment.

Sometimes, the challenges of looking at controls for compliance with FedRAMP may put an IT administrator in such a focused state that they may overlook what other agencies have done to accommodate a certification and accreditation issue. Chenok discusses how increased communication can reduce duplicate effort across federal agencies.