CGI Voices, hosted by Pete Tseronis

CGI Federal

In the ever-changing world of federal agency management and technology, you need expert guidance to stay on course. Emerging cyber threats, rapidly advancing technology, and ever more complicated management and governance puzzles challenge even the most experienced federal agency leaders.

Get insights you can act on through the new CGI Voices podcast, hosted by agency veteran Pete Tseronis.

Pete is the founder of Dots and Bridges and is a former Chief Technology Officer at the Departments of Education and Energy. He also served as deputy CIO and assistant CIO at Energy. He is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s advisory board and co-chair of the IoT Smart Infrastructure Working Group at ACT-IAC.

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Fed Future: The business of government in 2030
Mar 14 2024
Fed Future: The business of government in 2030
The future comes fast. 2030, a year that would have seemed impossibly futuristic not so long ago, is just six years away. The pace of change is fast and accelerating. As technology advances, users of government services want faster, more seamless transactions. How will federal agencies harness the power of artificial intelligence, connected devices and other emerging technologies to transform government-to-constituent interactions? In this episode of CGI Voices, federal government veteran Mary Davie—a former official at NASA and the General Services Administration—and Stefan Becker, CGI Federal Senior Vice President,  sit down with former federal CTO Pete Tseronis to explore the possible….and what’s being done today to position us for the future. Episode highlights: Customer experience improves trust in the governmentFederal agencies face unique challenges in delivering the hyper-personalized interaction experiences that their constituents want. Stefan and Mary talk with Pete about the imperative for digital transformation and the application of emerging technologies to improve CX, making it easier to interact with the government. Industry and other agencies want exemplary #CX, too  Stefan and Mary share examples of where the government is transforming #CX to improve government operations. GSA, for example, is making it easier for industry to do business with the government and for government buyers to procure the goods and services their agencies need through initiatives such as Multiple Award Schedule consolidation and Federal Acquisition Service Catalog Platform modernization,A new age of public-private partnerships Transforming government for 2030 and beyond also demands attention to business processes and models. NASA’s increased investment in public-private partnerships stands out, as increased reliance on commercial innovation has advanced the mission. Increasingly, agency leaders are more forward-thinking about using commercial best practices and new technologies to share information and collaborate across organizational and agency boundaries. Episode chapters and timestamps01:54 Ushering in the era of hyper-interaction with the government--and just what that means 6:13 Effective communications between the government and its customers 10:47 A success story: The Federal Acquisition Service Catalog Platform 16:04 Looking to the future at NASA 18:34 Learning from the private sector 21:45 Taking the lead to create change 26:35 Parting shotsHave feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com. OMB Memorandum 23-22: Delivering a Digital-First Public Experience Executive Order 14058: Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery To Rebuild Trust in GovernmentCGI selected to develop the Common Catalog Platform for the U.S. General Services Administration Producer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listen? Listen to the podcast on Youtube.Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.com
What’s ahead for the federal government: Charting priorities for 2024
Jan 17 2024
What’s ahead for the federal government: Charting priorities for 2024
Every new year brings new priorities to federal agencies, technological advances to assess and incorporate and changing expectations among lawmakers, regulators and the public. As the holiday season fades and we get back to work with a refreshed energy, CGI Federal President Stephanie Mango and Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations Gregg Mossburg join former federal CTO Pete Tseronis to look at the year ahead—for CGI and for our federal customers. Episode highlights: Centering dataData is the foundation for almost every business decision, in government and industry alike. Stephanie and Gregg talk with Pete about the never-ending accumulation of data and how agencies can best manage and utilize it.Modernization Systems modernization is an ongoing project, but digital transformation is a more complex proposition. Rethinking and digitizing business processes leads to greater efficiencies and better public service. Artificial intelligenceAI seems to have suddenly matured to a point where new use cases are always emerging. Once considered risk-averse, federal agencies are showing a new willingness to experiment with emerging technologies. Episode Chapters/timestamps 0:00 Intro7:42 Creating a consultative culture12:38 Centering data14:45 Modernization 16:48 Government looks for the wider view20:02 Storytelling skills24:10 Data and AI32:19 Government/industry dialogue44:03 Parting shotsHave feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com. Producer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listening? Find this podcast on our YouTube channel.Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.com
Best of CGI Voices 2023
Dec 18 2023
Best of CGI Voices 2023
It's hard to believe 2023 is at an end. CGI Voices debuted in July and published nine episodes featuring CGI Federal experts providing insight and guidance on various topics, including the rise of AI, successful transformation, sustainability, securing firmware and market trends based on our own Voice of Our Clients survey. In this final episode of 2023, former federal CTO Pete Tseronis looks back on these episodes and shares some key moments. Enjoy this retrospective while we prepare more great new content for you in January and beyond. Featured in this episode from CGI: Vice-President, Business Engineering Bob Barr, a former Internal Revenue Service Assistant Commissioner.Director Sandy Bushue, a former Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration.Director David Crawford, a lead cyber architect in the National Security and Justice business unit at CGI Federal. Director Mark Flugge, CGI Federal’s Climate Change and Sustainability Lead. Vice-President Victor Foulk leads CGI Federal’s emerging technologies practice. Director Ratima Kataria, a former Deputy CIO at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Operating Division - Health Resources and Services Administration.Vice-President Chris Lavergne, cybersecurity expert. Director Molly O’Neill supports strategy, capture and thought leadership on key CGI Federal opportunities. She is a former assistant administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Vice-President Brad Schoffstall drives innovative solutions on a range of enterprise-wide IT initiatives in CGI Federal's Health and Social Services business unit.Director Donna Seymour supports data governance and stewardship, data analytics and modeling and strategic project management for CGI Federal at a large federal agency. She spent 42 years in the federal government.Have feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com.  Producer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listening? Find this podcast on our YouTube channel.Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.com
Building partnerships: How government and industry can collaborate for success
Nov 16 2023
Building partnerships: How government and industry can collaborate for success
In the second part of their conversation with host Pete Tseronis, CGI’s Bob Barr and Sandy Bushue reflect on their time in federal agencies and their interactions with contractors. Communication between government and industry can be tricky, and it’s important to understand what everyone in the equation needs to get out of the partnership. Bob and Sandy offer insight to improve the level of conversation. Collaboration and partnership—between industry and government customers, and between large contractors and small businesses or other industry partners—often makes the difference between a success and a failure. Bob and Sandy have experienced the dynamics from all sides and share their wisdom borne of that experience in this episode. Timestamps/Chapters 0:00 – Introductions 0:46 – How industry should talk to government3:52 – Creating collaborative mechanisms for modernization7:08 – From “taxpayers” to “customers” at the IRS11:40 – Facilitating government/industry dialogue15:18 – Solving, not selling17:52 – Rapidly changing agencies22:46 – Reinvention, not just modernizationHave feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com. Producer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listening? Find this podcast on our YouTube channel.Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.com
Securing the forgotten risk vector: firmware
Oct 26 2023
Securing the forgotten risk vector: firmware
Firmware is ubiquitous in any IT environment. The code—usually hardwired onto a microchip—bridges the hardware and software in any computer, including Internet of Things devices and other surprising places. Because it is hidden and because it can be difficult to update, many IT organizations pay little attention to developing cybersecurity strategies. That omission can be a costly mistake. CGI Vice President Chris Lavergne and Director Dave Crawford, both cybersecurity experts, join CGI Voices host Pete Tseronis on this podcast episode to explain the current state of firmware and how agencies can better account for it in their planning.Timestamps/Chapters00:05:34 - Chapter: Grappling with an increasing target-rich environment--the IoT, firmware and smart technologies00:09:28 - Chapter: What is firmware, anyway? 00:17:38 - Chapter: Identifying resources and scoping out the challenge00:31:14 - Chapter: Back to basics00:34:47 - Chapter: The unique squishiness of the IoT00:37:51 - Chapter: Asset visibility and vulnerability detection00:43:27 - Chapter: Parting shotsHave feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com. Related links How CDM concepts can aid a zero trust transition, by David Crawford and Chris LavergneReduce the noise to strengthen agency cybersecurity defenses, by John Nemoto and Chris LavergneCGI Federal Cybersecurity servicesExecutive Order on Improving the Nation’s CybersecurityKnown Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog | CISA Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures- CVE - CVE (mitre.org)Common Platform Enumeration- NVD - CPE (nist.gov)CISA BOD 23-01: Improving Asset Visibility and Vulnerability Detection on Federal NetworksProducer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listening? Find this podcast on our YouTube channel.Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.com
Breaking down the Voice of Our Clients: What trends, priorities and concerns are motivating federal agency leaders today?
Oct 12 2023
Breaking down the Voice of Our Clients: What trends, priorities and concerns are motivating federal agency leaders today?
CGI’s annual Voice of Our Clients is a comprehensive study of trends, technology priorities and future projections based on hundreds of face-to-face interviews between CGI leaders and our broad customer base globally. This includes the U.S. federal government and reveals federal agency leaders' current ambitions and worries. Molly O’Neill, a Director at CGI Federal, spent some time with host Pete Tseronis in this episode of the CGI Voices podcast. In this wide-ranging conversation, she explains what this year’s VOC revealed. One key finding: Agencies are working to integrate digital strategies programmatically rather than enterprise-wide. What does that mean for the future? Other key findings: Cybersecurity programs are maturing at many agencies—but the work isn’t completeLegacy systems are increasingly challenging, making modernization a top priority Many agencies are exploring the possibilities of AIEpisode chapters/timestamps 2:28  "You have two years to get stuff done"5:00:  What is the Voice of Our Clients?10:10 Digital strategies more common at the programmatic level15:20  Agencies grow more confident in their cyber programs20:13: Challenging legacy systems makes modernization a priority23:56: Charting the rise in automation and AI in federal agencies28:50: Looking aheadHave feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com. Producer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listening? Find this podcast on our YouTube channel.Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.comRelated links Federal highlights from the 2023 CGI Voice of Our Clients: CGI Voice of Our Clients | CGI United StatesExplore the 2023 CGI Voice of Our Clients findings: CGI Voice of Our Clients | CGI.comMore insight from Molly O’Neill: Using enterprise governance to infuse innovation.
AI and Web 3.0: Separating hype from fact
Jun 14 2023
AI and Web 3.0: Separating hype from fact
Hosted by former federal agency CTO Pete TseronisTechnology’s evolution seems to have accelerated lately, with artificial intelligence and Web 3.0 breaking new ground. These technologies may be intriguing for federal government agencies, but they can also be bewildering. How could they help us do what we do? How should we factor them into our digital transformation strategy? How do we ensure they are secure? Are they ready for agency adoption, or is this merely hype?In this conversation, Victor Foulk, acting VP of CGI Federal’s Emerging Technology Practice, explains where these technologies are, what’s coming in the future, and how data connects it all. At CGI, your mission comes first. Victor breaks down the promise and challenges of emerging technologies in improving mission delivery—and how to ensure technology remains an enabler of mission outcomes rather than an end in itself.Have feedback or want to contact a CGI expert? You can email us at Voicespodcast@cgifederal.com.  Producer: Michael HardyEngineer: Lexie FloorAssistant Engineer: Donovan SamuelWant to watch instead of listening? Find this podcast on our Youtube channel.  Learn more about us at www.cgifederal.comRelated resourcesBlueprint for an AI Bill of RightsExecutive Order 13960: Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Federal GovernmentExecutive Order 13960 implementation guide (NIST)NIST SP 800-53: Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and OrganizationsAgency Inventories of AI Use Cases