Pandemic Program

The Shape of Government Post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to think outside traditional boundaries and collaborate in new ways. That’s why ACT-IAC, MeriTalk, and the Partnership for Public Service are joining forces on Resilient. This one-of-kind, integrated program establishes a platform to provide recommendations on the shape of government going forward. The goal is to create a broader platform to deliver more value and bring diverse perspectives to drive forward-thinking solutions.

This public-private collaboration will produce recommendations at the intersection of IT and human capital in a post-COVID world. With innovation, security, technology, and workforce workstreams, this initiative will explore:

  • How do we adapt?
  • How do we prepare for the future?
  • What lessons have we learned?
  • What innovation, security, technology, and workforce changes need to take place to move government forward – beyond disaster response?
  • How does government help America become more resilient?


The COVID-19 pandemic changed how and where Federal government agencies work – upending agency operations and amplifying the urgent need to modernize legacy systems and redesign platforms and processes for future resiliency.

As part of the Resilient program we surveyed 300 Federal IT executives and mission owners to understand their priorities, mission objectives, and pain points. Learn more:


As the final peice of the Resilient program, we will host a virtual Colloquium on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. The Colloquium will provide a forum to discuss and provide recommendations on the shape of the government post COVID-19, specifically as it impacts the areas of innovation, security, technology and the workforce. For more information and to register, visit:

Featured Speakers
Department of Labor
National Science Foundation
Sean Connelly
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. House of Representatives
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Department of Veteran Affairs
Small Business Administration
Department of Treasury
Office of Management and Budget
Department of Justice

MeriTalk launches MeriTV, a new platform delivering news and commentary on today’s mission-critical government IT challenges. From AI and automation to FedRAMP and FITARA to TIC and workforce, MeriTV will cover the topics that matter most to government IT and program managers. The MeriTV program lineup includes in-depth explorations of hot-button issues, one-on-one conversations with government and industry experts, and weekly roundups of the latest happenings in government IT. Watch the inaugural episode featuring the Resilient Program.

Get Involved

Opportunities are available to participate across all program components. Please contact Marissa Salzman if you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities: (703) 883-9000 ext. 108.


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