Bryan Klopack

Executive Director of Research and Analysis Bryan Klopack is the Executive Director of Research and Analysis for the Government Executive Media Group (GEMG). In addition to leading the organization’s research arm, The Government Business Council (, he also serves as the Program Chair for the Excellence In Government LIVE event and editor of Excellence In Government ONLINE blog, Promising Practices. Prior to joining Government Executive Media Group in 2008, Bryan worked for the non-profit The Council for Excellence in Government after completing a Public Affairs Fellowship and a brief stint working in the U.S. Senate.
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Leveraging the Power of High Performance Analytics: Smarter Decisions, Better Outcomes, Faster Than Ever Before

January 22, 2013 In response to mounting budget and organizational challenges, senior federal leadership have turned to data analytics to improve mission-effectiveness. New policies from both Congress and the Administration are mandating ever greater use of data to improve agency performance. Indeed, there is a revolution in government to make data more open...

The 7 Do’s and Don’ts of Transition

November 12, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Election’s over…now what? It's time for the transition. With the election in the rearview mirror, you know as well as I do that the fun is only just beginning. The federal government’s obligatory ritual is upon us and with less than eighty days...

Risk and Reward

November 1, 2012 When Dr. Lynne Mofenson came to the National Institutes of Health in 1989, there were more than 2,000 new pediatric AIDS cases a year reported in the United States. That number is now less than 100 per year. Creating an AIDS-free generation has become a national goal, and Mofenson’s seminal...

Should We Abolish All Agency Goals?

October 25, 2012 “Words do not label things already there. Words are like the knife of the carver; they free the idea, the thing from the general formlessness of the outside. As a man speaks, not only his language is in a state of birth, but also the very thing about what he...

What is Innovation in Government?

October 18, 2012 Where does public sector innovation come from? What does it look like? Is it a way of thinking reserved exclusively for the SES and political appointees—or does it come from the ground up? Many emerging practices show it comes from both – and everyone in between. I attended an event...

What You Missed at Excellence in Government

October 15, 2012 Leadership, Performance, Transition…did you miss the memo? The real story behind landing on Mars. Insiders’ guide to the budget battle. Lessons on applying innovation in your agency. Did you miss Excellence in Government Fall 2012? Then you missed a lot… This past September we hosted the annual Excellence in Government...

It's Easy to Pretend Government Doesn't Matter

October 11, 2012 Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, recently told Excellence in Government that critics of government employees have forgotten what life was like before government regulations made life simpler. “It’s a shame that [government employees] are being vilified because the people who are doing that, at a basic...

What is All This Talk About Innovation?

October 1, 2012 Innovation. What is it? How is it measured? Can you plan it or is it organic? These are questions that consultants and leadership coaches have been wrestling with for years. As a buzzword, it’s overused. It elevates expectations and scares away progress. Yet, in practice, it’s more important than ever....

Are Your Ideas Having Sex?

September 24, 2012 Now that I have your attention…let me give you a bit of setup. I am training for a marathon. In general, a stupid thing to do. Not training, but running a marathon in the first place. I’ve done it before and for some reason have chosen to do it again....

The Fed Who Took a Risk and Saved Lives

September 18, 2012 Working with the Partnership for Public Service, we have the privilege of profiling the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (a.k.a. the SAMMIES) winners over the next several weeks. We will not only tell their incredible stories of determination and, in many cases, life-changing achievements – but we’ll...

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