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Donald F. Kettl

Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Donald F. Kettl is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Volcker Alliance. He is the author of many books, including Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence, The Politics of the Administrative Process, System Under Stress and The Next Government of the United States. Kettl is a two-time recipient of the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2008, he won the American Political Science’s John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in political science and public administration. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and has held appointments at University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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10 Things to Know about the President’s Management Agenda

March 20, 2018 The President’s Management Agenda, released by the White House on March 20, is a fascinating document, different in virtually every respect from the plans of previous administrations. Here are 10 reasons why. It’s a big deal. The agenda goes right after the fundamental challenge at the very start: citizens’ declining...

Two Words People Should Hear More Often From the Government: I'm Sorry

March 2, 2018 British hip-hop artist Stormzy stirred up a cyclone at the Brits, the UK’s version of the American Grammy’s, last week. He called out Prime Minister Theresa May for the government’s slow response to the tragic Grenfell Tower high-rise fire, an inferno that took 71 lives back in June 2017. But...

The Big Deal About Big Data

February 7, 2018 Behind the roller-coaster politics rocking Washington, a much quieter but just as important revolution is underway. Government managers are advancing the use of “big data,” and it’s having a big impact. It’s the center of an important effort to transform the health of the federal government and improve the outcomes...

You Can’t Fire Your Way to Success

January 31, 2018 It was just a short remark in President Trump’s State of the Union speech, but nonetheless, the president made an emphatic call “to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers—and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” To support...

Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful Tax Cut’ Holds Some Big Unknowns for Government

January 4, 2018 At President Trump’s big pre-Christmas tax cut celebration, he proudly told everyone, "I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas.” And, he added, “that is exactly what they are getting.” The spin machines are going full blast to tell us whether we’re better or worse off,...

Trump’s Category 5 Storm

December 26, 2017 Donald Trump hit Washington a year ago like a Category 5 hurricane—a fierce hurricane with a very small eye. Despite the tsunami of headlines that have followed, Trump’s actual impact on most of the federal government was actually pretty slight in his first year. In some agencies, like the State...

Five Annoying Questions to Ask Your Grandparents at Thanksgiving

November 17, 2017 Thanksgiving is almost upon us. We love the turkey and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and stuffing. But many of us dread of the inevitable political battles that will pop up over dessert. The drumstick stakes are YUGE. A November 2017 poll by the Cato Institute shows that 6 of...

Celebrating the Legacy of a Public Service Legend

November 13, 2017 It was a treat to step away from the “you can’t make it up” headlines last week to attend the Nov. 9 symposium celebrating former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker’s contributions to public service and his 90th birthday. The entire event was inspiring (it can be viewed online)...

Can Block Grants Save the Day on Health Reform?

September 21, 2017 There’s a basic assumption in the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. It would slash federal cash for the states that didn’t expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare by $180 billion, or 11 percent, by the year 2026. It assumes that new block grants for the states would allow them to find...

Trump’s Harvey Dilemma

August 30, 2017 A decade ago, my wife and I finally escaped on a long-delayed week away. We picked Bermuda because it had beautiful water, offered cheap off-season prices, and was a short hop. When we settled into our plane seats, we saw lots of other casually dressed tourists. But we were surprised...