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John Kamensky

Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government John M. Kamensky is a Senior Research Fellow for the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He previously served as deputy director of Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government, a special assistant at the Office of Management and Budget, and as an assistant director at the Government Accountability Office. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and received a Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
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How 'Monsters, Inc.' Met Priority Goals

April 16, 2014 Agency chief operating officers are required to conduct quarterly progress reviews on priority goals. Sometimes called “PerformanceStat” meetings, they can be effective problem-solving sessions or terrifying blame games. So, how do you make PerformanceStat meetings effective? OMB says they should be constructive and focus on learning. Observers such as Harry ...

Innovation Lessons Down Under

April 10, 2014 Innovation has become a big deal in governments around the world. The Australian Public Service, for example, developed a formal action plan for innovation in 2011 and is rolling out a series of initiatives to build innovation into the government’s institutional framework. In a recent article in The Public Manager, ...

Why a Budget Crisis Is Not the Time to Make Cuts Across the Board

March 28, 2014 When times are tight and states have effective performance budgeting processes, they are less likely to resort to across-the-board cuts. Are there lessons here for the federal government? New research findings by a team led Daniel Mullins at American University examine recent state-level trends in the use of performance budgeting ...

Cross-Agency Priority Goals Set World-Class Benchmarks

March 14, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget has released an updated list of cross-agency priority goals for the remainder of the Obama administration. This is the second in a two-part series addressing the details of each goal. Cross-agency priority goals address the longstanding challenge of tackling horizontal problems across vertical organizational ...

What You Need to Know About OMB's Cross-Agency Goals

March 13, 2014 The Office of Management and Budget has released an updated list of cross-agency priority goals for the remainder of the Obama administration. This is the first in a two-part series addressing the details of each goal. Cross-agency priority goals address the longstanding challenge of tackling horizontal problems across vertical organizational ...

It’s Time to Play Moneyball for Government

March 7, 2014 President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal would invest in programs that demonstrate effectiveness and in generating new knowledge about what works through more evidence and evaluation. While the headlines about the president’s new budget focus on the big numbers, there is a significant back story about the expanded use of ...

Can Protected Data Be Shared to Improve Services?

March 3, 2014 “Start with what you have,” is the advice consultants recommend to organizations that are just launching performance measurement initiatives. Now the Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance encouraging agencies to use existing program data in new ways. The Obama administration has championed open data by encouraging agencies to ...

Busting the Barriers to Interagency Collaboration

February 21, 2014 GAO has issued a series of reports during the past three years identifying more than 80 areas where there is potential duplication and overlap in government programs, noting that “agencies face a range of barriers when they attempt to work collaboratively.” On occasion, the Government Accountability Office breaks the mold ...

Netflix’s 5 Tenets of HR

February 14, 2014 Silicon Valley is known for its technology, not its management, innovations. But some of its management innovations are worth looking at. Netflix’s human resources policies rank right up there, since the company threw out the standard playbook. Former Netflix chief talent officer, Patty McCord, describes the company’s key talent management ...

Get Ready for Annual Strategic Reviews

February 7, 2014 A new law requires the Office of Management and Budget to determine annually whether programs meet goals set out in agencies’ annual performance plans. To do this, OMB has created a new review process. A provision of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act that kicks in this year ...