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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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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 ...

From Sensors to Social Media: How Big Data Can Help You Lead

January 31, 2014 Analytics guru Thomas Davenport says that the field of strategic analytics has been upped a notch to “3.0” with the recent trend of shifting the use of analytic methods from improving internal operational efficiency to improving the operation of products and services. Thomas Davenport, in a recent Harvard Business Review ...

Creating a Culture of Helping

January 23, 2014 How can leaders inspire employees to help their colleagues? Tim Brown, the leader of the design firm IDEO, set out to create a help-friendly organization in order to spur greater creativity. Collaboration is the key to effective organizations. But how can leaders encourage helping behaviors among employees? A recent Harvard ...

Setting Priorities For 2014 And Beyond

January 21, 2014 In early 2014, for the first time, federal agencies will simultaneously submit refreshed strategic plans to Congress, covering the next four years. You should put them on your “must read” list for the New Year. Many agencies have been quietly posting their draft strategic plans online for public comment, such ...