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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 to Make a Budget: Lessons From Baltimore’s Approach to Budgeting

October 23, 2013 Budgets, and budget reform, are sensitive topics at the moment, but it might be worthwhile to take a longer view of the issue to see what might be possible in the future, given the experiences of states and cities that have undertaken significant reforms. The topic of performance budgeting has ...

4 Elements That Promote Effective Coordination

October 10, 2013 The successes and failures of U.S civil-military reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan serve as the basis for lessons learned in creating effective interagency coordination. “Interagency coordination is an essential ele­ment of effective public leadership,” writes Dr. Andrea Strimling Yodsampa in a new report for the IBM Center on effective practices for ...

What Our Government Can Learn From India

October 3, 2013 Sometimes it is refreshing to look at how other countries approach the challenge of measuring and managing performance in their governments—especially when our government is so, let’s say, non-functional right now. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a World Bank seminar where the Secretary of Performance Management for ...

How Local Governments Are Cutting Burglaries by 27 Percent

September 25, 2013 Police departments across the U.S. are piloting crime prevention programs that rely on a smart analysis of historical crime data in neighborhoods across their cities. And they are finding that they can cut burglaries by as much as 27 percent! City police departments across the country are turning traditional police ...

How VA is Making Progress in Reducing the Benefits Backlog

September 19, 2013 The Department of Veterans Affairs has been in the crosshairs of critics for delays in approving benefits for deserving veterans. Recent reports suggest that VA has turned the corner and is reducing its backlog. One factor: greater collaboration with veterans service organizations. In May, the VA announced a partnership with ...

What a Real Budget Process Could Look Like in Washington

September 13, 2013 In June, Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas spoke at a conference where he declared he wanted to embed performance measures in each agency’s appropriations bill. What would this look like? When Cuellar served in the Texas legislature, he saw how his state used performance information in the budget process. ...

A Glass Half Full

September 1, 2013 In a recent progress report on implementing new Government Performance and Results Act requirements, the Government Accountability Office says the executive branch needs improvement. But there’s reason for optimism. A sub-theme in the report describes how agencies are actually building a long-term, solid foundation for a performance-driven government. Media stories ...

Why Tri-Sector Leaders Rise to the Top

August 28, 2013 Why are some public sector leaders -- like John Koskinen, Ed DeSeve and Michael Bloomberg, who are icons of government enterprise -- so successful at what they do? In the September issue of Harvard Business Review, Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas examine the careers of leaders who have been successful ...

4 Unique Approaches to Government Crowdsourcing

August 19, 2013 Is this a Golden Age for citizen involvement in government? As dismayed as some may be with the political process, there are growing opportunities for meaningful engagement in many areas, thanks to growing social media tools and a willingness to participate by many ordinary people. Gavin Newscom is California’s lieutenant ...

How to Tackle Complexity Using Systems Thinking

August 15, 2013 Sometimes my summer reading list takes unanticipated paths. . . . Here are some highlights from an older report from the UK that feels like it could have been written today! In 2002, British academic Jake Chapman wrote a paper for Demos, a UK think tank, entitled: “System Failure: Why ...