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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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From Air Travel to Food Safety, More Data Can Be Misleading

December 11, 2013 Government agencies regularly report “incident” data, such as the number of burglaries, house fires, food poisoning cases, bankruptcies and workplace injuries. While these data can be used externally for accountability, they can also be used internally to predict and prevent these kinds of incidents. These days, more detailed, near real-time ...

The Art of Trickle-Down Performance Management

December 4, 2013 Can federal performance management schemes influence efforts at the local level? Typically, performance management works best in systems where agencies engage in direct service delivery, where leaders have more control over what is going on. But in complex intergovernmental programs, can effective performance management systems be developed and work? A ...

How Mission Delivery Has Evolved Over 25 Years

November 27, 2013 Agency and program leaders depend on a range of mission support functions, such as finance, technology, acquisition, or workforce management, to get their jobs done. The delivery of these functions, however, have changed significantly over the past quarter century. Twenty-five years ago, federal agencies typically did not have key executives ...

The 4 Ways You Make a Strategic Decisions

November 26, 2013 Research on decision-making has made advances in recent years, but the research has not been applied to the actual practice of decision-making, observes Swiss professor Phil Rosenzweig in a recent article in the November issue of Harvard Business Review. Dr. Rosenzweig says in his article this is not because executives ...

5 Things We've Learned From Predicting Famine With Analytics

November 14, 2013 Starving children have depended on warnings made by a federal interagency group that has worked together for more than 25 years to help international aid groups by predicting where famines in remote regions are occurring. The Famine Early Warning System is an interagency network among federal agencies and the United ...

The Trends Defining Federal Performance Management in 2014

November 5, 2013 Over the past two decades, the goal of those in the “performance movement” across the globe has been to change the culture of government agencies to be more results-oriented and performance-focused in their work and their decision-making. But it has been a long road. In 2011, two European academics conducted ...

3 Levers to Pull for Smoother Budgeting

October 24, 2013 The bruising battles over the budget and debt ceiling only resulted in pushing the goal posts for completion down the road a few months. Are there any lessons on how to be more successful? A timely new book by veteran public finance experts at the International Monetary Fund describes how ...

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 ...