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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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When is a Federal Program Actually a 'Program'?

June 12, 2013 Several new studies demonstrate the difficulty of defining what constitutes the “atom” of a federal program, but a recent Washington Post article begins to uncover why it is so elusive, much like finding sub-atomic particles in physics. Defining Federal Programs Isn’t Simple There is more than one way to define ...

What Do We Really Mean by 'Government Accountability'?

June 11, 2013 The increasing chorus of calls for more accountability reaches beyond recent demands for firing officials at the IRS, VA, and GSA for various perceived misdeeds. Just what is accountability, and how can it be seen as a constructive, instead of a punitive, element of public management? Recent legislation imposes new ...

Where Are the Low-Priority Programs?

May 31, 2013 The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 requires agencies to annually “identify low-priority program activities based on an analysis of their contribution to the mission and goals of the agency and include an evidence-based justification for designating a program activity as low priority.” This requirement became effective for the first time ...

Time is Money: Why Time Must Be One of Your Performance Metrics

May 29, 2013 Benjamin Franklin famously said that “time is money.” But does government know how to implement this maxim seriously? Now there is a new study that shows how they can do it! Last week, President Obama signed a memo directing agencies to modernize their construction permitting and review processes in order ...

Taking the Long View

May 28, 2013 Does it make any sense for the government to think long term? NASA developed a 200-year strategic plan, at one point. The space agency engaged futurists and science fiction writers to help develop a strategy for interplanetary exploration. Maybe it makes sense for NASA, but what about other agencies? Strategic ...

The Inspiring Future (and Present) of Government Innovation

May 22, 2013 What inspired me at the Excellence in Government Conference? I liked the emphasis on innovations underway in different places around the government. Sometimes we get caught up in buzzwords of the day: Total Quality Management, Lean Six Sigma, Agile, Business Process Reengineering, or Reinventing Government. But the bottom line in ...

Why the SES Doesn’t Work, And How to Fix It

May 10, 2013 Public Service Recognition Week recognizes a lot of hidden talent across the government. But is that talent always available when the government needs it? Sometimes, it is. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen was superb at handling big, complex challenges that reach across agency boundaries. He led the evacuation of lower ...

3 Big Developments in Federal Performance Last Month

May 1, 2013 The big news for many was the announcement last week that Shelley Metzenbaum, who is the Office of Management and Budget official spearheading the Obama Administration’s performance management initiatives on a day-to-day basis, will be leaving to return home to Boston. “She arrived with a plan and gave us a ...

The 6 Ways Government Needs to Improve Performance Management

April 16, 2013 Looking for an overview guide to understanding how the federal government goes about managing the performance of its many goals, missions, and programs? Here it is! The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget was released last week and emphasizes the creation of “a culture of performance improvement.” This is also the ...

Does Your Agency Have a 200-Year Strategic Plan?

April 15, 2013 Does it make any sense for the government to think long term? NASA developed a 200-year strategic plan, at one point. They engaged futurists and science fiction writers to help develop a plan for interplanetary exploration. Maybe it makes sense for NASA, but what about other agencies? Strategic foresight is ...