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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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5 Ways Government Must Change To Be More Agile

January 22, 2013 Harvard Business Review sage John Kotter writes “we can’t keep up with the pace of change, let alone get ahead of it.” In part, he says, this is due to the hierarchical systems we use—systems that “can’t handle the challenges of mounting complexity and rapid change.” These top-down systems are ...

How Big is Government? New ‘Map’ Shows Us Nobody Knows

January 16, 2013 There is a new “map” of the Federal Government, courtesy of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. It is an update of an earlier document created in 1980 by the Congressional Research Service. National Geographic periodically publishes updated maps of the contours of the U.S. but no institution takes on ...

Six Helpful Resources for New Federal Leaders

January 7, 2013 The IBM Center’s newly-released “Next Four Years” Resource Center updates its 2009 Presidential Transition materials for new political appointees. But it offers more in the way of other good government imperatives that will challenge leaders tomorrow. There are six “go to” topics in the IBM Center’s Resource Center for incoming ...

The Federal Performance System: Looking Back to Look Forward

January 2, 2013 In December, a forum co-hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration and the IBM Center for The Business of Government reflected on the evolution of a results-oriented federal performance management system over the past two decades and how it will evolve over the next few years. The forum participants ...

How to Make the Most of the Updated Performance.gov

December 18, 2012 OMB has an early Christmas gift for government performance denizens: it has released an updated version of its Performance.Gov website, jam-packed with previously-unavailable information about progress on 103 agency priority goals and 14 cross-agency priority goals. Last week, OMB released a new and substantially improved Performance.gov website, with in-depth performance ...

GAO Readies Its ‘Naughty List’ of Duplicative Programs

December 11, 2012 This holiday season, the Government Accountability Office is compiling a list--and checking it twice--of all the government programs it deems potentially duplicative or overlapping. The list is the result of a law passed three years ago that requires GAO to annually publish a report detailing duplicative, overlapping, and fragmented federal ...

Lessons on Reforming Government from New Zealand

December 10, 2012 At the World Bank’s series of forums on performance management, I found John Whitehead’s insights particularly interesting. Whitehead is a former secretary of the Treasury in New Zealand, which has been touted as the most advanced in performance-oriented government reform. He looked back on what worked and what did not ...

3 Ways Smart IT Can Reform Government

December 5, 2012 Is technology an operating cost to be cut or an investment that creates large-scale savings? The latter is the premise being posed in a report by tech industry specialists in a new report. A non-profit, educational organization, the American Council for Technology, in conjunction with the Industry Advisory Council, engaged ...

Anticipatory Governance: 3 Ways We’ll Govern in the 21st Century

November 30, 2012 Subscribe: Newsletter Facebook LinkedIn Former Vice Presidential National Security Advisor Leon Fuerth, working with Evan Faber, has released a white paper that has been a decade in the making. The paper describes how the federal government is increasingly facing challenges of greater complexity that demand faster action than the current ...

Performance Measurement: 3 Challenges Every Government Faces

November 27, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn The World Bank held a series of forums and invited presenters from Europe (Ireland, Britain), Africa (Kenya, South Africa), South America (Columbia, Brazil), and Southeast Asia/Pacific (Malaysia, New Zealand). The presentations and following discussions were both inspiring and cautionary, and I’ve been mulling ...