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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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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 ...

3 Governments Playing on Human Nature to Improve Program Performance

April 10, 2013 How an issue is framed can strongly influence how a person responds. This insight has led to whole new fields of economics and social science called “behavioral economics” or “behavioral interventions.” Government managers, however, can use these new approaches to dramatically improve the performance of their programs, if done right. ...

What the Best Leaders Know: Context Matters

March 27, 2013 The traditional leader is seen as a charismatic hero, a lone figure, towering above the rest. These are seen more in the military or business worlds – General George Patton, auto executive Lee laccoco, computer guru Steve Jobs. But in reality, the success of a leader depends on the context, ...

Leading in Government: The Loneliest Team Sport Around

March 21, 2013 Leading can be lonely... Senior leaders can feel lonely when they have significant responsibilities and oftentimes little authority or control over a situation, especially when they have no one they can turn to. I’ve seen several approaches to addressing this. In the 1990s, the Reinventing Government team quietly hosted a ...

3 Ways Government Can Use Citizens to Deliver Services

March 18, 2013 Citizen engagement has traditionally been viewed as citizens participating in community activities such as testifying on policy proposals, budgets, and strategic plans. But government does more than policy and budget. And citizens want to do more than testify or volunteer at the local food bank. How can governments at all ...

The 7 Characteristics of Highly Successful Government Leaders

March 5, 2013 One former senior level political appointee, Linda Springer, recently observed that a common set of successful characteristics of private sector leaders – being decisive, directive, and a risk taker – could actually undermine success in the public sector. So what works best in the public sector? Here are seven characteristics ...

The 3 Essential Things Great Leaders Understand

February 27, 2013 Last week I was invited to speak to an audience of Canadian government executives about leading in a world of change. I’ve spoken a lot about performance and collaboration in past years, but never about leadership. So this was an opportunity for me to reflect on my experiences and observations ...

Why Climate Change Joined GAO's High-Risk List

February 21, 2013 Typically, we think of the GAO focusing on territory familiar to auditors, which is what most of the high-risk list does: managing federal property, DOD supply chain management, NASA acquisitions management, modernizing federal disability programs, etc. But it has now added a politically-charged topic to its list: climate change. First, ...

What’s the Recipe for Good (Collaborative) Relationships?

February 14, 2013 Is there a recipe for successful cross-agency relationships that are enduring? Or is each initiative so dependent on context and personalities that there is no way to offer general principles of success? Happy Valentine’s Day! Today in particular there are all sorts of advice columns about improving relationships. Well, A ...