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John Kamensky

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.
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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Learning to be a Leader

A professional development seminar series open to all federal employees has helped thousands of feds connect across government.

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When Performance Goals Backfire

Ambitious goals can be motivational, but they also can incentivize unethical behavior.

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Why Agencies Need to Tap the Revolutionary Potential of Behavioral Science

Traditional policy tools, such as taxes, subsidies and regulations, are not always very effective in changing social behavior.

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Creating a Critical Mass of Talent and Resources

There are people at all levels of government experienced in using behavioral science to improve program effectiveness. Officials need to seek them out.

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Nudge in the City: Using Science to Improve Public Services

Cutting-edge technology is nice, but sometimes just changing the size of a mailing envelope can determine whether a program is successful.

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How a CDC Program Is Changing Behavior to Reduce Mine Worker Injuries

Thousands of miners are injured each year; scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sought to learn why, and then do something about it.

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After Federal Officials Sent Letters to Over-Prescribing Docs, Prescriptions Fell and Patient Safety Rose

A small office at GSA is helping agencies apply behavioral science to reap big improvements in program effectiveness.

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People Don’t Always Behave Rationally—Agencies are Learning to Plan for That

Officials are increasingly leveraging the power of behavioral science to enhance program performance.

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Decoding the Language of Behavioral Science for Government Officials

Before the techniques can be used to improve program outcomes, it’s helpful if we can agree on what the terminology actually means.

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How Behavioral Science Could Improve Federal Programs

The private sector has been using psychological insight for years to promote certain outcomes.

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Why the Future of Work Is a Challenge for Government

The federal workforce needs to be reskilled. Expect major disruptions ahead.

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How to Give Employees Effective Feedback

Managers often create more problems than they solve when discussing performance with staff.

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Why Engagement Matters and How to Improve It

The results of past employee viewpoint surveys haven’t been very useful to most frontline managers trying to address challenges specific to their organizations.

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Federal Foresight Community of Interest Turns Five

An intrepid band of analysts from across the federal government is working hard to identify the long-term challenges that should concern today’s decision makers.

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How Regional Partnerships Are Tapping Talent to Solve Public Problems

Federal, state and local governments are working with universities to tackle things from opioid abuse to crumbling infrastructure.

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Where Are the Stories About Government’s Vital Work?

Agencies need to do a better job of explaining what they do and why it matters.

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Building a Culture of Informed Decision Making

A new law aims to institutionalize an evidence-driven culture in agencies. Implementation won’t be easy.