Learning Agendas: An Effort to Answer -- “Does It Work?”

In 2017, Congress gave tax breaks for investors in designated Opportunity Zones around the country. The idea was that this would generate substantial private sector investments in more than 8.700 lower-income census tracts. Did it work as intended? This is one of scores of research questions raised in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) most recent learning agenda.

Weekly Roundup: January 25-29, 2021

John Kamensky

Who’s in Charge? Federal News Network posts a real-time guide to top agency leadership positions – confirmed and acting.

Is It Time for “Back to the Future” to Improve Agency Management Practices?

Columnist Fareed Zakaria, in a new book on lessons from the pandemic, observes that the endless debates over the size of government faded during the pandemic and “what seems to have mattered the most in this crisis was the quality of government.”

Weekly Roundup: January 18-22, 2021

Biden Message to Career Staff. President Biden, in a video message to federal employees, said: “I have the utmost trust in your capabilities . . . together we’ll leada with the core values that have guided me throughout my  career in public service, as I imagine they have guided you in your careers. . . to make good decisions, stay focused on what’s most important: humility, trust, collegiality, diversity and competence.”

Weekly Roundup: January 11-15, 2021

John Kamensky

Weekly Roundup: December 21, 2020 – January 8, 2021

Civil Servants During Transition. Ron Sanders, in eloquent commentary for Government Executive, writes: “in these far-from-normal times, what is our duty as career civil servants during this potentially turbulent transition?  . . .

Looking Beyond the Federal Data Strategy

There were quiet celebrations a year ago as the long-awaited Federal Data Strategy and a 2020 action plan came to fruition. It involved hundreds of dedicated people across the government and the action plan covered 20 specific elements.

Weekly Roundup: November 16-20, 2020

John Kamensky

What Are the Chances?

And this happened just two years after it was similarly devastated by -- a one-in-one thousand-year flash flood. But this isn’t an anomaly.

Weekly Roundup: November 9-13, 2020

John Kamensky


Senior Fellow
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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United States

Mr. Kamensky is a Senior Fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government and an Associate Partner with IBM's Global Business Services.

During 24 years of public service, he had a significant role in helping pioneer the federal government's performance and results orientation. Mr. Kamensky is passionate about helping transform government to be more results-oriented, performance-based, customer-driven, and collaborative in nature.

Prior to joining the IBM Center, he served for eight years as deputy director of Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government. Before that, he worked at the Government Accountability Office where he played a key role in the development and passage of the Government Performance and Results Act.

Since joining the IBM Center, he has co-edited six books and writes and speaks extensively on performance management and government reform.  Current areas of emphasis include transparency, collaboration, and citizen engagement.  He also blogs about management challenges in government.

Mr. Kamensky 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, in Austin, Texas. He can be reached at: john.kamensky@us.ibm.com

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