Author Archive

Steve Kelman

Kelman is professor of public management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Connect with him on Twitter: @kelmansteve
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Signs that 'faceless bureaucrats' helped mitigate the impact of Hurricane Ian

A look at cities and towns in the path of Hurricane Ian that escaped devastation points to the value of modern building codes – and the officials behind their implementation.

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A U.S diplomatic organization that works

How a short video speaks volumes about current U.S. approaches to diplomacy in China.

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Moderates of the world, unite!

The time may have come for normally reserved political centrists to raise their voices.

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Coding it Forward fellows share their stories

Two college students planning careers in tech told Steve Kelman why they chose to prioritize government service.

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Steve Kelman reports from his 50th college reunion

After a two-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Harvard College class of 1970 got the chance to reconnect.

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A hopeful update on the President's Management Agenda

Steve Kelman says there's a lot to like in the Biden administration's approaches to improving citizen satisfaction, employee engagement and acquisition reform

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Should the FDA have done more months ago about an impending baby formula shortage?

Steve Kelman asks whether any well-placed Food and Drug Administration officials could have anticipated the current baby formula shortage.

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Storytelling and slide decks

Steve Kelman shares ideas about how to inject narrative techniques into your humdrum PowerPoint presentations.

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Practical ideas for managing polarization at work

Steve Kelman flags a paper that suggests that a "receptive mindset" can help bridge polarization gaps inside organizations.

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Non-traditional contractors grow up

The Digital Services Coalition, a trade association representing non-traditional IT contractors, is out with a new strategic plan.

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Performance measurement is alive and well

Steve Kelman reviews the current slate of the Biden administration's priority performance goals and corrects the record about the use of performance management.

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Procurement isn't always just about procurement -- a tale from Ukraine

Steve Kelman steps back from the news of the day to examine a key aspect of the democratic transformation in Ukraine since the country's peaceful revolution in 2014.

IT Modernization

Is performance measurement a fad that has now come and gone?

Steve Kelman warns that a constant priority under the previous four presidents is getting far less attention from the Biden administration.

People

A ‘friend from the city’ making her mark on government contracting

Steve Kelman reports on a new addition to the cohort of non-traditional government contractors.

Acquisition

A non-traditional IT contractor looks a gift horse in the mouth

Steve Kelman checks in with Agile Six, and that firm's efforts to adapt to labor rates on a major VA contract.