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Steven Kelman is the Albert J. Weatherhead II and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of many books and articles on the policy-making process and on improving the management of government organizations. His latest book, Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government, was published in June 2005 by the Brookings Institution Press. His other books include a study on how to improve the government computer procurement process, entitled Procurement and Public Management: The Fear of Discretion and the Quality of Government Performance (AEI Press, 1990), and Making Public Policy: A Hopeful View of American Government (Basic Books, 1987).
In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest achievement award of the National Contract Management Association. In 2003, he was elected a director of the Procurement Round Table. He currently serves as editor of the International Public Management Journal.
From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure as administrator, he played a lead role in the administration’s “reinventing government” effort, leading administration efforts in support of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1995. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Kelman holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.