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

Weekly Roundup: November 2-6, 2020

John Kamensky

Distance Work Arrangements: The Workplace of the Future Is Now

Distance work arrangements—such as telework, remote work, and distributed teams— have been a growing trend in the workplace for more than a decade. For example, the federal government adopted the Telework Enhancement Act in 2010. And some private sector businesses have moved their operations completely online and maintain a virtual workforce that allows employees to work from anywhere in the world.

The Future of Work Post-Pandemic: We’re Not Going Back

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius opined recently that “there’s no question that we’ll be living in a different world post-pandemic.” He writes about a New Normal, and that more than half of Americans “believe their lives will remain changed in major ways.”

Evolution of Efforts to Reorganize the Government

The National Academy for Public Administration advocates the use of new collaborative models; the Campaign for Common Good calls for a “new operating system;” and futurist Don Tapscott calls for rethinking government and democracy in the new age of networked i

Should Government Reorganize Itself?: Virtual Agencies (Part IV)

When Vice President Gore’s reinventing government team was being formed in the early 1990s, he encouraged it to not focus on reorganizing agencies and programs, but rather to fix what’s inside the agencies.  He also advocated the creation of “virtual agencies.”  At the time, no one really understood what he was talking about, but today – with the technologies now available – it is really possible.


Emeritus Senior Fellow
IBM Center for The Business of Government

Mr. Kamensky is an Emeritus Senior Fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government and was 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.