GSA's FedSpace Collaboration Platform

The President’s budget for fiscal year 2011 promises two interesting steps toward cross-government collaboration. First was a commitment to using “problem-solving networks,” and the second was to create a cross-government on-line collaboration platform that these networks could use. The General Services Administration (GSA) announced the creation of just such a platform, calling it FedSpace, to be operational by this Fall.

Defense Contract Reform: Recommendations

 As noted in yesterday’s blog on Defense contracting reform, The House Armed Services panel on Defense acquisition reform offered a series of recommendations in five areas in

Weekly Roundup: October 16-20, 2017

John Kamensky

Weekly Roundup: October 16-20, 2017

John Kamensky

Reforming the Contracting System: Defense

The buying systems in many federal agencies are widely seen as broken. The IBM Center sponsored a series of forums and reported modest, but actionable, recommendations last year. The new head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Dan Gordon, is acting on five areas of presidential priority to reform the buying system:

Defense Reform: The Gates Speech

Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a much-ballyhooed speech this past week about the urgent need to cut defense spending by at least $15 billion. It is worth reading!

Engaged Employees Requires Engaged Leaders

In a 2016 review of more than 82,000 work units across 230 organizations covering nearly 2 million employees, the Gallup Organization found: “The relationship between engagement and performance at the business/work unit level is substantial and highly generalizable across organizations.” So, it is no wonder that the Office of Personnel Management, in its annual survey of federal employees, assesses the extent of employee engagement, as well.  In 

Fiscal Summit and America's Fiscal Challenges

Was it a parade of stars or a suicide mission?  Last week I attended a one-day wonk fest on the country’s long term fiscal outlook, the “2010 Fiscal Summit.”  It offered a rainy forecast, with possible thundershowers and occasional tornados.  It was organized by the Peter G.

Weekly Roundup: October 23-27, 2017

John Kamensky

Labor Management Forums

Some things can move fast in bureaucracies!  President Obama signed Executive Order 13522, “Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services,” in early December to resurrect the labor-management partnerships from the Clinton era.


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.

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