Baltimore: From Stats to Solutions

Last year, I met Kendra Parlock, the head of Baltimore’s performance and innovation office, at a periodic informal meeting of local government performance officers in the mid-Atlantic region.  I was intrigued by her upbeat update to her fellow local government peers.  After all, in the Spring of 2017, Governing magazine raised a warning flag, questioning whether the nearly two decade-old award-winning CitiStat management system in Baltimore, installed by Martin O’Malley, was dying of

Weekly Roundup: May 20-24, 2019

GAO’s Duplication & Overlap Report. The Government Accountability Office’s ninth annual report: “presents 98 new actions for Congress or executive branch agencies to reduce, eliminate, or better manage fragmentation, overlap, and duplication and achieve other financial benefits.”

The Future of Work: An Opportunity to Learn Something New

 Interestingly, a hopeful article in Harvard Business Review concludes that in the private sector, “Employees are eager to embrace retraining” and that organizations need to take advantage of this opportunity. My guess is that this is the same in the government.

Performance Management: A Conversation with John Kamensky

Broadcast Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 08:46

Weekly Roundup: April 22-26, 2019

John Kamensky

AI Transparency, Consistency. Federal News Network reports: “Lynne Parker, the assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, speaking Thursday at the National Academy for Public Administration, said her office expects to release an updated National AI R&D Strategic Plan later this spring.”

Does Feedback Work?

“In the last six months, my supervisor has talked with me about my performance.” was one of the highest rated responses – at 81 percent – in the 2018 governmentwide survey of federal employees. But how did those conversations go?

Weekly Roundup: April 15-19, 2019

GAO Invests in Science Capacity. Federal News Network reports: “The Government Accountability Office . . . requested a funding increase of $57.8 million more than it received in fiscal 2019, for a total of $647.6 million . . . Part of that increased budget . . .

Does Improving Employee Engagement Matter?

There has been declining participation in the survey. While 598,000 responded last year, that was a bit less than 41 percent of the 1.47 million who were asked to participate.

So, does the survey matter?

Weekly Roundup: April 8-12, 2019

John Kamensky

Weekly Roundup: April 1-5, 2019

John Kamensky

GAO on VA IT. The Government Accountability Office testified on the IT challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs, noting: “Despite spending over $4 billion annually on IT . . . VA still doesn't have IT systems that fully support critical services—e.g., veterans health care, the Family Caregiver Program, and disability benefits.”


Senior Fellow
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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Washington, DC 20005
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:

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