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  • Scandalous overrreaction?

    Scandals illuminate deficiencies, but Steve Kelman argues that the instinct to clamp down is often counterproductive. Read More

  • Who will take the pledge?

    Steve Kelman has a modest proposal for improving the agency procurement process. It involves commitment. Read More

  • Taking the pulse of contracting professionals at the Bureau of Prisons

    Steve Kelman finds the frustrations and opportunities for improvement are remarkably constant, whether the contract is for high-end IT or improved food services. Read More

  • The challenge for bosses: Learning from dissent

    Research shows that teams often discount members who challenge the prevailing opinion even when those challenges point to a better course of action. Read More

  • Unintended benefits

    Steve Kelman believes the government is often helpful – sometimes without even meaning to be. Read More

  • Can feds harness the global workforce?

    Steve Kelman wonders if vendors offering vastly lower prices thanks to global competition would capture the government's attention. Read More

  • Does government reward innovation?

    Innovation comes with inherent high risk, Steve Kelman observes. The federal government makes it even riskier by punishing failure but barely rewarding success. Has a city in China found a better way? Read More

  • Why the IRS dance video shouldn't be a scandal

    Steve Kelman explains why federal employees having a good time are not necessarily wasting taxpayer money. Read More

  • Strangling Google in China?

    Steve Kelman finds unexpected search-engine difficulties while traveling in a foreign land. Read More

  • Keeping time (and tune) with students in Shanghai

    Steve Kelman enjoys an evening of karaoke and bottled water. Read More

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