The Lectern

  • VA embraces procurement challenges at scale

    Steve Kelman applauds the Department of Veterans Affairs' ambitious attempt to move beyond one-off prize-based contests to combat veteran suicides more effectively. Read More

  • Where did the ideas for shutdowns and social distancing come from?

    Steve Kelman offers another story about hero civil servants (and a good president). Read More

  • Using tech to combat the coronavirus

    Steve Kelman reports on early efforts to leverage technology for better contact tracing. Read More

  • Procurement challenges step up to the COVID-19 plate

    Steve Kelman spotlights another example of how non-traditional acquisition models can encourage innovation. Read More

  • What do narcissists do to team performance?

    Steve Kelman shares suggestive new research -- and offers some ideas for how federal managers might act on it. Read More

  • Even when government gets it right, it gets no credit -- a ventilator story

    Steve Kelman spotlights a story of smart acquisition hidden behind a doom-and-gloom headline. Read More

  • Let's call Dr. Fauci by his proper title -- public servant

    Steve Kelman argues that Americans need to understand the essential contributions civil servants make to our society's mix. Read More

  • A traditional program manager joins the rebellion

    Steve Kelman reports on the internally driven innovation taking place in the Air Force's BESPIN program. Read More

  • This management tool can help your organization perform better -- and make YOU feel better too!

    Steve Kelman argues that we all should be much more willing to ask for help. Read More

  • How to present data to an audience

    Steve Kelman shares some tips for keeping a data-driven message compelling, not confusing. Read More

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