The Lectern

  • Coding it Forward fellowship program gets enthusiastic feedback

    Steve Kelman writes that the three-year-old program that provides summer digital tech fellowships in federal agencies is drawing rave reviews from students and agency managers alike. Read More

  • A public service moment?

    Steve Kelman sees a side benefit to career officials' starring role in the impeachment hearings -- and argues those public servants can and should work to shape policy debates. Read More

  • TikTok: Is the clock ticking for our attention spans?

    Steve Kelman argues that Chinese spying through the popular video-sharing app is less of a threat than TikTok's impact on young users' brains. Read More

  • Practical advice on how to give a better presentation

    Steve Kelman shares a half-dozen tips for looking and sounding more confident in front of a crowd. Read More

  • The 'power pose' may be overrated, but civil discourse is essential

    Steve Kelman considers new research on posture and perception -- and argues that Washington should take a lesson from academic debate. Read More

  • Maybe you should re-think that big IT transformation effort

    If top executives won't get personally involved in your major IT projects, "consider non-IT alternatives for achieving the policy goals." Read More

  • Government steps out on 'nudges'

    Years after OMB began pushing the idea of soft paternalism in federal programs, a GSA office is quietly leading cutting-edge efforts. Read More

  • Hong Kong, Taiwan and the amazing appeal of freedom

    Steve Kelman is in Taiwan, and has some first-hand observations of the resistance to Chinese control. Read More

  • 'Don't leave: you're all hired,' government boss tells tech interns

    How the program Coding it Forward is building opportunity for budding government data scientists. Read More

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