The Lectern

  • Fun stories -- some involving tech -- from Sweden

    Steve Kelman finds shifting influences, a domain-name dispute and some questionable marketing campaigns. Read More

  • Note to government: Start talking like everybody else!

    Steve Kelman takes issue with jargon that serves mainly to create artificial distinctions from the private sector. Read More

  • A civic tech summer fellow becomes a full-time fed

    Steve Kelman reports that Coding it Forward is turning temporary college-break postings into longer-term public service commitments. Read More

  • How contracting officers want to use the new micropurchase threshold

    Steve Kelman's recent talk with feds reinforced his view that a $10,000 micropurchase limit opens up vast new acquisition possibilities. Read More

  • 6 observations on the state of China

    Steve Kelman shares what he learned on a recent 10-day visit. Read More

  • A government contractor crosses over to USDS

    Steve Kelman reports on what prompted Kelly O'Connor to take an rather unusual career turn. Read More

  • Steve's peeve about a common contracting phrase

    When it comes to discussion of government contracts, Steve Kelman contends that "the L word" comes up far too often. Read More

  • Will civic tech save government from its tech talent crisis?

    Students drawn to digital government are bringing desperately needed skills (and enthusiasm) to agencies that are willing to engage, Steve Kelman writes. Read More

  • Project management vs. product management

    Steve Kelman argues that government innovation needs more of the latter. Read More

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