The Lectern

  • 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

  • Employee empowerment and improved performance: The missing link

    It has long been assumed that empowering employees can boost an organization's performance, Steve Kelman notes, but new research finally delivers the data to prove it. Read More

  • Should federal contracting be more like Airbnb?

    Steve Kelman believes a lighter touch and a bit more trust could transform today's compliance culture. Read More

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