Author Archive

Steve Kelman

Cybersecurity

GenCyber: NSA sets up summer camps to teach kids to hack

Steve Kelman finds the normally secretive agency's camps an intriguing way to offer a taste of cybersecurity careers to middle and high school students.

Workforce

Note to managers: A little recognition goes a long way

Steve Kelman shares research on the impact a simple thank-you note can have with the workforce.

Acquisition

Kelman: History matters

Revitalizing past performance could create a better-functioning procurement system.

Acquisition

Kelman: Creating value and trust

If you treat industry partners like you can’t trust them, it’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Workforce

Kelman: Let the data talk

More than data, anecdotes inform the debate about recent federal acquisition changes.

Acquisition

Kelman: Buying commercial

The debates about commercial contracting and government risk involve high stakes.

Acquisition

Kelman: It's all in the requirements

What makes successful IT projects? For many, it's obvious.

Workforce

Kelman: A public service incentive

Government can attract young people by helping them pay down the debt they incurred as students.

Workforce

Kelman: Focus on the mission

To be a great federal leader, you have to be obsessed with your agency’s mission.

Acquisition

Kelman: The return of the protest

We should remember our history lest we repeat it and return to the bad days of frequent protests.

Workforce

Kelman: The need for a new way

Inspectors general should abandon destructive practices and encourage managed risk-taking.

Acquisition

Kelman: Can we keep the kids?

The government is beginning to refresh its ranks at a difficult time for federal workers.

Kelman: A novel idea: Read

Badaracco’s new book offers us an opportunity to learn from other people — and enjoy the journey.

Acquisition

Kelman: A missed opportunity

In a difficult time for government procurement, the group could have done much more.

Workforce

Kelman: More management insights

A learning-oriented workplace produces more positive achievements but also more mistakes.

Workforce

Kelman: A really bad idea

It makes no sense to change the burden of proof for whether a fed has acted in good faith.

Workforce

Kelman: Let the vendor perform

DHS deserves praise for its approach to the Secure Border Initiative contract

Workforce

Kelman: The war for talent

The private sector is stealing government’s thunder, even at the Kennedy School.

Workforce

Kelman: The face-to-face experience

Employees who can put a face to their customers far outperform those who never met one.

Acquisition

Kelman: Good government is priceless

Federal procurement goals and legal constraints are out of whack and need a course correction.