HKS Professor, Top Government Influencer

June 18, 2012
By Jenny Li Fowler

Federal Computer Week has named a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) professor as one of the seven most-important influencers of federal government information technology over the last 25 years.

Steve Kelman, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management, was recognized for leading the effort in the executive branch.

Federal Computer Week reports, “The challenge was to free purchasers to think like business people, to use the volume of their buys to get better pricing and better value and take advantage of ready-made commercial products whenever possible.”

“There’s always a tension between mission support and best value versus control and compliance,” Kelman told the magazine.

Kelman collaborated with several lawmakers to change the hardened procurement landscape. Congress passed the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act in 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act in 1996, which was combined with the IT Management Reform Act to become the Clinger-Cohen Act.

Steve Kelman has authored many books and articles on the policymaking process and on improving the management of government organizations. His latest book, Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government, was published in 2005 by the Brookings Institution Press.

The most important influencers series was part of Federal Computer Week’s 25-anniversary issue.

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Steve Kelman, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management

Steve Kelman, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management

“There’s always a tension between mission support and best value versus control and compliance,” Kelman told Federal Computer Week.