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Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management
Assistant: Tatyana Gao

Steve Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, with a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, he is the author of 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. His other books include a study on how to improve the government computer procurement process, entitled Procurement and Public Management: The Fear of Discretion and the Quality of Government Performance (AEI Press, 1990), and Making Public Policy: A Hopeful View of American Government (Basic Books, 1987). In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest achievement award of the National Contract Management Association. In 2003 he was elected as a Director of The Procurement Roundtable. In 2010 the American Political Science Association awarded him the Gaus Prize, which honors a lifetime of achievement in public administration scholarship. He currently serves as editor of the InternationalPublic Management Journal, and he writes a regular column for Federal Computer Week and a blog, The Lectern,at FCW.com.

From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure as Administrator, he played a lead role in the Administration's reinventing government effort. He led Administration efforts in support of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1995.

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HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series

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Outside Professional Activities For Steven Kelman

FedBid;  For-profit, online marketplace optimizing the way governments, businesses and educational institutions buy goods and services, Board of Advisors, 2009 - current, Paid.

GTSI Corp.; For-profit, Information Technology systems integration, solutions and services provider to government, Board of Directors, 2000-2012; Paid. 

LMI; Private, not-for-profit corporation that provides management consulting, research, and analysis to governments and other nonprofit organizations; Board of Directors, 2009 – current; Paid.

Accenture; Publicly traded, for-profit management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company; Consultant; 1999 – current; Paid.

Compusearch; For-profit provider of enterprise software and services that automate mandated business rules for organizations involved with public sector contracts and grants; Advisor (with significant financial interest, i.e.., investments exceeding the HKS minimum reporting threshold); 2005 – current; Paid.

Booz Allen Hamilton, For-profit provider of management and technology consulting services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets; Research Partner; 2012 – current; Paid.


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