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Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus


Chairman Akaka, Ranking Member Johnson, and Members of the Subcommittee: I am honored to be here before you today. My name is David Ellwood. I am the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Harvard Kennedy School is a graduate school educating students of many ages for public service. Today our nation is understandably focused on the large fiscal deficit of our federal government. My message is simple: We face an even greater potential peril from a government people deficit. The challenges facing this nation are indeed daunting. The budget, terrorism, the economy, health care, the rising political and economic competition from other nations, pandemics, and a dozen other concerns all require governmental leadership, often in close collaboration with business and civil society. Meeting those challenges, and taking advantage of new opportunities created by technology and innovation requires an exceptional cadre of people in government—people of integrity, insight, capacity, and creativity who are committed to serving the needs and desires of the American people and making the world a better place.


Ellwood, David. "Testimony before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management." U.S. Senate, June 21, 2011.