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Jerry Mechling  |  Contributor

Email : jerrymechling@gmail.com

Jerry Mechling, an independent consultant, is a former faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School, where from 1983 to 2011 he taught degree-program courses on information management and founded Strategic Computing in the Public Sector, a research and executive-education program. He also is a former research vice president at Gartner Inc.

A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and four-time winner of the Federal 100 Award, he was formerly a fellow of the Institute of Politics; an aide to the mayor of New York City and assistant administrator of the New York City Environmental Protection Administration; and director of Boston's Office of Management and Budget.

He received his B.A. in physical sciences from Harvard College and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. in economics and public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Smart Management

When Work Is Disrupted by Digital Progress

As technology-driven job displacement accelerates, governments have a big role to play in managing its impact.

June 4, 2019
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The Job-Transition Engines We Need

As automation disrupts the workforce, we can look to places as diverse as Sweden and Singapore for better ways to cope with it.

February 6, 2019
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Technology and the Difficult Issues of Governance

In setting digital priorities, public leaders need to think about productivity, equity and trust.

October 24, 2018
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Getting the Most Out of Government’s Learning Loop

The digital tools are getting better all the time. It's a critical opportunity to improve judgment and decision-making.

July 11, 2018
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Transformative Technology’s Challenges for Government

Accelerating digital disruption requires new approaches to governance and leadership.

April 10, 2018
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Commentary

Digital Tools and the Need for Better Governance

Delegating IT to the techies isn't the way for governments to get the most out of today's increasingly powerful technology.

February 13, 2018
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How Smaller Communities Can Survive in an Age of Disruption

As one Georgia city has shown, it's about getting the right people to address the right issues.

March 1, 2017
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A Real Opportunity for Cross-Boundary Digital Government

Our state, local and federal governments need to ramp up the sharing of technology and data beyond their enterprises.

April 27, 2016
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How Government Can Mine the Value of IT

We should use technology to improve what the institution does, building societal value and public support.

January 27, 2016
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Lessons from the Feds on Managing IT (Really!)

A new federal law aims to balance innovation and efficiency. It could serve as a guide for other levels of government.

January 7, 2015
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How Governments — and the People Who Run Them — Can Learn and Improve

Digital technology has given us tools that make a methodical approach to institutional learning more useful and powerful than ever.

May 28, 2014
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Government's Slow Takeoff into the Cloud

There are hurdles that are keeping governments at all levels from realizing the full benefits of cloud computing. To overcome them, we will need new kinds of collaboration.

March 5, 2014
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Management Insights

Getting the Strategic Value Out of IT

Technology can solve problems and contribute to solutions. The key is getting IT people into the process at the start.

August 28, 2013
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How to Think About Technology in the Work of Government

The key to performance is information that makes work accountable, provides guidance, coordinates over distance and seeks out innovation.

June 5, 2013
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Technology Fiascoes and the Failure of Analysis

There are too many IT project failures in government. Getting the upfront analysis right could prevent a lot of them.

March 20, 2013
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Technology's Real Value for Government

IT investments bring their own direct productivity improvements, but the big payoff is in the much larger productivity boost that digital tools can give to government services.

January 9, 2013
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The Governance Trinity, and How Information Can Power It

Governments are getting much quicker and clearer feedback than ever before. It’s data that could be better used to solve problems.

August 15, 2012
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The Gathering Momentum to Collaborate Across Boundaries

Global forces are pushing governments to work together as never before, and especially to take advantage of IT-enabled economies. There is much to be gained.

June 6, 2012
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IT and the Perils of Hunkering Down

Now — not after the November elections — is the time to prepare to leverage technology to improve productivity across government.

March 28, 2012
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Technology and the Productivity Promise

IT is the most important tool for improving government output. Budget directors need to be ready to answer some important questions.

January 11, 2012
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Leading in Distrustful Times

At a time when government is held in low esteem, public service needs people with the qualities that Canada's Reg Alcock had in abundance.

November 2, 2011
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Management Insights

Spend More—Not Less—on IT

Cutting technology spending along with everything else is a false economy. IT-enabled productivity improvements can save more than they cost.

September 7, 2011
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Management Insights

Is Better Education Finally Possible?

IT-enabled innovation has long passed education by, but cost pressures may finally change that.

June 29, 2011
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Management Insights

Social Networking and Recruitment

Tough times and the growing need for innovation require the use of social media to attract the best and brightest.

April 27, 2011
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Management Insights

The iPad: Risky Game-Changer

Will the iPad, and competing tablet computers, help us manage information overload or add to the distractions?

March 9, 2011
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Management Insights

Managing Change Post Election

How to avoid the impulsive and shallow commitments that have too often characterized IT investments in the past.

November 3, 2010
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Management Insights

Targeting Small Governments for Technology Innovation

Given ongoing technology developments, the most efficient scale for technology service operations is small government.

September 29, 2010
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Better, Faster, Cheaper

The Last Shall Be First

The historic trend of information technology applications going first to big governments and only later to the small ones is about to flip.

September 29, 2010
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Better, Faster, Cheaper

How to Make $1,900 a Year for Everyone?

It's simple: Use IT to implement a cost-effective shared services model.

August 11, 2010
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Better, Faster, Cheaper

2011's 3 IT Challenges

With political transitions looming, a unique opportunity to innovate presents itself.

June 16, 2010
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