Mr. Abramson was instrumental in creating two cutting-edge organizations dedicated to improving management in government. In 1998, he helped create the IBM Center for the Business of Government. He served as Executive Director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government from 1998 to 2007. During his tenure, the IBM Center published more than 200 reports and books examining a variety of topics related to the management of government and public service. As Executive Director, he oversaw all Center publications, Center events for government executives, The Business of Government magazine, the Business of Government radio hour, and the Center's website. At the Center, he planned and administered over 50 events for government executives. He is currently a consultant to the IBM Center.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Abramson was one of the founders of the Council for Excellence in Government. He served as first President of the Council, serving from 1983 to 1994. While at the Council, he was instrumental in creating the Principals program, the Prune Book series, and the Excellence in Government Fellows program.
From 1977 to 1983, Mr. Abramson served as a senior program evaluator in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 1979 to 1983, he led a four-year evaluation study of the impact of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 on the department. From 1975 to 1977, he was a research associate at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. While at NAS/NRC, he wrote The Funding of Social Research and Development.
Mr. Abramson's career includes teaching in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is currently a Fellow of the Center for Federal Management Leadership at George Mason University. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.