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  1. Editorial: Time for answers on paid administrative leave

    A new GAO audit on the government's use of paid administrative leave is already setting off alarms on Capitol Hill.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Sally Katzen served as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) from 1993 to 1998. She is a senior adviser at the Podesta Group and a visiting professor at New York University School of Law. Courtesy Photo

    Why the government needs a regulator of regulators

    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs takes political fire from both sides of the aisle.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  3. Dr. Ronald Sanders is a vice-president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Colin Kelly / Gannett Government Media Co.

    The Ebola crisis: An enterprise leadership challenge

    The emergence of the Ebola virus in the United States makes the job of the Ebola 'czar' even harder.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    How to form coalitions of action

    Few individuals can take on the bureaucracy alone.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  5. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants the Defense Department to be prepared for rising sea levels.

    DoD must plan for the national security implications of climate change

    The changing climate is a 'threat multiplier' in the nation's defense strategy.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  6. Katherine Archuleta is director of the Office of Personnel Management. Staff

    Data is driving STEM recruitment

    OPM seeks to understand STEM workforce and provide tools for managers to attract new talent.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  7. Patricia Niehaus is national president of the Federal Managers Association and chief of labor and employee relations at Travis Air Force Base. Courtesy Photo

    Why wouldn't we want to help our nation's wounded warriors?

    Opposition to a bill that would offer extended leave for wounded veterans in federal jobs makes no sense.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  8. Katherine Archuleta is director of the Office of Personnel Management. Staff

    Millennials: Finding opportunity in federal service

    The workforce includes more than 336,000 people under age 33.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  9. Howard Steinman is a principal with A.T. Kearney and a leader in the firm's Public Sector, Aerospace and Defense practice in North America. He has almost 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on coaching and advising senior executives in the areas of strategy, policy, governance, organizational effectiveness, budgets, performance measures, and program and portfolio management for clients including Department of Homeland Security, various National Security Agencies, the Missile Defense Agency, and numerous commercial clients. Courtesy Photo

    Why technology programs often end with a whimper, not a bang

    Too-easy goals, ignoring useful data and assuming any problem is a technology problem undermine IT projects.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  10. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    Government needs to focus on its workforce problems

    The initial 'expert' comments referred to the White House intruder incident as a systems and procedure problem. When former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified, that was prominent in her statement.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  11. John Gilligan is president and COO of Schafer Corporation in Arlington, Va. Previously, Gilligan served as CIO of the Air Force; CIO of the Energy Department; and program executive officer for the Air Force's Battle Management/Command and Control. Maria Rock

    Effecting change: leadership, legislation, or something else?

    I believe that most of us would describe ourselves as welcoming positive change. However, most managers would say that change, especially in large organizations, is enormously difficult.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  12. David Mader is controller, OMB. File

    What policy simultaneously improves performance, transparency, and oversight for federal awards?

    OMB creates metrics to test Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards guidance.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  13. Scott Quehl leads Accenture Federal Services Strategic Government Efficiency offering. He formerly served as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    CFOs, CHCOs together taking action

    The time for CFO and human capital officer collaboration is not after a steep budget cut arrives.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  14. Jordon Sims is director of organization relations and programs for the Project Management Institute. He formerly served as an active-duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and he has held numerous positions within the Pentagon, Capitol Hill (appropriations), and Energy Department.

    How to lessen the risks of failed programs

    Executive sponsors improve the chances of success, but are not present on all programs.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  15. Editorial: What's cool in government

    The HHS IDEA Lab is breaking the mold of how people think of government.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  16. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Governing without a budget

    A continuing resolution will keep the government going a few more weeks.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  17. Beth Cobert is the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget Staff

    Progress on security and sustainability

    One year after the Navy Yard shootings, the government is making strides toward improving employee suitability and contractor fitness evaluations.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. Howard Steinman is a principal with A.T. Kearney and a leader in the firm's Public Sector, Aerospace and Defense practice in North America. He has almost 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on coaching and advising senior executives in the areas of strategy, policy, governance, organizational effectiveness, budgets, performance measures, and program and portfolio management for clients including Department of Homeland Security, various National Security Agencies, the Missile Defense Agency, and numerous commercial clients. Courtesy Photo

    Performance management pitfalls

    There are many ways to go wrong with metrics; avoid these common traps.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. Editorial: Another sign that the GS has to go

    Federal pay and job classifications are severely out of whack with the national labor market.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  20. Tyler Robinson is the Chairman of the Executive Board for Young Government Leaders, and Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    Coping with year-end stress

    The closing of the fiscal year can ratchet up tension levels. Here are some strategies to ease the strain.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  21. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    Government needs better incentives

    The private sector makes effective use of bonuses and other means to reward performance. Government should as well.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  22. Shaun Donovan is Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Improving performance and delivering impact

    OMB head assess progress on administration goals.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  23. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    The quagmire of job classification

    The government's sprawling list of job titles is another reason to scrap the GS system.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  24. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Why ethics matter

    Unethical behavior is not a widespread problem, but just a little goes a long way.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  25. Howard Steinman is a principal with A.T. Kearney and a leader in the firm's Public Sector, Aerospace and Defense practice in North America. He has almost 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on coaching and advising senior executives in the areas of strategy, policy, governance, organizational effectiveness, budgets, performance measures, and program and portfolio management for clients including Department of Homeland Security, various National Security Agencies, the Missile Defense Agency, and numerous commercial clients. Courtesy Photo

    Measuring value with performance management

    Measuring performance is important (and mandatory), but not always easy to do.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  26. Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of an unarmed teenager at the hands of local police bring to mind the tumult of the 1960s civil rights movement, writes Neil Levine. Shown: Demonstrators yell at Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson. Joshua Lott / Getty Images

    Hands up, don't shoot: A case for the Community Relations Service

    Explosive events in Ferguson, Missouri, recall the 1960s.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  27. Editorial: For IT projects, it's time to get agile

    It's widely known that incremental approaches to IT development — also known as agile development — result in more on-time, on-budget successes.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  28. Tyler Robinson is the Chairman of the Executive Board for Young Government Leaders, and Portfolio Risk Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    How to spot hidden training opportunities

    Many daily tasks and interactions can become skill-sharpening experiences.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  29. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Generalists in an age of specialists

    While their importance is often overlooked, people who can see beyond a narrow specialization can be invaluable.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  30. Editorial: Cyber threats call for a culture change

    Recent headlines remind us we have a long way to go in protecting sensitive data.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  31. Welton Chang is a Truman National Security Fellow, and a former Army intelligence officer and analytic methodologist at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Courtesy Photo

    Accountability for outcomes, not process, required for real change

    Self-congratulaton for generating mounds of paper gets us nowhere.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  32. Scott Quehl leads Accenture Federal Services Strategic Government Efficiency offering. He formerly served as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    Gainsharing for efficiencies at scale

    Gainsharing measures improvements in employee productivity and shares the resulting benefits with the employees.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  33. Editorial: Innovation, a measure of leadership

    Everyone complains about the lack of innovation in government. Few people do anything about it.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  34. James Windle works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the House Committee on Appropriations, and multiple federal agencies. The views expressed are his own and do not represent those of NREL or the U.S. Department of Energy. Courtesy Photo

    Explaining the budget paralysis

    Blaming the usual target—either or both political parties—is not good enough.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  35. Howard Risher is a consultant and writer on federal pay and performance issues. He was the managing consultant for the studies leading to the 1990 Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and is the author of 'Planning Wage and Salary Programs.'

    What's right with the GS system? (Not much)

    Blogger Howard Risher reads between the lines of hearing testimony and predicts a change.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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