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 Management Blog

  1. Dan G. Blair serves as President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration. Previously, Dan served as Chair and Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission and OPM Deputy Director and Acting Director. Prior to his executive branch appointments, Dan served in senior staff positions on the civil service and postal oversight congressional committees in the U.S. House and Senate. File

    Shared problems demand shared solutions

    Federal, state and local governments have to collaborate to improve service delivery.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  2. The cost of ignoring reform

    If the federal government is to overcome its stigma as an employer, the civil service system cannot remain off-limits.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  3. John M. Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He formerly served as a deputy for Vice President Gore's reinventing government initiative. File

    What the priority goals mean

    The goals, and the individuals overseeing them, stand to have a significant effect on the government.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  4. Neil A. Levine teaches strategic leadership at the National Defense University on a two-year faculty appointment from the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has over 25 years of federal service working in the executive branch and on Capitol Hill.

    How to prevent leadership from turning toxic

    Good leaders can go bad more easily than one might think.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  5. Civil Service reform depends on strong leaders

    Partnership for Public Service report provides good, but difficult, reforms.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  6. Timothy Sample Battelle Rick Kozak / Federal Times

    U.S. needs a cyber plan

    Recently, during the annual hearing on the nation's most significant security threats, James Clapper, director of national intelligence, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that '[s]everal critical governmental, commercial and soc

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  7. Jane Snowdon, IBM Federal IBM

    Trends push toward open cloud tech

    Leaders from both the federal government and private sector recently came together to discuss open-source initiatives and standards for cloud computing as part of the Public Sector Cloud Summit hosted by the Cloud Standards Customer Council.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  8. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    The challenges of management reform

    Does the 2015 budget contain a refresh, or just a rehash?

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  9. 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.

    How savings dashboards confirm and catalyze results

    Defining 'savings' is the first step.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  10. Paul Posner is director of the public administration program at George Mason University and former director for the Government Accountability Office's work on federal budget and intergovernmental programs.

    PPAs: The real budget authority

    The administration finally released the federal budget in a prolonged rollout that started with the budget and finished with the analytical perspectives and historical tables.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  11. 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.

    Consider recent grads for mission-critical occupations

    Every day thousands of federal workers across the country work diligently to help their agency carry out its mission. However, as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated in their 2013 High Risk Report:

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  12. Jonathan D. Breul is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. Previously, he was executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government and was a career executive in the Office of Management and Budget.

    Cross-agency priority success requires collaboration

    Senior leaders team to advance goals.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  13. Dr. Ronald Sanders, Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton, during a spotlight session on Smart Cuts: Smart People Strategies, at Excellence in Government on May 7, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Colin Kelly / Staff) Colin Kelly / Gannett Government Media Co.

    The budget and interagency collaboration

    Preliminary thoughts on management, cross-agency priorities and the 2015 funding request

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  14. 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.

    Career aspirations

    In the face of an increase in retirements, the young federal workforce is poised to advance.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  15. Jeff Neal is a senior vice president for ICF International and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com. Before coming to ICF, Jeff was the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security and the chief human resources officer at the Defense Logistics Agency.

    STEM: short supply, high demand

    The federal workforce of 2,067,262 employees includes 265,105 employees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math occupations, with 123,442 in the Department of Defense alone.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  16. Jonathan D. Breul is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. Previously, he was executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government and was a career executive in the Office of Management and Budget.

    Fixed obligation grants

    Rarely used, this type of grant streamlines compliance

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  17. Scott Quehl is a managing director and leads the Strategic Government Efficiency initiative at Accenture Federal Services. He previously served as CFO and assistant secretary of administration at the Commerce Department.

    Urgency and consensus: A path to strategic effectiveness

    Collaboration between departments and component agencies are necessary for success

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  18. 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.'

    Nominations for the worst places to work

    Why does federal employee job satisfaction continue to slide?

    • Feb. 12, 2014
  19. Paul Posner is director of the public administration program at George Mason University and former director for the Government Accountability Office's work on federal budget and intergovernmental programs.

    The new Strategic Objective Review

    OMB's agency management initiative is back for a new round

    • Feb. 11, 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.

    The risks and rewards of rotations

    Rotations the practice of allowing employees to work temporarily for a different group or organization have many benefits, but also many risks. On the whole, rotations are an excellent tool to develop individuals and provide more benefits than costs.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  21. Jonathan D. Breul is an adjunct professor in Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. Previously, he was executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government and was a career executive in the Office of Management and Budget. Doug Sanford

    OMB urges more focus on results in awarding grants

    The Office of Management and Budget has declared itself open to innovative, evidence-based approaches to grant-making, and is inviting federal agencies and their non-federal partners to step forward and show them how.

    • Jan. 30, 2014
  22. Scott Quehl is a managing director and leads the Strategic Government Efficiency initiative at Accenture Federal Services. He previously served as CFO and assistant secretary of administration at the Commerce Department.

    The role of the CHCO in agency efficiency

    The federal workforce is both an asset and a cost. The chief human capital officer finds the balance.

    • Jan. 28, 2014
  23. 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.

    Mentoring: Benefits for the mentor

    Those being mentored have an obvious gain, but what's in it for those who teach? A lot.

    • Jan. 27, 2014
  24. Civil service reform direly needed

    Agencies lack critical information for evaluating compensation levels

    • Jan. 13, 2014
  25. 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. Courtesy of Tyler Robinson

    Why feds give

    Agency employees are generous with charity. A new poll explains their motives.

    • Jan. 13, 2014
  26. James B. Balocki is a career senior executive service member in the Department of Defense who has served on two OPM Qualification Review Boards. He has 32 years of federal civilian and military service and a passion for executive coaching and enabling career advancement strategies.

    How to pass an SES qualification review

    I've served on two Senior Executive Service Qualification Review Boards for the Office of Personnel Management.

    • Jan. 9, 2014
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