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 Management Blog

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Editorial: Innovation, a measure of leadership

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

    • Jul. 28, 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

    Explaining the budget paralysis

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

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  17. 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
  18. Dr. Ronald Sanders is a vice-president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Colin Kelly / Gannett Government Media Co.

    Civil service reform: Start with IT/cyber

    A few months ago, the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton published a comprehensive, framework for a 21st century civil service system, and while it generated some media interest and even a congressional hearing, it's largely faded into

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  19. Editorial: A cautionary tale

    One of the most spectacular and costly failures of federal procurement in recent years was the Air Force's failed Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS).

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  20. Beth Cobert is the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget Staff

    Congress: Eliminate outdated, duplicative reports

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog post first appeared at whitehouse.gov. Every year, Congress requires federal agencies to produce thousands of written reports and plans on far ranging topics.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  21. 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.

    What sports can teach managers

    A team is a team, whether it's a baseball powerhouse or an IT crew. Take some cues from sports coaches.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  22. 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

    The federal sector from the inside

    Times are challenging in the federal sector. Budget uncertainty continues with a zero-growth discretionary spending cap in fiscal year 2016. Increased oversight reduces flexibility to execute programs. The media aggressively covers any misstep.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  23. 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.

    CAP goals: Are we there yet?

    A progress report on cross-agency priorities.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  24. Jeffrey Steinhoff is executive director of the KPMG Government Institute and former assistant comptroller general of the United States for accounting and information management. The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. This article represents the views of the author only, and does not necessarily represent the views or professional advice of KPMG LLP.

    Enabling technology: A megatrend shaping governments

    National leaders must look far to the future to prepare for megatrends that could affect long-term economic prosperity, social cohesion, environmental stability, and national defense.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  25. 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.

    Operational Analytics: A proactive approach to dealing with shrinking budgets

    The relative stability of the two-year budget agreement gives agencies some breathing room to work toward lasting solutions.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  26. 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.'

    Is accountability more than a political slogan?

    When accusations surface, the charge is most commonly misconduct involving dishonesty or immoral behavior; the alleged wrongdoer is never accused of poor performance.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  27. Dr. Ronald Sanders is a vice-president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Colin Kelly / Gannett Government Media Co.

    VA needs 'last full measure' of reform

    The new VA secretary needs tools and support to successfully find and fix what's really behind the scandal headlines.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  28.  Doug Sanford (202)246-6347

    How poor implementation kills good policy

    Healthcare.gov provides another lesson.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  29. 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.

    Transparency, legitimacy and trust

    Does greater transparency in government translate into greater citizen legitimacy and trust for government action? It depends, concludes a new study by a Swedish scholar.

    • Jun. 13, 2014
  30. 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.'

    Is better government performance still possible?

    The Hammer Awards marked the Clinton/Gore's approach to improving government management. Much has changed since then.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
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