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Congress is Sending Mixed Messages on Defense Procurement

Think Bold. That’s the slogan of the so-called "Section 809 Panel," a special commission created by Congress to review the full spate of federal (and defense-unique) acquisition laws, rules and practices. The goal is to provide lawmakers with a set of recommendations for legislative or ... Read & React

I often say that leaders control the weather. However they show up is predictive of how everyone around them will show up. That’s especially true in times of chaos and fluidity. Scott Eblin

Older Americans Are More Millennial Than Millennials

Young people are the supposed vanguards of a new economic age. Unlike their parents, young people are said to value happiness over money. They prefer gigs over jobs. They prefer flexibility and ... Read & React

Boosting Job-Creating Foreign Investment in the U.S.

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The U.S. is seen as one of the safest places in the world to invest. And these investments turn into jobs. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that in 2014, 6.4 million Americans were employed by U.S. subsidiaries of foreign firms. As of 2015, foreign firms had invested more than $3.1 ... Read & React

Risk and Trump’s Reorganization Order

by Linda S. Miller

With President Trump’s recent executive order requiring federal agencies to submit reform and reorganization plans, senior leaders are identifying ways to help streamline government by improving their efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, ... Read & React

State Department Student Interns Battle a Frustrating Security Clearance Process

Hiring managers recruiting entry-level talent know they don’t just have to sell young people a job, they have to convince them to embark on a hiring process that will push them far outside of their comfort zone. The question isn’t just how can we attract the best talent to government? The ... Read & React

A Science-Backed Trick to Reduce Fear And Anxiety Takes Just 30 Seconds and a Pen

by Corinne Purtill

The next time painful or stressful feelings threaten to overwhelm you, here is what you do: get something to write with. Get something to write on. Write down a word that describes the emotion you’re experiencing. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive. Just a word or two will do. Affect ... Read & React

Psychology Shows It’s a Big Mistake To Base Our Self-Worth on Our Professional Achievements

by Emily Esfahani Smith 

Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is smarter and better than someone who attended Ohio State; that a father who stays at home with his kids is contributing less to society than a man who ... Read & React

A Guide For Federal Leaders In a Time of Uncertainty

by John R. Malgeri , Deb Cohen and Robert Jordan

Uncertainty can breed mistrust, suspicion, anxiety and a host of other negative emotions, all of which can make it very difficult to focus on work. But supervisors and managers don’t have the luxury of indulging in their worst fears—they serve a critical role in maintaining and building a ... Read & React

Leadership Matters, But Government Has a Deeper Problem

by Ronald Sanders and Terry Gerton

In recent weeks, Government Executive has published a sampling of chapters from the book Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration. We hope that in so doing, policymakers and legislators may realize there is a crisis at hand. ... Read & React

Three Techniques That Helped Me Manage Work-Life Balance On a New Time Zone

by Jackie Bischof

Donald Trump on his first trip overseas as US president, paying visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican. While there aren’t a lot of things that I have in common with Trump, I can relate to one challenge he’ll face during this time: life as a manager removed from his home base. I’m ... Read & React

Joe Biden Says We Have to Be Willing to Risk Failure to Enjoy Doing What Really Matters to Us

Risk is the key to a good life. That was former US vice-president Joe Biden’s message to graduates today during his commencement address at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The 74-year-old, who said he’s worked with eight presidents and hundreds of senators during his time in US ... Read & React

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