An Old Contracting Approach Could Be Just What the New Administration Needs

by Howard Steinman

The Trump administration should revisit an old, results-based approach to contracting currently prevalent in the private sector—share-in-savings, also known as gain share. Unlike other types of contracts that commit the government to funding a project upfront, a share-in-savings contract requires ... Read & React

Americans Just Experienced Their Biggest Spike in Stress in a Decade

Americans are seriously stressed out. After a bruising election that saw Donald Trump take the reigns of a divided nation, two-thirds of Americans—including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans—say they are stressed about the future of the country, according to a recent survey (pdf) ... Read & React

Proof That All People in Power Should Get a Good Night's Sleep

by Oliver Staley

Donald Trump does not believe in a good night’s sleep. He fires off tweets at all hours and reportedly once called his national security advisor at 3am to ask a routine economic question. In an interview on Fox, Trump said he’s routinely up past midnight before waking at 5 am. That actually may be ... Read & React

How to Work for a Human Tornado

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Chances are good that, at some point in your career, you’re going to work for a human tornado. In my speeches and workshops, I often say that leaders control the weather. When I talk with my audiences about that, I’m assuming that it’s a room full of healthy, positive people who can make smart ... Read & React

The Lost Stories of NASA's 'Pink-Collar' Workforce

In 1962, a young reporter named Ursula Vils signed on to The Los Angeles Times at the beginning of the most spectacular and productive period of human spaceflight in United States history. A year earlier, Alan Shepard had become the first American to fly in space, and eight months later, John Glenn ... Read & React

Do Performance Incentives Make People Greedy?

by Roberta Kwok

The promise of performance incentives starts early. Preschoolers get stickers for good behavior. Later, parents might buy their teenagers pizza for scoring well on tests. And in the business world, employers dangle bonuses for achieving certain goals. But what do these incentives actually achieve? ... Read & React

One More Time: Can Government Be Run Like a Business?

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

We may finally get an answer to the question. It surfaced again in a recent Sirius radio show, Knowledge@Wharton, “Can Government Be Run Like a Business?” when it was discussed by the University of Maryland’s Philip Joyce and Wharton’s Peter Conti-Brown.    Their discussion was at the 10,000-foot ... Read & React

Why Hiring Freezes Don’t Work

by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Team Trump rode into town determined to disrupt the federal government. One of the very first disrupters was a hiring freeze on federal employees, with a promise to reduce the size of government through attrition. That has certainly disrupted government—but it’s missed the chance for the real ... Read & React

Agencies Could See Deeper, Faster Cuts Than Previously Contemplated

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

Most years, even in a Presidential transition, federal agencies have a pretty decent sense of where their budgets are headed. And in transition years, they are typically in overdrive trying to build a budget reflecting directions issued by the new administration. Not so this year. With no director ... Read & React

A New Approach to Fighting Fraud in Federal Benefits Programs

by J.R. Helmig

Legislators may disagree over the amount the country should spend on government benefits, but one fact will always have bipartisan agreement -- the level of fraud, waste and abuse plaguing benefit programs is too high. Although some progress has been made, including a 50 percent decrease in the ... Read & React

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