Government Executive February 2004 Vol. 36, No.2

magazine cover image Fallen Star
By George Cahlink
The cautionary tale of a celebrated federal executive's corporate flameout.

The State of the Civil Service
By Shawn Zeller
Federal workforce management is improving, but agencies aren't out of the woods yet.

Feds Win!
By Jason Peckenpaugh
Civil servants are competing with contractors for their jobs-and winning.

Performance Pay Perils
By Shawn Zeller
Managers who've done it say it's surprisingly hard to link performance and salaries.

Building on Faith
By George Cahlink
Army civil affairs reservists struggle to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan, one relationship at a time.


DEPARTMENTS

News & Analysis: Instructing Inspectors
By Jason Peckenpaugh
Two veteran training experts take on their toughest challenge yet-the border agencies.

Managing Technology: Managing Smart Cards
By Karen D. Schwartz
The lessons that Defense has learned so painfully should help other agencies in the throes of implementing smart cards.

Travel: Getting Help Along the Way
By Caroline Polk
Getting accommodations for special needs on trips requires knowing the rules and, most of all, asking for help.

Viewpoint: A Wrong Turn on Employee Appeals
By William N. Rudman
Those wanting to cut MSPB out of the game may well be hunting rabbits while letting dragons roam.


COLUMNS

Editor's notebook: Parable of Power

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