Federal agencies are operating through huge technological, demographic, societal and political shifts. Fast Forward explores how government leaders are grappling with these changes and transforming the way agencies fulfill their missions and serve citizens.

Nine Major Agency Reform Proposals in the House GOP Budget

Eliminating programs, restructuring agency components, streamlining hiring and more.

July 18 Leave a comment

Funding What Works

It may seem obvious, but few things in Washington are straightforward.

July 18 Leave a comment

The Urgent Case for Reforming the Civil Service

We’ve forgotten the first lesson of the best-run companies: people are the most important asset.  

July 17 Leave a comment

How VA Reform Turned into a Fight Over Privatization

Democrats and service organizations worry that a Republican push to expand health-care choices for veterans will sap money from the ailing federal system.

July 17 Leave a comment

Government Warms to Continuous Monitoring of Personnel With Clearances

Software that scours public records for potential red flags gains traction as officials wrestle with a serious security clearance backlog.

July 10 Leave a comment

Why Innovation Programs Should Target Middle-Aged Bureaucrats

Data show that the average age of the most successful innovators is somewhere in the mid-40s.

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Agencies Could Learn a Lot From Tennessee's Shift to Pay for Performance

The state's civil service reform efforts offer many lessons for the federal government.

June 28 Leave a comment

Beyond Buyouts and RIFs: A More Effective Approach to Workforce Management

The power of combining data analytics with mobility programs.

June 20 Leave a comment

Can Employees Embrace Government Restructuring?

The success (or failure) of the Trump administration’s plans depends on the answer.

June 19 Leave a comment

Treasury Managers Stress Teamwork in Major Information Technology Upgrade

Cloud services award will come Wednesday amid Trump budget uncertainty.

June 13 Leave a comment

Trump's Rows of Unfilled Agency Jobs Could Bump Up Against Vacancies Act

Worst-case scenario is that decisions by acting executives are rendered invalid.

June 23 Leave a comment
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said the agency acts as "counselor and mentor for networking and helping you all the way, answering your questions."

SBA Chief Promises Women Contractors Greater Efficiency

McMahon touts her agency as vital to the nation’s 29 million small businesses.

June 15 Leave a comment