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Preparing for the Transition: Mars and Venus

October 21, 2008 This article has been updated. This four-part series on preparing for the presidential transition is the result of surveys and interviews conducted by Alan Balutis, a former federal executive with more than 30 years of government experience. Balutis, who served as the Commerce Department's first chief information officer, is now...

Preparing for the Transition: Do's and Don'ts

October 14, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Click here to read the full series. This week, Balutis presents some top tips for career managers working with the new administration. 1. Do establish a transition team and a schedule, if possible. Balance long- and short-term interests and rely on outside help to make your case, if appropriate. Make...

Preparing for the Transition: Dos and Don’ts

October 14, 2008 This article has been updated. This four-part series on preparing for the presidential transition is the result of surveys and interviews conducted by Alan Balutis, a former federal executive with more than 30 years of government experience. Balutis, who served as the Commerce Department's first chief information officer, is now...

So, Where was the Census CIO?

May 13, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When news broke several weeks back about the Census Bureau and the decision to scrap plans for the use of handheld devices and a so-called “high-tech count” in 2010 I can’t say I was “shocked.” I held off commenting because it brought back so many memories from 1980, from 1990...

IAC Appointments, SESers and Political Reality

March 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In my industry/government conference wanderings, I stopped by Orlando this month for the annual IPIC conference. This is usually a "must attend" event in government and industry circles and has been around so long that few can recall what "IPIC" stands for. (Here's a hint: The first two letters stand...

The Perfect Management Storm

March 17, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new president, coming into office Jan. 20, 2009, will face what the current head of the Office of Personnel Management has called a “retirement tsunami." According to many experts, 60 percent of the federal government’s rank and file workforce and 90 percent of its top managers will be eligible...

The Tsunami that Never Came

March 12, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over the last several weeks in Government Executive and elsewhere one has seen articles playing off the phrase coined by Office of Personnel Management Director Linda Springer of a pending "retirement tsunami." Brian Friel of Government Executive probably put it best: "Since the beginning of the decade, federal human resources...

Picking a New Boss

February 21, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There is increasing evidence that management of the federal government may actually become a key issue in the candidates' debates and the upcoming presidential election. The most recent issue of The Economist features Sen. Obama on the cover and asks “But could he deliver?” Of course, for different reasons, Sens....

Outraged in Arlington

February 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The current issue of The Economist (Feb. 16-22, 2008) contains a 14-page special report on technology and government entitled “The Electronic Bureaucrat.” I'm still making my way through it, but it appears to confirm the obvious: (1) Much that is good has happened to date, but there is more to...

Getting Thin the Healthy Way

February 1, 1996 bout a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to present a paper on downsizing at a Cutback Management Training Conference sponsored by a regional association of the American Society for Public Administration. Back then, Vice President Gore's National Performance Review was calling for a reinvented government that...