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Brian Friel

Brian Friel is founder of One Nation Analytics, an independent research, analytics and consulting firm for the federal market.
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Intelligent Design

May 1, 2008 How your workplace is designed can have a big impact on how things get done. The importance of designing workplaces with both efficiency and an agency's mission in mind was driven home at a recent congressional hearing featuring, of all people, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Harley...

Blast From the Past

April 16, 2008 The phrase "pay for performance" gets civil servants hot under the collar these days, as government leaders grapple with the perception that all members of the federal workforce receive the same treatment, regardless of their level of effort. The 1883 Pendleton Act launched the current civil service system. That law's...

Employer of Choice

April 2, 2008 Here's a pop quiz on federal hiring: How old would you guess the average entry-level federal hire is? What's the most common way entry-level employees find out about federal jobs? How long do most new employees plan to work for the federal government? One might imagine the typical applicant to...

Employer of Choice

April 1, 2008 New workers have good things to say about federal employment. Here's a pop quiz on federal hiring: How old would you guess the average entry-level federal hire is? What's the most common way entry-level employees find out about federal jobs? How long do most new employees plan to work for...

Contest Time?

March 19, 2008 Why do people enter competitions? Because people like to compete. Why do competitions have prizes? Because people like to win. The British parliament recognized those concepts in 1714, when it initiated a contest with a 20,000-pound prize to the inventor who developed a reliable method of determining longitude -- a...

It Ain’t Child’s Play

March 5, 2008 Assessing program performance is harder than one might think. It's been 15 years since Congress passed the Government Performance and Results Act, a law whose sponsors hoped would help establish a government guided by goals and measured by results. Sen. William Roth, R-Del., said on the Senate floor in 1993:...

It Ain’t Child’s Play

March 1, 2008 Assessing program performance is harder than one might think. It's been 15 years since Congress passed the Government Performance and Results Act, a law whose sponsors hoped would help establish a government guided by goals and measured by results. Sen. William Roth, R-Del., said on the Senate floor in 1993:...

The Tides of Time

February 20, 2008 Another year, another steady retirement rate. Since the beginning of the decade, federal human resources watchers have been predicting a tsunami of baby boomer retirements that would empty government offices, leaving a handful of ill-prepared Generation Xers to handle all of Uncle Sam's work. How many times have we been...

Congress, administration gear up for final budget battle

February 8, 2008 The last time an outgoing president and an opposition Congress squared off for their final budget battle, the opening salvos looked a lot like the first shots fired this year. "It's dead on arrival," House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, said of President Clinton's final budget proposal in February...

Say What?

February 6, 2008 Federal agencies have gotten better over the years at communicating clearly with the public. A quiet movement has bubbled along in pockets throughout the government for more than a decade, with advocates of plain language slowly making headway in convincing their bosses that it's more important to help people understand...

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