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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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All Together Now

September 1, 2010 Collaboration-minded feds discover that getting agencies to work together is easier said than done. Earlier this year, a human resources specialist at a federal agency put out a call to her comrades at other agencies: Could someone share a competency model-a list of expected skills and abilities-for staff attorneys? Such...

Fixing Reform

August 4, 2010 Like President Obama, the past two administrations pushed governmentwide management reform efforts. Bill Clinton had his reinventing government initiative, which focused on getting agencies to use technology better, while George W. Bush had the President's Management Agenda, which featured e-government as one of its five pillars. So it wasn't surprising...

Fixing Reform

August 2, 2010 Want good government? Get good agencies. Like President Obama, the past two administrations pushed governmentwide management reform efforts. Bill Clinton had his reinventing government initiative, which focused on getting agencies to use technology better, while George W. Bush had the President's Management Agenda, which featured e-government as one of its...

Learning It Your Way

July 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Let's say your boss has given you the job of setting up your office's Facebook page and Twitter account, but you don't know a Facebook fan from a Facebook friend, or a Tweet from Tweety Bird. You could go to a formal training workshop in a classroom that teaches the...

Learning It Your Way

July 7, 2010 You could go to a formal training workshop in a classroom that teaches the basics of social networking. Or you could play around with Facebook and Twitter yourself and contact other federal workers who have set up their own pages and accounts and ask them what they learned along the...

Learning It Your Way

July 1, 2010 Formal classroom training isn't the best route for many federal workers. Let's say your boss has given you the job of setting up your office's Facebook page and Twitter account, but you don't know a Facebook fan from a Facebook friend, or a Tweet from Tweety Bird. You could go...

Where’s the Rigor?

June 16, 2010 One decade ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy instructed federal agencies involved in scientific research to set up and follow integrity policies -- rules and procedures designed to ensure government-funded scientists produced reliable, accurate and objective work. Many federal agencies that spend billions of dollars on...

Political Hot Potato

June 2, 2010 Civil servants can make decisions that are better for the long-term good of the country than elected officials can, right? In a new book, public management expert Alasdair Roberts explores the rise and limits of that way of thinking, which he dubs in the title, The Logic of Discipline (Oxford...

Political Hot Potato

June 1, 2010 Career civil servants can't be expected to make all the hard decisions. Civil servants can make decisions that are better for the long-term good of the country than elected officials can, right? In a new book, public management expert Alasdair Roberts explores the rise and limits of that way of...

Mission Fissures

May 19, 2010 Through much of the 1990s, critics of the Immigration and Naturalization Service argued that its spotty performance was due largely to its conflicting missions. On the one hand, the agency was charged with quickly processing legal immigrants whose skills were needed in a growing economy. On the other, INS had...