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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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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...

Transparency Trap

May 5, 2010 Earl Devaney has launched a revolution. A transparency revolution. Devaney has spent his career keeping Uncle Sam honest, first as an investigator at various agencies, then as the inspector general at the Interior Department, and now as the chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the oversight agency that...

Transparency Trap

May 1, 2010 Opening the book on government operations could cause major headaches for federal managers. Earl Devaney has launched a revolution. A transparency revolution. Devaney has spent his career keeping Uncle Sam honest, first as an investigator at various agencies, then as the inspector general at the Interior Department, and now as...

Don’t Go, KSAs

April 14, 2010 Woe is the fresh-faced graduate, clenching a new master's degree in public policy, when he finds himself staring at a federal government job application that asks for a series of expository paragraphs describing how his knowledge, skills and abilities qualify him for the position he wants. How horrible that he...

It’s a Stretch

April 1, 2010 For many, the age-old jokes about government work are no laughing matter. Twentieth-century humorist and actor Will Rogers spent a good part of his career poking fun at the bureaucracy. "I don't make jokes," he would say. "I just watch the government and report the facts." Another favorite: "Be thankful...

Ha Ha Ha

March 31, 2010 Twentieth-century humorist and actor Will Rogers spent a good part of his career poking fun at the bureaucracy. "I don't make jokes," he would say. "I just watch the government and report the facts." Another favorite: "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for." And one from...

A Test of Leadership

March 17, 2010 Last August, President Obama announced an "innovation competition" at the Veterans Benefits Administration. He challenged employees to come up with ideas to cut applications backlogs, slash wait times for decisions and get benefits to veterans faster. Clearly, the agency's employees have ideas. They submitted 3,000 of them. Veterans Affairs Secretary...

It’s a Stretch

March 3, 2010 The general budget freeze President Obama proposed in February put penny pinchers in vogue. With mandatory spending programs, net interest on the debt and dampened tax revenues squeezing discretionary accounts, federal managers now know that they will face mostly stagnant budgets for some years to come. That means they will...

It’s a Stretch

March 1, 2010 Four tried-and-true ways to trim fat from your office budget-and avoid being asked to cut from the bone. The general budget freeze President Obama proposed in February put penny pinchers in vogue. With mandatory spending programs, net interest on the debt and dampened tax revenues squeezing discretionary accounts, federal managers...