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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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The Best and the Brightest

November 4, 2009 Everything old is eventually new again, to borrow a phrase. In the 1990s, Vice President Al Gore's re-inventing government initiative obsessed with the idea that great ideas were trapped on the front lines of the federal workforce. The reinventors in his office tried a variety of ways to spin those...

The Best and the Brightest

November 1, 2009 Should top leaders seek innovation from the front lines? Everything old is eventually new again, to borrow a phrase. In the 1990s, Vice President Al Gore's re-inventing government initiative obsessed with the idea that great ideas were trapped on the front lines of the federal workforce. The reinventors in his...

Culture Clashes

October 14, 2009 Earlier this year as the Senate was preparing the fiscal 2010 budget for the federal government, Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., received what he described as a surprising call at home. It was from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But Gates wasn't calling to complain about the Pentagon's funding. He...

People Prediction

October 7, 2009 The retirement tsunami that was expected to hit the federal workforce this decade has not come ashore. But it's still worth managers' time to do their own forecasts so they're not surprised by foreseeable events that could affect their hiring and retention plans. In 2000, federal workforce observers warned repeatedly...

People Prediction

October 1, 2009 Forecasting your office's future personnel needs can help you avoid a flood of vacancies. The retirement tsunami that was expected to hit the federal workforce this decade has not come ashore. But it's still worth managers' time to do their own forecasts so they're not surprised by foreseeable events that...

Moments to Remember

September 16, 2009 When National Journal asked former staffers to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to share memories of their iconic boss, they remembered exciting policy battles, big legislative victories and challenging political times. But their favorite recollections had little to do with the substance of their work. Instead, they relished small personal gestures...

Travel Warning

September 9, 2009 In March, the Agriculture Department sent employee Robert Teclaw from Washington to Atlanta on official business. Teclaw works for USDA in Washington, but his home is in Indiana. Normally, he travels back and forth on weekends. In this case, Teclaw's work in Atlanta wrapped up on a Friday, so he...

Travel Warning

September 1, 2009 Managers and employees could end up footing hefty bills for work-related trips. In March, the Agriculture Department sent employee Robert Teclaw from Washington to Atlanta on official business. Teclaw works for USDA in Washington, but his home is in Indiana. Normally, he travels back and forth on weekends. In this...

Join the Crowd

August 12, 2009 In recent weeks, members of Congress have been listening to their constituents' concerns about health care reform and have heard a common refrain: Whatever insurance program Congress creates, lawmakers should join. If there's a public insurance option, people want their representatives in Washington to enroll in it. Similarly, Washington-area Metro...

Continuous Unimprovement

July 15, 2009 Anyone who has visited a lot of federal buildings likely wasn't surprised at the news July 8 that investigators found haphazard security procedures at government facilities nationwide. There's long been a frustrating lack of uniformity at entrances to Uncle Sam's workplaces. Security guards sometimes ask for identification, sometimes they don't....