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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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Nudging Concerns

April 22, 2009 President Obama's nomination of law professor Cass Sunstein as the administration's regulatory chief this week could be the start of a running debate about the design of government programs. Sunstein is co-author of the 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, which argues that programs can be...

Defense chief announces weapons cuts

April 6, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday afternoon announced a slate of proposed cuts to military weapons programs that will surely ignite major fights on Capitol Hill this year. Gates announced several major cuts: halting production of F-22 fighter jet, eliminating the VH-71 presidential helicopter program, killing the Air Force's CSAR-X...

All Ears

April 1, 2009 In 2004, a Justice Department section chief went to the head of her division, an assistant attorney general, with a problem. She told him she was concerned that one of his four deputy assistant attorney generals was hiring unqualified applicants. She did not drop the bigger bombshell-that she thought the...

All Ears

April 1, 2009 Good managers don't just listen, they respond and act. In 2004, a Justice Department section chief went to the head of her division, an assistant attorney general, with a problem. She told him she was concerned that one of his four deputy assistant attorney generals was hiring unqualified applicants. She...

Pentagon aims to bring jobs back in house

March 18, 2009 Defense contractors enjoyed robust growth in business over the past decade as both the Clinton and Bush Pentagons converted tens of thousands of jobs from government employees to contractor personnel. But as the Obama administration looks for ways to reduce growth in the defense budget, the Pentagon is eyeing those...

Conversation Starter

March 18, 2009 The future is not looking bright for the National Security Personnel System, much to the delight of many disgruntled participants in the Defense Department's pay and performance management program. The Pentagon has halted expansion of NSPS pending a review by the Obama administration -- an omen of likely doom. The...

Is Opulence In or Out?

February 25, 2009 Looking around at government offices, it's clear that two dramatically different kinds of managers control the interior decorating dollars. The first type is tight-fisted, sparing only the bare essentials for federal workers. Doors. Walls. Cubicle panels. Plain white desks. Those chairs on rollers with blue back-and-seat cushions (using the term...

Handing Out Rewards

February 4, 2009 In December 2001, Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey announced that the agency would not be issuing executive bonuses that year. Garvey acknowledged in a memorandum to FAA executives that many of them had performed extraordinarily and tirelessly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the fact that aviation security...

Handing Out Rewards

February 1, 2009 There are good and bad ways to recognize employees. In December 2001, Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey announced that the agency would not be issuing executive bonuses that year. Garvey acknowledged in a memorandum to FAA executives that many of them had performed extraordinarily and tirelessly after the Sept....

Leading Questions

January 21, 2009 Nearly every presidential administration begins with a review of the current shape of government -- which agencies are doing what work, at what cost and to what end. The Obama administration is no exception, with the new president promising a top-to-bottom review of federal operations. Each president has entered office...

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