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Raising GSA

November 1, 2010 Business transformation is her specialty, and Martha Johnson is eager to steer her troubled agency on a path to excellence. Given the recent history of leadership at the General Services Administration, it's almost hard to believe Martha Johnson when she says she danced around her living room upon hearing she...

The Wait Is Over

October 20, 2010 Finally, after 10 years of controversy, the Small Business Administration has launched the women's procurement program to help the federal government meet its statutory goal of awarding 5 percent of contract dollars to women-owned small businesses. The guidance, issued in early October, is a huge victory for advocacy groups that...

Thinking Small

October 6, 2010 The Social Security Administration's Michael Astrue must feel some solidarity with Sisyphus. Since being sworn in as commissioner in 2007, Astrue has been working diligently to push a boulder of disability backlog claims up a hill fraught with political and logistical challenges. Astrue and his SSA employees were just beginning...

Thinking Small

October 1, 2010 SSA chief Michael Astrue works all the angles to shrink a daunting disability backlog. The Social Security Administration's Michael Astrue must feel some solidarity with Sisyphus. Since being sworn in as commissioner in 2007, Astrue has been working diligently to push a boulder of disability backlog claims up a hill...

The Results Game

September 22, 2010 "Managing for results" is one of those ubiquitous phrases in federal government, bounced around with other catchphrases like "sharing best practices" and "breaking down silos." Many administrations have taken a crack at defining the results agencies should reach for and how their progress should be measured. Through the years, agencies...

DHS boosts its border workforce and technology

September 3, 2010 The Homeland Security Department has a diverse shopping list, encompassing everything from airport security gadgets to Coast Guard cutters to technology and staff to manage new passport requirements. The common thread among the department's recent purchases is support for two broader ongoing challenges: border security and immigration. In fiscal 2009,...

Homing In on Telework

September 1, 2010 Working from home has not only gained acceptance, it's becoming a management priority. But structuring a governmentwide policy won't be easy. Last winter, as snowstorms paralyzed the Washington region, shutting down federal agencies for four days and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity, telework went from...

Personnel chief: Telework makes sense, especially during emergencies

August 26, 2010 Editor's note: This is the last of four perspectives on telework in the federal government that will appear in the Sept. 1 issue of Government Executive Magazine. MOBILE WORKDAYS John Berry Director Office of Personnel Management Since being confirmed as director of OPM in April 2009, John Berry has spoken...

Agency official: Telework programs can succeed with the right tools

August 25, 2010 Editor's note: This is the third of four perspectives on telework in the federal government that will appear in the Sept. 1 issue of Government Executive Magazine. OFF-ROAD RULES Danette Campbell Senior Adviser for Telework U.S. Patent and Trademark Office The Patent and Trademark Office started its telework programs more...

Observer: Managers have reason to be wary of telework

August 24, 2010 Editor's note: This is the second of four perspectives on telework in the federal government that will appear in the Sept. 1 issue of Government Executive Magazine. GETTING BOSSES ON BOARD Bill Bransford General Counsel Senior Executives Association With the passage of legislation in both the House and Senate, telework...

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