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Howard Risher

Workforce Management Consultant Howard Risher is a consultant focusing on pay and performance. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the transition to locality pay. Howard has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the new book It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce (2016), with Bill Wilder.
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Analysis: Remedies beyond the pay freeze

December 3, 2010 Two years? Three years? Complete freeze? Partial freeze? It seems certain that pay for federal employees will be frozen in some form. It also appears that their retirement benefits will be reduced. The final recommendations of President Obama's fiscal commission released on Dec. 1 would bring federal benefit plans more...

Analysis: More twists in the federal pay debate

November 2, 2010 The dispute over how well federal workers are paid zigzags on. An early-October opinion poll by The Washington Post shows the public apparently has been influenced by the news media and possibly by the reports the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation released this summer. Three-fourths of the Post's respondents think...

Analysis: The great federal pay debate

August 19, 2010 Federal pay has been a contentious issue since the earliest days of the country. Now, in the middle of a deep recession with public concern about deficit spending, it is not at all surprising to learn that critics contend federal salaries are too high. For years, annual reports issued by...

Eyes on the Prize

September 1, 1997 Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series on compensation practices. The first story, which appeared in the August issue of Government Executive, is available here. he past few years have seen more changes in the way work is organized and managed than in the previous half century...

Why Your Pay Doesn't Stack Up

August 1, 1997 he pressure to change the way you are paid is building up steam as agencies struggle to modernize. In a reinvention drive that has relied on many private sector tools for improving the behavior of organizations and their employees, pay incentives are the missing link. Other techniques--such as quality management,...