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Ronald Sanders

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Leadership Matters, But Government Has a Deeper Problem

May 23, 2017 In recent weeks, Government Executive has published a sampling of chapters from the book Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration. We hope that in so doing, policymakers and legislators may realize there is a crisis at hand. That crisis is quiet....

A Blueprint for SES Reform

May 11, 2017 This is the final installment of Government Executive’s series of excerpts from the National Academy of Public Administration’s new book, Building a 21st Century SES: Ensuring Leadership Excellence for Our Federal Government. It was my great privilege to edit (and contribute to) that book, which includes 23 recommendations for reforming...

Without Reforms, SES May Not Be Ready for 21st Century Government

April 18, 2017 We recently collaborated on a new book, Building a 21st Century Senior Executive Service, published by the National Academy of Public Administration, but we’re not sure anyone cares—and that worries us. We’re not concerned about book sales, since the book is not for sale. It’s available for free on the...

Mad Max or Shining City on a Hill: Where Are We Headed?

May 25, 2016 What happens when an auspicious group of current and former Cabinet and federal agency heads, senior Office of Management and Budget and Government Accountability Office officials, academics and think tank leaders try to look into the future in order to tell the next presidential administration what it should (or should...

Risk-Intolerant Acquisition Processes Are Hurting Innovation

February 16, 2016 Innovation in government is not only possible, it has led to breakthrough inventions—from GPS and the Internet to Velcro. Such innovation requires agencies and their partners outside of government to take and share strategic risks. In fact, federal organizations that are in the business of innovation, like the Defense Advanced...

To Boldly Go . . .

April 1, 1997 hey are known as the Blair House Papers, after their place of origin-a historic red-brick building just across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-and they purport to offer nothing less than the road map (dare we say a bridge?) to a post-reinvented 21st century federal government. Indeed, prepared in early...

Reinvention: Back to the Future

December 1, 1996 hen it comes to reinventing itself, the federal government has long suffered from an organizational strain of attention deficit disorder, an affliction that has led to an almost endless series of reform efforts-blue ribbon commissions, special studies and reports. Each one begins with great fanfare only to atrophy out of...

Reinvention: Back to the Future

November 5, 1996 hen it comes to reinventing itself, the federal government has long suffered from an organizational strain of attention deficit disorder, an affliction that has led to an almost endless series of reform efforts-blue ribbon commissions, special studies and reports. Each one begins with great fanfare only to atrophy out of...