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10 Things to Know About Government Reorganizations

I have had a long and somewhat checkered career in public service. Among the things that stand out to me are the research and work I’ve done related to government reorganizations. I was involved in creating two new agencies, abolishing two others, and moving an agency from one Cabinet department ... Read & React

Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire the best. Howard Risher

Major Facebook Users Are Worse At Making Decisions

New research shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making. “Around one-third of humans on the planet are using social media, and some of these people are ... Read & React

Agencies Spent $4 Trillion Last Year; Did Taxpayers Get What They Paid For?

by Jay Hurt

The federal government spent over $4 trillion in fiscal year 2018, but according to a Gallup poll, more than 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with federal government services. When pressed to explain which services cost too much or why they think Americans don’t get what they pay for, ... Read & React

What Federal HR Could Learn from Tennessee’s Reforms

I recently visited the state of Tennessee to review its award-winning human resources function and training program and the reforms state officials have made over a five-year period. I took a federal chief human capital officer and his deputy with me, so they could imagine the possibilities. ... Read & React

Older Folks Were Most Likely To Share ‘Fake News’ In 2016

by James Devitt

New research finds that only a small percentage of Americans, less than 9 percent, shared links to so-called “fake news” sites on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election campaign. This behavior, however, was disproportionately common among people over the age of 65, researchers report. ... Read & React

Psychology’s Five Revelations For Finding Your True Calling

Look. You can’t plan out your life. What you have to do is first discover your passion – what you really care about. Barack Obama If, like many, you are searching for your calling in life – perhaps you are still unsure which profession aligns with what you most care about – here are five recent ... Read & React

The Case for Inbox Infinity

The day after Christmas, I spent seven hours sifting through more than 2,700 unread emails I had accumulated over the previous month. Like many other people, I intended to begin 2019 with a fresh inbox and zero unread messages. Since the idea of “Inbox Zero” was first coined in 2007 by Merlin ... Read & React

If the Shutdown Derails Your Finances, It Could Affect Your Security Clearance

The government shutdown is entering day 16, and if you’re a national security employee, you’re probably still working. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re still getting a paycheck. While the Defense Department is working with appropriated funds, workers in the departments of Justice, State ... Read & React

Federal Employees Did not Sign Up to be Shut Down

by Donald Moynihan

Another Trump-era government shutdown continues, this one with no end in sight. The President, who initially seemed to waver in his demands for wall funding, was urged to shut down the government by the far-right Freedom Caucus. Their actions will affect citizens seeking public services. But it ... Read & React

What Habits Are You Building This Year?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Welcome to 2019. By writing this, I am following through on one of the habits I set out for myself in my annual planning period between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. The particular habit I’m talking about is to write at least 500 words a day, Monday through Friday, in 2019. Why am I ... Read & React

If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

by Peter Gosselin

Tom Steckel hunched over a laptop in the overheated basement of the state Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, early last week, trying to figure out how a newly awarded benefit claims contract will make it easier for him do his job. Steckel is South Dakota’s director of employee benefits. ... Read & React