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The Future of Civic Engagement

From its earliest days, American democracy has been rooted in vigorous civic engagement. More recently, there have been fears that increasing distrust in institutions will lead to large scale disengagement in civic life. However, some optimistic observers are hopeful that the millennial ... 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

Four Reasons Why Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

by Glenn Jeffers

With nearly 1.3 million active-duty troops, and another 865,000 in armed forces reserves, the United States boasts one the largest military forces on the planet. That fighting force, however, ... Read & React

All Agencies Can Now Buy Innovative Tech at Shark-Tank Speed

Have you been watching enviously as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the Homeland Security Department’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program and various other exceptional entities have been able to snap up new technological wonders from Silicon Valley and elsewhere? Using what’s ... Read & React

Yes, Your Coworkers Are Secretly Changing The Office Temperature

by Leah Fessler

Few office debates are more fraught than the thermostat. While some of us envelop our goosebumps in desk blankets, others bask in glacial air-conditioning, unfettered by the dissonance between summer heat and open-layout freezers. Then of course there’s Jim, who always seems comfortable. No one ... Read & React

Agencies Need to Take More Risks in Acquisition

by Meroe Park and Ben Marglin

The recently released president’s management agenda states that efforts to transform government through major acquisitions are hamstrung by processes that “remain captive to a risk-averse culture that rewards compliance over creativity.” No wonder. The Federal Acquisition Regulation contains a ... Read & React

You Can Be a Better Negotiator Just By Listening For Verbal Tells

by Lila MacLellan

“You rarely learn anything while your mouth is open,” says Simon Letchford, managing director of Scotwork, a consulting company that specializes in corporate negotiations. The truism is top of mind right now as he watches US president Donald Trump prep for a summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, ... Read & React

How Well Are Federal Employees Really Paid?

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Every year the Federal Salary Council and Pay Agent release reports showing federal employees are badly underpaid. According to a table in the Pay Agent report from last December, the national pay gap was 34 percent. In the Washington, D.C., locality area, the gap was 51 percent across all ... Read & React

Watching Experts Gives People Confidence In Themselves That They Absolutely Do Not Deserve

by Corinne Purtill

I have a confession. Every four years I sit on my couch and watch several hours of Olympic figure skating. I watch professional athletes with decades of training under their spandex leap and twirl around the rink and I think: I bet I could do that. For reasons that defy logic, there is a part of ... Read & React

Email Is Dangerous

One week ago, a group of European security researchers warned that two obscure encryption schemes for email were deeply broken. Those schemes, called OpenPGP and S/mime, are not the kinds of technologies you’re using but don’t know it. They are not part of the invisible and vital internet ... Read & React

OMB Wants To Strengthen a Learning Culture in Government

by Andrew Feldman and Nick Hart

Amazon, Apple and Google are examples of Fortune 500 companies that are known as learning organizations. They relentlessly pursue knowledge creation and transfer, leading to improvements in products and practices. By actively managing their institutional learning, they serve their customers’ ... Read & React

These Two Activities Can Improve The Mind And Body

A meditation and stress reduction program may be as effective at getting people to move more as structured exercise programs, according to new research. And for people with depression, a second study points to the benefits of resistance training. The first study compared two intervention ... Read & React