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Why Some Counties Are Powerhouses For Innovation

By the time the application window closed, Amazon had received 238 proposals from cities and regions throughout North America looking to become the second headquarters of the behemoth tech company. Amazon invited proposals especially from places that looked a lot like its native Seattle: metro ... 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

Creating a 21st Century Federal Workforce

A key element of the president’s management agenda is “Developing a Workforce for the 21st Century.” Clearly, the more than 2 million federal workers can make or break any reforms. The PMA ... Read & React

The President’s Management Agenda Turns One

by Terry Gerton and Alan P. Balutis

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Trump Administration’s president’s management agenda. While this milestone may not be celebrated with cake and balloons, it is nonetheless important to recognize the progress that has been made over the past 12 months. The eagerly-awaited Trump PMA was ... Read & React

The High Cost of Undervaluing Older Talent

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

With the focus on the problems recruiting and retaining talented young people, especially in high demand fields, it sometimes seems as if government has forgotten its older workers.   But that would be a serious and costly mistake. Across the federal government, 44 percent – almost a million ... Read & React

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

Learning to lead effectively is one long continuous improvement process. No one comes to this role fully prepared for the rigors, twists, and turns created by people and conditions. It’s a learned process that emphasizes experimentation and adaptation in response to the ample surprises you’ll ... Read & React

Agencies Need to Move Beyond “People” Analytics to “Relational” Analytics

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Federal agencies increasingly are using “people analytics” to improve performance. Like most private sector organizations, agencies focus their analyses on data based on individuals, such as the data collected through the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, and from the Office of Personnel ... Read & React

How to Know if You’re Keeping the Right Pace for Yourself

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

This is the time of the year when I’m doing a lot of reading and coaching around the results of the Next Level 360 feedback instrument. The 360 provides a picture of how leaders are doing around three vital leadership imperatives: managing yourself, leveraging your team and engaging your ... Read & React

Why the $22 Trillion National Debt Does Not Matter – Here Is What You Should Worry About Instead

Does a few more trillion make a difference?
by William D. Lastrapes Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

The U.S. federal government’s debt load hit another milestone last month: It’s now a record US$22 trillion in nominal terms. That’s $67,000 for every man, woman and child living in the U.S., and it’s up $2 trillion since President Donald Trump took office in 2017. For comparison, U.S. debt is ... Read & React

Senate, White House Must Resolve Stalemate That Has Disabled Federal Employee Grievance Board

by Bill Valdez, Max Stier, Terry Gerton and Thomas W. Ross

The Merit Systems Protection Board is a small agency with a critical task: protecting the nonpartisan nature of the federal career civil service. For the first time in its 40-year history, the board, as of March 1, has no Senate-confirmed board members. The cause? The Senate for years has been ... Read & React

In Acquisition, Standing Still Is the Biggest Risk

by Tim Cooke

The biggest risk in federal acquisition today is not taking enough risks. Not reckless risks, but deliberate risks consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 1 guidance. The largest chunk of U.S. research and development spending, the most significant technological innovation, and its ... Read & React

Why Women Leaders Are Outperforming Men

by Michael Stallard President, E Pluribus Partners

The first to study female leadership 30 years ago, Sally Helgesen wrote a ground-breaking book titled The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership. As she studied a number of America’s most successful female leaders by following them around and closely watching them, five observations stood ... Read & React