The Never-Ending Appeals at VA Hurts All Vets

One of the deepest questions philosophers have considered over the centuries is the sometimes conflict between the rights and needs of society, and the rights and needs of each individual member of that society. The latest point in the debate over fixing the Veterans Affairs Department is a ... Read & React

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves Eleanor Roosevelt

Thrown Into the Deep End

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

This is the time of year when it’s natural to look back on the year that’s ending and look ahead to the year that’s coming up. You may find yourself focused on tallying up wins, losses and what’s too ... Read & React

Algorithms Make Better Hiring Decisions Than Humans

Managers might like to believe that they have better hiring judgment than a computer, but a recent working paper (paywall) from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests otherwise. The researchers looked at the employment record of 300,000 low-skill service sector workers across 15 ... Read & React

Congress Weighs In on Defense Procurement Gaps

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Professional Services Council

There is still a significant schizophrenia within the government generally, and particularly in the Defense Department, over the use of commercial items and services. As arcane as this issue might sound, it is actually one of the core lynchpins to the government's ability to drive innovation and ... Read & React

Brain Connections Predict How Well You Can Pay Attention

During a 1959 television appearance, Jack Kerouac was asked how long it took him to write his novel On the Road. His response – three weeks – amazed the interviewer and ignited an enduring myth that the book was composed in a marathon of nonstop typing. Like the Kerouac of legend, some people ... Read & React

How to Get More Dads to Take Paternity Leave: Pay Them

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, announced last week (on Facebook, of course) that he is planning to take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. In his post, Zuckerberg noted that studies have found better outcomes when parents take time off from work to be with their ... Read & React

Jane’s World: The Daunting Role of a Middle Manager

Jane is a middle manager in the federal government. Jane is responsible for translating broad objectives established by her leadership into manageable activities for her and her employees. Jane also performs technical work because her office is significantly understaffed. She also develops her ... Read & React

Why Poor FITARA Grades Are a Good Start

You wouldn’t think a report card full of Ds and Fs would make anybody happy. And you wouldn’t think it would provide an opportunity for repairing an ailing institution. But the awful grades federal agencies earned in the first round of rankings under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition ... Read & React

Want Innovation? 10 Tips for Senior Leaders

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

You rely on your staff to do the work for you. Let them. Don't micromanage their work. Don't act like you know their job better than they do. Make a decision. Make a phone call on their behalf. Make things work in their favor, make the system work for them. Give them ground cover with the ... Read & React

Achieving Joined-Up Government

This article is the second in a series that examines case studies and model architecture for GaaP (government-as-a-platform). Technology, connectivity and applications that are noninvasive to existing systems, yet are able to share data and build citizen engagement, offer new ways of delivering ... Read & React

Most of the U.S. Job Hunting Takes Place Online Now. That's a Problem For Many.

In the US, the internet has become a job seeker’s most important resource. People are researching, finding, and applying to jobs online with relative ease. A Pew Research Center report released Thursday (Nov. 19) shows most American adults who have looked for a job in the last two years turned to ... Read & React