Excellence in Government

What the United States can learn from Australia’s recent catastrophic failure to listen to career government experts

COMMENTARY | A hastily launched 2016 program to reduce overpayment of government benefits was plagued by “unfairness, probable illegality and cruelty,” an Australian commission later found.

A fresh look at the federal workforce and the skills needed to solve today’s pressing problems

COMMENTARY | A new book offers a roadmap for recruiting and training employees who can build bridges within government and across sectors.

Trust in the federal government is in a tailspin. Here’s how agencies can rebuild it.

COMMENTARY | Agencies must prove they are competent and support values such as transparency.

Transparency in numbers: Federal contractors must be held accountable for their diversity efforts

COMMENTARY | A more diverse talent pool will result in government services—and access to those services—that are more reflective of the constituents those services support.

Adjusting Jobs to Protect Workers’ Mental Health is Both Easier and Harder Than You Might Think

The tasks employees perform are often not what leads to their mental health degradation. Instead, an employer’s culture and the way its jobs are designed play big roles.

To Advance Equity in Contracting, Make It Easier and Cheaper to Sell to the Public Sector

COMMENTARY | The key to making procurement more inclusive will be to systemically reduce the cost of doing business with public entities—by an order of magnitude.

Phil Kiviat, Long-Time Advocate for Better Government, Dies at 85

He will be remembered for his work to foster closer relationships between government and industry through building trust.

It’s Time to Act on the Workforce Portion of the President’s Management Agenda

Despite human capital reforms being referenced in recent management agendas, not much has actually changed.

It’s Time to Rethink Degree Requirements for Federal Contractors

Outdated mandates that job candidates have 4-year educational degrees create barriers to getting the best people on the job.

Federal Retirees Could Be a Great Talent Source, If Only It Were Easier to Bring Them Back  

There are lots of job ready federal retirees out there prepared and willing to return to work for Uncle Sam, but we need to eliminate the biases and disincentives that make it too hard for them to do so. 

The General Schedule System Needs An Upgrade, Now

We shouldn’t use 70-year-old products to manage the 21st century workforce.

The Gathering Storm Threatening the Civil Service

Conservatives are gearing up for a big debate and attacks that could upend the civil service as we know it. 

OMB’s Latest Workplace Guidance Goes Beyond Asking Agencies to Cut Back Telework

The memo requires agencies to undergo periodic health checkups to make sure they are meeting their performance goals.

Our Accountability System is Broken. Fix It First

The way we hold federal employees accountable for meeting reasonable standards of performance and behavior is badly broken, and it must be fixed before we can talk about additional reforms, argues one former federal leader.

Let’s Rethink the Management of Our Civil Service

In this op-ed, the executive vice president of the Partnership for Public Service posits that we should build up public servants and hold them accountable to improve government performance.

The Veterans Benefits Administration is a Good Candidate for Tailored Reforms

Additional hiring flexibilities and compensation changes would allow the agency to respond faster to new legal requirements.

Government Reform Isn’t Dead. It’s Just Changed.

There isn’t much appetite for large-scale governmentwide reforms right now, but there’s still movement at individual agencies.