Excellence in Government

The IRS Will Need These 4 Things to Succeed After the Midterms

Commissioner-designate Danny Werfel has an opportunity to transform the tax agency, if given the right tools.

Here’s One Way to Help the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity Succeed

Minority entrepreneurs would benefit from tools, mentorship and peer support to navigate the complex world of federal procurements. 

The Government’s Pay System Needs to Be Fixed. The Federal Salary Council Can (and Should) Lead the Charge.

The former chair of the Federal Salary Council, on behalf of his fellow appointees from the previous administration, discusses why the council should take up unfinished business left over from that administration.

A Missed Opportunity: The Problem With Ignoring Government Performance Information

Federal agencies’ quarterly performance updates, short- and long-term strategic plans, and annual performance reports deserve more attention.

How the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v. EPA Decision Will Upset the Administrative World

The ruling will likely sow confusion and gridlock, and shift the balance of power in an unintended way.

The Case for Creating an Older Workers Bureau

An agency focused on seasoned workers could further President Biden’s stated campaign goal of helping people who want to defer retirement continue contributing to society.

Government Leadership and the Power of Mindfulness

By teaching themselves to move beyond impulsive reactions, executives can become more thoughtful—and more effective.

Throwing Money at Infrastructure Projects Is Not Enough

It’s time to invest in the workforce we need to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law.

A Quick Take on the President’s Management Priorities

The president's vision has now been filled out in more detail. Here are some thoughts. 

Biden's Management Agenda is the Answer to One CEO’s Plea for Better Government

Robert Shea argues that the President's Management Agenda is designed to remedy dysfunction.

How Federal Agencies Can Improve Americans’ Health and Well-Being

Federal agencies have the opportunity and responsibility to integrate the social determinants of health into their missions and their work. 

Making the Case for a Federal Management Corps

The challenges facing the Veteran Benefits Administration may make it a good place to test a Management Corps.

Opinion: USDA’s New Proposed Labor Regs for Contractors Go Way Too Far  

The draft rules are meant to prevent companies with labor law violations from doing business with the government, but they are excessive, poorly conceived and probably illegal.   

Managing Effectively From Afar: Lessons From Anthropologists During the Pandemic

Federal leaders can learn a lot from anthropologists about observing agency culture and listening to employees.

The Biden Administration Can Seize a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Advance Equity. Here’s How.

The administration must reset its relationship with people who lack access to federal services.