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Howard Risher

Howard Risher

Workforce Management Consultant

Howard Risher is a consultant focusing on pay and performance. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the transition to locality pay. Howard has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the new book It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce (2016), with Bill Wilder.
Howard Risher is a consultant focusing on pay and performance. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the transition to locality pay. Howard has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the new book It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce (2016), with Bill Wilder.
Management

The Federal Pay Equity Quandary

Rebuilding the workforce will require a pay system that is seen as fair to highly qualified men and women. It also has to enable agencies to compete for talent.

Management

The Work to Make Government a DEI Model

It won’t be easy to execute Biden’s executive order to make federal employment fair and free of bias.

Management

Building On Biden’s EO on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Research offers recommendations for improving transparency, access, recruitment and accountability.

Management

Transforming HR for the ‘New Normal’

Kiran Ahuja, the newly confirmed director of the Office of Personnel Management, faces a monumental task.

Management

How Biden Can Strengthen the Federal Workforce

There is no better way to understand how the work experience has changed and how it can be improved than meeting with front line employees.

Management

The Foundation of the GS System Has Become a Sham

The failure of the job classification system affects every HR practice and puts billions of dollars in payroll in question.

Management

Managing Pay When the Goal is Rebuilding the STEMM Workforce

This would be an ideal time to rethink the talent management policies for these essential occupations.

Management

The Business Case for Investing in Human Capital Management

The payoff will be improved agency performance—and the gains could be significant.

Management

Why We Need to Focus on Pay Equity in Government

President Biden’s promise to “pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all” defines the goal.

Management

Setting the Stage for Improved Performance

The Biden administration has an opportunity to significantly change how government works.

Management

Empowering Frontline Federal Workers

Change will require committed leadership. It’s a problem at all levels and in all functions.

Management

Why Biden Should Expand OPM’s Role

Changes instituted by the Trump administration reflect an outdated and discredited “do as you’re told” approach to management.

Management

Rebuilding Government as a Purpose-Driven Organization

An agency’s purpose should be the foundation for workforce management.

Management

It's Time to Rethink Employee Performance Management

The Trump administration’s plan to link layoffs to performance ratings is not credible because the ratings themselves are not credible.

Management

Why Agencies Should Invest in Managers (and Pay Them More)

The pandemic has created an opportunity for government to change the way work gets done. Managers will be the key to success.

Management

Remaking Government as a Great Place to Work

For reasons now buried in history, the Office of Personnel Management has never provided leadership in analyzing or tackling workforce problems.