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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

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Changes instituted by the Trump administration reflect an outdated and discredited “do as you’re told” approach to management.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

Management

The GS System Is a Barrier to Effective Governance

The rigidity of the General Schedule, the political pressure to control payroll costs, the importance of tenure and the restricted authority of managers all impede effective workforce management.

Management

Rebuilding the Federal Workforce

The Biden administration will need to make the civil service more competitive with the private sector in attracting needed talent.

Management

The Speed of Workforce Change Is Undermining the Civil Service

Personnel practices rooted in blue collar work from the last century continue to hold government back.

Management

Reforming Agencies to be Ready for the Future

Former Comptroller General David Walker makes a strong case for transforming federal personnel systems to stress values of accountability, integrity and reliability.

Management

What Stakeholder Public Service Would Look Like

Leading companies have made commitments to their employees. Government should do the same.

Management

The Civil Service System Has Failed — Again

A new white paper reinforces the notion that the way forward is to work around the current system.

Management

Empowering Employees is Essential to Improving Performance

Empowered employees take goal achievement very seriously. When problems arise, they know they are expected to act.

Management

The Missing Management Practice: Linking Metrics to Rewards

Engagement is clearly important, but it doesn’t assure an organization’s success.

Management

The Lack of Meaningful Human Capital Metrics Is Hurting Agencies

There’s no effective dashboard documenting the government’s efforts to solve its considerable workforce problems.

Pay & Benefits

Federal Pay is Way Off Track

The General Schedule system is unresponsive to labor market dynamics and agency staffing needs.

Management

OPM Should Take a Lesson From the Army

Making skills and competencies integral to talent management is an effective strategy in every field.

Management

It’s Time for ‘Stakeholder Public Service’

A commitment to fairly serve all who have a stake in government—including employees—would serve the nation well.

Management

HR Holds the Keys to Revitalizing Public Service

The pandemic and emerging budget problems make it imperative to manage government’s people assets more effectively.

Pay & Benefits

The Pandemic Drove the Final Nail in the GS System

The government is confronted with a different workforce management reality than at any time in the past.