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Mark A. Abramson

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Picking Appointees

October 1, 2011 Not all political positions are the same, and not just any smart person is right for the job. In the push to make government work more effectively, much attention has been devoted to attracting top talent to career civil service jobs. But it's just as crucial to bring in political...

Analysis: Getting Appointees Up to Speed

February 17, 2010 As political appointees take their posts in the Obama administration, they are eager to receive useful information and insights about operating in Washington. The White House Office of Presidential Personnel offers orientation sessions, but there is a clear need for such programs at the departmental level. Under the 2000 Presidential...

Analysis: Czars and the Bureaucracy

May 29, 2009 On the campaign trail Barack Obama vowed to change the way Washington does business. As president, his management reform agenda still is evolving, but there are signs he is beginning to fundamentally transform the way government approaches big problems. As Obama appoints a series of strategic czars, the outline of...

Getting It Right

April 15, 2009 No matter what the nation's challenges are, the public expects government to work. In addition to carrying out its many existing programs, the stimulus bill and the financial bailout have added new promises the executive branch must deliver on. All the more reason the new administration must find the appropriate...

Analysis: Inside or Out

February 20, 2009 One of the greatest challenges the new administration faces is striking the right balance of civil servants and federal contractors. Recruiting the best and brightest is vital to improving the prestige of federal service. But will President Obama commit to hiring more civil servants? The nation is abuzz with an...

Across the Divide

August 13, 2008 Washington, we have a problem. The attitude of institutional Washington (Congress, the media, watchdog organizations and others) about two key components of government-civil servants and contractors-ranges from ambivalence to outright hostility. In the case of civil servants, the conventional wisdom is that there are too many of them, they are...

Across the Divide

August 1, 2008 Government's next leaders must strike a balance between civil servants and federal contractors. Washington, we have a problem. The attitude of institutional Washington (Congress, the media, watchdog organizations and others) about two key components of government-civil servants and contractors-ranges from ambivalence to outright hostility. In the case of civil servants,...

Fourth Quarter Blues

April 25, 2007 The fourth quarter of an administration can be problematic for career civil servants. Many of the starting players and regulars begin to leave. Substitutions become frequent and agency teams start to lose energy as plans and missions wind up in a holding pattern. As the Bush administration approaches the end...

Fourth Quarter Blues

April 15, 2007 As this term winds down, career employees must stay in the game. The fourth quarter of an administration can be problematic for career civil servants. Many of the starting players and regulars begin to leave. Substitutions become frequent and agency teams start to lose energy as plans and missions wind...

Move Full Speed Ahead on Leadership Development

October 1, 1997 ancy Hammond should stick to her position and keep hammering away at her colleagues at the Economic Coordination Administration (ECA). The stakes are high. The future of the ECA will depend largely on the deputy administrator's ability to get her colleagues involved in jointly managing human resources for the agency...