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Presidential Candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn: The Government Mechanic

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Hillary Clinton isn't the only woman with government experience running for President. Clinical psychologist and presidential candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn has been reinventing and transforming government from the inside for 32 years.

Women Make History Again as Women Business Owners Achieve Federal Contracting Benchmark

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 03.04.2017 | Women
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Last fiscal year the federal government set a new record for the highest percentage of contracting dollars awarded to women-owned small businesses in the history of the United States. 17.8 billion dollars was injected into the U.S. economy through women-owned small business contracts.

In FY14, Uncle Sam Breaks Record for Small Business Contracting

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

This past Friday at the Pentagon, SBA released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard, and I was delighted to report that in Fiscal Year 2014 the federal government awarded the highest percentage of contracting dollars to small businesses since we started keeping score.

What Makes Some Federal Agencies Better Than Others at Innovation

Tom Fox | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Tom Fox

It's worth pausing to examine what sets apart those agencies that reward creativity and innovation. They tend to have developed innovative cultures by providing forums for employees to share and test new ideas, by encouraging responsible risk taking, and by occasionally bringing in outside talent for rotational assignments to infuse new thinking into the workplace.

Using Social Media for Your Federal Agency

Tom Fox | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal agencies first began using social media as a public-relations device to share news as well as organizational accomplishments, but many are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and other channels to directly engage the public and provide better customer service.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Calls On Federal Agencies To Reduce Emissions 40 Percent By 2025 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Thursday committing the federal government to cutting its own emissions 40 percent b...

Leading in the Last Two Years of an Administration

Tom Fox | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

With only two years remaining for the Obama administration, it might be easy for agency leaders, both political and career, to assume they are in a lame-duck situation and can't get much done. The truth is that agencies can accomplish a great deal in the next 24 months, according to Edward Montgomery.

Building a brand for your federal agency

Tom Fox | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

As federal leaders know all too well, budgets are tight and federal hiring is limited. But this doesn't mean that agencies should simply throw in the ...

How to make government a more excellent, more innovative place to work

Tom Fox | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Robert Sutton is a professor of management at Stanford University, an organizational researcher and author of numerous management books. On Leadership...

Tax Breaks for Corporate Wrongdoing, Part 1: The FTC

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

Every year, the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, negotiates hundreds of millions of dollars in deals with corporations to settle allegations of criminal wrongdoing. However, the FTC has ended up allowing bad actors to claim massive tax deductions for their wrongdoing.

Fixing the gaps and overlaps between federal agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

As federal leaders know all too well, collaboration among agencies on common missions is a rarity. The government is set up on a program-centric and a...

Smart ways to make federal agencies more inclusive

Tom Fox | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

What is your agency doing to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment? The Interior Department appears to be moving in the right direction in ...

Physician, Heal Thyself -- Where's the 'Affordable Government Act'?

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Think of the power of paying each taxpayer back -- rebating the Treasury -- when the government isn't efficient enough and spends more than 20 percent maximum on administrative costs.

Getting past the roadblocks to government innovation

Tom Fox | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Innovation can take many forms in government, from implementing improved work processes and more effectively providing critical services to the public...

Tips for hiring STEMM talent into government

Tom Fox | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's demand for talent in the science, technology, engineering, mathematical and medical (STEMM) fields is growing, but is often i...

White House Issues Warning On Sequestration

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) - The White House budget office on Thursday urged federal agencies to be flexible...

Using Data to Improve Government Performance

Tom Fox | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Based on interviews and focus groups with federal employees -- managers, program staff and analytics staff -- we identified strategies for using data to make informed assessments of how programs are working and how to achieve better results.

Is Your Small Business Exempt from OSHA?

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business

The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers most businesses that have employees. It has specific rules and regulations but it also specifies a numbe...

Coordinating Data to Improve Government Programs

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Data is the tongue of the federal government and too often data and information from one agency's program is incompatible with data collected by another.

Bureaucracy Bashing, Obama-Style

Rena Steinzor | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

By casting regulatory agencies and the people who work there as tin-eared buffoons, the President makes it all the harder for the agencies and their advocates to get the political support they need to adopt badly needed safeguards.

Leadership That's Right on the Money

Tom Fox | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

There is no other commodity that really chronicles American history better than our currency and coins. So to go through this planning process with them, we can reconnect with their work and showcase why it's important and why they are valued.

As Bat Deaths Mount, So Does Urgency for a National Response

Noah Greenwald | Posted 04.01.2012 | Green
Noah Greenwald

A mysterious, fatal disease is stealing North America's bats at a staggering rate.

While We're Sitting on the Cabinet, Let's Bring Something to the Table

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Within a matter of months, if Obama's proposed merger is successful, small businesses will once again be unrepresented on the president's cabinet, and even worse -- they will no longer have a federal agency to assist them.

President Obama Succeeded in Duping the Media, Congress and the Public About His Plan to 'Streamline' Government

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think any president in recent history has ever called a press conference to talk about cutting such a tiny portion of the federal budget. That's because President Obama is not trying to shrink government with this proposed merger of the SBA.

Inside President Obama's West Wing

Tom Fox | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Chris Lu is assistant to the president and White House Cabinet Secretary. Prior to serving in the White House, he worked for then-Senator Obama as legislative director and acting chief of staff, and consequently served as executive director of the presidential transition.