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Under a Trump presidency, who would be left to run the government?

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Here's Donald Trump's tremendous plan for managing the federal government's workforce if he's elected president: 1) Fire employees at will; 2) Do n...

Federal Employees Earn 50% More Than The Private Workforce

MoneyTips | Posted 12.21.2016 | Business

MoneyTips "It's good enough for government work." This old phrase regarding the quality of work can now be turned around to say, "Government work i...

Many Federal Employees Will Spend Their Extra 4 Hours Off On Xmas Eve Like This

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 12.17.2016 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

Instead of spending that extra four hours on doing something that won't move the needle for you in your career, why not use that time to feed your soul, F.O.C.U.S.(Follow one course until complete) and make 2016 your best year yet.

Firing More VA Employees Faster Will Not Improve Services for Veterans

Max Stier | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Max Stier

In a rush to assist poorly served veterans, many in Congress are supporting legislation to quickly fire the "bad apples" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These lawmakers have the right intention -- improved care for veterans -- but their remedy will do far more harm than good.

Government Works, Even if Washington Doesn't

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Sure, the political system in Washington can certainly be described as dysfunctional -- and that's putting it kindly. But lumping together self-interested politicians with dedicated public sector employees is just plain wrong.

20 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Words Still Matter

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Much has been done since then to increase security and safety around federal buildings. Sadly, there has been no such progress in eliminating the types of anti-government sentiments that drove domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to target federal government employees on that fateful day.

How to Find Time to Develop Your Leadership Skills

Tom Fox | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Are you so caught up in the day-to-day grind of addressing personnel matters, budget concerns and sudden crises that there never seems to be time to even think about improving yourself at work?

Treated Poorly in the Workplace?

Tom Fox | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Christine Porath is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she focuses on the effects of bad behavi...

The VA Scandal Flags Much Bigger Problems in Civil Service

Max Stier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Max Stier

Congress has both an opportunity and an imperative to plan for the future federal workforce, but to do it properly, it must revamp the system that supports it.

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

Let's Accept That Government Has Changed

Tom Fox | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

After speaking with leaders across the federal government in recent weeks, I've come to an unlikely conclusion: Leaders are adjusting to the new budget reality and making progress.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta on Strengthening the Federal Workforce

Tom Fox | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Katherine Archuleta is the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government's human resources agency. Archuleta has h...

Go On, Thank a Federal Worker

Tom Fox | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

This year's theme for Public Service Recognition Week is "Proud to Serve," a fitting reminder that federal employees are highly motivated and dedicate...

Listen to Your Creative Federal Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

With budgets on the decline but expectations of government remaining appropriately high, every federal leader and front-line employee needs to find ne...

The Government Apocalypse: Life Without Public Servants

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Since 1985, the first week of every May has been designated as a time set aside to honor the women and men who serve our nation as government employees at the federal, state, county and local levels.

How to Take Charge of Your Career

Tom Fox | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Jesse Sostrin is the author of "Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job." He is also a consult...

Do Your Employees Think You Play Favorites? Three Ways to Tell

Tom Fox | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

As a manager, do you play favorites at work? Probably not, but the actions you take may leave employees thinking otherwise, according to a recent rep...

On Running the EPA

Tom Fox | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Robert Perciasepe is the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and for a time served as acting administrator. Prior to joi...

Training a New Generation of Special Agents

Tom Fox | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

B. Todd Jones, a former Marine and U.S. attorney, was confirmed last July as the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ...

Tips From Federal Agencies With Happy Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Our newly released 2013 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government' rankings show a continued decline government-wide in employee satisfaction and...

What to do when the 'Best Places to Work' rankings come out

Tom Fox | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The 2013 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings, released on December 18, provide managers with important insights into the satisfac...

Obama Signs Order For Federal Pay Raise

Reuters | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU, Dec 23 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order setting federal civilian and military pay scales for 2014, a...

Building a culture of entrepreneurs

Tom Fox | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Leonard A. Schlesinger is a Baker Foundation professor at Harvard Business School. He most recently served as the 12th president of Babson College, kn...

U.S. Agencies Reportedly Collected Americans' Personal Data In Massive Probe

McClatchy | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal w...

How to get your federal agency up and running again

Tom Fox | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

Government is open again and it's business as usual. Well, maybe not so fast. Yes, furloughed federal employees have returned after a 16-day shutdown...