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Politics As Usual: How the Federal Government Fails Working Parents

Rachael Ellison, MA | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Rachael Ellison, MA

Change is hard and good policies aren't enough in a culture that doesn't prioritize caregiving. For a glimpse into the challenges of creating a truly family-friendly culture we only need to look to America's largest employer -- the federal government.

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

Closing the Cyber Talent Gap

Steve Cooker | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Steve Cooker

For the U.S. federal government to effectively build its cyber workforce of the future, agencies must consider adopting new approaches and technologies to streamline critical aspects of recruiting, hiring, workforce planning, and training.

The United States' First CTO: 6 Business Innovation Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.27.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Most people do not associate innovation and the notion of a lean startup with government, but former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States Aneesh Chopra shares his insights about data and how government data can be a force of positive change to enable the private sector for the benefit of everyone.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 01.16.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

How Congress and Federal Leaders Can Work Better Together

Tom Fox | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

As the 114th session of Congress begins, we turned to two former legislators for greater insight into how congressional leaders and the federal leader...

"Cupcake Amnesty:" Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

No cupcake-related "rules or guidelines" were in fact "abolished" by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees our state's child nutrition programs, but Miller likely cares little about the specifics.

Julián Castro Shares His Thoughts on Leadership

Tom Fox | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Castro talked about his leadership philosophy, improving employee morale at HUD and how he spends his time away from the office.

How to Strengthen Federal Workers' Job Satisfaction

Tom Fox | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

According to the "Best Places to Work" data, 43 percent of federal agencies bucked the overall government-wide trend by engaging employees and improving morale. How did they do it?

How Federal Leaders Can Use the 'Best Places to Work' Rankings

Tom Fox | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

The rankings come at a time when the Obama administration is making a point of holding agency leaders and senior managers more accountable for improving employee engagement and productivity, in hopes of achieving better outcomes for the public.

Critiques of the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

A number of federal employees responded to my recent column about the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, largely reinforcing the flaws that recent surveys found in the way agencies manage this premier initiative.

So, Who Is Still Going to Jail for Marijuana?

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Despite repeated public declarations by the Obama administration that it isn't targeting patients growing for their own personal use, the Department of Justice continues to aggressively go after people who are in full compliance with their state's medical marijuana law.

The Real Issue On Election Day

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on?

What the Secret Service Needs to Do Now

Tom Fox | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Low employee morale can hinder the ability of agencies to effectively carry out their missions on behalf of the American people. With federal agencie...

The Deep-rooted Problems With Government

Tom Fox | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University and author of Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do B...

Gotcha, Government!

Terry Newell | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

Why couldn't the CDC save lives instead of putting them at risk? Why couldn't the VA help patients instead of delaying their care? Then maybe we would have a little more trust in the feds.

Bleeding the Federal Workforce

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

After 17 terms serving in Congress, Rep. Frank R. Wolf announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Wolf, a Republican from Northern Virginia, h...

How Obama Cut the Deficit in Half -- And Made Us Pay the Price

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.

4 Cornerstones for Federal Achievement

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

In order to succeed in business and in life, you have to be willing to change. Without change, there can be no growth. In order to get what you've never had, you have to become someone you've never been.

Celebrating What Government Gets Right

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government is responsible for numerous important accomplishments due to the talented and dedicated people who have chosen to serve, but to...

Treating Citizens Like Customers

Tom Fox | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Providing services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to the missions of most federal agencies, but many are falling short. ...

How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal workforce is shrinking, as more and more employees leave government and the rate of hiring declines. Unfortunately, this also comes at a t...

How to show leadership, even if you aren't the leader

Tom Fox | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Henry Evans is the co-author of "Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter," which explores ways that you can demonstrate leadership regardless of your...

The Public View of Public Schools: Are the Nation's Policymakers Listening?

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

This year's PDK/Gallup poll elicited Americans' opinions on a wide array of education topics, including Common Core State Standards, student standardized testing, international comparisons, school choice, and school governance issues.

5 Insider Strategies On How To Grow Your Small Business In Government Contracting

Helen Callier | Posted 10.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

It is a must-go time for minority businesses to take calculated risks to expand their footprint through government contracting