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What It's Like to Run the TSA

Tom Fox | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

John S. Pistole, TSA administrator since 7/10, oversees the management of a workforce of 60,000; security operations at more than 450 U.S. airports; the Federal Air Marshal Service; and the security of highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

The Perils of the Wrong Budget Cuts

Max Stier | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Max Stier

As our nation confronts historic deficits, federal leaders are being asked to dramatically slash budgets and shrink government. There are no easy or p...

Preparing for What the Supercommittee Has in Store for Federal Agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

While there is no easy way to deal with the pain and difficult choices that lie ahead, it may be a good time to dust off some of those old books -- or discover new ones -- about leading change.

Poor Performers -- Dealing With Performance Issues in Federal Government

Tom Fox | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

It's a supervisor's responsibility to take action regarding poor performers -- both as a team leader and as a steward of taxpayer dollars -- even as difficult and cumbersome as the process may be.

The District of Cognitive Dissonance

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Despite a dire economic situation with enormous odds stacked against us, our government is seriously dumbing-down its own financial prowess, as evidenced by the recent minimum qualification standards set by the Office of Personnel Management.

Outrage Over $16 Muffin Was Half Baked

Wyatt Kash | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Wyatt Kash

Trying to hold a legitimate off-site meeting doesn't come cheaply in Washington whether you're organizing it for the Department of Justice or private industry.

Want to Drive Innovation in Your Federal Agency? Start With Leaders at the Top

Tom Fox | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

Leadership is the key to employee commitment, and ultimately to innovation and results.

Breaking Down Obama's $37M Payroll

Jeff Reeves | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reeves

Since 1995, every president has had to deliver a salary report of White House employees to Congress and the American people. And at a time when federa...

What Are Battered Feds To Do? Don't Worry, Be Happy

Tom Fox | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

There's been a steady drumbeat of bad news for federal employees for more than a year, and the stories are likely to get worse before they get better.

A Smarter Way on Federal Pay

Max Stier | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

By sticking with an arrangement from the past century, the public sector has largely missed the transformation that swept over the rest of the working world and has made itself vulnerable to criticism.

Federal Consolidation Comes With Risks

Max Stier | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

At the recent Gridiron roast for politicians and journalists, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius jokingly suggested moving the Tran...

America Needs Our Federal Employees

Daniel C. Adcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel C. Adcock


Restoring Worth to Our Public Servants

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive to The Washington Post. President Obama, much like John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this month, arrived at ...

Five Myths About Federal Workers

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Hard choices are needed to restore our nation's fiscal health. But across-the-board pay and hiring freezes avoid tough strategic decisions. The real question is not what can we cut, but how can we best save money.

Obama As Executive-In-Chief

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive commentary for Politico. President Barack Obama has worn many hats these last two years -- including co...

Support Your Local Federal Worker

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive to AOL News. As attacks from makeshift roadside bombs wreaked havoc in Iraq and later in Afghanistan, T...

Where Do People Think Gov't Workers Come From?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Public rancor directed at government workers is a bit confounding. It's on all levels: state, local, federal. Much of this particular election cycle ...

The Thoughtless Job Freeze in the GOP's 'Pledge To America'

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Reasonable though it may sound -- why shouldn't government tighten its belt like the rest of us? -- the GOP plan would handcuff our government's ability to effectively fulfill important functions.

The Federal Coach: What Steve Jobs Can Learn From Public Leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

Why is it that we associate private-sector leaders with greatness and associate public-sector leaders with bungling bureaucracy?

Federal Workers, Resource Not a Target

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

To be certain, the federal government has its faults and there is room for improvement, but facts matter. Here are five pervasive myths about federal workers.

Financial Reform Could Expand the U.S. Bureaucracy

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Max Stier

This was originally published as an exclusive to Roll Call. The financial reform proposals now before Congress will place greatly increased demands o...

Add Workforce Woes to Cybersecurity Chief's Agenda

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Max Stier

The first-ever White House cybersecurity coordinator, needs to prioritize the training and hiring of a highly skilled cybersecurity team.

Rankings Offer Congress Insider View of Federal Agencies

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

If our legislative leaders really want a clearer picture of what's going on within the executive branch, they would be wise to listen closely to the opinions of government employees.

The Flow-Chart Fallacy

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Do reorganizations make government work better? The results have been mixed.

Providing Parental Leave Benefits Invests in Federal Working Families

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

As new parents, federal workers are forced to decide between staying home with their children without pay or return to work early. We believe this is a choice federal workers should not have to make.