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Leadership Lessons From the Grave

Tom Fox | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

"I realized then what we did at the national cemetery for those who serve this nation, the veterans and their dependents, was special. I also understood that we don't have a second chance to do it right. We have to do it right the first time."

We Need to Promote Public Service in Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

A sophisticated, competent government would be a real asset as we face the challenges presented by globalization and the need for environmental sustainability. Too bad we don't have one.

The Ryan Budget Is an Affront to Economics and American History

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Paul Ryan has issued a new proposal to cut the budget even further, to the point where most unemployment programs will be half the size that they were during the Reagan administration. This is a cruel, counterproductive path we are on, and that is not a statement of mere opinion.

How to compete with the private sector for young workers

Tom Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Employees younger than 30 represent just 8.5 percent of all federal workers, compared with 23.2 percent of the total U.S. workforce. That's a sign tha...

Lessons From 25 Tears at the Treasury Department

Tom Fox | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

David A. Lebryk has held numerous positions at the Department of the Treasury since 1989. In 2012, he was named the first commissioner of the Bureau o...

Government Declares BP a 'Responsible' Contractor: Workers and Taxpayers Beware

Rena Steinzor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Rena Steinzor

How long should BP have remained on probation, barred from doing business until the American workers and taxpayers have some confidence it has really changed? How about the same time period during which it insulted our trust -- at a minimum.

Regulating Regulations: New Rubio Proposal Flawed

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is trying to stimulate a serious discussion about the cost of government regulation and its impact on our economy. But his proposal lacks common sense and should serve only as a starting point.

Making telework more widespread in government

Tom Fox | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Telework is slowly gaining a foothold in the federal government, but changing the attitudes of managers and supervisors who want to see their employee...

Solving Chicago's Economic Crisis

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.13.2014 | Chicago
Steve Siebold

The financial nightmare that's been facing Chicago seems to be getting worse. Moody's Investor Services downgraded the city's credit rating on $8.3 b...

Management lessons from inside Treasury

Tom Fox | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Nani Coloretti is the Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for management. She previously helped establish the new Consumer Financial Prot...

Government Policies Harm Income Mobility

Benjamin Powell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

Politicians have been talking about income inequality and upward mobility for the last two months. Unfortunately, their sound bites confuse the issues more than they clarify them.

Here's how to reform civil service in America

Tom Fox | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Linda Bilmes is a professor at the John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an author and an expert on civil service issues. She s...

Building a brand for your federal agency

Tom Fox | Posted 02.28.2014 | 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 ...

Leadership Lessons From the Olympics

Tom Fox | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Like many of you, I love watching the Winter Olympics for both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Beyond witnessing these incredible athle...

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

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

Tom Fox | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

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

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...

Forget the Deficit: How to Achieve Economic Prosperity in 5 Steps

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Rather than slashing services that millions of Americans rely on and cutting wages and benefits for government workers and retirees, Congress should be exploring ways to generate new sources of revenue that would put us on a path to prolonged economic growth.

What Determines a Healthy Economy?

David Bergstein | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
David Bergstein

There are countless ways to explain and decipher the inner-workings of the US and world economies. But little is actually discussed about the underpinnings of what truly defines a healthy economy. It's not complicated.

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...

Useful New Year's Resolutions for Federal Leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

THE NEW YEAR provides a great opportunity for federal leaders to make fresh start. Sure, the old problems have not gone away, new challenges undoubte...

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 ...

It's a Matter of Priorities

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

It is clear the pledge made to Grover Norquist is stronger for some in Congress than the pledge they have made to our troops. It is absolutely reprehensible that the richest country in the world will not keep its promises to its voluntary military.

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...