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Bleeding the Federal Workforce

Tom Fox | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

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

Solar Could Grow Faster if We Had a Functioning Federal Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

It is obvious that the United States federal government is struggling to perform basic governance functions and, as I wrote earlier this summer, it is incapable of leading the transition to a renewable economy.

Treated Poorly in the Workplace?

Tom Fox | Posted 08.22.2014 | 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...

Our Dysfunctional National Government Is Incapable of Building a Sustainable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

There are several trends in American politics that lead away from democracy, moderate demands for change, and inhibit building a federal government capable of working with the private sector to bring about a sustainable economy.

Becoming Intentional About College Retention

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.27.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Retention means something quite different depending upon the institution. At elite colleges, for example, retention rates below 85 percent in four years are a cause of concern.

Leading the Peace Corps

Tom Fox | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Carrie Hessler-Radelet was recently confirmed as director of the Peace Corps, after serving as the agency's acting director and deputy director. She w...

Leadership Books for the Beach

Tom Fox | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

With summer vacation season in full swing, many of you are probably on the lookout for good beach reads. While you may be tempted to search out fictio...

Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.

7 Key Ways to Increase Your Small Business Chances of Winning Government Contracts

Helen Callier | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

As your small business starts swimming in the Federal market while continuing to grow on the local and state levels, know that there are key strategies required for success in winning contracts.

Trying to improve morale in government

Tom Fox | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Reginald Wells is the deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Human Resources and also serves as the agency's chie...

Small Management Tweaks With a Big Payoff

Tom Fox | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal leaders can have a major influence on employee satisfaction, but it can sometimes be hard for them to figure out where to start. They know it'...

Navigating Federal Grants, Training, and Resources

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders...

Creating a Culture of Accountability

Tom Fox | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

No one in a leadership position wants to hear bad news, that programs or polices are not working as expected, or that irregularities and deceptive pra...

How Philanthropy Is Changing the Culture on Full Cost Funding

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Breaking the nonprofit starvation cycle is not easy, but exciting progress keeps happening. To keep that momentum going, a great deal of culture change is needed.

Hillary's Right On This One

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Suzan Johnson Cook

Why don't they just stop? Hillary's absolutely right on this one. As a former senior-level appointee in the White House, under two presidents and three cabinet secretaries, I came out last October, 2013.

The litany of woes for government HR

Tom Fox | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal HR community faces a litany of woes: limits placed on new hiring, inflexible hiring procedures that often discourage or rule out high-qual...