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Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Meeting With Your Federal Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

While agencies have their own performance management systems and timetables for employee reviews, these conversations should be occurring throughout the year.

President Obama Needs to Make Good on His Promise to Invest in the Middle Class

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 12.09.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

To knowingly divert that money to large businesses that have created few, if any, net new jobs in recent years and that are shipping jobs overseas and that are not paying their fair share of taxes, is economic lunacy.

Federal Contractors and Consumers Target of President's Speech on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

President Obama has underscored that the prevention of slavery is the responsibility of government and the private sector and consumers. As a result, he reframed the issue into one not of us and them but us - period. We, the collective we, are the solution to human trafficking.

Disappointed With Government? Pump Up the Pipeline

Steve Ressler | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Steve Ressler

Though we may not agree on the ideal size or role of government, we can all agree that we want better, more effective government -- government that works. One way to create more effective government is to expand the pipeline of prospective public sector professionals through programs that attract promising graduate students.

Sexuality in Our Schools

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Jon Hotchkiss

They're going to hear about orgasms but won't have any idea that when they're mature enough to handle the responsibilities, an orgasm is a magical feeling you can share with someone you love on a Hawaiian shore just as the sun sets. Or even in the bathroom with someone you just met at Starbucks.

HR Leaders Make Inroads Amid Turbulent Times in Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's human-resources community has its hands full dealing with declining budgets, looming workforce reductions, employee retirements, widening gaps in leadership skills and a host of other challenges.

Aye, There's The Rub

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We have to restrain spending on entitlement programs, especially Social Security, and raise taxes somewhat, on everyone. This encounter with fiscal reality does not appear imminent, but when the crisis truly starts to hit home, we will come together to do what must be done.

Failure Is a Winning Strategy

Josh Sawislak | Posted 10.21.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Most days I write about management issues such as the intersection of work and technology, remote collaboration, and management by objective, not attendance. Today I want to talk about how we fail.

New Presidents: How to Make a Smooth Transition Into the White House

Tom Fox | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Martha Joynt Kumar is a professor of political science at Towson University and the author and coauthor of several books on White House-related subjects.

The Threat of Sequestration: What Federal Leaders Should Be Doing Right Now

Tom Fox | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

There is a general assumption, or at least the hope, that reasonable heads will prevail and sequestration will be avoided after several dramatic rounds of brinksmanship.

From the Hill to the Highway: David Strickland's Leadership Road Map

Tom Fox | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

David Strickland is the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency dedicated to reducing automotive crash-related injuries and fatalities while ensuring safety on the nation's roadways.

14 States Where Making Just $5,000 Can Get You Kicked Off Medicaid

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.17.2012 | Business

How much is too much for someone to be ineligible for Medicaid? In some states, adults earning as little as $5,000 can be kicked off the program. ...

13 Reasons Why Big Government Matters

Steven Conn | Posted 10.16.2012 | Books
Steven Conn

In his inaugural address in 1981, President Ronald Reagan told Americans: "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

GSA 'First Fridays': A Lesson on Speeding Up Problem-Solving in Government Agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Known as the "First Fridays Product Testing Program," the GSA asks three recruited participants to perform 35 minutes of tasks on an agency test website.

U.S. Fiscal Policy: Avoiding Self-Inflicted Wounds

Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business
Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti

For the U.S. economy, serious risks could come at the end of this year from two potential self-inflicted wounds: the so-called "fiscal cliff" and the debt ceiling.

In Praise of PBS Kids

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

I used to agree with George Will and other small-government conservatives that Uncle Sam has no business subsidizing children's television on PBS. But no longer. If anything, I've come to believe that is a sweet spot for federal involvement in education.

How to Get More Great Leaders Into Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Geoff Smart is the chairman and CEO of ghSMART, a leadership firm for CEOs and investors. He is the author of leadership books and a social entrepreneur who sees his mission as creating, communicating and putting into practice useful ideas about leadership.

How an Olympic Flop Can Inspire Innovation

Tom Fox | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

In the 1960s, a track and field athlete named Dick Fosbury developed a new high jump technique because he consistently failed to clear the bar using traditional methods. This unique "back first" approach helped him set an Olympic record and win the gold medal in 1968.

The Most Effective Economic Stimulus Plan For Today's Economy Was Passed By Congress In 1953

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The federal government has squandered upwards of $2 trillion taxpayer dollars trying to stimulate the economy. I don't think we've gotten our money's worth. Let's try complying with existing federal law and direct existing federal infrastructure spending to small businesses.

Keep the U.S. Wind Industry Strong by Supporting the PTC Tomorrow

Nathanael Greene | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Nathanael Greene

The PTC is currently scheduled to expire at the end of this year, and this is threatening to cause untold amounts of damage to our burgeoning wind industry.

New Bill Goes After Tax Deadbeats

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 08.01.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- A bill to fire federal workers who are tax deadbeats passed the House on Tuesday in an attempt to confront a problem that showed little ...

Talking Leadership With Jon Wellinghoff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Tom Fox | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Prior to joining FERC, Jon Wellinghoff was in private law practice focusing on issues such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation.

Democracy, Trust and WikiLeaks: A Conversation With the Mother of Julian Assange

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I believe that people such as Julian Assange, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and those behind the Arab Spring, actually want change for a better, not worse and more chaotic, world. But their image and their hard work is being hijacked and manipulated.

All You Need to Know About Romney

Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

This Romney statement must be such a long throw to appeal to and energize the far right, but it is so wrongheaded that his desperation at this stage is downright amazing.

Young Government Leaders President Dave Uejio on Public Service's Next Generation

Tom Fox | Posted 09.15.2012 | DC
Tom Fox

Dave Uejio is president of Young Government Leaders, a professional association for young public servants, and the lead for talent acquisition at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.