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Tom Fox
Tom has experience in the federal executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, including the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), the U.S. Senate, and the White House.

Immediately prior to joining the Partnership in May 2002, Tom was a Senior Consultant with Andersen's Office of Government Services, providing strategic human capital and workforce planning support to government clients.

From 1998 to 2000, Tom was a human capital analyst with GAO where he managed the development of reports including Human Capital: A Self-Assessment Checklist for Agency Leaders and Human Capital: Key Principles from Nine Private Sector Organizations.

Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

Entries by Tom Fox

Leadership Lessons From the Grave

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:48 PM

Steve Muro heads the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), the division of the Department of Veterans Affairs that manages 131 national cemeteries and provides burial services for military veterans and eligible family members. The NCA recently received the highest rating ever in the American Customer Satisfaction Index, beating out all other...

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How to compete with the private sector for young workers

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:58 PM

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 that government agencies should being doing a better job of attracting top talent from colleges and universities to increase generational diversity and create a solid foundation...

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The next generation of government problem solvers

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Henry Brady is the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a keen observer of government and politics. He spoke about the role of the younger generation in government with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership...

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It's Feedback Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Sheila Heen, a leadership coach who focuses on negotiation and decision-making in the workplace, recently co-authored the book "Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well." Heen spoke about communication between employees and managers with Tom Fox, a guest writer for

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Lessons From 25 Tears at the Treasury Department

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:13 PM

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 of the Fiscal Service when the Financial Management Service and the Bureau of the Public Debt were consolidated. Lebryk spoke about his...

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Making telework more widespread in government

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Telework is slowly gaining a foothold in the federal government, but changing the attitudes of managers and supervisors who want to see their employees face-to-face remains a constant struggle.

A report by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released in December found that a total of 301,372 federal employees teleworked at...

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Management lessons from inside Treasury

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Nani Coloretti is the Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for management. She previously helped establish the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served as its acting chief operating officer. Coloretti spoke about her experiences and views on management with Tom Fox, a guest writer for

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Here's how to reform civil service in America

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:40 PM

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 spoke about the need for government reform with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for...

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Building a brand for your federal agency

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:32 PM

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 towel and abandon efforts to attract high quality talent.

Even in these tough times, agencies need to be building and refining their brands as...

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Leadership Lessons From the Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:54 AM

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 athletes perform super-human feats, I also consider the whole event a metaphor for leading in government.

For roughly two weeks, athletes who often toil in...

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

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Robert Sutton is a professor of management at Stanford University, an organizational researcher and author of numerous management books. On Leadership spoke with Sutton about his newest book, "Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less," in a recent interview ("How to...

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Talking Leadership With Georgetown's President

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:04 PM

John J. DeGioia became president of Georgetown University in 2001 after holding a variety of senior administrative positions at the institution, including senior vice president and dean of student affairs. DeGioia spoke about the challenges of leading a major university with Tom Fox, a guest writer for

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How to Take Charge of Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:36 PM

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 consultant and an executive coach who focuses on leadership issues and diagnosing workplace problems. Sostrin spoke with Tom Fox, a...

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Do Your Employees Think You Play Favorites? Three Ways to Tell

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:36 PM

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 report by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

After surveying about 17,000 federal employees, the MSPB found that 28 percent believed their own supervisor had...

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On Running the EPA

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Robert Perciasepe is the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and for a time served as acting administrator. Prior to joining the Obama administration, he was chief operating officer of the National Audubon Society, held environmental posts in the Clinton administration and served as Maryland's secretary...

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Useful New Year's Resolutions for Federal Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:04 PM

THE NEW YEAR provides a great opportunity for federal leaders to make fresh start.

Sure, the old problems have not gone away, new challenges undoubtedly will pop up and the politics of the nation's capital will not be appreciably different in 2014 than they were in 2013. But what's important...

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Training a New Generation of Special Agents

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:31 AM

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 and Explosives (ATF) in seven years. He was appointed as acting director two years earlier in the wake of the agency's mishandled gun-trafficking...

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Tips From Federal Agencies With Happy Employees

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Our newly released 2013 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government' rankings show a continued decline government-wide in employee satisfaction and commitment. This reflects a number of factors, most certainly including the three-year pay freeze, unpaid furloughs, increased worker pension costs, budget cuts and hiring slowdowns.


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What to do when the 'Best Places to Work' rankings come out

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:40 AM

The 2013 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings, released on December 18, provide managers with important insights into the satisfaction and commitment levels of their employees, two ingredients that are essential for a high performing workforce.

These are tough times for federal employees - from the three-year...

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Leadership lessons from the president of American University

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:34 AM

Neil Kerwin became American University's 14th president in September 2007. Kerwin joined AU in 1975 and has held numerous faculty and leadership positions, including dean of the School of Public Affairs. In this interview, he speaks with On Leadership contributor Tom Fox about fostering leadership among...

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