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Open Data Can Make a Difference!

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 - 10:49
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:41
Selecting a college can be one of the most expensive choices in life.  But until recently, the information sources to make an informed decision were scattered and of varying quality – rankings in national magazines, word of mouth, brochures from campuses, and the perennial college tours. 

Boosting American Scientific Brain Power

Friday, March 17th, 2017 - 15:58
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 15:50
The new legislation adds to a loosely organized network of continuing federal efforts to boost Americans’ engagement in STEM education.  In fact, President George W. Bush placed a governmentwide emphasis on STEM education in his State of the Union address in 2006 as a part of his national competitiveness agenda.

Digging Out of a Digital Stone Age

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 - 11:17
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:10
The Government Accountability Office study went on to note: “Agencies reported 3,427 IT staff employed just to maintain legacy-programming languages, such as COBOL (1,085) and Fortran (613).”  In addition, the Office of Management and Budget recently observed that “43 percent of federal IT projects are reported to be over budget or behind schedule.”

Taking a Targeted Approach to Civil Service Reform

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 - 12:28
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:20
But little seems to happen.  There have been dozens of studies and reports over the past three decades.  However, there has not been a major overhaul since 1978, and many piecemeal legislative efforts, such as performance pay and streamlining the classification system, have been derailed.  So pragmatically, what can be done in the near-term, without a major legislative effort? 

The Threat from Within

Monday, January 30th, 2017 - 10:11
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 09:04
Background.  Reform legislation adopted in 2004 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that restructured the intelligence community included requirements to standardize and better align the background security clearance process across agencies.  But in the years that followed, the consolidation efforts took time, culminating in a 2008 presidential directive to improve the process.

Weekly Roundup: January 23-27, 2017

Friday, January 27th, 2017 - 12:12
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:46
Michael Keegan

Personnel Assurance for Government: What Commercial Best Practices Can Bring to Help Modernize the Security Clearance Process

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 - 15:18
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:27
Experience from industry practices and industry research regarding personnel security provide interesting insights and lessons learned for government to consider.   These findings emerged from a recent roundtable discussion held in November and co-hosted by the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the National Academy of Public Administration.  The roundtable intended to help identify commercial benchmarks that can inform government choices.

Does Benchmarking Make a Difference?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 - 18:53
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 17:49
Initially, these comparisons were only among the 24 major departments and agencies.  Today, Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey data are available to line managers across 28,000 work units.  The survey results are used to gauge employee engagement, and to fine tune management priorities.  Most career senior executives are held accountable for trends in employee survey results in their organizations. 

Getting it Done: A Guide for Government Executives

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 - 15:24
Those new to government will find a world very different than their previous experience in other sectors. Those returning to government will find a far different government than the one they left. Both will find a large group of stakeholders, including members of the United States Congress, very interested in every action they take. In addition, you will face the challenge of managing large organizations. If cabinet departments were listed in the Fortune 500, they would occupy slots in the top 20.

Putting Out the Welcome Mat

Monday, November 7th, 2016 - 18:25
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 17:20
A new law signed into law in March requires the White House and agencies to designate government-wide and agency-level transition teams long before the election.  These teams are to help both the outgoing as well as the incoming administrations. What have been their efforts to date, and what can be expected after the election?