Pay for Performance: A Guide for Federal Managers

This report provides timely advice to federal managers involved in the planning and implementation of pay-for-performance systems. It examines arguments for and against pay for performance, reviews various approaches to pay for performance, and discusses the challenge of implementing such systems. It also provides a framework for developing and evaluating specific pay-for-performance policies and management practices.

A Changing Workforce: Understanding Diversity Programs in the Federal Government

This report assesses the scope and effectiveness of the "managing diversity" initiatives undertaken by many federal agencies. Despite the significant amount of public funding expended on these inititatives, there has been very little systematic evaluation of their success. This study identifies those practices that have been most effective in creating an equitable work environment. Human Capital Management

A Weapon on the War for Talent: Using Special Authorities to Recruit Crucial Personnel

To meet the need for highly skilled professionals and administrators whose talents are in great demand in the public and private sectors, Congress has given special authority to certain federal agencies to hire such people under streamlined procedures and at salaries that are very high by federal standards. This report inventories and describes the various applications of these authorities in different agencies. The study analyzes the uses to which these authorities have been put and assesses their value to the agencies.

Applying 21st-Century Government to the Challenge of Homeland Security

This paper describes the emerging implementation strategies of government in the twenty-first century. The first section describes three models of government available to policy makers who believe that the bureaucratic model cannot solve the problems at hand: Reinvented Government, Government by Network and Government by Market. Reinvented Government is government shorn of many public sector trappings and geared towards performance.

Bridging the Knowledge and Skills Gap: Tapping Federal Retirees

This research project focuses on the untapped pool of knowledge of the Federal retiree community and will develop an innovative model and "best practices" that Federal agencies can use to reduce the Federal human capital crisis. Case studies to include the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Agriculture and NASA Goddard.

Collaboration and Performance Management in Network Settings: Lessons from Three Watershed Governance Efforts

The project describes how performance measures and monitoring processes influence the collaborative processes used to develop and implement watershed management programs. ca, california, fl, florida, nv, nevada, or, oregon Collaboration: Networks and Partnerships, Green

Communities of Practice: A New Tool for Government Managers

This study documents the creation and implementation of several intergovernmental "communities of practice." It traces the history of these networks and documents their structure, activities and outcomes as well as identifies a number of critical success factors related to these groups. Case studies include: SafeCities, Boost4Kids and 21st Century Skills. fhwaCollaboration: Networks and Partnerships


Financial Risk Management in the Federal Government: Overview, Practice, and Recommendations

This report examines the role of financial risk management techniques in government. The goal of this study is to determine which private sector financial risk management techniques are best suited for government adoption. In addition, the report examines the common traits of successful financial risk management adoptions in government, and develops a series of recommendations that will serve as a guide for both agencies and oversight bodies.Financial Management

Labor-Management Partnerships: A New Approach to Collaborative Management

This report addresses the issues of privatization through a study of the Indianapolis privatization and labor-management partnership experience. The study verifies the success of the Indianapolois labor-management partnership and identifies the factors that led to its success. Through interviews with key participants, focus groups, survey research, and data analysis, a complete picture of the Indianapolis privatization and their labor-management experience is consolidated and a conceptual model of collaborative management for the public sector is developed and tested.

Leveraging Networks: A Guide for Public Managers Working Across Organizations

This project examines the changing operational challenges faced by today’s public managers as they participate in collaborative undertakings with other governments and the nongovernmental sector. The lessons are derived from experiences in several Midwestern states, where many established networks operate. Collaboration: Networks and PartnershipsMissions and Programs