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A federal holiday poem

December 22, 2010 Observing what has been a holiday tradition at GovernmentExecutive.com since 1998, we present our annual ode to federal employees. Twas the night before Christmas, and all 'cross the Web Not a surfer was surfing, except for some feds. The FAA cleared Santa for his annual flight, As the Weather Service...

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Collaboration-minded feds see barriers to working together

September 3, 2010 Earlier this year, a human resources specialist at a federal agency put out a call to her comrades at other agencies: Could someone share a competency model -- a list of expected skills and abilities -- for staff attorneys? Such lists are pro forma HR documents, used to evaluate candidates...

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All Together Now

September 1, 2010 Collaboration-minded feds discover that getting agencies to work together is easier said than done. Earlier this year, a human resources specialist at a federal agency put out a call to her comrades at other agencies: Could someone share a competency model-a list of expected skills and abilities-for staff attorneys? Such...

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Fixing Reform

August 4, 2010 Like President Obama, the past two administrations pushed governmentwide management reform efforts. Bill Clinton had his reinventing government initiative, which focused on getting agencies to use technology better, while George W. Bush had the President's Management Agenda, which featured e-government as one of its five pillars. So it wasn't surprising...

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Fixing Reform

August 2, 2010 Want good government? Get good agencies. Like President Obama, the past two administrations pushed governmentwide management reform efforts. Bill Clinton had his reinventing government initiative, which focused on getting agencies to use technology better, while George W. Bush had the President's Management Agenda, which featured e-government as one of its...

Learning It Your Way

July 22, 2010 Let's say your boss has given you the job of setting up your office's Facebook page and Twitter account, but you don't know a Facebook fan from a Facebook friend, or a Tweet from Tweety Bird. You could go to a formal training workshop in a classroom that teaches the...

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Learning It Your Way

July 7, 2010 You could go to a formal training workshop in a classroom that teaches the basics of social networking. Or you could play around with Facebook and Twitter yourself and contact other federal workers who have set up their own pages and accounts and ask them what they learned along the...

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Learning It Your Way

July 1, 2010 Formal classroom training isn't the best route for many federal workers. Let's say your boss has given you the job of setting up your office's Facebook page and Twitter account, but you don't know a Facebook fan from a Facebook friend, or a Tweet from Tweety Bird. You could go...

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Where’s the Rigor?

June 16, 2010 One decade ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy instructed federal agencies involved in scientific research to set up and follow integrity policies -- rules and procedures designed to ensure government-funded scientists produced reliable, accurate and objective work. Many federal agencies that spend billions of dollars on...

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Political Hot Potato

June 2, 2010 Civil servants can make decisions that are better for the long-term good of the country than elected officials can, right? In a new book, public management expert Alasdair Roberts explores the rise and limits of that way of thinking, which he dubs in the title, The Logic of Discipline (Oxford...