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Best Practices News

Getting the most out of telework

Experts give tips on how they are making telework work for them.

Sunday - 12/04/2011, 06:11pm EST

GSA offers tips for trimming fat from agency budgets

Steve Kempf, Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, joined with Francis Rose to discuss ways agencies could meet their goals to cut inefficient spending.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 08:50pm EST
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VA, House lawmakers spar over veteran-owned contracting program

The department must decide by Dec. 15 whether or not it will follow GAO's recommendations after losing a bid protest decision. VA tries to explain why service-disabled veteran owned firms do not receive the highest priority for all contracts. Lawmakers express frustration over the agency's explanation.

Thursday - 12/01/2011, 05:19am EST
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Analytics helps agencies turn data into decisions

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and IBM's Public Sector Business Analytics and Optimization Practice points to the importance of analytics in measuring agency performance. But the report emphasizes that data collection is only the first step in turning facts and figures into usable information.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 07:00am EST
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Best Places list is a recruiting tool

The annual rankings can serve as a recruiting tool for agencies, said Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership.

Wednesday - 11/23/2011, 06:21pm EST
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New strategy gives agencies a "springboard" for increasing diversity

Agencies have four months to develop diversity and inclusion plans under a broad, brief governmentwide strategy released Thursday. Proponents say, by making the President's Management Council responsible for progress, the strategy will succeed where past measures have failed.

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:15am EST
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Survey names best places to work in federal government

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Surface Transportation Board top the Partnership for Public Service's annual list of best places to work in the federal government. "The survey won't give you all the answers, but it'll tell you some questions to ask," said John Palguta, the partnership's vice president for policy.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 02:01am EST
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Report: Federal whistleblowers don't sense letup in agency retaliation

Federal employees increasingly perceive less agency wrongdoing but that doesn't necessarily mean the threat of retaliation for reporting such misconduct has similarly decreased, according to a new Merit System Protection Board report.

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 08:39am EST

Managers take a bite of Apple for their agencies

David Johnson, a senior analyst at Forrester, has been looking at what managers need to do to integrate Apples into their agency's network.

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 06:53am EST
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Lessons for managing dashboards

Brand Niemann, director and senior scientist at Semantic Community, compiled his four lessons for keeping your dashboard on target.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 06:45pm EST
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Lessons on inpiring staff from military leaders

Tim McManus is the vice president for Education and Outreach at Partnership for Public Service.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:37pm EST
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Automatic cuts would 'hollow out the military'

Alexander Bolton of The Hill discusses the status of potential cuts to federal spending that supercommitte is considering.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 10:25am EST
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Proposal to cut federal workforce raises concerns

Some call the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's approval of a 10 percent cut in the federal workforce is a political statement. Others worry it portends cuts in federal pay, benefits or jobs. Federal employees' groups have stepped up lobbying efforts.

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:29am EST
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MSPB offers advice on telwork

Despite some management concerns, the Merit Systems Protection Board says there are many benefits to telework as long as the process is managed effectively.

Sunday - 11/06/2011, 09:24pm EST

Agencies develop an "app"-titude for going mobile

Gwynne Kostin, director of mobile at the GSA's Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies, says the government has enough innovation to tackle the mobile challenge.

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 05:24pm EDT
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DoD budget planning systems plagued by inefficiencies

Asif Khan, director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the Government Accountability Office, outlines some of the challenges the Pentagon faces in order to become auditable by 2017.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 05:42pm EDT
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How to deal with bad bosses

John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris that ultimately poor performers, whether they are entry-level employees or top-level managers are held accountable.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 12:30pm EDT
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Seven lessons from the Recovery Act

Ed DeSeve was the Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Implementation and is now the President of the Global Public Leadership Institute. He writes about the lessons learned in a new report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 04:31pm EDT
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'Failing fast' a better message from ELC 2011?

Former OFPP Administrator Steve Kelman shares his observations from the Executive Leadership Conference.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 07:36pm EDT
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Conference explores government innovation tools

Ilyse Veron is editor of The Public Manager.

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 04:30pm EDT
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