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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency needs to clarify what it expects from employees who telework. That's according to the Patent Office Professional Association. Their president says the recent telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office exposes problems with how agencies manage employees working outside the office. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained what he sees behind the controversy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

It's been almost five years since Congress eliminated the National Security Personnel System, and almost three years since it told the Pentagon to come up with a new performance management system for civilian personnel. Now, DoD has released some early details on what that new system will eventually look like. In a semiannual report to Congress last week, officials said they had notified DoD labor unions that the new system will evaluate employee performance in three tiers and promised that those performance reviews will be linked to organizational goals. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the system changes on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:29pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, American University

Some changes are coming at the top of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with new leader coming in for the Veterans Health Administration next Wednesday. VA's General Counsel Will Gunn plans to resign early next month. The changes appear to be the result of a trust issue at the agency. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that performance issues are in the public spotlight because of the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs, but the problem actually goes way beyond the VA.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The IRS keeps revealing more instances of lost emails of employees in its tax exempt division. This week's revelation from the House Ways and Means Committee follows Friday's disclosure that a computer crash eliminated thousands of emails from former division chief Lois Lerner. Investigators now say another six division employees had their computers crash. Two Republican lawmakers call on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Commissioner John Koskinen faces skeptical members of Congress today. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the records management side of this issue.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22am EDT
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Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The Associated Press reports the government is going to unusual lengths to cloak the use of surveillance technology by local police. Rarely has the federal government interfered in local open-records conflicts. But recently, the FBI told a court in Arizona, releasing information about police surveillance would make it harder for the bureau to protect the public from terrorism. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how often the federal government intervenes in record requests involving non-federal agencies.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:10am EDT
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Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

The overall size of the federal workforce is shrinking. Different sources show different numbers, but they're all headed down. The raw number of civilian employees actually grew between 2004 and 2012, but 94 percent of that growth was at three agencies. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose agency managers are starting to drop the "do more with less" mentality. Read a related story.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:48pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is about four months away. Appropriations committees on Capitol Hill still have a backlog of agency budget plans to finalize. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He's already thinking about the possibility of another continuing resolution and what it means for your agency's fiscal 2015 planning process.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:54pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, American University

If you believe the surveys, federal workplace morale and employee engagement have declined in recent years. For a variety of reasons, a disconnect has occurred between federal employees and their managers. As part our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, we're exploring how feds can develop a new model of trust. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive and explained, first, you have to solve the gap between GS-15s and SESers, and the employees they lead.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 09:53am EDT
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Analysis: Trust doesn't exist without employee engagement

Bob Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation, sees trust as a symptom of whether employee engagement exists or not.

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Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency has only two days left to hand in a self-assessment on how well it's following the Obama Administration's second-term management agenda. The White House wants your agency to take a broad approach to its strategic objectives. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is looking at how different administrations choose to measure your agency's management success. He spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:42pm EDT
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