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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.

Tags: Bob Tobias , Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation , Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees , workforce , management , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

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

Charles Edwards and Kathleen Sebelius will tell you federal leaders only get name recognition when it's not positive. Staying on mission, within budget and keeping productivity high are just a few of the things federal managers and decision makers have to think about. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, tells In Depth with Francis Rose it's time for you and your colleagues to look in the mirror.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:18pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Eight percent of the Senior Executive Service move to a different agency once while in SES. That's according to new research from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton, which suggests creating a four-tiered SES classification system. Tier four is for executives who have worked at several different agencies and lead government-wide projects. Tier one is an entry level spot for current feds. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, explains it all to In Depth with Francis Rose

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 06:10pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Major reforms to the General Schedule are the solution for problems with federal hiring and promotion, according to new research from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen. They're proposing reforms like cutting down to five pay scales instead of 15. They also propose replacing tenure-based pay increases with performance-based ones.

Tags: Bob Tobias , leadership , general schedule , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your paycheck might be public enemy number one for the private sector.

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Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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