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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Department of Homeland Security answers to ninety-two Congressional committees and another twenty-seven outside organizations. The Annenberg Public Policy Center says that's a total of one hundred nineteen different oversight groups. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the complicated web of leadership might be a big reason why Congress has never passed an authorization bill for agency.

Tags: AU , congres , oversight

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:53pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , workforce , National Security Personnel System , performance awards

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm 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.

Tags: American University , Veterans Affairs Department , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Tags: IRS , GAO , budget , workforce , management , Congress , John Koskinen , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm 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.

Tags: American University , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:48pm EDT
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With budget deadline still months away, should agencies start prepping for CR?

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is still about four months away. But with a lengthy summer recess spanning nearly the entire month of August, that leaves fewer than 40 working days for the appropriation committees on Capitol Hill to finalize agency spending levels. That has some budget watchers already raising the possibility of a stopgap continuing resolution to fund government operations.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , continuing resolution , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 05:09pm 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.

Tags: American University , In Depth

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.

Tags: American University , Federal Drive , Trust Redefined , morale , workforce

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: Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation , American University , 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.

Tags: American University , In Depth

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