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Analysis: Cobert must avoid second term pitfalls

Experts say Beth Cobert must take the Goldilocks approach to developing management priorities for the next three years. President Barack Obama nominated Cobert to be OMB's deputy director for management Wednesday. Performance management observers say she needs to bring energy and new ways of looking at old problems.

Tags: management , Beth Cobert , OMB , Tim Young , Deloitte , Robert Shea , Grant Thornton , American University , Shelley Metzenbaum , Sylvia Burwell , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 05:41am EDT
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FEEA suspends furlough loans to feds

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund announced Wednesday it will have to suspend new furlough loans to civilian federal employees, due to a lack of available funds.

Tags: FEEA , furloughs , sequestration , loans , Shefali Kapadia ,

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 09:29am EDT

Motivating feds begins with understanding their feelings, experts say

Scholars at American University are suggesting that one way to relieve sequester stress and increase productivity is to create stronger work relationships. Robert Tobias and Patrick Malone at AU's Department of Public Administration and Policy suggest taking time out to talk about employees' feelings.

Tags: management , workforce , sequestration , Patrick Malone , American University , Cogan Schneier

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:34am EDT

In Depth interviews - June 6

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Dan Meyer , DoD , DoD IG , Mike Hettinger , SIIA , IT reform , Josh Sawislak , Telework Exchange , Larry Clinton

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 01:22am EDT

Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don't expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Beth Moten , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , pay and benefits , budget , Congress , Budget Control Act , sequestration , workforce , retirement , American University

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:10am EDT

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.

Tags: Dennis Ross , Jim Cooper , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jessica Klement , FMA , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Throug , Congress , workforce , American University , Emily Kopp

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:29am EST
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HReinvented: Will federal HR reforms work this time?

Robert Tobias is director of American University's Public Sector Executive Education program, and former president of the National Treasury Employees Union. He explains why he has faith that, this time, the federal government will actually reform many of his human resources processes.

Tags: HReinvented , pay & benefits , management , onboarding , recruitment , hiring process , Dorothy Ramienski

Tuesday - 04/06/2010, 07:45pm EDT
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Suggestions for federal labor-management relations

New white paper from three federal policy experts offers ideas for implementing new executive order.

Tags: management , labor-management relations , executive order , American University ,

Tuesday - 02/16/2010, 03:58pm EST
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Robert Tobias on Measuring the Performance of Pay for Performance

NSPS task force member discusses upcoming review with FederalNewsRadio

Tags: P&B , DoD , OPM , Defense Business Board , NSPS , pay for performance ,

Wednesday - 05/20/2009, 12:30pm EDT
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