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CIO Council harnessing growing list of 'world class' IT programs

The CIO Council will add 25 more examples of IT project management excellence to its best practice database. DHS CIO Richard Spires said at the Excellence.gov awards Tuesday the goal of all of these success stories is to share what worked and leave a broader legacy across all of Federal IT.

Tags: technology , management , Richard Spires , DHS , CIO Council , USDA , GSA , IRS , ACT-IAC , Excellence.gov , Jason Miller , NNSA , DMDC

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 07:05am EST
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E-government bolsters satisfaction with federal services

For the second year in a row, the number of citizens who report being satisfied with government services rose, according to a new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The higher governmentwide score was driven in large part by the increasing satisfaction with government websites, which rounded out the year at near all-time highs.

Tags: technology , e-government , citizen satisfaction , ACSI , ForeSee , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 06:32pm EST

Employees skeptical of managers' ability to cut deadwood

Federal employees are skeptical their managers are making effective decisions about the federal workforce, according to a new report from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Just 24 percent of the employees agreed that their agencies properly addressed poor performers, while 29 percent of respondents indicated their organizations eliminated unnecessary programs and positions, according to the survey of 42,000 feds from 24 agencies and departments.

Tags: MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , workforce , management , retention , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/30/2013, 07:20pm EST

Warner seeks to 'clean house' on outdated agency reports

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said he plans to introduce legislation allowing for the elimination or consolidation of outdated or redundant agency reports. Cutting back on unnecessary reporting requirements is part of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act.

Tags: Congress , management , GPRA Modernization Act , John Warner , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:35pm EST
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Survey: PIOs turn focus to quality, not quantity

Performance improvements officers say agencies are getting better at the measuring part using data to driver better performance. Overall, 71 percent of agency PIOs who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio survey said their agency makes good use of performance data.

Tags: HHS , Matthew Piester , PIO survey , management , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 03:19pm EST
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OGE clarifies gift-giving rules as inauguration approaches

With President Barack Obama's second inauguration - along with the flurry of balls, receptions and other related ceremonies - just weeks away, the Office of Government Ethics has issued new guidance to agency ethics officials.

Tags: OGE , management , ethics , inauguration , Don Fox , gift giving

Friday - 01/04/2013, 02:53pm EST

MSPB eyes gaps in employee motivation

From tightened purse strings to a rapidly retiring workforce, federal agencies face a potential witches' brew when it comes to maintaining employee motivation, the Merit Systems Protection Board found in a new report. While overall motivation levels remain high, MSPB pointed to two potential gaps: Many federal employees do not feel all that motivated by the specific characteristics of their jobs, and they increasingly feel that job performance is disconnected from reward.

Tags: management , workforce , Jack Moore , MSPB , employee motivation

Monday - 01/07/2013, 06:42pm EST

What federal applicants should know about polygraph tests

More and more Americans reported last year to having to submit to a polygraph examination in the quest of a coveted security clearance for federal employment or to keep a federal job. But unless you are like George Washington and you "cannot tell a lie" about cutting down the cherry tree, this controversial method could leave you rattled and unaware that you might have incriminated yourself during the process.

Tags: polygraph , workforce , Bill Bransford , Federal Drive , Katie Howard ,

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 03:31pm EST
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Agency management could stand shot of tough love

Steve Kelman, who has studied management styles at government organizations, said agencies should embody a true tough love equal parts toughness and nurturing approach for better performance.

Tags: Steve Kelman , management , ELC 2011 , technology , Harvard Kennedy School of Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Monday - 10/24/2011, 10:58am EDT
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Death of the catchphrase 'more with less'?

GovExec's Tom Shoop has an update from the 2011 Executive Leadership Conference on discussion centered on the popular catchphrase.

Tags: Tom Shoop , Government Executive , In Depth , ELC 2011 , budget , management ,

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 05:39pm EDT
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