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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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Energy Department missing big opportunity to cut travel costs

An inspector general report found that while the Energy Department "moved swiftly" to reduce travel spending by its employees following a White House directive, it omitted a sizable chunk of its workforce from those efforts: contractors. The IG recommended the agency take steps to reduce contractors' foreign travel spending. Because contractors greatly outnumber federal employees at DoE and make up the lion's share of foreign travel, they should be included in cost-reduction efforts, the IG said.

Tags: Energy Department , oversight , Gregory Friedman , management , contractors , travel costs

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 07:38pm EDT

'Path to PMF' offers step-by-step help for agency fellowships

The online guide gives applicants inside tips on how to land a Presidential Management Fellowship. This year, the prestigious fellowships opened up to more applicants, making the need for a step-by- step guide ever more important, according to the creators of Path to PMF.

Tags: Steve Ressler , GovLoop , Bo Kemper , Robertson Foundation for Government , PMF , OPM , Path to PMF

Monday - 10/22/2012, 07:45am EDT

Tips for creating a data-driven workplace

A new report from the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for the Business of Government says data analytics could transform federal management much the way the proliferation of smartphones and mobile technology has reshaped society at large. But that will require a full-scale culture change at agencies, with both managers and rank-and-file employees willing to sign on.

Tags: Partnership for Public Service , IBM Center for the Business of Government , data analytics , technology , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 06:11pm EDT
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USDA fighting discrimination legacy with more training, accountability

The Agriculture Department is addressing long- standing discrimination claims by minorities and women with better workforce training, more accountability and a deeper look at its data. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack shares with The Federal Drives recent efforts to address the agency's shaky civil rights history.

Tags: Tom Vilsack , USDA , discrimination , Federal Drive , workforce , management , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 08:00am EDT
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Report: Federal whistleblowers don't sense letup in agency retaliation

Federal employees increasingly perceive less agency wrongdoing but that doesn't necessarily mean the threat of retaliation for reporting such misconduct has similarly decreased, according to a new Merit System Protection Board report.

Tags: MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , whistleblower , EPA , FDA , OSC , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 08:39am EST

'Hunt' for cost-cutting ideas at GSA nets $5M in savings

The General Services Administration announced it will five cost-saving ideas generated by GSA employees. The ideas will save the agency more than $5.53 million and include phasing out a redundant employee survey and changing the default settings on printers.

Tags: GSA , management , SAVE Awards , Dan Tangherlini , Jack Moore

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 03:27pm EDT
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