Publications

Appointee abyss

November 15, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

APPOINTEE ABYSS: As the 115th Congress approaches its end, key executive-branch positions remain vacant or without permanent leadership at agencies that make employment and immigration policy. With members of Congress set to go home Dec. 14 (barring unforeseen developments), unconfirmed nominees risk having to start the nomination process all over again. Here’s a rundown of those...

Case studies highlight success of member-driven congressional oversight

November 8, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Re-establishing Congress’ strength as an independent, functioning branch of government is a goal easier said than done. Officials and experts alike struggle to propose rubber-hits-the-road solutions — ones that, on a short timeline, are both easy legislative lifts for members and make a material difference back home. 

Ending the nominations blockade

October 9, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Anyone seeking a mid-career sabbatical should seek a presidential nomination to a position that requires Senate confirmation. GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is teeing up more votes this week, and the GOP needs to move fast because the glacial pace of staffing the government will slow to near-zero if Democrats retake the Senate. 

Executives association wants to fill in the gaps in federal training and development

October 5, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Develop Strong Leaders,Engage Employees,Inspire and Hire Mission-Critical Talent,Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

For years, stakeholder organizations and good government groups have decried the lack of sufficient training for managers and executives at federal agencies. Now an association for agency executives is taking matters into its own hands. 

Trump feared transition officials were ‘stealing’ his money

October 3, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Author Michael Lewis deserves credit for some inside-agency scoops in The Fifth Risk, his takedown of the Trump administration’s rocky transition from campaign mode to governing. The title (which refers to the challenges that arise if a project manager is not competent and leaders are shortsighted) spotlights federal heroes unappreciated by incoming Trump appointees, mostly with...

‘The Fifth Risk’ paints a portrait of a government led by the uninterested

October 2, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

The thought that Donald Trump may have been totally unprepared to become president in November 2016 is one that’s not new to those who have been following the day-to-day crises and dramas of the Trump White House closely. 

Michael Lewis on his new book about Trump’s wholesale destruction of the government

October 2, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Shortly before Donald Trump took office, the retired Air Force lieutenant general in charge of the country’s nuclear weapons program packed up his office. He’d submitted his resignation, as required, and no one from the incoming Trump team told him to stick around. Trump’s Day One drew closer, and only after Ernest Moniz, the outgoing...

Hiring, development called keys to improving agency technical expertise

October 2, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

The government “simply does not have enough staff or leadership with the modern technical expertise needed to fix critical services and build for the future,” the Partnership for Public Service has said, and addressing that problem will require both hiring the right people and developing those already onboard.