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FILE - Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2021, as their children Ashley and Hunter watch.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Why presidential transition planning makes or breaks an administration

Like most of the public, federal employees stand by and watch as presidential administrations come and go. Every president is flawed, but they have varying…

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New learning agenda may not be enough to actually improve agency performance

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Long-term implications of AFGE’s ‘difficult decision’ to disclaim ICE officers’ union chapter

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Bob Tobias, Professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American UniversityProfessor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University

President’s management agenda benefits from being specific

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Musurlian, Peter

A veteran-turned-professor says the system for care of the nation’s veterans is broken

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Bob Tobias, professor at the Key Executive Leadership program of American University

Big stimulus bills fall to federal workforce to carry out programs despite capacity constraints

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo, clouds roll over the U.S. Capitol dome as dusk approaches in Washington. The committee charged with helping Republicans wrest control of the House next year raised $45.4 million over the last three months, a record quarterly haul during a year without a national election. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Congress should invest in programs — and management

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(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016 file photo, students walk past a Jesuit statue in front of Isaac Hawkins Hall, center, formerly named Mulledy Hall, on the Georgetown University campus, in Washington. Georgetown University undergraduates have voted Thursday, April 11, 2019, in favor of a referendum seeking the establishment of a fund benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school's debts. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

More schools will offer continuing education to federal employees at lower price

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Do federal employees get pay increases regardless of their job performance?

Every government employee gets a step-pay increase whether they deserve it or not. Supervisors say too many people aren’t suited to their jobs or even…

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Why good leaders learn it’s not about the next step, but taking a step back

Patrick Malone, director of the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, said he frequently gets federal employees with very strong technical…

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Bob Tobias, professor at the Key Executive Leadership program of American University

Schedule F could hurt public’s trust in government even further

The debate over the Trump administration’s order to create a new civil service Schedule F – most of it has focused on the effects on career employees. But what about the public?

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