Bob Tobias

Bob Tobias

Why long-term funding is what agencies need, yet what they worry about

Agencies need multiyear funding to get big modernization projects done. Otherwise it is piecemeal, depending on the year-to-year whims of Congress.

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What exactly does make a good place to work in the government anyhow?

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Expert’s proof shows telework works

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Why self-awareness can be an important characteristic for today’s leaders

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Here’s one element of good government the political appointees often overlook

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If you want new culture in your agency, try yogurt

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How community days for team bonding in the office can backfire

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Are budget cuts the best way to fix troubled agencies?

Washington’s ticker tape of controversy has wrapped around several agencies and departments. Republicans in Congress would fix things by cutting their…

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What do people really mean when they say government should operate like a business?

When the nearly endless debates over the debt ceiling were raging on, the United States didn’t look very businesslike to the rest of the world. Internally,…

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A long-time federal-employee advocate reacts to the latest civil service reform gambit

It may not be likely to become law, but a new bill to reform federal civil service shows how deeply some members of congress feel about the issue. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) just introduced a bill that would turn all federal employees, not just senior executives, into employees at-will.

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