Chris Lu

  • Stay home or reopen: Do you trust your agency leader to make the right call?

    Your agency has a lot to think about as it considers reopening federal offices during the pandemic. Employees will trust the good leaders to make the right decision, former executives said, but absent leaders will struggle to earn that trust quickly.

  • FBI headquarters cancellation fits pattern, symptomatic of deeper issues

    Chris Lu, former deputy secretary for Labor, says the department also had its search for new headquarters canceled. And Dan Tangherlini, former General Services Administration administrator, said a discussion about federal capital investments needs to be had.

  • Chris Lu: FBI headquarters halt a familiar story

    The FBI joins a growing list of agencies that thought they were going to escape crumbling, obsolete buildings. A deal to trade its downtown headquarters to a developer and move to Maryland or Virginia is dead for now. Chris Lu knows what that feels like. As former deputy secretary of Labor, he was involved in a potential swap of the aging Perkins Building that also fell through. He shares his insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Phooey, the FBI stays down in the dumps

    After the collapse of the FBI headquarters project, will some sort of sanity or regulation ever come to federal construction?

  • Chris Lu: Reorganizing government not an easy task

    Chris Lu, former deputy Labor Secretary and now a senior fellow with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, has come by a little skepticism of government re-orgs the hard way and offers his take on reorganization efforts by the new administration on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • How the Trump administration can improve its relationship with federal employees

    Despite the Trump administration’s rocky relationship with the federal workforce, former Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu says listening to the career civil service can ensure campaign promises translate well into actionable policy.

  • Transparency, inclusion keys to transition

    Past and present agency officials offer suggestions on how to keep incoming feds and career leadership on the same page to ensure a smooth transition.

  • #FedFeed – Happy Halloween!

    Welcome to the #FedFeed, a daily collection of federal ephemera gathered from social media and presented for your enjoyment.

  • What a presidential transition looks like from inside an agency

    The upcoming presidential transition, once complete, will bring nearly 4,000 new political appointees into the federal workforce, but the new presidential administration will need the existing career civil service to get policy off the ground.

  • The small stuff matters: lessons from a ‘most improved’ agency

    Even the smallest opinion counts at the agencies with the most satisfied employees, according to the results of the 2015 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.