Key Executive Leadership program

  • Career civil servants critical for sustained productivity amid leadership changes

    Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, explained the importance of career civil servants on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • New government contracting center aims to fill independent research, education void

    George Mason University in Virginia officially launched the Center for Government Contracting to focus on policy, business and regulatory issues that impact the federal procurement process.

  • Bob Tobias: In what direction is the administration heading?

    Is the Trump administration trying to go in two different directions at once when it comes to career employees?

  • Bob Tobias: How reliable is OPM career guidance for senior execs?

    The Office of Personnel Management recently released new guidance for senior executives to help them to move their careers forward at any stage.

  • Bob Tobias: Could a pay for performance system work for the federal government

    There are 23 states that have a pay-for-performance system, according to consultant Howard Risher. Florida’s began in 1968, with Wisconsin and Utah following a year later. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to assess if the same system could work for the federal government.

  • Bob Tobias: Differences in leadership changes between public, private sector

    Working in the federal government means leadership comes and goes at least every four years. Unlike the private sector, most federal employees have constitutional protection for their jobs. And what they do is ultimately governed by that document. Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, joined Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk more about this.

  • Bob Tobias: Civil reform, Senate legislation and the VA

    Members of Congress are talking a lot about civil service reform these days. A bill introduced in the Senate, called the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, would put most managers under title 38, taking away some civil service protections. Bob Tobias, a professor in the Key Executive Leadership program at American University, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the long view.