Paul Light

  • Does the administration have what it takes to reinvigorate an outdated civil service system?

    In part three of its special report, “Civil Service Reimagined: 40 Years Later,” Federal News Network looks at the Office of Personnel Management, and how it, past administrations and members of Congress have hindered the agency’s ability to lead and create change in the federal workforce.

  • Bound by constraints of 40-year-old rules, civil service ready for a rebuild

    Federal News Radio explores how an evolving federal workforce has been bound by the constraints of a 40-year-old civil service system that largely hasn’t changed at all since 1978.

  • Even a government reorg may not break decades of federal workforce trends

    The age-old question is particularly relevant as agencies prepare to reorganize and cut personnel.

  • Paul Light: Some think tanks look down their noses at government

    Politicians and their appointees make public policy, but career people have to implement it. Often they have to figure that out for themselves. Paul Light, dean of federal service researchers at New York University, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin most consultants and think tanks look down their noses at the nuts and bolts of government.

  • Achieving government reform…is it possible?

    Tom Shoop is the editor-in-chief of Government Executive.

  • Agency Instability: GSA nominee remains in limbo

    Martha Johnson seen by many as the most qualified candidate to be GSA administrator in a decade. But her nomination remains on hold in the Senate because Sen. Christopher Bond is unhappy with GSA’s plans for a new federal building in Kansas City. Some call Bond’s use of the hold authority an abuse of power.

  • Agency Instability: GSA nominee remains in limbo

    Martha Johnson seen by many as the most qualified candidate to be GSA administrator in a decade. But her nomination remains on hold in the Senate because Sen. Christopher Bond is unhappy with GSA’s plans for a new federal building in Kansas City. Some call Bond’s use of the hold authority an abuse of power.