Vanderbilt University

  • David Lewis: How change in leadership impacts rank and file

    Swirling changes in leadership can have tough effects on the rank and file. That’s what the FBI is dealing with right now as long-time career agent Andrew McCabe takes over as acting director. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares some of the management and workforce implications on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • David Lewis: How federal executives can deal with budget issues

    The strength and durability of the budget depends not only on the agency, but also on regulations such as the federal hiring freeze. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how federal executives can deal with the potential crossover.

  • David Lewis: Growing executive branch power impacts federal workforce

    More power has moved to the White House and away from Congress over the past few decades. You see it in the number of executive orders and rule-making efforts originating in the White House. New research shows this can cause gyrations for the career work force with people deciding to either quit on philosophical grounds or stick around and wait out a current president. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, offers insight to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Four things that bother federal executives about their agencies

    Federal executives say they worry about the capacity of their workforce and how it impacts their agencies’ performance in a recent “Future of Government Service” survey released this month.

  • Fixing the SES: ‘This used to be an honor. Now it’s a joke.’

    Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

  • HReinvented: Ideas for improving the federal hiring process

    David Lewis, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, has suggestions for how agencies can make it easier on those who want to become federal employees.