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Act Like a Director

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When directors and top managers step down, it may take some time to fill the vacated positions. In the meantime, agencies, programs, and departments need a leader. Often, an acting director will step in. At the U.S. National Arboretum, a 446-acre campus in Washington, ... More »

Project and Program Management Come into Their Own

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Kathryn Medina

In 2011, the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council and OPM created a joint working group that focused on identifying and closing critical skill gaps in the federal government. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) had identified strategic human capital manage... More »

The Difference Between Success and Failure is Effective Project Management

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Ron Sanders

The Public Manager's Forum theme this quarter is program and project management, a subject that, while clearly important, is not always something that would move a reader to drop everything and dig into the issue ... at least at first blush. However, I'm here to argue... More »

Four Actions to Better Integrate Performance With Budget

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John M. Kamensky

Connect budget requests with agency goals by providing a range of performance options at different resource allocations. A new mandated annual strategic review process is a step forward. The percentage of federal managers who used performance information to help alloca... More »

What Managers Can Learn From Team Sports

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It's more than teamwork. To keep workers performing and engaged, managers must emphasize responsibility, behavior, feedback, measurable goals, and results. Imagine that you work in a manufacturing facility where your job is to prepare Persian vases for packaging. The v... More »

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