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20 minutes | 2 days ago
How Feds Have Fared During the Pandemic
Public service is both a career and calling for many. While the 15 months have really tested federal employees’ resolve, the two million civilian feds have responded with aplomb to the challenges of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Active and retired federal employees have likely looked at the response with some level of pride in civil servants’ professionalism. Jessica Klement is the Staff Vice President, police and program at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Prior to joining NARFE, Klement served as the Government and Public Affairs Director at the Federal Managers Association, She joined the show to talk about her organization and Public Service Recognition Week.
22 minutes | 3 days ago
How FEVS Scores Changed During the Pandemic
As with most things during the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey was different than it had been in previous years. It was delayed twice and the results finally came out, showing that federal employees surveyed are more engaged and happier in their jobs. Erich Wagner covers the federal workforce for us here at GovExec. He joined the show to discuss survey results and other pay and benefits stories that affect federal employees.
17 minutes | 4 days ago
The View From a Federal Employee
The federal civil service is huge and varied, with federal employees in jobs across agencies as different as the Justice Department and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Love Rutledge is the host of the Fed Upward podcast and a federal employee at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Readiness. She’s joined the podcast talk about what it's like being a public servant during Public Service Recognition Week.
22 minutes | 5 days ago
A Strategy for Strengthening the Workforce
The Biden administration often claims that it inherited a series of policy crises when it came into office in January. Less prominent than the economic and public health crises involving COVID-19, for example, is the crises in the civil service. Biden’s bedrock task, our guest today has written, is to strengthen the civil service to tackle the policy problems facing the administration. Dr. Donald F. Kettl is Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a GovExec contributor. He’s authored many books, including Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America's Lost Commitment to Competence and The Politics of the Administrative Process. His most-recent piece on our site is headlined “Biden Needs a Strategy for Strengthening the Federal Workforce." He joined the show discuss how the administration can support the civil service.
21 minutes | 6 days ago
Why Public Service Recognition Week Matters Now More than Ever
This week marks Public Service Recognition Week, a celebration of those who serve the U.S. as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees. Throughout the country, government officials, communities and non profit organizations will celebrity public servants and the jobs they do supporting the nation. Jordan LaPier is a Senior Communications Manager at the Partnership for Public Service. He joins the show to talk about Public Service Recognition Week.
34 minutes | 9 days ago
Biden's First 100 Days
Friday marks the 100th day of Joe Biden’s time as president. He marked the occasion with a speech to a joint session of Congress in which he touted his administration’s accomplishments and proposed a series of far-reaching policies that come with a price tag in the trillions. The 100-day mark has been a part of American political culture since Franklin Roosevelt's presidency. Katherine McIntire Peters is GovExec’s Deputy Editor and Tom Shoop is GovExec‘s executive vice president and editor in chief joined the show to examine Biden’s 100-day record against his promises and his predecessors.
20 minutes | 10 days ago
The Next Steps in Vaccinations
After more than a year of dire news around the pandemic, the number of American adults who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 is rapidly rising. Nearly 100 million adults in the U.S. have had at least one shot of any of the available vaccines, but the pandemic is far from over. The next phase of vaccine distribution planning is paramount for public health if the U.S. – and the world – is to get to herd immunity going forward. Dr. Pooja Kumar is a McKinsey partner and Shubham Singhal is a McKinsey senior partner. They are co-authors on a new McKinsey report titled "A light at the end of the tunnel: US COVID-19 vaccine administration." They joined the show to discuss how stakeholders can come together in the pursuit of a fully-vaccinated public and COVID-19 herd immunity.
17 minutes | 11 days ago
The Major Changes In Federal Digital Operations and Acquisition
The year-plus of the coronavirus pandemic isolation period has forced government to heed the call of modernization with speed unseen before it. The necessity of telework made the federal government switch to a more agile tech and workforce situation, including IT contracting and operations. The Biden administration came into office against that backdrop and, according to our guest today, has brought in a series of appointees who speak to a brighter, more professional future for government's digital transformation. Stan Soloway is president and CEO of Celero Strategies, LLC and a GovExec contributor. He formerly served as deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform and director of the Defense Reform Initiative during Bill Clinton’s administration. His post “Biden Appointments Signal Major Changes In Digital Operations and Acquisition” analyzes the new appointments in the administration. He joined the show to discuss his piece and the future of government digital ops and acquisitions.
18 minutes | 12 days ago
The New Postal Board Nominees and the Future of USPS
Recent Postal Inspector General reports paint a less-than-rosy picture for the United States Postal Service. Delayed service, financial burdens and understaffing plague the USPS, with customers increasingly frustrated. With all of this hanging over their heads, President Joe Biden’s Postal Board nominees appeared on Capitol Hill as part of their confirmation process. Eric Katz covers postal issues at GovExec and he joined the podcast to talk about the nominees and the state of USPS.
18 minutes | 14 days ago
Why the 'Deep State' Doesn't Exist in the Civil Service
The federal workforce is made up of more than two million individuals, so it is hardly a monolith of ideology, values or common sentiment. Each one swears an oath to the Constitution, of course, but they are human beings with their own viewpoints, including on policy and politics. Dr. Edoardo Teso is an Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Guo Xu is an Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business University of California at Berkeley. His research focuses on the selection, recruitment and allocation of talent in private and public sector organizations. Teso and Xu examine the connection between politics and public employees in a working in a new working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled "Ideology and Performance in Public Organization." They joined the podcast to discuss their paper and the ways ideology does or doesn’t affect civil servants' job performance.
15 minutes | 17 days ago
A New Leave Proposal for Feds
When compared to other developed nations, the United States is lagging behind on providing paid leave for the workforce. A 2019 bill brought the federal government closer to other developed nation-states like the United Kingdom and France, but a new bill in the Senate would provide even more leave to federal employees and position the federal government as a leader in the U.S. on leave. GovExec Senior Correspondent Erich Wagner covers the federal workforce. He joined the show to discuss the paid leave bill and other pay and benefits stories that affect federal employees.
24 minutes | 18 days ago
How to Manage the Zoomers in Your Office
The generation born after 1996, commonly called Gen Z or Zoomers, are entering the workforce now, causing managers to adapt to Gen Z’s unique needs, complications and strengths. Management can be complicated. As technology and the world changes, the workforce and management will change, as well. Kat Clowes is the founder and CEO of March Consulting, an educational consultant and the author of Put College to Work: How to Use College to the Fullest to Discover Your Strengths and Find a Job You Love Before You Graduate. Robin Paggi is a veteran HR manager and the training and development specialist at Worklogic HR. They cowrote the new book, Managing Generation Z: How to Recruit, Onboard, Develop, and Retain the Newest Generation in the Workplace. They joined the podcast to discuss how to manage a workplace across generations as Gen Z becomes more a part of the workforce.
15 minutes | 19 days ago
Vaccine Progress and the Biden Administration
The world reached a dire milestone over the weekend, with the global death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic surpassing three million. As parts of the world continue to struggle with the pandemic, the United States reached a more positive milestone: More than 50% of American adults have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the CDC announced. Courtney Bublé writes the Coronavirus Roundup at GovExec. She joined the show to talk about the state of vaccinations and other COVID-19-related stories.
15 minutes | 20 days ago
Priorities and the Pentagon Budget
Earlier this month, the Biden administration released its budget proposal for fiscal 2022. While some of the administration’s political opponents assailed the over $700 billion in money budgeted for the Pentagon, the Biden proposal allocates $753 billion for national defense programs, a 1.7% increase over fiscal 2021 defense spending. While an annual increase in Defense spending is seemingly a given in the 21st century, it’s worthwhile to dig deep into the ways we fund defense and how we prioritize and define national security. Mandy Smithberger is the director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project on Government Oversight. She previously was a national security policy adviser to Rep. Jackie Speier and has served as an analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Central Command. She joined the podcast to discuss the Defense budget.
29 minutes | 23 days ago
The Pentagon's Domestic Extremism Review
Starting in February, the Defense Department’s Countering Extremism Working Group began work on reflecting and responding to the news that at least two dozen of those charged in connection to the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol were either active duty military or veterans. Last week, the Pentagon announced the launch of a Post-Insurrection Extremism Review. West Point and an Iraq war veteran Bishop Garrison will lead the effort. Ben Watson is News Editor at GovExec sibling site Defense One and the host of the Defense One Radio podcast. He previously worked at NPR and served for five years in the U.S. Army, where he was an award-winning combat cameraman and media advisor. He joined the show to discuss the review and extremism in the military.
19 minutes | 24 days ago
The Utility of Breaks – And Breakdowns
The history of the term “nervous breakdown” is a complicated one, but if we take it at is most generous, it could be a useful thing for many of us to utilize during excessively stressful times like, for example, during a pandemic that has carried on for 14 months. In a post on our site now headlined “Having an Old-fashioned Nervous Breakdown Might Be a Good Thing,” our guests today explain how having a break can help your workflow and work-life. Michael Lee Stallard and Katharine P. Stallard are the authors of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work, now in its second edition. They joined the show to discuss the post and how a break can help connect employees.
20 minutes | 25 days ago
The Future of Work After the Pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis has been a shock to the system not just to American life, but also specifically to the business and execution of government. From the ways we work to the ways the government works with partners, the pandemic has changed the world in many ways. As part of Government Executive Media Group’s The Future of Work event recently, GovExec Daily host Ross Gianfortune moderated a panel on what the future of federal work will look like. The three panelists who joined me were Danielle Brian, Executive Director at the Project On Government Oversight; Elaine Kamarck, Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management and Senior Fellow of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution; and Ron Sanders, Staff Director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida and former Chair of the Federal Salary Council. On GovExec Daily, the panel discusses on what the pandemic will change about federal work and what the COVID-19 crisis taught agencies and managers about governance.
27 minutes | a month ago
Pandemic Telework Lessons Learned from a Manager
In mid-March 2020, the federal government shifted to maximum telework. Since then, the world has changed a lot and adapted to our new situation. As vaccines get rolled out nationwide and a new normal potentially in the future, it bears bringing up the question of what the new normal will look like. Secondarily, what has the last year taught us about remote work and remote management? Katherine McIntire Peters is Deputy Editor of Government Executive Media Group. She joined the show to talk about the lessons learned from the 13 months of telework and what the "new normal" will be.
18 minutes | a month ago
What Does Biden's Budget Mean for Feds?
The Biden administration on Friday released a 58-page outline of the White House’s fiscal 2022 federal budget proposal. Acting OMB director Shalanda Young noted on Friday “four compounding crises of unprecedented scope and scale all at the same time,” in introducing the 16% increase in non-defense discretionary spending that the budget calls for. Courtney Bublé and Eric Katz are reporters for us here at GovExec. They joined the show to discuss the budget document and what it will mean for federal agencies.
17 minutes | a month ago
The Issues With Vaccine Passports
Recently, President Joe Biden’s administration said it was very unlikely that it would mandate any sort of COVID-19 vaccine passport. But, the specter of such a document requirement hangs over policy, as multiple Republican governors are rejecting the concept in orders and statements. Bill Lucia is a Senior Editor for GovExec sibling site Route Fifty. He joined the show to discuss how state government leaders are treating the concept of a vaccine passport.
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