Achieving Real Transformation in Federal Government [commentary]

Co-authored by both David M. Walker and Steve Goodrich, this article—which is housed on the FederalTimes homepage—talks about their expert opinions on what it will take to see real transformation...

How Trump’s Plan to Reorganize Government Could Work

On March 13, President Trump issued an executive order for a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. It calls for the OMB director and agency heads to develop plans for improving the...

Transforming Government from Congress to the Cubicle

This is not a book about national policy or legislative initiatives, it’s about the management practices and behaviors that need to take place to transform government and strengthen its capacity to...

Why Do We Sometimes Insulate Ourselves from the Truth?

It’s an interesting phenomenon we observe during this election season, the adoration of a candidate or perhaps unrelenting allegiance regardless of their position or their truthfulness on an issue....

Engagement Success

COE uses the term "partnership" when talking about our working relationships, because the most successful engagements are true collaborations, complete with mutual trust and respect. In order to...

Things to Consider When Selecting a Firm

In today's environment of tightened budgets, heightened partisanship, and increased scrutiny, agency contract selections are under more pressure than ever. Fewer dollars means that the wrong choice or...

COE’s Code of Ethics

COE has adopted the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) code of ethics. COE is a proud member of AMCF for over 15 years. The company's president, Steve Goodrich, serves as an...

A Constitutional Convention Model for Government Reform

It is time to revisit what the federal government does for its people in order to create a more effective government. More than 228 years ago during an 83-day period, our founding fathers created the...

Institutional Wisdom as a Tool for Effectiveness

Mature organizations are not necessarily old organizations, but they do share the characteristic of wisdom we often attribute to more experienced people. Wisdom is generally recognized as good...

An Rx for OPM

The beleaguered Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to wind its way through its current challenge while it also assimilates a new leader. I have no doubt that Beth Cobert will do the job...