Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government

*NEWSFLASH UPDATE* On August 9, 2017, COE hosted the first Agency Reform Summit. Hear what your fellow agency colleagues think about the Reform Initiative....

Three Killer B’s of Government Effectiveness

We love discourse and debate as much as anyone, but on the topic of government effectiveness and efficiency, there are so many pundits giving opinions on what makes government more effective, it’s...

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....

Performance Improvement Begins with Change

Change management is critical today given the immense transformations occurring in regulatory compliance, technology, the workforce, global economics and more. As federal agencies work to keep up with...

5 Reasons Why Government Agencies Fail at Workforce Planning

Workforce planning has never been more important than it is today. With baby boomers entering retirement, millennials now represent the lion's share of the new American workforce. Government agencies...

Two years in: A Look at the Current Status of the DATA Act

At just over two years old, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) has progressed towards implementation of its key provisions in May 2017, but progress has faced some key...

The Internet of Things and the Dangers of Frivolous Data

Imagine an innovative new product - the automated stapler. This stapler boasts some rather nifty features. First, it is biometrically activated. Gone are the days of someone stealing a stapler from...

Attrition as a Workforce Strategy: Supporting or Sabotaging Organizational Strategic Goals

A former boss of mine used to say that when you hire a government civilian, “you’ve got what you’ve got and you’re stuck with them.” In 2011, a USA Today analysis of the job security of...

There is no “I” in Team COE

How Teamwork Has Kept DoD’s Workforce Planning Efforts on Track Every two years, the Department of Defense (DoD) is required to deliver a strategic workforce plan (SWP) to Congress,...