Every Day is a Holiday

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Every Day is a Holiday

Posted on February 8th, by Phil Rosenberg in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Practically every day is a holiday – especially if you are retired. The month of February, however, offers some particularly interesting opportunities to admire the creativity of the greeting card industry or to explore some of the folklore or religious origins of some holidays.

Of course there are officially recognized holidays such as Presidents’ Day on … Read More »


Procurement Strategies for the Public Sector

Posted on February 7th, by TL Cox in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In the Year in Review published by Government Technology (GovTech), Steve Towns, Noelle Knell and Elaine Pittman (Editor, Managing Editor and Associate Editor respectively) summarized the evolution of technology in 2014. From autonomous vehicles and the sharing economy to net neutrality and wearables, the past year demonstrated the increasingly rapid progression of technology, and the … Read More »


Bribery and Debarment

Posted on February 7th, by Richard Bistrong in About the Public Sector. No Comments

“Your criminal actions raise serious questions as to whether you have the requisite personal integrity and business ethics to be a responsible Government contractor.”

That’s me. I was debarred from being a government contractor, and based on my conduct and offense (FCPA) it was an appropriate and fair decision. The process by which I was suspended … Read More »


Waiting by the Mailbox

Posted on January 16th, by Phil Rosenberg in on the job. No Comments

In our careers and in our lives, there are moments of key importance when news finally arrives that we have expected impatiently for a long time. The wait by the mailbox seems interminable.

The HR Doctor remembers as though it were yesterday running to the mailbox every day as a high school senior waiting for a … Read More »


Taking Stock of Your Federal Job Search

Posted on January 13th, by Karol Taylor in About the Public Sector. 6 comments

It’s January 2015! Time to set some goals!! Let’s see…eat right, exercise, lose weight, and spend time perfecting our federal job application package. If we were honest, we might admit that we establish the same goals year after year without doing anything – or maybe the right thing – about them. So perhaps it’s time … Read More »


Electoral System: UK & U.S.

Posted on January 12th, by Oscar Pearson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

It’s an exciting time for government. There’s a Presidential election next year in the US, and the UK will choose its Prime Minister in May, just a few months from now.

But how we choose our leaders differs by country – and ultimately influences the result, our governing bodies, and therefore in essence our lives.

There’s a … Read More »


Organizational Policy in Local Government

Posted on January 12th, by Stan Skipworth in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Administrators and managers typically author and publish organizational policies, rules, and standards.  But when it comes to actually defining those standards, and the meaning and purpose of those rules, the leaders of the organization will develop common understandings and commitments through those they lead.

These definitions, and more importantly the understanding they support, contribute to the tone of the … Read More »


How Local Government Decisions Are Made

Posted on December 13th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector. No Comments

People are often surprised at the decisions local government officials and business leaders make. It’s common to hear individuals say “What the heck were they thinking” when they made that decision? Since I enjoyed fantastic careers in both local government and business I observed the decision making processes of governmental bodies and senior business teams … Read More »


Detroit: A Roadmap to a New City

Posted on December 12th, by TL Cox in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Abuzz with the news that a federal judge approved its restructuring plan November 7, the City of Detroit took another important step in its restoration. Crafted under the guidance of an appointed Emergency Manager (EM), the plan authorizes the City to eliminate $7 billion in liabilities while investing roughly $1.4 billion over ten years, ultimately … Read More »


Political Risks in Public-Private Partnerships

Posted on December 8th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Professionals must be proficient within risk management in order for a 3P to be successful. Risk management is inclusive of administering many types of risks in order to avert a crisis and cause serious damage to a project. In my last article, I briefly touched on risk assessments within 3Ps. However, one of the principal … Read More »