Efficiency Initiatives in Local Government

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Efficiency Initiatives in Local Government

Posted on March 15th, by TL Cox in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In a May 2012 Wall Street Journal article, Leslie Kwoh warned that the term “innovation” was at risk of becoming cliché. To support her observation, she provided a number of examples, the most astonishing of which was a 64% increase in the number of times the word innovation (or some form thereof) was used in … Read More »


Cultural Paper Clip of Contract Management

Posted on March 10th, by American Public University System in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Fact: There is a culture of contract management and acquisition within the federal government, state government and private contractor and vendor organizations, both domestic and international. But what is that culture? And, how is it defined?

When you examine the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), a core guideline for contractors, you will not find the term … Read More »


Managing Government Employment Expectations

Posted on March 9th, by Marc Plooster in About the Public Sector. No Comments

As a graduate student and self-professed “researcher,” I feel obligated to say first that I do not have personal empirical evidence regarding municipal human resources practices. However, I recently read the article “Determinants of Local Government Workforce Planning,” by Doug Goodman, P. Edward French, and R Paul Battaglio, Jr. in the American Review of Public … Read More »


Federal Job Application Strategies

Posted on February 16th, by Karol Taylor in About the Public Sector. 2 comments

How do you apply for a federal job? Many people go straight to USAJOBS.gov and start searching for jobs they might like. They look at the Duties section of the Vacancy Announcement and say to themselves, “I can do that.” Then they apply. These same folks upload their two-page corporate résumé, and use it to … Read More »


Make Your Media Interview a Success!

Posted on February 14th, by Kelly Morris in About the Public Sector. No Comments

For many professionals in government, interacting with the media is an unwritten part of their job description.

Media interviews can happen when your department’s public information officer asks for coverage of news, or when a reporter comes to your organization for a story they’ve initiated, whether it’s a subject you are excited to talk about or … Read More »


Internships in Local Government: My Personal Journey

Posted on February 9th, by Olivia Burrell-Jackson in on the job. 1 Comment

Many universities require seniors to complete an internship in order to learn more about their proposed career. My major, criminal justice, required one and I was told this would give me experience to put on my resume and make me more attractive to employers. I enjoyed my internship experience and I am happy to say … Read More »


Women Leading Local Government

Posted on February 8th, by Rafael Baptista in About the Public Sector. No Comments

The International Association of City/County Management (ICMA) recently published an article detailing how only 13 percent of local government managers are female. When I read the article, my initial reaction was how is this possible? In this post I will answer this question by explaining my reaction, exploring one of the root causes of this … Read More »


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 »


Internships: You Need Skills As Well As Diplomas

Posted on February 8th, by American Public University System in education/training. No Comments

I walked across the stage during my undergraduate ceremony thinking I had received my ticket to the world. Unfortunately, the small private school I attended didn’t have a Career Services department, so I was on my own – with limited confidence and even less experience – for my job search in a metropolitan city. I … 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 »