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The Public Manager is an independent magazine that brings forth real stories of unstoppable innovation in U.S. government. Learn how peers on the federal, state, and local levels get human capital matters right. Cut through the red tape and bureaucracy with proven best practices. And get a monthly dose of talent development inspiration from ATD, the world’s largest association for talent development. Issues are delivered monthly in digital format.

In this issue


Unlocking a Federal Coaching Culture

Through training, collaboration, and strategic planning, the Federal Coaching Network is spreading the practice of coaching across the government.


Mentoring in the Middle

Agencies need flexible and effective ways to promote employee growth. A robust mentoring program can help.


The Crucial Role of OMB

This small agency can help the Trump administration solve the puzzle of how to accomplish its big goals.


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From the Editor

Mentoring Matters for Managers and Employees

When training and development are pushed to the bottom of the priority list, coaching and mentoring are especially important.


Best Practices for Government Websites

New guidelines help agencies ensure their online resources are useful to the public.



The Essentials of ERM

A GAO report offers best practices for managing risks across government.


Agency Application

Affinity Groups in a Diverse Workforce

Agencies thrive when individuals who share a common bond are enabled to share ideas and discuss problems.

On the Horizon

Artificial Intelligence for Today's Real World

No longer the stuff of futuristic fantasy, artificial intelligence can be part of your agency’s work right now.

Data Points

Who’s the Best?

The Partnership for Public Service has released its Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings for 2016. What do the numbers reveal?

On Our Shelf

Exploring the Relationship Between Government and Nonprofits

Jon Wolper reviews Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict, edited by Elizabeth T. Boris and C. Eugene Steuerle.

The Bulletin

Navigating Federal Notices

Check out the news you may have missed on cyber career resources, government diversity, millennial career goals, and more.

ATD Highlights

Hands-on Leadership That Empowers

What are the secrets of can-do leaders?

Partner Pages

A Call for Compassionate Performance Management

Line managers can boost sustainable performance and grow talent by taking more of a whole-person approach to the way they lead their people.


Jim Trinka

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Jim Trinka works to create and sustain a high-performing workforce to serve our nation’s veterans.

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