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The Public Manager

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The Public Manager is a unique, quarterly journal for public sector learning professionals to create Federal leadership that works: furthering knowledge, vision, professionalism, and best practices at all levels of government.

Every issue discusses pivotal concerns of federal senior executives and middle managers. It shares their innovative ideas, practical applications for new learning technologies, and management successes.

This Issue: Winter 2014

Trust Within Government

by Andrew Marshall and Natalie Elghossain

Labor Secretary Reviews Workforce Development

by Patty Gaul

Employ People With Disabilities

by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Leslie Wilson, and Derek Shields

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Winter Issue

Managing Cross-Sector Collaboration

by John J. Forrer, James Edwin (Jed) Kee, and Eric Boyer

Public managers can choose from four types of cross-sector collaboration. Here's a look into the tradeoffs of each type.

Asking the Right Question: Cost-Awareness Policy in the Army

by Douglas A. Brook

Formal policy directives and published guidebooks requiring a rigorous cost-benefit analysis has helped rein in costs, but mostly has led to solid data on costs of alternatives decisions.

Leadership Development Must Be REAL: Responsive, Early, Accessible, Lasting

by Abraham Morrall and Theresa Spearman Ovbije

Leadership development should start the first day on the job. There must be an intentional effort to facilitate employee exposure to leadership competencies, especially those at the senior level.

Solving the One-Piece Puzzle: Filling the Knowledge Gap

by Timothy D. Howell

Aligning employees' skills to an organization's needs and mission can create a knowledge gap. What's the best way to bridge that gap?

Trust Within Government

by Andrew Marshall and Natalie Elghossain

Trust between managers and workers leads to better employee satisfaction and commitment, which leads to increased productivity.

Engaging in Healthy Debate Over Employee Engagement 

By J. Peter Leeds and Doug Nierle

Despite a few who say it's not worth the effort, the value of engagement lies in its capacity to guide leaders in diagnosing and ameliorating identified workplace difficulties.

Forum: Acquisition: Short-Term Tactics and Long Term Change

A Conversation About Acquisition
by Stan Soloway

Federal Procurement and Small Business 
by John Shoraka

Is Acquisitions on a Collision Course?

by Stan Soloway

Acquisitions Must Usher in a New Age             
by Kymm McCabe

Prizes ! Innovation, Risk Shifting, and Avoiding Contracts and Grants            
by Steven L. Schooner and Nathaniel E. Castellano

Use Your Federal Consulting Dollars Wisely             
By T.E. Winchell

Untangling the Layers of Acquisition Regulation             
by Charlie Williams

Tapping Innovation Quickly in Federal IT Acquisition        by Anne Altman



Include People With Disabilities in the Federal Workplace

by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Leslie Wilson, and Derek Shields

With a wealth of resources and tools available, federal managers can expand the talent pipeline in their agencies with the employment of people with disabilities.



Polarization, Budget Failures, and What to Expect Beyond 2014

by Joshua C. Huder and Marian Currinder

Understanding how divided party control of the Senate and House affects the budget and appropriations process may help federal managers anticipate the challenges ahead.



Driving the Digital Message in a Digital World

by Justin Thomas Russell

Cyberspace is where most people get their news and where the majority of real-time communication takes place. How can public agencies adjust to this transition and best reach their audiences?



Job Training Reboot Offers New Opportunities for Federal Agencies

by Kristen Fyfe-Mills

Aligning resources, activities, and strategies across federal programs is daunting, but it is happening. Communication among stakeholders is paramount to achieving success.



The Coaching Revolution in the Federal Government

by Cynthia S. Mazur

The federal government is at the forefront of the coaching revolution, using its coaching programs to develop leaders, motivate employees, and increase productivity.



Present and Future ...

By Paula Ketter



An Eighth-Grade Science Fair Project Gone Horribly Wrong

Reviewed by Larry Azer



Labor Secretary Stresses Review of Workforce Development Programs

by Patty Gaul

Workforce development programs must keep up with the changing workplace. Here are programs that match skills to fill actual jobs that exist today.



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