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OPM Looks to the Future

Beth Cobert, the acting director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), stepped into her new role during a time of turmoil for the agency. In this video she addresses the importance of data-driven management, training, and cybersecurity vulnerabilities in government.

Ron Sanders, Chairman of the Board for The Bureaucrat Inc. discusses the launch of new monthly digital format of The Public Manager. For access to the current issue and the full archive of content, please log-in or subscribe.


The Public Manager is a unique journal for public sector learning professional who want to create effective federal leadership by fostering knowledge, vision, professionalism and best practices at all levels of government. Formerly a quarterly published journal, the new monthly digital publication will include:

  • in-depth interviews with key agency leaders
  • easy access on PC and all mobile devices
  • multi-media and visual content
  • success stories and best practices you can implement immediately
  • delivering real-world strategies to solve real-world problems

In this issue

Insider's View

The IRS: Managing Workload and Keeping Engagement High

Faith in the mission and his people has helped the IRS commissioner deliver despite budget cuts.


Conquering Culture Change

Culture change takes commitment and buy-in.


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Chairman's Corner

A New Year

The last time I penned my introductory column for The Public Manager, our storied publication had just begun the digital age. This new electronic medium doesn't change our message, as Editor Paula Ketter and I have stressed, and this month's issue is a perfect example of both our commitment and our currency.

From the Editor

Examining Lingering Issues in Government

Along with the chat with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, this issue explores two critical topics that are affecting federal agencies: waning interest in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and culture change.


Number of Millennials in Government Is at Its Lowest

What do Millennials really think about public service? Are they put off by government jobs?



Quick Facts From the Digital Analytics Program Adds a Mentorship Program

Connecting Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

White House Program Cultivates Cross-Agency Leaders

Agency Application

Applying Action Learning to Public Problems

Action learning can help agencies uncover real solutions to problems plaguing government—and develop their leadership bench strength.

On the Horizon

Help Wanted: Bolstering the Federal Senior Executive Pipeline

Interest among GS-15s and others within the federal sector in accepting positions within the SES is waning, and the government is not sure what to do to turn around this trend.

Data Points

What Keeps State CIOs Up at Night?

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has been surveying state IT leaders on issues of importance to them for 10 years.

On Our Shelf

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

A review of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

The Bulletin

Navigating Federal Notices

A roundup of the latest reports, orders, and memoranda from the key federal oversight and policy organizations.

ATD Highlights

Teaching Employees Old (and New) Technology Tricks

The TD at Work, "Motivating Employees in the Digital Age," describes the capabilities of technology in today's workplace, explains how to apply technology to classic motivation theories, and provides tips on measuring success.

Partner Pages

Can We Talk About the Elephant in the Room?

Public managers can follow a few steps to open the dialogue to undiscussable topics.


Cassie Brennand

Cassie Brennand has been a driving force behind the Federal Coaching Network.

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