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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

Insider's View

Getting a New Team Up to Speed

Martha Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project, collects and shares information to smooth the transition between presidential administrations.


Change Is Coming

Current and former government leaders share a few things you need to know during the presidential transition.


Your Guide to the Network-Oriented Workplace

Relationships are not binary—on or off. They shift and change over time, and building those relationships requires careful management.


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From the Editor

Sharing Information Early and Often Benefits All Parties

As new political appointees enter the government workforce, clear communication and collaboration will be essential.


Recruiting and Retaining Employees With Disabilities

Efforts by federal agencies to employ more people with disabilities are paying off.



Toward Hiring Excellence

Agency Application

Whole Employees Are Engaged Employees

Managers can improve the culture of their workplaces by encouraging employees to bring their whole selves to work.

On the Horizon

Modernizing the Acquisition Workforce

How can government balance the drive for innovative thinking with preserving a level playing field in acquisition?

Data Points

To Secure Data, Secure the Appropriate Talent

Agencies need to adopt a plan to protect against cyber attacks.

On Our Shelf

Performance: Engage

Jon Wolper reviews It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce by Howard Risher and William Wilder.

The Bulletin

Navigating Federal Notices

Catch up on reports, orders, and memoranda on generational work ethics, a federal hiring freeze, a cyber careers portal, the social media transition, and more.

ATD Highlights

Improving Performance With EQ

The personal and social skills that make up emotional intelligence can bring greater workplace success.

Partner Pages

First Impressions at Crucial Times

With new leaders coming into the government, it's important for federal employees to be attentive to their actions in their first meeting.


Cameron Cozzens

Cameron Cozzens is a former Army colonel who now oversees the Arbinger Institute's work with the federal government.

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