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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

TPM July 2017 Cover

Insider's View

Acquiring Essential Skills

The Federal Acquisition Institute is taking an individual approach to professional growth.


Focus on the Future

Looking ahead is critical to making sure employees have the knowledge they need.


Reviewing the Annual Review

Employee performance management is moving away from the typical annual appraisal and toward a more informal continuous conversation.


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From the Editor

Eyeing the Future

Future success in the public sector depends on recognizing skills needed to fulfill your agency's mission.

Chairman's Corner

A Message to Our Readers

Ron Sanders shares news on the future of The Public Manager.


The SES: A Linchpin in Executive Branch Reform

With political appointees slowly trickling into agency leadership positions, the career professionals in the Senior Executive Service face new challenges.


The Threat Is Inside the Building

External cyber threats receive a lot of attention, but internal ones can be just as menacing.



Finding the Exit: How People Leave Government Jobs

OPM's Fedscope database tracks how many people leave government jobs and why.


The Bulletin

Navigating Federal Notices

Catch up on news you may have missed that affects public sector employees and leaders.


Agency Application

The Government Next Door

A partnership with the online social network Nextdoor helps cities target their communications at the neighborhood level.


On the Horizon

Self-Service Government: An Assistant at Your Fingertips

Giving citizens the tools to serve themselves is one way to cut federal spending and improve customer service.


Data Points

How Agile is Your Agency?

An Accenture-NASCIO study reports on state governments' use of agile practices.

On Our Shelf

Zen and the Art of Change Management

Alex Moore reviews A Passion for Leadership by Robert M. Gates.

ATD Highlights

Research, Best Practices, Case Studies: All for You

ATD's Research Center includes original reports, benchmarks, and case studies on talent development.


Eric Keller

Eric Keller is the project lead for the Partnership for Public Service and Accenture 2017 report, The Most Important Customer: Improving the Citizen Experience With Government.

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