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A New Year, A New Public Manager

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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. 

With our new format, we're able to bring the latest ideas on public management to you in less than half the time it would have taken us to plan, prepare, and publish the former print version of the publication. In those "good old days," we typically had a six-month reaction time at best, from the emergence of a critical topic or personality to in-depth coverage in an article in our journal. Given today's hyper-accelerated news cycle, six months isn't fast enough for public managers. 

Take the case of our January 2016 interview with Koskinen. He faces one of the most daunting leadership and public management challenges in the history of the federal government. There's so much to learn from Koskinen and those he leads. And that's why we hope that interviews such as his become one of the signature offerings from


Here’s how you can access this issue:


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About the Author

Ronald Sanders is a vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, and the firm’s first fellow. In that capacity, Ronald helps the firm’s most strategic clients deal with pressing human capital and organizational transformation challenges. Ronald joined Booz Allen after more than 37 years in federal service. Over the course of his career, he served as the U.S. Intelligence Community’s first chief human capital officer,  U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s first chief human resources officer, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s director of civilian personnel and equal employment opportunity. His most recent book is Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Enterprise Leaders.

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