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Time to Modernize Civil Service Talent Management

Friday, October 9, 2015

Federal managers often have their hands tied when it comes to dismissing underperforming employees. A recent survey of 3,551 federal executives by researchers at Vanderbilt University revealed a sense of frustration that could stem from an inability to implement better talent management practices.

"There is no modern human resources management like you see in the best private-sector firms," says David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University and lead researcher on


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