Ellen Herbst, chief financial officer and assistant secretary of Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss aligning mission support with mission delivery, the department's management and performance agenda, how Commerce is working to transform the way it does business, and what Commerce is doing to support its employees and reform its hiring process.
“Abracadabra,” “hocus-pocus” and “presto-chango” are clichéd magic words designed to deliver a variety of wishes to boys and girls in books. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, and sometimes they have perverse effects. The lesson, typically, is to be careful of what you wish for.
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Commerce Department recently held a workshop to discuss how protection of personal information can be made a key implementation element in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The meeting discussed steps that Government and industry can take to develop and implement privacy-friendly policy and technology as a priority in the way we identify ourselves online.
As with each edition, this issue of The Business of Government magazine has as its focus the core mission of the Center—connecting research to practice as a means to improve public management. We do this by bringing together insights and perspectives, blended with an equal measure of practicality and reflection, from an array of government leaders, public managers, thinkers, practitioners, and academics.
This guide offers ideas on how agencies can start closing the gaps between managers and staff, as well as tips on how to use the Staff/Manager Alignment Score to supplement and refine efforts to improve the workplace.
Big problems call for big solutions. And so, with the states mired in historically unpleasant fiscal times, many have decided they need to go far beyond Band-Aid solutions in favor of tourniquets and transplants.
Over the last 13 years, we published more than 300 research reports and interviewed some
300 senior government executives. It is from this rich library that we’ve identified several
broad societal trends that we believe are changing what it takes to be a successful leader at
all levels of government.