Friday, December 20, 2013
Articles from across the Web that we found interesting, the week of December 16, 2013

Gadi Ben-Yehuda


John Kamensky

  • Prize Authority Saves Money.  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a status report on federal agencies’ use of their authority to sponsor innovation prizes and contests, according to a story by FedScoop’s Scott Maucione. 
  • OPM Survey Shows 50 Percent Spike in Telework. In another story by Scott Maucione, FedScoop, he reports that an OPM survey shows the number of federal employees deemed eligible for telework increased from 685,000 to more than 1 million – and that employees with telework agreements increased by 84 percent.
  • Principles for a Better Public Sector.  A new study by McKinsey & Co. offers four principles for designing a better public sector:  make better use of data, involve citizens, invest in employees, and collaborate with other sectors
  • All-Time Lows in Employee Morale.  According to Ellen Kortesoja, Federal News Radio, the “Best Places to Work” survey by the Partnership for Public Service pegged federal employee morale at its lowest point since the survey began a decade ago (and the survey was conducted before the federal shutdown in October).  Interestingly, though, the scores for the top ranking agency – NASA – rose from the prior year.  The Partnership’s website includes a set of six case studies of agencies that have consistently ranked toward the top over the past decade, and what they did to do so
  • GAO Assesses DHS Morale.  While the Partnership focused on the Best Places to Work, the Government Accountability Office testified on the Department of Homeland Security’s employee morale issues, since it was ranked at the bottom of all major federal agencies in terms of employee satisfaction.  Its testimony also describes the numerous leadership vacancies across the department.


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