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Will a Government Re-Org Work? That Depends.

January 13, 2012 15:24 by Kristen Fyfe

News today that President Obama asked Congress to grant him the power to streamline parts of the federal government may sound familiar to those familiar with The Public Manager, a quarterly journal ASTD publishes that focuses on federal government leadership that works. The very topic was addressed in the Summer 2011 issue that featured a 28-page Forum focused on government reorganization.

"Whatever structure eventually emerges, President Obama will want affected employees to change their past behavior to achieve the new goals and objectives," wrote Robert Tobias, in his article titled "Leading Differently: Can Reorganization Change Things?"

Sounds like learning professionals in the federal government might have their work cut out for them.

You can read more of Tobias's article here. It follows an introductory piece by Alan Balutis.

 

 


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Some FBI cyber agents lack adequate skills, report finds

April 29, 2011 14:30 by jllorens

(From FederalTimes.com) A review of the FBI’s efforts to mitigate national security cyber incidents found that some field agents tasked with investigating these cases lack the technical skills and expertise to effectively do their jobs.

The redacted version of the report, released Wednesday by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, examined the ability of the FBI-led National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force to defend against attacks on U.S. computer networks and efforts by the FBI field offices to investigate these attacks.

Of the 36 agents interviewed in 10 of the FBI’s field offices, 13 said they do not have the technical skills required by the agency’s Cyber Division to investigate national security cases. In addition, 5 of the 36 agents said they didn’t think they were “able or qualified to investigate national security intrusions effectively,” the report said.

Only 18 of the 36 agents had prior experience in computer networking, and some had never heard of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, which serves as the headquarters for the FBI’s cyber intrusions operations.

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Washington Press Corps Veteran Ilyse Veron Takes Helm of The Public Manager

March 15, 2011 12:42 by Kristen Fyfe

The Public Manager, a quarterly journal about empowering government and developing leaders, announces an editorial change in the Spring 2011 issue. Washington press corps veteran Ilyse Veron will take over as editor, according to the journal’s publisher Carrie Blustin, while longtime editor Warren Master will assume a new role as Editor-at-Large.

“For eleven years Warren Master kept readers on the leading-edge with innovative public management articles,” said Blustin. “We look forward to his continued contributions as Editor-at-Large, anchoring interviews for the journal’s new podcast series, sharing insights in his blog, Agile Bureaucracy, and presenting at our events.”
 
“This change brings new opportunities to provide more timely content and perspective,” Ms. Blustin continued. “Ilyse Veron brings years of award-winning experience covering media, technology, and public affairs, including actions of every federal department and agendas of multiple presidents. And, she’s done it for CQ and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, among others.”

Master’s final spring issue centers on public managers’ preparations for climate change. Ms. Veron’s first issue, due out in June, will offer a forum on 21st century government –its technology, performance, and talent management. The summer issue of the journal will launch Ms. Veron’s new column, Editorial Perspective, and other features.

Ms. Veron joined The Public Manager after years of producing events, programs, and reports with MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, and she has already begun blogging and podcasting along with Mr. Master on management issues at www.thepublicmanager.org.

Ms. Veron’s career began at The Brookings Institution, followed by years at Congressional Quarterly. In the mid-90s, she served as principal researcher on The System, a book by David Broder and Haynes Johnson. From 1995-2002 she reported for the NewsHour on national and business news, earning an Emmy award for coverage of the Justice Department’s case against Microsoft and recognition from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Since 2002 Ms. Veron has specialized in outreach and project management, working on citizen events and broadcasts such as PBS’ By the People and “Bernanke on the Record,” and she has developed content on various media platforms for nonpartisan nonprofits with a federal focus. Her freelance bylines have run on Scripps Howard Wire Service, Wired.com, Foxnews.com, and elsewhere, most recently in Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine.

The Public Manager is a unique, editorially independent quarterly journal about government leadership that works. Focused on empowering and developing leaders, it publishes ideas of experienced professionals about critical public management issues including budgeting and accountability, technology and innovation, and the people who make it happen. Additionally, with events and web postings, it fosters a community for current, former and future managers to share best practices and resources regarding federal challenges and professional development.  The Public Manager allies with the Partnership for Public Service, GovLoop, Young Government Leaders, the Graduate School, the American Society for Public Administration, and others who serve career public servants.

The Public Manager is published by The Bureaucrat, Inc., a nonprofit controlled affiliate of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). The Bureaucrat, Inc. maintains its own corporate officer and Board of Director structure to guide The Public Manager.

Ilyse Veron can be contacted at iveron@astd.org.


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Navy sets deadline for completing post-'don't ask, don't tell' training

February 9, 2011 17:06 by jllorens

(From the Washintgon Post) Preparing for the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Navy publicly disclosed details Tuesday about how it plans to train personnel about gay men and lesbians serving openly and said it expected to finish that effort by June 30.

The military services each submitted training plans to the Pentagon on Friday, and officials there provided final teaching materials for the services, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The services are required to train the force in three phases, beginning with military chaplains, lawyers and civilian public affairs officers, then commanding officers, and finally the rank and file.

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Skills and productivity of Thai workers should be improved

December 13, 2010 19:00 by jllorens

(From Thailand Business News) Kasikorn Research Centre KRC advises in a new report that the Thai government should further develop the skills of the country’s workers and their productivity so that Thai products can compete more effectively in the global market.

The KRC recommendations were made after the National Wage Committee decision Thursday to increase the daily minimum wage by Bt8-17 countrywide effective Jan 1.It said the increase is slightly higher than the inflation rate and is considered “positive news” to workers throughout the country.

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Closing The Cybersecurity Gap In Government

August 30, 2010 18:04 by jllorens

(From InformationWeek) Across the federal government, agencies are grappling with a shortage of cybersecurity pros who have the skills to protect their computers and networks from relentless, and increasingly dangerous, forms of attack. The Department of Homeland Security and the Air Force received authority to expedite the hiring of almost 1,700 cybersecurity pros over the next two years, but fast-track hiring is a stopgap solution. The long-term answer requires new training programs and better ways of attracting and retaining employees with the sought-after skills.

At a recent cybersecurity workforce conference at the National Institute for Standards and Technology's offices in Gaithersburg, Md., chief information security officers and other government IT managers identified a range of related issues: a confusing morass of certifications; HR processes that identify candidates based on buzzwords, not bona fide experience; drawn-out hiring and security-clearance processes; federal mandates that push unqualified people to the front of the hiring line; and competition with the private sector for job candidates.

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Canada: Gov't Invests in Skills Development and Workplace Safety

June 28, 2010 18:11 by jllorens

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2010) - Canadian manufacturing workers and businesses will benefit from a Government of Canada investment in a literacy and essential skills development project. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, together with Mr. Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Erindale, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government believes that working with partners to improve literacy and essential skills is a great way to help Canadians build better futures," said Minister Raitt. "By identifying best practices and creating tools to help businesses incorporate these critical skills in their training programs, this project will ultimately help workers get the skills upgrading they need to stay safe and productive on the job."

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UK: Promoting diversity in the workplace must start at the top

June 1, 2010 12:00 by Ann Pace

The Financial Reporting Council has just published a revised version of the UK Corporate Governance code (formerly the Combined Code).  All companies with a Premium Listing on the London Stock Exchange must report on how they have applied the Code (according to the “comply or explain” principle).

The IoD is a long-standing supporter of the Code and we believe that it has made an important contribution to good governance in the UK over the last two decades. It has also been a benchmark for corporate governance codes in a wide range of other countries.

We are broadly supportive of the revisions that have been made to the Code. In particular, the Code’s increased emphasis on the role of the chairman, the need for constructive challenge from non-executive directors and the central role of the board in risk oversight are important additions to the Code.

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Conference Daily On Site, Sunday

May 16, 2010 17:35 by jllorens

The Conference Daily went to check out the sights and sounds of the Government Pavillion and networking room in the F2 Concourse.

We spoke with Patricia Easley from the Environmental Protection Agency about why she came to the Conference this year. "We were really excited about the conference being held in Chicago since it hasn't been here for so many years," Said Easley, who resides in Chicago. "It's such a great opportunity to collaborate and network with people who face similar challenges and who found really workable solutions."

As with many agencies in governmentand elsewhere, being able to align agency strategies with training goals is vastly improtant. Easley shared some of her insights on how to make sure this alignment is taking place:

"We look in three main places. First we work closely with our administrator and examine the goals that are set forth. Then, we as learning professionals look at what is being planned to make sure there is alignment," she states.

"The second place we look is at learining programs that are mandatory to do the job. This is training that comes not necessarily from our Administrator but from the White House."

The third source that Easley uses to ensure alignment is all about location, location, location, as learning needs and agency goals differ from region to region. "Right now, for example," she says, "the training needs in the Gulf [of Mexico] region are completely different from anywhere else."

Once they have all of the sources, Easley says, then they can conduct a needs assessment that shows learning-agency alignment. "For us, it's a long process that is complex, but it needs to be done."

We thank Patricia for taking the time to chat with us, and if you are in government and attending the Conference this year, please be sure to stop by the Government Pavillion for events and networking opportunities.


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Gov 2.0 Expo: Private Sector Solutions Meet Government Challenges

April 8, 2010 14:35 by Jackie Hadley

Gov 2.0 Expo, happening May 25-27, 2010 in Washington DC is THE technology conference and expo for 21st Century Government. It's the premiere event that -- in just three days of sessions, workshops, keynotes, and rapid-fire presentations -- gives government employees and contractors the practical tools, in-depth technical training, and industry contacts critical to implementing new standards of transparency, collaboration, and cost containment.

Topic tracks include Agile Government, Cloud Computing, Open Data and Web Services, Social Networks and Collaboration, and Emerging Topics. Gov 2.0 Expo is co-produced by O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb and will showcase the real-world application of Web 2.0 technologies in government and municipal sectors, featuring a practical program that will teach government employees and contractors how to apply technology best practices to government programs, and in turn introduce new companies to the government market. Register Now & Save 15% using Discount Code: gxp10mp10 at: www.gov2expo.com.


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