The Future of Government Work

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The Future of Government Work

Posted on December 16th, by Tiffany Fishman in Trends. No Comments

Walk the halls of government today and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time. You’ll observe hierarchical, siloed organizational structures that date back to the era of black and white television, antiquated IT systems, and service delivery models driven by bureaucracy instead of citizen needs. You’ll also find that legacy thinking still … Read More »


Revisiting JFK’s Call to Public Service 50 Years Later

Posted on December 16th, by Rafael Baptista in Trends. No Comments

“Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”

President John F. Kennedy

With those words and the creation of programs such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corp, President Kennedy challenged a generation to enter public service. That generation answered the call and made the government workforce one that … Read More »


Beyond Gridlock in Local Government

Posted on December 16th, by Ralph Jacobson in Trends. No Comments

The facts on the ground

Government will continue to be in the vortex of a perfect storm. It must

Do far more, with far less

Forge ahead in unchartered waters yet maintain stability and constant service

Find new ways to seek efficiency, yet maintain a competent workforce

Continue to comply with existing regulations and innovate

Balance the changing needs of the … Read More »


How to Pursue a Career in State Law Enforcement

Posted on December 16th, by Chasity Cooper in job descriptions/glossary. No Comments

Law enforcement can be an exciting career choice for anyone interested in public safety. State law enforcement officers are tasked with the challenge of enforcing the law, providing patrol, and investigating crimes. This field includes a wide range of career paths that offer a variety of job responsibilities and work environments.

Within state law enforcement, you … Read More »


What Makes a “Good” Government Leader?

Posted on November 17th, by Tiffany Fishman in About the Public Sector, education/training. No Comments

In its 2012 Best Places to Work survey, the Partnership for Public Service found that US federal civil servants are less happy with their jobs than at any time since 2003 (when the organization first started compiling its rankings of the best places to work in the federal government).[1] The government-wide index score—which indicates how … Read More »


How Hiring Trends Create Opportunity in Local Government

Posted on November 17th, by Joseph Huffman in Career Advice, on the job. No Comments

Over the last fifteen years, I have heard much about how retiring baby-boomers need to find a way to attract new people to leadership positions.  I remember having conversations about the problem with a NC League of Municipalities representative while I served as a manager in Laurinburg, NC.  Around this time, many in the profession seemed to … Read More »


Successful Interview Strategies for Local Government

Posted on October 22nd, by Lori Sassoon in Career Advice, networking/interviewing. No Comments

Sometimes the interview goes well, and sometimes it just doesn’t. Having been involved in several interview panels recently, here is a recap of the most memorable moments, both good and bad:

The candidate who threw her current City Manager under the proverbial bus: When asked why she was applying for the job, she said that the … Read More »


A Career as a Politician – UK verses US

Posted on October 22nd, by Richard McMunn in About the Public Sector, overview. No Comments

If you’re considering a career as a politician then firstly, you’re brave. Secondly, there are many areas of politics in which to practice and for some, the natural progression into politics comes from many different places.

Those who have studied law are often seen in frontline politics. Barack Obama is a lawyer and in the UK, … Read More »


Tips for Using International Experience to Land a Job in Government

Posted on October 22nd, by Sharon McCoy in About the Public Sector, overview. No Comments

Thanks to globalization, it is now possible to experience firsthand the incredible array of cultures, languages, and societies that make up the world. In fact, international experience is not only possible; it is becoming essential. Time spent abroad can teach engagement, outreach, problem-solving, and language skills, assets valuable to any profession. Many of these skills … Read More »


5 Tips for Improving Your Agency’s Teleworking Program

Posted on August 24th, by Logan Harper in Innovations, Social Media. No Comments

“Work is where we are, not what we do.” This is the core belief of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which maintains that workers who have more flexibility are more productive. The benefits of teleworking in the Federal Government have become so apparent that the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 requires government agencies to … Read More »