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Posted by on Sep 24, 2019

The Many Ways the Federal Government Measures Quality

The Many Ways the Federal Government Measures Quality

Since the introduction of Total Quality Management revolutionized the manufacturing industry, we have understood that quality is a key measure of project management success. No longer is completing a project on-time and within budget good enough. Processes must be efficient and produce an outcome that meets every specification and satisfies the customer’s need.
Although this philosophy began with manufacturing, it has spread throughout every aspect of our lives. We are consistently asked to provide, collect, and report on the quality of products, services, processes, and ideas. Let’s examine ways that this emphasis on quality is spreading throughout the Federal Government.

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2019

Qualities of the Ideal Federal Leader

Qualities of the Ideal Federal Leader

One of the three key drivers of transformation named in the 2019 President’s Management Agenda (PMA) is realigning human capital to serve America’s priorities for the 21st century. While there is a significant focus on filling technology gaps, several authorities have defined ideal qualities for leaders in the Federal Government.

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

Essential Knowledge for Grant-Making Professionals – Where Do You Stand?

Essential Knowledge for Grant-Making Professionals – Where Do You Stand?

Many Federal agencies award grants. Employees who work for grant-making agencies need to access a wealth of knowledge as they create funding opportunities, evaluate applications, implement awards, monitor progress, and close out grants. Pass-through entities navigate the challenges of receiving and allocating Federal funds to grant partners with accountable subaward processes, effective monitoring measures. Federal […]

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2019

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part IV: Succession Planning

Eliminating Gaps in Agency Leadership – Part IV: Succession Planning

In the first three parts of this series, we discussed how to identify leadership gaps, address leadership gaps, and close leadership gaps within your organization. Next, we will examine how effective succession planning is essential to prevent mission-critical leadership gaps. Envision your future needs, pinpoint the competencies required to meet them, then identify and prepare […]

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2019

The Secrets of Successful Workforce Planning

The Secrets of Successful Workforce Planning

A significant segment of our workforce is becoming eligible for retirement as birth rates are at an all-time low. Add to that a wave of uncertain budget and economic conditions in our future. This combination presents a very real challenge for public and private industry. Let’s explore the ways we can ensure our success through workforce planning:

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2019

What’s Really at Risk?

What’s Really at Risk?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (also known as the Green Book), which defines, among other things, four principles of risk assessment. In short, they are:
1. Define objectives and risk tolerances
2. Identify, analyze, and respond to risks
3. Assess fraud risk
4. Identify, analyze, and respond to change

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