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SES & the Presidential Transition: Implementation Actions to Drive Immediate & Lasting Government Transformation

SES & the Presidential Transition: Implementation Actions to Drive Immediate & Lasting Government Transformation

This article proposes a process by which the new Administration can immediately, effectively, and efficiently leverage one of America’s most capable and in-place management and leadership entities, our tested and dedicated career Senior Executive Service (SES) and other executive leaders. 

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The Critical Need to Figure Out What Government Does Right

The Critical Need to Figure Out What Government Does Right

Lots of federal processes are inefficient and wasteful, but many others have become more efficient and effective over time. We need a competition to highlight the best so they can spread.

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Government Needs Tech-Savvy Leaders to Succeed, Says Outgoing OMB Chief

Government Needs Tech-Savvy Leaders to Succeed, Says Outgoing OMB Chief

Federal agencies without tech-savvy senior leadership will not succeed in carrying out their missions, warned outgoing Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in his White House exit memo.

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President Trump and the Senior Executive Service

President Trump and the Senior Executive Service

It appears that a lot of successful American businesspeople and some former high ranking military leaders will get a shot at running the American government in the next administration. President-Elect Donald Trump, thus far, has sent some signals in naming his proposed appointees. What are these signals and are we reading them right?

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Tips for Dealing with Stagnant, Declining Discretionary Spending

Tips for Dealing with Stagnant, Declining Discretionary Spending

Agency discretionary budgets saw a drop in new money by about 12 percent between 2010 and 2015.

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As Obama Ddmin Winds Down, OPM Calls for Future Civil Service Reform

As Obama Ddmin Winds Down, OPM Calls for Future Civil Service Reform

The past eight years of new hiring initiativesworkplace flexibility programs and security clearance reforms from the Office of Personnel Management have put the pieces in place for a more modern government personnel system, the agency said as it looked back on its accomplishments during the Obama administration.

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7 Things Every Fed Should Know About 2017 NDAA

7 Things Every Fed Should Know About 2017 NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual piece of must-pass legislation.

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Oversight Chairman Promises Sweeping Changes to Feds’ Retirement, Job Security

Oversight Chairman Promises Sweeping Changes to Feds’ Retirement, Job Security

The congressman who leads oversight of the federal workforce promised on Monday to bring sweeping reforms to federal employees’ retirement benefits, job security and even the location of their offices.

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Message from Your SEA President

Message from Your SEA President

Given the business background of President-elect Trump and many of his senior appointees, the incoming Trump Administration is reviving a question that has been asked many times in the past: “Should government be run like a business?”

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January New Members & More

January New Members & More

New Members, Lifetime Members, Sponsors and Thank Yous for Donations

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Harnessing the Opportunity of Government Reform

Harnessing the Opportunity of Government Reform

SEA Legislative Director Jason Briefel provides an update on SEA's activities on Capitol Hill.

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Message from Your SEA President

Message from Your SEA President

As we approach the final days of what has been one of the longest and most contentious presidential campaigns in history, it’s time to turn our attention to what everyone hopes will be an orderly transition of power.

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From the Front Office - The 2016 Presidential Transition

From the Front Office - The 2016 Presidential Transition

Anita Breckenridge (The White House), Andrew Mayock (OMB/Agency Transition Directors Council), and Tim Horne (Federal Transition Coordinator/ATDC) discuss their transition work.

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SEA President Writes Senators Regarding “CR Hell,” Concern with Inclusion of VA Whistleblower Provision

In a September 27 letter, SEA President Bill Valdez wrote to all Senators expressing dismay “in the strongest terms possible” at the continued failure of Congress to fulfill its constitutional duty to pass a budget, noting the onerous imposition that continued preparation for each Continued Resolution (CR) has on agencies.

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OPM Releases Memo Announcing Issuance of OPM’s Supervisory Training Program Survey

OPM Releases Memo Announcing Issuance of OPM’s Supervisory Training Program Survey

A September 21 memo from OPM announced the issuance of the web-based survey.

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OPM Memo Announces Free Training to Combat Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace

OPM Memo Announces Free Training to Combat Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in the Workplace

A joint September 14 memo from OPM and DOJ announces release of the online-course.

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SEA Congratulates 2016 Sammie Winners and Finalists

The winners and finalists for the Partnership for Public Service’s 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medals (also known as the Sammies) were honored at a black-tie event on September 20, and two of those honored were members.

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Feds Will Pay 6.2 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2017

Feds Will Pay 6.2 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2017

OPM announced on September 28 that federal employees and retirees will pay an average of 6.2% more in 2017 toward their health insurance premiums.

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Congressional Hearing on Long-Term Care Premium Spike Likely After November Election

Congressional Hearing on Long-Term Care Premium Spike Likely After November Election

A congressional hearing on the major premium increases is tentatively scheduled for after the election, according to a House Democratic aide.

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White House Women Want to Be in the Room Where it Happens

White House Women Want to Be in the Room Where it Happens

In the historically male-dominated workplace, female staffers have joined together to amplify their voices.

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Senate Budget Chairman Proposes a Cure for Congress’ Addiction to Continuing Resolutions

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) has submitted reform proposals in an attempt to eliminate Congress’ frequent reliance on continuing resolutions to settle budget stalemates.

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Finding a New Job Just Got More Complicated for Federal Employees

Finding a New Job Just Got More Complicated for Federal Employees

The Office of Government Ethics recently updated “conflict of interest” standards for government officials searching for non-government employment.

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As Funding Government Stalled, Fundraising for Congress Soared

In the 20th straight year that Congress has failed to pass all routine spending bills by the end of the fiscal year, members of Congress are spending more time fundraising than ever.

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