Commentary

Commentary: Donald F. Kettl

President Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, shook official Washington with his pledge before the Conservative Political Action Conference to ensure the “deconstruction of the administrative ...

Commentary: Donald F. Kettl

Any day now, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would lay the groundwork for reorganizing the federal government. It’s a monumental undertaking, and ...
Education for the Public Workforce

Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

In January, New York’s governor announced a new perk for some state government employees: $5,000 scholarships. The money will go to 60 of the state's top-performing staffers and can be ...

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On January 23, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order instituting a federal hiring freeze for 90 days, pending a plan from the directors of the Office of Management and Budget ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

The Volcker Alliance’s State and Local Program was one of the featured attractions this winter at the Antigua Forum, a university-sponsored retreat that brings global investors, academics, foundation ...

Commentary: Paul C. Light

Federal employees who are worried about the future should stop watching President Trump and look up Pennsylvania Avenue, where the real tsunami of civil service reform will likely ...

Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

How will Donald Trump lead the federal government and drive progress on the priorities he set during his campaign, such as good jobs, clean drinking water and well-served veterans? Here’s ...

Commentary: Donald F. Kettl

Donald Trump enters office with an ambitious vision and many promises to keep. But he’ll quickly discover one important lesson: No current problem that ...

Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

According to a September, 2016 Galup poll, more than one in thre Americans surveyed indicated that they had little or no trust in their state governments. That's better than is the case with the federal ...

Commentary: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene

Karen Thoreson thinks about innovation and government a lot. As president of the Alliance for Innovation, she's an expert on how municipalities can use fresh ideas to ...

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