David Lewis

  • HReinvented: Ideas for improving the federal hiring process

    David Lewis, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, has suggestions for how agencies can make it easier on those who want to become federal employees.

  • Navy explains split LCS contract

    Lockheed Martin and Austal Limited will each build ten ships. Rear Admiral David Lewis, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Ships, explains why that was necessary.

  • Fixing the SES: ‘This used to be an honor. Now it’s a joke.’

    Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

  • David Lewis: Growing executive branch power impacts federal workforce

    More power has moved to the White House and away from Congress over the past few decades. You see it in the number of executive orders and rule-making efforts originating in the White House. New research shows this can cause gyrations for the career work force with people deciding to either quit on philosophical grounds or stick around and wait out a current president. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, offers insight to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Trump orders agencies to create task forces to tackle regulations

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling on agencies to create regulatory reform task forces. The task forces will investigate how to “eliminate red tape” and regularly report back on progress to their respective agencies.

  • Trump signs government reorganization order

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the goal of the executive order is to make agencies more efficient, effective and accountable.

  • David Lewis: How federal executives can deal with budget issues

    The strength and durability of the budget depends not only on the agency, but also on regulations such as the federal hiring freeze. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how federal executives can deal with the potential crossover.

  • David Lewis: How change in leadership impacts rank and file

    Swirling changes in leadership can have tough effects on the rank and file. That’s what the FBI is dealing with right now as long-time career agent Andrew McCabe takes over as acting director. David Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares some of the management and workforce implications on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • With Comey firing, will the FBI succumb to a politicized atmosphere?

    President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey could thrust the law enforcement agency and its workforce in to an uncomfortable political arena — one that could alter internal and external perceptions of a heretofore non-partisan organization.