Don Kettl

  • Time is now to reimagine the civil service, federal experts say

    In a new white paper from the National Academy of Public Administration, federal experts say a breakdown of the federal human capital system ultimately led to some of agencies’ biggest challenges in recent years, from the cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management to the 49,000 vacancies at the Veterans Affairs Department.

  • Don Kettl: Not feds’ first hunt for waste

    Now we know what federal managers are asked to do in the latest executive order from the Trump administration. It’s not the first time they’ve been asked to look for waste and redundancy. Don Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, offers some perspective on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Virginia Rep. Don Beyer putting feds first in next session

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) plans to continue his fight for the federal workforce, after winning re-election. He’ll join his fellow Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly and Republican Barbara Comstock for the 115th Congress, in which he says he’s looking to raise federal pay and assure fairness on oversight investigations.

  • Federal workforce issues chief among Beltway lawmakers, new and old

    While Republicans clinched the White House and both congressional chambers, government pundits say it’s important that both political parties support the federal workforce and government, especially in the D.C. area.

  • A fed’s guide to the presidential candidates

    What might a Trump administration look like for federal managers? What would another Clinton in the Executive Office mean? Regardless of who wins the presidential election, by Nov. 9 the government workforce needs to be ready to go in any direction.

  • Don Kettl: Cross-agency collaboration key to successful presidential transition

    Cross-agency collaboration will be key to a successful transition for the next presidential administration. That’s one top-level finding from a series of workshops conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration. Don Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and chairman of the NAPA collaboration panel joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the details.

  • Don Kettl: Shutdown concerns just won’t go away

    Like the bunny-boiling lover in Fatal Attraction, the threat of a government shutdown just won’t stay away. Now it’s back as the weekend looms. Congress is likely to pass another continuing resolution. But just in case, federal managers have had plenty of time to plan for a lapse in funding. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more is University of Maryland School of Public Policy professor Don Kettl.

  • 7 questions the Senate should ask OPM pick Beth Cobert

    Beth Cobert has not testified before Congress since becoming acting director of OPM in July. From the data breaches to workforce issues, senators have plenty of material to draw upon.

  • An overlooked but crucial shutdown question: Who’s actually open and who’s closed?

    “Shutdown” is too coarse a word for what happens during a funding lapse. The government acts more as a patchwork. For employees, the challenge is knowing who will also be on the job.

  • Don Kettl: Why government disaster response needs a makeover

    The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is an opportunity to revisit some lessons learned after that storm. For example, more disasters are happening now than historically. Don Kettl, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, and two of his colleagues write about the six major lessons to learn from Katrina. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that more people expect government help, when a natural disaster strikes.

  • Don Kettl: OPM needs to stay focused on its core missions

    The Office of Personnel Management and its new acting director are in crisis mode right now as the agency responds to the largest breach of federal employee data in history. But among the many challenges Beth Cobert faces as she takes the helm at OPM is making sure the agency pays attention to its basic human capital management missions — and doesn’t get distracted by the emergency at hand. Don Kettl is a management expert at the Unversity of Maryland School of Public Policy. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu that the data breach probably wasn’t the fault of former OPM director Katherine Archuleta — but her departure from the agency wasn’t a surprise.

  • OPM’s Beth Cobert can learn from former IRS scandal

    Danny Werfel, the former acting IRS commissioner, sheds light on the challenges Beth Cobert, the new acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, will face leading an agency in trouble.

  • Don Kettl: IRS is, not surprisingly, unpopular on Capitol Hill

    The Internal Revenue Service has lost about 10 percent of its budget since 2010. The result of that — according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — is that the IRS can’t collect as much tax money as it should be collecting. Don Kettl is a professor at University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that tax collectors have been unpopular for a long time.