John Palguta

  • A prince of federal service retires

    John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service has a command of the technical and legal complexities of federal employment. But he also has a feel for the human realities of being a public servant.

  • John Palguta: Looking back at a long career in public service

    John Palguta spent 34 years in the federal government, before retiring as a member of the Senior Executive Service and director of policy at the Merit Systems Protection Board. For the last 16 years, he as been vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He talked to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his last day on the job.

  • Confusion over OPM IG memo symptom of larger political appointee bottleneck

    A court ruling says OPM acting Director Beth Cobert shouldn’t be allowed to serve in her role. The administration continues to stand by its nomination. Political pundits say the legal disagreement is the least of the worries when it comes to the political appointee process.

  • Top federal executives made $187,094 on average last year

    Salaries barely changed from fiscal 2013. But 12.2 percent more SES members received performance awards.

  • Federal News Countdown: Sammies good news, Dropping morale

    John Palguta, vice president for Policy at the Partnership for Public Service, and Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative of Federally Employed Women, count down the week’s top stories with Francis Rose.

  • John Palguta: Where Congress’ gridlock hits agencies the hardest

    Congressional polarization and gridlock have been tough on federal agencies and their ability to function effectively. The Partnership for Public Service has tried to quantify this effect. Its findings, titled Government Disservice, come out later today. It highlights four areas where federal agencies have been hit hardest. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • John Palguta: No more performance reviews?

    Several large corporations have changed the way they manage employee performance. The latest one is General Electric. GE’s top management has voted to get rid of annual performance evaluations. But should the federal government follow suit, especially with the recent push to encourage employee accountability? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer one answer.

  • John Palguta: Presidential candidates’ workforce intentions

    Election season is ramping up and it’s time to think about the federal workforce policy ideas that are emerging, and how likely any of them are to be implemented. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the policy proposals we’ve already heard about and what new platforms we can still expect to see.

  • John Palguta: Start planning for presidential transitions … now

    The Obama Administration still has more than a year to go, but it’s never too early to start planning for a presidential transition. The broad topic of transfer of power is covered by the Constitution; but it doesn’t cover all of the requirements of a modern, three trillion-dollar government. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how new administrations can deal with thousands of management details.

  • John Palguta: A better way to fire

    A House bill passed last week would give the Veterans Affairs secretary much more flexibility to fire corrupt or poor-performing employees — not just top officials. The 2015 VA Accountability Act would expand on the authority of last year’s Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which made it easier to get rid of senior executives engaged in wrongdoing. But this new authority could have some unintended consequences. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain some of the legislation’s unintended consequences.

  • John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

    Legitimate whistleblower or a blowhard masking poor performance? It’s a judgment call federal managers have to make every day. No one wants to inadvertently punish someone who legitimately finds something wrong, or let a crumb-bum get away with murder. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some advice on navigating this thin line.

  • John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

    As more candidates announce their presidential campaigns, we’re reminded that a transition is right around the corner. It’s time to start planning now. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with advice on how to make the most of the next 18 months.

  • John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

    The White House has chosen a group of two dozen federal employees to offer advice on potential changes to the Senior Executive Service. They come from many facets of government. Their mission is to improve the way senior executives are recruited, hired, developed and retained. Will they be successful? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer his take.

  • John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

    Ever since the Veterans Affairs scheduling scandal broke, Congress has been heckling the department to fire more people. Robespierre might have resorted to the guillotine to secure the French Revolution. But is simply rolling heads the best strategy for getting the performance you want from your staff? John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with why firing is just one small piece of the performance puzzle.

  • John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

    The expiration date for Homeland Security’s continuing resolution is fast approaching. The deadline is Friday. And that means Congress has just four days to reach an agreement funding the department for the rest of the year, or furlough roughly 30,000 employees. What should DHS managers be doing to prepare for this possibility? John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.