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MBA or MPA? Not Sure? Check Out This Infographic

Every few months there seems to be an active discussion on GovLoop about the best type of graduate program for government employees. Some folks insist an MBA, others proclaim the MPA is the only way to go.  The truth is probably somewhere in the middle and most likely depends on the individual needs of the specific person.

While I have no definitive answer for you, this infographic outlines some key similarities and differences. 

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Added by Doug Mashkuri on August 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Creating Organizational Self-Defense

Why don’t agency top leaders know about significant management problems in their organizations before it is too late?

So-called scandals seem to be more prevalent these days, ranging from seemingly dishonest reporting of…


Added by John Kamensky on August 25, 2014 at 1:23pm — 4 Comments

Accountability in Government? The Buck STARTS Here

In 2001, I began my career in Government hoping to gain stability and a nest egg to start my own business as a child and family therapist. Money for social services was in surplus at the time. Two years later as we began to feel the recession at work and many young, energized staff were laid off, I became afraid that my career goals as an entrepreneur were lost. Until 2009, I was the youngest person on my team by nearly a decade. I had survived rounds of lay-offs, increased workload,…


Added by Carolyn Vreeman on August 23, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Moving on Up: Advancing Your Government Career

We're all looking to advance our skills, get better at our current job and move up the leadership ladder, but how do you actually do it? Moderated by Steve Ressler, Founder and CEO of Govloop, our online training featured two career coaches who answered your…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jeff Neal Urges Organizations to Update Their Outlook on Senior Executive Service

‘You can’t step into the same river twice.’


Unfortunately, the federal government likes to step in the same river as many times as it can. But some industry leaders are demanding a federal reform in order to keep pace with the changing demographics of government.


Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President at ICF International, spoke with Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program about reforms to the Senior Executive…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 22, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Feds Make Progress in EEO & Diversity, Yet Work Remains

In case you missed it, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday released its latest annual reports on the…


Added by David B. Grinberg on August 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

‘Do or Do not. There is no try.’ And more from AFFIRM's Monthly Speaker Series

Technology is an enabler. It gives us the ability to harvest big data, mobilize in ways unknown to previous generations, and shows us the means to improve every aspect of society. But that’s all. It just gives us the means, not the action.


Some industry leaders are looking to turn means into action. One of AFFIRM’s (the Association for Federal Information Resources Management) monthly panels looked at successful IT projects in government, the challenges faced, and the…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

5-Piece Toolkit to Build a Great Working Relationship

Did you ever notice that some people can say ANYTHING? And not only do they get away with it, they actually get what they want most of the time! What’s the secret?

The 5-Piece Toolkit: Includes 1 BIG Mindset Shift and 4 little…


Added by Martha Austin on August 18, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Duo of Doctors Heals Veterans in Need-SAMMIES Finalist


Duos Come in all forms and across all trades. Batman and…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What Great Corporate Cultures Have - 5 Short Personal Observations

1) A very strong sense of purpose. The idea being that we are a unified force in a "war" to achieve something under incredible odds, pressure, etc. 

2) A 50-50 focus on people and operations vs. 90-10 operations vs. people. (I get that it's hard to trust because you don't want to get hurt; trust issues are why most organizations prefer to focus on technical things and hard numbers.) 

3) A commitment to process - order,…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on August 14, 2014 at 11:37pm — 2 Comments

For Citizen Engagement Professionals When Communication is Not Enough

Citizen engagement operates with a lot of fancy titles like consumer education, consumer protection, client-centered services, outreach, or prevention and preparedness.  In a prior life as an independent consultant, it was called community-based participatory research, and in my current role it is dubbed Community Engagement.  (I must note, “citizen” explicitly denotes a legal status that does not apply to everyone in the community, and generally engagement work leans toward…


Added by Sida Ly-Xiong on August 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Leading the Defense Health Agency: Interview with Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director, Defense Health Agency

Across the country healthcare systems are focused on ways to reduce variation in care, improve patient safety and more effectively use health information technology to improve clinical decision-making and outcomes.

The Military Health System isn’t immune to such changes. In fact, within the military, there are additional…


Added by Michael J. Keegan on August 14, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

How to Build Partnerships the Right Way

In government, we often talk about the importance of building public-private partnerships. In San Jose, they aren’t just talking about building partnerships – they’re actually doing it.


The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, a facilitator of public private partnerships, is working on ways to leverage Silicon…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How Do You Evaluate Effectiveness?

As the summer begins its march to fall, we’re all getting back in the game, and if history is any indication, projects will soon begin to multiply.

Which means hiring will be on the upswing, as well.  As we all know, hiring is an expensive and extensive process.  In fact, by the time you’ve advertised for, interviewed, hired and on-boarded a new employee there’s an…


Added by Ken Boxer on August 14, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Building Trust With Your New Team

You've probably heard that old saying, "people quit their bosses, not their jobs." 

You may even have quit a job or two yourself because of a bad boss, so you know that one of the most important parts of being a good leader is to build trust with your team. They need to trust that you're competent, you'll be fair, and that you have their backs in any situation. 

Whether you're new to management in general or…


Added by Jessie Kwak on August 14, 2014 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Playing Telephone With Gov Communication

Did you ever play the game telephone as a kid? It was one of my favorite games, because no matter how hard you tried, the message always got muddled somewhere along the way.


Messages from government leaders can also run the risk of a telephone-esque misunderstanding.


In the…


Added by Emily Jarvis on August 13, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Does Government Need an Exit Strategy for Facebook? 6 Ideas From our Experts

The average person spends a half hour every day on Facebook, according to Blog Herald. How do you spend your 30 minutes?

Surely you want every selfie, status update, and post to get attention from your…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Bake in Security - Without Ruining the Cake

The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) mandates very detailed security practices. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has an entire division focused on creating security guidance documents. As security becomes more of a focus the nomenclature of these documents seeps into your daily lingo.…


Added by Chaeny Emanavin on August 13, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

The "-Stat" Movement Turns Twenty

Harvard’s Bob Behn has been working on his latest book about the “-Stat” movement for more than a decade.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release and told him I would read and share my impressions with others.  In his inimitable response, he just asked that I spelled “Behn” and “PerformanceStat” correctly.…


Added by John Kamensky on August 12, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

8 Books You Need to Read This Summer

With mobile technology, 24/7 news coverage, Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, iPhones, and other constant updates, sometimes we just need to stop and reflect. Take a breath.


Really, take a breath. Sometimes you gain the most by slowing down and reading a good book. Holding…


Added by Drew Doggett on August 12, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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