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The federal landscape is constantly changing and evolving. As government’s training partner for nearly a century, Graduate School USA is committed to supporting those in public service with resources that help you grow and advance.

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The Yellow and Green Books: Still Missing the Mark on Risk Assessment
The Yellow Book, which references the Green Book collectively, provides wonderfully rigorous, well-thought-out, but not nearly comprehensive enough guidance for consideration of risk. In their attempt to address risk assessment and the risk environment through the multilayered and multidimensional approach of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), they are missing consideration of some of the most obvious and influential factors of risk.

FAA Air Traffic Organization Employee Engagement Captains: The Employee Engagement Journey
Imagine an organization responsible for the safety of over 2.5 million passengers and more than 42,000 flights each day in the United States. Imagine an organization transitioning its major systems from ground-based to satellite-based communications, the introduction of drones, and commercial space travel. Imagine how much an organization such as this must continue to evolve and change to keep pace with the accelerating changes in the world around them. Now, imagine what this organization would look like with a more engaged workforce.

Ensuring Quality through a Team Approach
Around 2016, the Regional Management Officer (RMO) for Region IV, Deatra Adams, reviewed the processes and procedures used throughout the region (consisting of 37 hearing offices), and determined that there was a greater need for organizational consistency through training. She consulted with hearing office directors to get their input. She also considered input from the Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judges (HOCALJs). Further, she expanded her inquiry to the staff, both the support staff and the decision writers, to identify their areas of concern. Their concerns regarding a lack of solid foundation in the Electronic Business Process (eBP) were consistent with her data. It was clear that offices were not using procedures and processes in place (such as pre-hearing development contacts) to reduce the likelihood of case postponement.

Power Steps: Leadership Mind Power
Leadership requires more than acquisition of cognitive knowledge and the application of practical methods and procedures to lead. It requires one to identify and use the power of their mind. But, what are the steps to activate that power?

A leader must first learn how the mind works. Every leader has imbedded in their mind a force that will allow them to achieve the goals and objectives they set. Discover the four steps to unlock the power of your mind and bring greater awareness — and ultimately — greater leadership.

The Acquisition Professional as Consultant: Providing Additional Value to Your Agency
How best can acquisition professionals meaningfully contribute to the success of their agencies’ short-term and long-term goals?

You can serve as internal consultants, working collaboratively with agency staff to identify and solve its business needs. Graduate School USA outlines five ways that business competencies directly support an acquisition professional’s ability to serve as an internal consultant.

How To Successfully Navigate Change
Change is an inevitable aspect of life but not always a pleasant one, whether we're in charge of the change or having someone else impose it on us. As we embark on a new year, can you anticipate changes that you might face at work? What could you do now to be best positioned to accept, adapt and lead others through change? The federal landscape is changing and there’s no way around it. But, how do you continue to focus on mission success in the midst of these changes? Graduate School USA has some tips that you can use immediately.

Addressing Federal Employee Relations
Employee relations issues are among the most challenging that supervisors face.

Discipline allows you to maintain an effective and efficient workplace, keep up the morale of employees who obey the rules, and preserve workplace fairness. Although performance and conduct can be related, it is important to recognize the differences in the way the two are handled.

Using Knowledge Management Tools to Achieve Organizational Objectives
How does your organization manage its internal knowledge?

One of the most striking things that you may find is the sheer depth and breadth of knowledge activities and products that may already exist or are planned within your organization. There are six knowledge categories that can help your organization achieve its objectives.