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Recent Articles of Interest


Your Guide to a Presidential Appointment in the Next Administration (with Paul R. Lawrence, G. Edward DeSeve, and Daniel Griffin)
(Government Executive Website)


Avoiding a Government of Lawyers and Former Congressional Staffers (with Paul R. Lawrence)
(Government Executive Website)


Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Political Appointee? (with Paul R. Lawrence)
(Government Executive Website)


Thousands of Federal Jobs Are About to Come Open, But You're Probably Not Going to Get One (with G. Edward DeSeve)
(Government Executive Website)


Looking Close to Home (with Paul Lawrence)
(Political Appointee Project)



About Mark Abramson

ARTICLES

(In Chronological Order)

"What Political Appointees Need to Know: Preparing Appointees for Success (with Paul R. Lawrence and Joseph Gurney)," Political Appointee Website, December 20, 2016.

"How To Be Successful in the Trump Administration: Four Lessons From Previous Political Appointees (with Paul R. Lawrence and Joseph Gurney)," Government Executive Website, December 16, 2016.

"What the State Department Can Teach Agencies About Preparing New Appointees for the Job (with Paul R. Lawrence and Joseph Gurney)," Government Executive Website, December 14, 2016.

"Needed: A New Approach for Onboarding Political Appointees (with Paul R. Lawrence and Joseph Gurney)," Government Executive Website, December 2, 2016.

"Your Guide to a Presidential Appointment in the Next Administration (with Paul R. Lawrence, G. Edward DeSeve, and Daniel Griffin)," Government Executive Website, June 28, 2016.

"Avoiding a Government of Lawyers and Former Congressional Staffers (with Paul R. Lawrence)," Government Executive Website, May 26, 2016.

"Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Political Appointee? (with Paul R. Lawrence)," Government Executive Website, May 2, 2016.

"Thousands of Federal Jobs Are About to Come Open, But You're Probably Not Going to Get One (with G. Edward DeSeve)," Government Executive Website, April 8, 2016.

"MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead," PA Times, Winter 2015-2016.

"Looking Close to Home (with Paul Lawrence)," Political Appointee Project, January 2015.

"Leon Panetta's Hard Lessons in Leadership (with Paul Lawrence)," Government Executive Website, October 24, 2014.

"Hillary Clinton's Lessons in Executive Diplomacy (with Paul Lawrence)," Government Executive Website, July 21, 2014.

"What Government Executives Can Learn from Robert Gates (with Paul Lawrence)," Government Executive Website, June 20, 2014.

"What Government Executives Can Learn from Tim Geithner (with Paul Lawrence)," Government Executive Website, June 12, 2014.

"The Challenge of Appointments (with Paul Lawrence)," Federal Times, May 2, 2014.

"Implementing Performance Management in Government: Advice for Political Appointees (with Paul Lawrence)," Political Appointee Project, April 2014.

"Five lessons for Second-term Political Appointees (with Paul Lawrence)," Federal Times, January 2013.

"What Every New Political Appointee Should Know (with Paul Lawrence)," Political Appointee Project, January 2013.

"The Need to Understand the 'Black Box' of Presidential Appointments," Public Administration Review, November/December 2012.

"What We Have Learned About Political Appointees (with Marc Andersen and Paul Lawrence)," Political Appointee Project, October 2012.

"How Federal Executives Build Successful Long-Term Organizations (with Paul Lawrence)," Public Manager, Summer 2012.

"The Many Dimensions of Innovation in Government (with Paul Lawrence and Marc Andersen)," AOL Government, May 2012.

"Innovation in Government: Creating the Race to the Top Program at Education (with Paul Lawrence and Marc Andersen)," AOL Government, April 2012.

"Innovation in Government: Creating the VA's Innovation Initiative (with Paul Lawrence and Aloha McBride)," AOL Government, April 2012.

"Innovation in Government: Creating The 'Know Your Farmer' Program (with Paul Lawrence)," AOL Government, March 2012.

"Innovation In Government: Creating The 'Every Day Counts' Program (with Paul Lawrence)," AOL Government, March 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: Inez Moore Tenenbaum, Consumer Product Safety Commission," Government Executive, February 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: Patrick Gallagher, National Institute of Standards and Technology," Government Executive, January 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: Joseph Main, Mine Safety and Health Administration," Government Executive, January 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: Arun Majumdar, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy," Government Executive, January 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: David Kappos, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office," Government Executive, January 2012.

"The Challenge of Selecting and Orienting Political Appointees," The Public Manager, Winter 2011.

"Picking Appointees," Government Executive, October 2011.

"Creating New Approaches to Governance in the Decades Ahead," PA Times, October 2011.

"Agency-Level Reorganization Can Work," The Public Manager, Summer 2011.

"Leadership Lessons: Patrick Gallagher, National Institute of Standards and Technology," Government Executive, January 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: Joseph Main, Mine Safety and Health Administration," Government Executive, January 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: Arun Majumdar, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy," Government Executive, January 2012.

"Leadership Lessons: David Kappos, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office," Government Executive, January 2012.

"The Challenge of Selecting and Orienting Political Appointees," The Public Manager, Winter 2011.

"Picking Appointees," Government Executive, October 2011.

"Creating New Approaches to Governance in the Decades Ahead," PA Times, October 2011.

"Agency-Level Reorganization Can Work," The Public Manager, Summer 2011.

"Seven Management Imperatives," The Business of Government, June 2011.

"Speeding up Government: Responding to the Continuing Challenge," Federal News Radio, May 2010.

"Transforming government: Five steps are key," Federal Times, February 2010.

"Analysis: Getting Appointees Up to Speed," Government Executive, February 2010.

"Ready Aim Aim Aim: The Government's Culture Clash," Federal News Radio, December 2009.

"After Hiring: The Next Challenge," Federal News Radio, July 2009.

"Czars and the Bureaucracy," Government Executive, May 2009.

"Getting It Right," Government Executive, April 2009.

"Getting What You Wish For: The Challenge Confronting Public Servants," Federal News Radio, March 2009.

"Analysis: Inside or Out," Government Executive, February 2009.

"What Obama can learn from the Washington Redskins," Federal Computer Week, December 2008.

"Getting it Done: Advice from Government Executives," (with Jonathan D. Breul, John M. Kamensky, and G. Martin Wagner), The Business of Government, November 2008.

"Eight Essential Tools for Achieving Your Goals: Insights for the New Administration," (with Jonathan D. Breul, John M. Kamensky, and G. Martin Wagner), The Business of Government, November 2008.

"Missing From The Presidential Debate: Federal Management," (co-authored by Paul Lawrence), Federal Times, October 2008.

"How to Think Like a Sports GM," (co-authored by Paul Lawrence), Federal Computer Week, October 2008.

"Across the Divide," (co-authored by Paul Lawrence), Government Executive, August 2008.

"The Challenge of Managing across Boundaries," (co-authored by Alan P. Balutis), The Public Manager, Spring 2008.

"Fourth Quarter Blues," Government Executive, April 15, 2007.

"Six Trends Transforming Government," (co-authored by Jonathan D. Breul and John Kamensky), The IBM Center for The Business of Government, 2006.

"The Challenge of Managing the Workforce of the Future," (with Robert M. Tobias), gov, Fall 2006, page 30.

"What I've Learned from the IBM Center," The Business of Government, Fall 2006, page 104.

"Forum Introduction: Forum on Transformation," The Business of Government, Winter 2005, page 49.

"Get Along to Go Along," Government Leader, June 2005, page 9.

"Forum Introduction: The Second Term of George W. Bush," The Business of Government, Spring 2005, page 42.

"The Biggest Secret in Washington" (with Paul. R. Lawrence), The Business of Government, Spring 2005, page 44.

"Forum Introduction: Moving Toward Getting Results," The Business of Government, Summer 2004, page 45.

"Four Trends Transforming Government" (with Jonathan D. Breul and John M. Kamensky," The Business of Government, Summer 2003, page 4.

"New Perspectives on Leadership," The Business of Government, Winter 2002, page 37.

"The New Government Executive: The Leader Manager," The Business of Government, Summer 2002, page 9.

"The Six Key Human Capital Questions Facing Government," The Business of Government, Spring 2002, page 31.

"The Human Capital Challenge," (with Nicole Willenze Gardner and Ruby Butler DeMesme), The Business of Government, Spring 2002, page 27.

"The Accountability Debate," The Business of Government, Fall 2001, page 2.

"A Management Agenda for the New Administration," The Business of Government, Spring 2001, page 2.

"The Executive as Futurist," The Business of Government, Fall 2000, page 15.

"Reflections on Reinvention," The Business of Government, Fall 1999, page 6.

?Top-Level Pay Raise Is Just the First Step? (with Carl Weinberg), Federal Times, October 18, 1999, page 37.

"Results of the Government Leadership Survey, A 1999 Study of Federal Executives" (with Steven Clyburn and Elizabeth Mercier), The Business of Government, Summer 1999, page 12.

"Transforming a Traditional Agency into a Business: The United States Mint," The Business of Government, Spring 1999, page 8.

"Transportation Administrative Service Center," The Business of Government, September-October 1998, page 4.

"Public-Private Partnerships at Work," The Business of Government, July-August 1998, page 5.

"Improving the Business of Government: The U.S. Investigations Service," The Business of Government, July-August 1998.

"People are Important," The Business of Government, July-August 1998.

"Improving the Business of Government: A-76," The Business of Government, May-June 1998.

"Coming to Grips with the Information Age," The Business of Government, May-June 1998.

"Reflections from the Top: Management Advice from Government CEOs, A Series on Transforming Organizations" (with Kevin Bacon), March 1998.

"Improving the Business of Government: Defense Commissary Agency," The Business of Government, March-April 1998.

"Drucker, Handy, and Peters on Management," The Business of Government, March-April 1998.

"Improving the Business of Government: Defense Automated Printing Service," The Business of Government, January-February 1998.

"The Quest for Efficiency," The Business of Government, January-February 1998.

"The Myth of the Top Management Team," The Business of Government, January-February 1998.

"What Political Leaders Bring to the Table," Public Manager, Winter 1997.

"Time to Rethink Your Career," Government Executive, October 1997.

"Move Full Spead Ahead on Executive Development," Government Executive,October 1997.

"Leadership for the Future: New Behaviors, New Roles, and New Attitudes,"Public Manager, Spring 1997.

"Reinvention Redux," Government Executive, May 1997.

"Managing Paradox," Government Executive, March 1997.

"A Reader's Guide to Leadership, Part III," The Public Innovator, February 28, 1997.

"For the Manager on Your Gift List," Government Executive, December 1996.

"A Reader's Guide to Leadership, Part II," The Public Innovator, November 14, 1996.

"Lessons from the Computer Firms," Government Executive, November 1996.

"A Reader's Guide to Leadership, Part I," The Public Innovator, October 17, 1996.

"In Search of the New Leadership," Government Executive, September 1996.

"Watch Out for Change Busters," Government Executive, July 1996.

"First Teams," Government Executive, May 1996.

"Transforming Pubic Service," Government Executive, May 1996.

"Packing a Punch Line," Government Executive, March 1996.

"Adding Soul to Work," Government Executive, December 1995.

"Inspiration is Where You Find It," Government Executive, November 1995.

"Careers in an Era of Downsizing," Government Executive, October 1995.

"A Future of Fishnets and Webs," Government Executive, September 1995.

"Get Wired: The World Wide Web Can Help Your Career," Federal Times, September 4, 1995.

"You Say Want a Revolution: An Interview with Mark A. Abramson (By Jacqueline B. Werth)," The Public Manager, Summer 1995.

"New Frames for Self-Examination," Government Executive, June 1995.

"Reinvention Goes Video," Government Executive, May 1995.

"The Cyberscape: The Virtual Commerce Department,"Government Executive, April 1995.

"Rego Goes Multi-Media," Government Executive, April 1995.

"The Newt Reading List," Government Executive, March 1995.

"NPR Reports: A Gold Mine," Government Executive, March 1995.

"The Cyberscape: A Quick Tour of Virtual Washington," Government Executive, March 1995.

"The New Town Hall: Cyberspace," Government Executive, February 1995.

"Return of the Management Gurus," Government Executive, November 1994.

"The Reinvention Network," Government Executive, September 1994.

(With John Scanlon), "Cabinet Leadership: Making a Difference, "Government Executive, November 1992.

Review of The Human Resource Crisis in the Public Sector by Larry M. Lane and James F. Wolf, Governance, International Journal of Policy and Administration, Volume 4, 1991.

(With John Scanlon), "The Five Dimensions of Leadership," Government Executive, July 1991.

"Can Management Books Help You?," Government Executive, March 1991.

"The Leadership Factor," Public Administration Review, November/December 1989.

"Toward Post-Entrepreneurial Management," Government Executive, October 1989.

"Cherish Impermanence, Thrive on Chaos," Government Executive, July 1988.

Review of The Renewal Factor by Robert H. Waterman, Government Executive, June 1988.

"Don't Let Those Transition Year Tribulations Get You Down, "Federal Times, February 22, 1988.

"Capturing Policy, The Politico's Survival Guide," Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1987.

"The Missing Issue: A Challenge to the 1988 Presidential Candidates," Government Executive, October 1987.

"Can We Improve the Public View of Government," Government Executive, July/August 1987.

"Coast to Coast in Search of a Public Service Credo," Government Executive, June 1987.

"Executive Personnel Systems in Government: How Are They Doing," Public Administration Review, July/August 1987.

Review of Management of the U. S. Government, FY 1988, Government Executive, May 1987.

"Performance is the question," Washington Times, September 3, 1986.

(With Joseph S. Wholey and Christopher Bellavita),Performance and Credibility: Developing Excellence in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Lexington: Lexington Books, 1986.

Forum: Toward Excellence in Government - What Can Public Managers Do, The Bureaucrat, Fall 1985.

"The Public Manager and Excellence," The Bureaucrat, Fall 1985.

(With Richard E.Schmidt), "Implementing the Civil Service Reform Act in a Time of Turbulence," in Patricia W. Ingraham and Carolyn Ban (ed.), Legislating Bureaucratic Change: The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1984.

(With Richard E.Schmidt and Sandra Baxter), "Evaluating the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978: The Experience of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services", in Ingraham and Ban (ed.), Legislating Bureaucratic Change: The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1984.

"Putting Reform In Perspective," The Bureaucrat, Summer 1983.

(With Richard Schmidt) "Politics and Performance: What Does It Mean for Civil Servants?," Public Administration Review, March/April 1983.

Review of Strategies for Administrative Reform by Gerald E. Caiden and Heinrich Siedentopf,American Political Science Review, March 1983.

(With Bruce Buchanan, Joseph S. Wholey, Michael Pagano, Martin Strosberg, and Richard E. Schmidt), "Assessing a New Personnel System: Developing an Evaluation Design for the Senior Executive Service," Review of Public Personnel Administration, Summer 1982.

(With Joseph S. Wholey), "The Organization and Management of the Evaluation Function in Multi-Level Organization," New Directions for Program Evaluation, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., June 1981.

"The Future of Political Science Funding," Policy Studies Journal, Summer 1980.



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