Tagged: management

Civil Service Overhaul? New Report Devises Plan Worthy of 21st Century Workforce

Yesterday, The Partnership for Public Service released the report, “Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework” in which the Partnership calls for major reforms to the federal government’s outdated civil service system. These reforms include modernization in pay and hiring policies, as well as implementing improved methods for maintaining...

Building a More Secure LAX: How the 2013 Active Shooter Incident Shaped the Future of Public Safety

Yesterday, March 18, 2014, The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Officials released a report on the response and recovery efforts following the November 1, 2013 active shooter incident at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This 83 page document analyzes the 26 areas of the emergency response and recovery efforts...

25 Years of the World Wide Web: Current Overview and Predictions for the Future

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (the Web) by British computer scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for an “information management” system that could be accessed and utilized by all, a concept that would eventually become the...

Mega-Droughts, Super-Storms, and Civil Unrest: Buckling Down for the Impacts of Climate Change

Mega-droughts, floods, and super-storms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to climate-change-driven events, and the US Defense Department fears that the United States’ infrastructure isn’t prepared to take the damage. Preparation for, rather than prevention of, disasters may soon be the name of the game for...

Wolf at the Navy Yard: How Security Clearance Procedures Failed to Prevent Tragedy

When Aaron Alexis entered building 197 on the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, families and authorities needed answers to address how such a tragedy could take place. A new report aims to point the blame for the event on a defective security clearance process. The report, “Slipping Through...

Benghazi Investigation Update: House Armed Services Committee Reports Six Key Findings

Yesterday, February 10, 2014, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Armed Services Committee released the “Majority Interim Report: Benghazi Investigation Update.” To view the committee’s Press Release, click here. Immediately after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, the Committee on Armed Services began...

Whistleblowers Point to DHS Employees for Overtime Abuse

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has released a letter detailing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) routine abuse of a form of DHS specific overpay to the expense of up to $9 million annually. This overtime pay, known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, can be invoked by...

Navigating the Unknown: A Guide for 21st Century Emergency Managers

Patrick Lagadec of the French École Polytechnique has recently released a new book on emergency management entitled, “Navigating the Unknown: A Practical Lifeline for Decision-Makers in the Dark.” Seeking to challenge the normative step-by-step ‘crisis management handbooks,’ Lagadec’s book is designed to provide emergency managers with the necessary tools to...