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Howard Risher, the co-author with William Wilder of the new book "Its Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce," is a consultant focusing on public-sector pay and performance.

As the practice leader for two global consulting firms, Risher has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the federal transition to locality pay.

Risher earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

July 5, 2017

The Untapped Potential of HR in Government

It needs to move beyond 'admin stuff' to champion radically improved workforce management.
May 24, 2017

HR’s Crucial Role in Boosting Government’s Performance

It's the logical home for people-management expertise. We need to re-define its function.
May 10, 2017

What Government Needs to Do to Meet Its Staffing Challenges

Pay is an issue for attracting qualified workers, but it's not the only one. The public sector must up its game.
March 29, 2017

Why We Need to Rethink Public-Sector Retirement

Older workers have a lot to offer. Government needs their contributions more than ever.
February 15, 2017

Are Civil-Service Rules the Enemy of Employee Engagement?

There's a striking pattern among the states, and it suggests that we need to take a new look the systems that govern public workers.
January 3, 2017

Why Public-Sector Pay Is a Mess

Government compensation systems are out of touch with the modern economy.
November 21, 2016

What Academia Could Be Doing for Government

Public administration schools' research doesn't have to be irrelevant. Business schools provide a model.
October 11, 2016

What Empowered Public Employees Could Accomplish

"Participative management" is big in the private sector. Government leaders need to recognize its value.
September 12, 2016

The Real Solution to Government’s Performance Problems: Culture Change

The latest management system isn't going to get the job done. Ultimately, it's about leadership and managers.
August 23, 2016

Why Is Public-Employee Morale So Bad?

The private sector has learned the value of engaging its workers. Government needs to take advantage of that.