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Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.
Markus Mannheim The public service's middle-management ranks have shrunk for the first time in 15 years.
Markus Mannheim Investigators continued a forensic search of the scene of an alleged murder at the weekend, after the victim's daughter confessed to the killing in court.
Noel Towell and Markus Mannheim Doubt cast on government claims of reducing the bureaucracy's numbers through "natural attrition".
Markus Mannheim US hospitals spend a quarter of their budgets on administration, more than twice as much as some other countries.
Markus Mannheim Prominent Canberra consultant Stephen Bartos will oversee the costing of NSW election promises as the state's voters prepare to head to the ballot box next year.
Markus Mannheim A career diplomat has become the newest member of the public service's top tier.
Markus Mannheim Senior Liberal MP says public servants lack creativity, but former top mandarin says ministers are the enemy of innovation.
Markus Mannheim Twenty-five years ago, the Commonwealth cut loose the apron strings and let the ACT begin to fend for itself.
Markus Mannheim When public servants enter Parliament to give evidence, they step beyond the Public Service Act's reach.
Markus Mannheim Federal bureaucrats, who must uphold a strict code of ethics at almost all times, are free to be disrespectful and unethical when giving evidence in Parliament.
Markus Mannheim The laws that govern about 20,000 ACT public servants' working conditions are likely to be replaced this year, but details of the overhaul remain confidential.
Markus Mannheim An IT executive who was sexually harassed by a colleague has won a payout that observers say will rock employers.
Markus Mannheim Two weeks ago, Scott Morrison walked into a room to talk about a new border protection headquarters. But the audience wasn't listening.
Markus Mannheim More than 1300 programmers, designers, students and other inquisitive folk took part in this year's weekend-long "hackathon".
Markus Mannheim The main public servants' union has urged staff not to cave in to the Abbott government's industrial threats as an effective wage freeze takes hold across the bureaucracy.
Markus Mannheim The new Public Service Act makes it easier for bureaucrats to conceal conflicts of interests. Why?
Markus Mannheim Almost all federal government staff, even those in menial jobs, are now security vetted, a costly requirement once reserved for a select few.
Markus Mannheim A former top bureaucrat says he is staggered by the "outrageous" six-figure bonuses a government agency routinely pays its senior staff.
Markus Mannheim A government agency that offers big bonuses to staff has, unsurprisingly, a very engaged workforce.
Markus Mannheim Somewhere in the federal bureaucracy, a lucky junior executive received an extraordinary bonus last year: almost half a million dollars.