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Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.
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.
Markus Mannheim Federal public servants' salaries are stagnating, though their wages still rose slightly faster than other Australian workers' last year.
Markus Mannheim The Australian Public Service should look at how some savvy companies helped staff during the global financial crisis.
Markus Mannheim John Young became the public face of the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370.
Markus Mannheim As the head of Australia's national science agency, Megan Clark oversees some extraordinary researchers.
Markus Mannheim British civil servants are embracing plain English, while our reports seem more arcane than ever.
Markus Mannheim The head of the federal Finance Department has shocked staff, telling them he will step down within a month.
Markus Mannheim and Michael Inman A former Canberra businessman who stole information from his employer and used it to sell training courses to a spy agency has been ordered to make a massive payout.
Markus Mannheim, Sally Pryor A former head of one of Canberra's cultural institutions has a simple idea to spare them from the government's razor gang.
Markus Mannheim, David Barbeler, Ben Westcott and Lucy Carroll The federal government's cuts to sports spending will be felt almost entirely in Canberra, even though the Australian Institute of Sport was spared from a severe pruning.
Markus Mannheim Australia's information watchdog will be gutted over the next six months, as the government switches its policy emphasis from openness to privacy.
Markus Mannheim The federal budget appears to have a gaping hole: it has failed to set aside enough funds for what is likely to be a record public sector redundancy bill.
Markus Mannheim The top officers affected by the proposal recently received their largest-ever pay rise.
Markus Mannheim Only one in eight supervisors employed in the public service are busy enough, the National Commission of Audit suggests.
Noel Towell, Sarah Whyte and Markus Mannheim The federal government does not own the bodies, souls or speech of its public servants, Human Rights Commission head says.
Markus Mannheim Prime Minister Tony Abbott's department has taken the bizarre step of declaring that its advice on how staff should use Facebook and Twitter is a secret, even though it has been reported across the...