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Robert Tobias

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Department of Public Administration and Policy

Robert Tobias teaches courses in public sector leadership in the Key Executive Leadership Programs. He also teaches facilitation and team development, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, and managing labor management relations. Finally,, he is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation which brings together members of Congress, political appointees, career federal executives, union leaders, consultants, and academics for the purpose of resolving difficult public policy implementation issues. President Clinton nominated and the Senate confirmed him for a five-year term as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. Tobias received the Paul P. Van Riper Award from the American Society for Public Administration “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to both the theory and practice of public administration” and the Warner Stockberger award from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources for “outstanding contributions in the field of public sector personnel management at the federal level.” He has also been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Tobias was selected by Thomas Ridge, secretary, Department of Homeland Security, and Kay Coles James, director, Office of Personnel Management to the Human Resource Management System Senior Review Advisory Committee. In addition, Comptroller General David Walker appointed Tobias to the congressionally created Commercial Activities Panel. Tobias is a frequent contributor to Federal Times, Government Employees Relations Report, and Government Executive magazine on current federal sector public policy implementation issues.

Degrees

George Washington University Law School
M.B.A., University of Michigan
B.A., University of Michigan

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Office
SPA - Key Leadership Program
Spring Valley Building - 606
Contact Info
(202) 885-6271

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For the Media
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Teaching

  • Spring 2018

    • PUAD-021 Topics in Executive Mmgt: Pol Savvy for Reslts DHS SES3
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    • PUAD-084 Leading Organizational Analys: Leading Org Analys DHS 60
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    • PUAD-084 Leading Organizational Analys: Leading Org Analys DHS 61
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    • PUAD-084 Leading Organizational Analys: Leading Org Analys DHS 62
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  • Summer 2018

    • PUAD-084 Leading Organizational Analys: Leading Org Analys OE 65
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  • Fall 2018

    • PUAD-622 Leadership for Executives: Leadership for Exec - Key 53
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AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Public- and private-sector labor management relations; conflict management and alternative-dispute resolution; productivity and employee satisfaction

Additional Information:

Robert Tobias, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at SPA’s Department of Public Administration and Policy, and is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. The Institute brings together members of Congress, political appointees, career federal executives, union leaders, consultants, and academics to address complex public policy implementation issues. Tobias teaches courses in public sector leadership in the Key Executive Leadership Programs at AU’s SPA, and facilitation and team development, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, and managing labor management relations. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the Internal Service Oversight Board in 2002 and continues to serve in the position. In 2002, Tobias, collaborating with the Partnership for Public Service, launched the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey, the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey. Tobias is a recipient of numerous awards including the Paul P. Van Riper Award from the American Society for Public Administration “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to both the theory and practice of public administration” and the Warner Stockberger Award from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources for “outstanding contributions in the field of public sector personnel management at the federal level.” He has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2004, Tobias was selected by Thomas Ridge, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, and Kay Coles James, Director, Office of Personnel Management to the Human Resource Management System Senior Review Advisory Committee. In 2001, Comptroller General David Walker appointed Tobias to the congressionally created Commercial Activities Panel. Tobias is a frequent contributor to Federal Times, Government Employees Relations Report, and Government Executive magazine on current federal sector public policy implementation issues.

Media Relations
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