This guide offers sound and easy-to-apply advice to help government managers deal with appropriated funds properly and legally. It follows the organization of the Redbook, the Government Accountability Office’s 2,000+ page Principles of Federal Appropriations Law. Government purchase card holders and approvers will find this book especially helpful in understanding the common risks that arise and how to avoid violating the myriad rules and regulations involved.
Volume 1
The Government Manager's Guide to Appropriations Law
By: William G. Arnold, CDFM-A
Finding expert advice on all the subjects a government manager encounters during a normal day is challenging at best. Finding relevant information that is readily accessible and useful has been unheard of—until now. The Government Manager’s Essential Library is a series of easy-to-use, subject-specific guides on issues that every government manager faces.

Filled with helpful tips and practical guidelines, each book contains a wealth of information on a particular subject that is geared specifically for you as a government manager – and now, you can Save 15% when you purchase the complete Government Manager’s Essential Library (Volumes 1-11)!

Federal managers often find themselves at the negotiating table, charged with reaching a solid, fair deal for their agency. Now, you can gain a competitive edge in even the most difficult negotiations with time-tested, effective tactics from a noted authority on Federal negotiations. This guide will help you understand the negotiation process, plan for it, develop strategies and tactics, anticipate and counter the other side’s strategies and tactics, and conclude and document the negotiation. Concise, accessible, and authoritative, this book offers a veritable arsenal of winning strategies that you and your team can use in your next negotiation.


To be effective, every government manager must have a working knowledge of the source selection process. Even the most carefully crafted contract cannot repair the adverse mission impact of making a poor source selection decision. This accessible guide provides the framework you need. Its practical approach and concise presentation make it to the go-to resource on source selection for busy government managers.


Volume 2
The Government Manager's Guide to Source Selection
By: Charles Solloway, Jr., CPCM
Volume 4
The Government Manager's Guide to Plain Language
Judith Gillespie Myers, PhD

The ability to write well correlates highly with the ability to think well -- to analyze information, weigh alternatives and make decisions. Government managers must make instructions and policies clear to employees, give effective presentations, and communicate effectively with the public. In addition, government managers must model clear, effective writing for their staffs. A comprehensive chapter on using social media effectively and appropriately is included.


Volume 6
The Government Manager’s Guide to Strategic Planning
Kathleen E. Monahan

Strategic planning deals with long-term goals and objectives. Performance management focusing on the performance of an organization, department, process, or employee—is what makes strategic planning work. Neither can be done without the other, but both must be adapted to the organization. This volume is designed as a reference for those involved in the day to-day challenge of performance management and measurement. Government managers will find ideas and practices that can be applied effectively in the Federal environment.


Volume 5
The Government Manager's Guide to the Work Breakdown Structure
Gregory T. Haugan, PhD, PMP

The work breakdown structure (WBS) is a cornerstone of managing any project. Every government manager should understand how to construct a WBS in the project or program lifecycle. This quick reference presents the fundamental WBS principles, pragmatic steps for the government manager to follow in developing a project WBS, and a checklist for the project manager to use in reviewing a WBS. In addition, DoD recommendations for avoiding pitfalls in constructing a WBS are highlighted.
Volume 7
The Government Manager’s Guide to Project Management
Jonathan Weinstein, PMP and Timothy Jaques, PMP

This realistic cross-section of the project management discipline in the Federal arena will help anyone leading, working on, or affecting the direction of a project team. It covers the entire scope of project management from organization to methodology, technology to leadership. This volume focuses on the three project management organizational dimensions of culture, systems, and structure. Federal practices and successes in the areas of communication, project leadership, stakeholders, and key competencies are highlighted. The book offers clear and practical advice drawn from a variety of project management successes in the Federal arena.
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Volume 8
The Government Manager's Guide to Leading Team
Lisa DiTullio

Building and leading teams that ensure project success may not be easy, but the techniques involved are straightforward and workable. Lisa DiTullio demonstrates that enhancing team dynamics to improve performance in the Federal environment does not have to be complicated or time-consuming. Her time-tested best practices, tips, and processes will help any government manager develop and lead a better team.
Volume 9
The Government Manager's Guide to Earned Value Management
By: Charles I. Budd, PMP, EVP and Charlene S. Budd, PhD, PMP

This volume presents practical guidance for the government manager on earned value management (EVM), from basic calculations to how to find the most useful information online. Emphasis is on the relevant reports that contractors are required to submit to the Federal government as part of their compliance with mandated EVM on projects. Because the data submitted on reports do not translate automatically into recommendations for actions to be taken, information is included on how to analyze and evaluate contractor reports. This book is a must-read for understanding EVM on government projects.


Volume 10
The Government Manager's Guide to the Statement of Work
By: Michael G. Martin, PMP

This volume offers practical guidance on writing and preparing a description of government requirements, whether the document used is a statement of work (SOW), a performance work statement (PWS), or a statement of objectives (SOO). This description specifies exactly what good and services are being purchased, including their quality, requirements, quantity, and schedule for delivery, and also defines the relationship between the government and the contractor. From an overview of the elements that make a good SOW, to the methods for changing an SOW to meet new conditions, this is a hands-on resource for every government manager who is involved with contracts.


Volume 11
The Government Managers' Guide to Contract Law
By: Terrence M. O’Connor, LLM

This practical volume offers clear and helpful guidance on the laws governing Federal contracts. From information on the types of contracts used in government to ways to interpret those contracts, the book covers the basics that every government manager needs to know. Information on complying with ethics requirements in general, and in the solicitation process and contract administration in particular, is especially pertinent. The Government Manager’s Guide to Contract Law covers all the aspects of contract law that every government manager should know to be both effective and in compliance.

The Government Manager's Essential Library
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