Former chief human capital officer at DHS explains how Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's reorganization memo impacts agencies and their employees.
Federal employees offered mixed reviews of the Office of Management and Budget's new plan to reorganize and restructure the federal government and workforce. Meanwhile, more than 40 percent of respondents to an exclusive Federal News Radio survey said morale has significantly decreased at their agencies since the beginning of the new administration.
The Office of Management and Budget's plan to reorganize the government and restructure the federal workforce isn't a direct threat to agency employees, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said. The Trump administration sees it as a way to finally recognize what Mulvaney describes as a deep-seated frustration in the federal workforce: top performers are rarely rewarded for their work, while poor-performers escape with few consequences.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sent a memo to agency leaders outlining a series of long and short term actions agencies need to take around reducing the number of employees, improving how they measure employee performance and restructure their mission areas.
Chris Lu, former deputy Labor Secretary and now a senior fellow with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, has come by a little skepticism of government re-orgs the hard way and offers his take on reorganization efforts by the new administration on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget in fiscal 2018 would force EPA to cut nearly 4,000 full time equivalent employees, begin cost-saving IT modernization projects and reduce the agency's physical footprint. New budget documents describe funding levels and policy decisions at EPA that would support the President's 2018 budget request.
About 8 percent of federal employees say they're fully confident in their agency's talent management system, according to a recent survey of more than 300 employees. But human capital experts are wondering whether the triple threat of budget cuts, attrition and a government reorganization could push agencies to address longstanding human capital questions they've avoided in the past.
The Trump administration will soon be asking for public comment and expert input on what a reorganized federal government would look like. David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, said this will be reminiscent of another reorganization from the Reagan era, the Grace Commission.
The Office of Personnel Management released a new guidebook on how agencies should begin preparing for workforce reshaping efforts. It also updated key documents on issuing administrative furloughs. Both guides are designed to help agency heads implement possible reductions in force or furloughs so that they comply with the law and do the least damage.
President Donald Trump's reorganization order is a little different. His stated objective is for government to do less.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the goal of the executive order is to make agencies more efficient, effective and accountable.
Federal News Radio has learned President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as soon as this week requiring agencies to develop plans in the coming months to suggest ways to reduce the duplication of agencies, components and programs. The potential EO comes as agencies also are preparing for budget cuts that could range between 5 percent and 20 percent.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says feds should brace for a reorganization, and offers some tips to survive it.
The General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is transforming to serve its customers based on how it’s implementing category management.