The House defense authorization bill brought up some important issues for those in the military and their loved ones. Find out what could affect you in the coming year.
Sean Osborne, vice president of product management for Acendre, offers four ways agencies can boost efficiencies, eliminate duplicative and non-essential functions and improve information-sharing.
Former Homeland Security CHCO Jeff Neal agrees that improving morale at DHS is a good idea. He just wonders if Congress is taking the right approach.
Lawmakers are beginning to probe the depths of civilian agency budget cuts to discover the extent of their cost in human terms, and it’s leaving some of them concerned.
The truth is federal employees are in every state, The abstract concept of cutting the federal workforce runs into the reality that federal employees are constituents, and most members of Congress are interested in protecting jobs in their districts.
The Air Force is giving battlefield airmen incentive pay even when they are not in a war zone to encourage them to seek medical care and stay in the service.
A House panel wants to give military spouses up to $500 to get relicensed in their occupations after station changes in order to make relocation easier on families.
It’s been a busy couple of months for the Veterans Affairs Department. But VA Secretary David Shulkin said he wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s pushing the VA workforce to embrace risk and begin making bold, fundamental changes to the way it does business. He said he sees the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act as one bold change that will improve the department’s employee morale and recruitment efforts.
The House Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee suggests a 2.4 percent increase in military pay and 17,000 more troops for the Army.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to cut about 8 percent of its workforce through a VERA/VSIP program by Sept. 2.
The Small Business Administration is scrutinizing every FTE recruitment request, to ensure maximum employee performance and use of resources.
A pilot program is underway for an electronic performance management system within HRSA to improve retention and recruitment efforts.
Zero tracking, limited oversight, and a loss of institutional knowledge all contributed to the Small Business Administration’s failed VERA/VSIP program three years ago.
Staffing shortages, attrition and low morale cause perpetually ongoing problems at every level of the Secret Service, said the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general. The president’s 2018 budget request calls for more funding and employees, but neither the IG nor members of Congress say it’s enough to turn around the beleaguered agency.