Administrative changes have the advantage of being entirely within the power of the executive branch, says Jeff Neal. There is no need to wait for Congress or deal with partisan politics.
The Merit Systems Protection Board marked four straight years this month without a quorum. While some are hopeful the incoming administration will quickly name new members, the board faces a backlog of at least 3,071 pending cases, some of which could be costly in the long run.
The Office of Personnel Management said Friday it would impose a temporary hiring freeze on positions in the Senior Executive Service. The move is customary during most presidential transitions, though OPM has previously given agencies more time to suspend SES hiring.
The Office of Personnel Management so far has not released a new guide for agencies or called for a formal moratorium on Senior Executive Service review boards. The agency's involvement in implementing Schedule F is also raising concerns among good government groups.
The appointment of Dan Sitterly, a former career executive and political appointee, as a new leader at the Department of Veterans Affairs' accountability office, shows just how complex personnel moves during a presidential transition can be.
The incoming Biden administration has plenty to learn from its predecessors about setting the tone, supporting productive labor-management relationships and using existing data to effectively manage the federal workforce.
Agencies are often reassigning members of the Senior Executive Service with little oversight, the Government Accountability Office found. And the Office of Personnel Management, which has the authority to crack down on agencies when they fail to reassign SES members properly, said enforcement isn't a major priority.
The prospects of a 1% federal pay raise for civilian employees next year seems more likely.
The Office of Personnel Management is committing to more workforce training for supervisors, new leaders and human resources professionals this year, according to new Performance.gov updates.
Citing the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing economic uncertainty, the Trump administration said Monday it will cancel the highest honors for career civil servants this year.
Out of 164 recommendations the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service made recently to Congress, federal recruitment, hiring and workforce challenges captured the most attention.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Senior Executives Association is urging the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to take action this year on hiring reforms and other recommendations to modernize the federal workforce.
The Senior Executives Association points out the non-SES portion of the federal workforce is 18% black, but the SES is less than 11% black.
Joe Paiva, a retired Army officer and former CIO at the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, offers federal and industry executives some ideas for making hiring more equitable and less unintentionally biased.