With 31 percent of the federal workforce eligible to retire by September 2019, most agencies acknowledge they’re racing against the clock to recruit and hire the next generation of federal employees. But repeat, persistent challenges are preventing them from recruiting new, young talent, agency chief human capital officers say.
The Homeland Security Department drew large crowds to its first-ever tech and cybersecurity job fair in Washington this week. The department interviewed applicants, made tentative offers and started the security clearance review process on the spot for about 150 talented candidates.
The Homeland Security Department says a new cyber hiring authority is giving it an opportunity to create federal workforce of the future. Angela Bailey, DHS chief human capital officer, said she envisions a future where employees can more easily move back and forth between government and the private sector.
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations took the Homeland Security Department to task for six straight years of declining employee engagement scores on the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. DHS is ranked as the worst agency to work for in government.
A congressional authority to hire 1,000 new cybersecurity professionals is prompting the Homeland Security Department, along with the Defense Department and Office of Personnel Management, to develop non-traditional ways to recruit and retain new talent.
How do agencies compete for talent, especially when departments are hiring people with hard-to-find skillsets; people who are well-educated; and people who have plenty of opportunities in a tightening job market.
Angela Bailey, who has spent the last eight years at OPM, is taking on a new role as the Homeland Security Department’s chief human capital officer.
Thanks to big data, agencies are learning where their skills gaps are. To close them, they’ll have to get around some archiac personnel regulations, according to a panel of experts on the Federal Drive.
With the new year and a new Congress getting underway, the possibilities seem limitless. We’re going to spend the next hour talking about people. Specifically, the human capital management questions that vex the government. Engagement, pay and benefits, whether federal employees get the recognition and respect they deserve. Danny Werfel, a long-time career employee and former acting IRS Commissioner is now with the Boston Consulting Group. Jeri Buchholz, is NASA’s chief human capital officer. Angela Bailey is the chief operating officer of the Office of Personnel Management. They joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on a special bonus hour of the Federal Drive to explore those issues and try to come up with a few answers.
A little more than a month into Katherine Archuleta’s tenure at the Office of Personnel Management, the agency is staffing up and reshuffling a handful of leadership positions. Archuleta, who most recently worked as the national political director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection effort, is bringing on board two fellow campaign staffers to serve as top advisers. The agency is also getting a new chief operating officer from within the ranks of the agency. Angela Bailey, the former associate director of employee services, has been named the agency’s new COO.