Experts in the federal community say President-elect Donald Trump’s business acumen will likely factor into the future of the federal workforce during the next administration. Trump will likely play closer attention to measures that would hold poor-performers accountable. Though they may not agree on all the issues, some federal unions say they hope they can find common ground on proposals that would advance federal hiring reforms.
The National Federation of Federal Employees says recent guidance from the Office of Personnel Management contradicts legislation that would let temporary or seasonal workers compete for the same jobs that are open to permanent federal employees.
The Office of Personnel Management will officially launch the Hiring Excellence Campaign in January. The goal is to help agencies across the country realize and use the tools they already have to hire new, talented professionals.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is reviewing testimony from a hearing on improving pay flexibilities in the federal government. The committee heard from the Office of Personnel Management, civilian and military personnel officials, and representatives of federal employee unions. Bill Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, was one of the witnesses at the hearing. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about his testimony.
The White House budget request for 2016 details a new leadership development program for your agency’s senior executives. Starting later this year, SES members would have a chance to work in another agency for a short time to learn new skills. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those kinds of details in the new budget request is a step in the right direction for his members.
The White House has a reform plan for the senior executive service. In a meeting with almost 3,000 members of the SES today, President Barack Obama said new programs like a White House Leadership Development Program will help replace outgoing talent lost due to retirement. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the reform options will mean for the federal work force.
Senior managers soon may have more to fret about when it’s time to discuss their performance with the boss: Are they engaging employees and creating inclusive work environments?
The Chief Human Capital Officers Council, working with representatives of labor unions and managers’ associations, is trying to give agencies tools to boost employee engagement following three years of declining scores on the governmentwide employee viewpoint survey.
Employee engagement at agencies across the federal government is either consistently great, consistently not-so-great, or consistently inconsistent. This year’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows agencies that have historically at the top are still at the top, while the agencies at the bottom are still at the bottom (when it comes to employee satisfaction). The ones in the middle are all over the place. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he analyzed this year’s survey results.
Re-learning how to talk can improve your agency’s labor-union relationships.