Bill Valdez

  • Meet the 2016 and 2017 Presidential Rank Award winners

    The Senior Executives Association honored more than 70 people with Distinguished Rank Awards and more than 215 with Meritorious Rank Awards. The awards go to a small percentage of career SES every year, and the president typically approves and finalizes them. Meet the winners for both 2016 and 2017 of one of the highest honors in government.

  • Interior no. 2 details his intention and rationale for reassigning more senior executives

    In a memo, Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt outlined his vision for the SES and his preference for the future to reassign and rotate more career leaders.

  • Bill Valdez: Why senior managers are worried about their workforces

    The latest survey by the Senior Executives Association shows a lot of devotion to their agencies’ missions but also worry about the workforces they lead.

  • Interior senior executives left in the dark amid reorg, reassignments

    Senior executives at the Interior Department say recent reassignments have demoralized the SES corps and agency leadership has done little to involve them in planning for a coming reorganization.

  • A new direction for the SES & SEA

    Bill Valdez, president of the Senior Executives Association, joins host Mike Causey to discuss how things are going for the SEA and the Senior Executive Service. July 12, 2017

  • What VA’s now public adverse action reports don’t say about employee accountability

    According to the Veterans Affairs Department’s new reports detailing all major disciplinary actions for its workers, VA is on track to fire fewer people in 2017 than it has during the past six fiscal years. Federal employment experts say the new adverse action reports lack some significant details about VA’s efforts to improve accountability and transparency.

  • House passes long-awaited VA accountability bill

    The House will pass the VA Accountability First and Whistleblower Protection Act, clearing the way for the President to sign the bill later this week. Some lawmakers and veterans service organizations see the bill’s passage as a major win after years of debate over new accountability legislation. But federal employee groups say the bill would do more harm than good.

  • Trump nominates 30-year government veteran to be new OPM director

    President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate George Nesterczuk, a former senior adviser with broad government experience, to lead the Office of Personnel Management.

  • Senate subcommittee asking hard questions on civil service reform this year

    Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, said she and subcommittee and Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla) will make civil service reform a major focus this year. She and Lankford are looking for ideas that attack the root causes of some of the most challenging problems facing the federal workforce.

  • New OMB performance mgmt. guidance comes down too harshly on poor performers, experts say

    The Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to come up with new performance management plans by June 30. Human capital experts say the OMB guidance prompts agencies to consider several important questions but focuses too heavily on addressing poor performers, and not enough on recruiting and retaining top employees.