The Army is still drafting an implementation plan for the civilian employee side of its new, overarching “People Strategy.” But officials are previewing some of the ideas that may soon become Army-wide policy.
To Bob Tobias, professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, this plan is an opportunity for better management of the military enterprise.
Amid “battle for talent” in the military’s maintenance facilities, officials press for a relaxation of restrictions on hiring civilians
The Pentagon says its new approach to civilians is a “significant shift” that will eliminate “arbitrary caps” on how many it employs.
The Pentagon’s inspector general says the Army intentionally misrepresented how much money it would need to pay civilian salaries in order to dodge other headquarters cuts
If the Defense Department is getting financial savings from its contracted work, it either doesn’t know or just isn’t reporting it. Nor has the department developed a plan for getting more efficiency out of its staff and contractors. A lot of work yet to be done. Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about GAO’s latest work on civilian workforce costs
The Chief of Naval Operations is in charge of manning, training and equipping the Navy. And Adm. John Richardson, the current CNO, says that means civilians too. In a bit of an unusual step for a military service chief, Richardson issued his own framework for improving the health of the civilian workforce on Friday.
Commands and agencies throughout the Defense Department have identified the precise civilian jobs they intend to eliminate or restructure under a Pentagon initiative to cut back layers of administration.
Army leaders say the belated passage of a 2013 budget helped this year’s fiscal picture, but the service still is more than $15 billion short of funds. If sequestration continues, the service will shrink by at least 100,000 soldiers.
The Air Force orders commanders to start cutbacks in advance of the next budget emergency.