President Donald Trump has been warned a lack of leadership at the Census Bureau is putting the 2020 decennial head-count at risk.
Margaret Weichert, the president's nominee to the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, easily earned approval from members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during Thursday's nomination hearing.
If confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen would inherit a department that just reversed a six-year trend of declining employee engagement scores.
The Commerce Department is planning to use U.S. Postal Service workers to help with its 2018 end-to-end tests.
Jeff Pon, nominee for director of OPM, said he'll focus on helping agencies get the "right people in the right places at the right time."
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz says the hope is to spin off a page that looks at disaster assistance funds.
The FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company say they have plans in motion to reduce fraud and abuse in the Lifeline program, but lawmakers remain skeptical.
Communication and transparency during the government reorganization process is going well for some, and not for others.
Both Henry Kerner, the president's pick to be the U.S. Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel, and Claire Grady, the nominee to be the undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department, say they both share similar workforce priorities.
Agency leaders are reviewing tens of thousands of comments from their employees and the public on ways to make government more effective and efficient. In speaking with their workforces about their ideas, most leaders say the focus has generally been on how the agency can better deliver the mission and services to the public, not on forthcoming personnel cuts.
Federal HR expert Jeff Neal applauds the efforts of lawmakers to investigate civil service reforms and calls for legislation that brings meaningful training for supervisors.
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.
Cabinet secretaries, many of whom are newcomers to government, say they're impressed by the dedication and hard work they've seen from colleagues at the career levels of their agencies within the first 100 days of the Trump administration. They offered their congratulations to the 26 finalists of the Partnership for Public Service's prestigious Service to America Medals.
The Government Accountability Office's report on reducing agency fragmentation, overlap, and duplication shows the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars — if agencies choose to act on the recommendations and Congress offers its help.