ICF International

  • Great HR service? Don’t make me laugh

    If human resources is so important and HR specialists are a mission critical occupation, why is it so rare to find someone who says they are happy with their HR support?

  • Jeff Neal: ‘Overpaid feds’ report numbers not true

    Another report says that federal employees are overpaid. The numbers the Cato Institute uses are accurate, but they are not true. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer for the Homeland Security Department, writes at Chief HRO and he joins In Depth with Francis Rose to explain.

  • Shutdown redux: (Borrowed) money to burn

    If the 2013 government shutdown taught us anything, it’s that the impact was felt way beyond federal agencies and their employees, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

  • Jeff Neal: Hit list reopens debate over federal unions

    Federal unions and the employees they represent aren’t always on the same page. For example, the American Federation of Government Employees recently targeted some leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs for discipline. And some members of Congress have called for an end to some collective bargaining rights like official time for feds. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Homeland Security Department. He’s also the author of the Chief HRO blog and he tells In Depth with Francis Rose that federal unions come in all kinds of flavors.

  • Does having unions in government make sense?

    Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says federal employee unions, like the people they represent, come in a lot of flavors.

  • OPM’s plan to ‘pass-the-hat’ to pay for data breach services draws ire

    UPDATED: Agencies with the largest percentage of security clearances, such as DoD, DHS and VA, will end up shouldering a huge part of the burden to pay for the credit monitoring services for 21 million current and former federal employees impacted by the second data breach. AFGE and federal officials are angered after acting OPM Director Beth Cobert tells agencies about OPM’s plans to raise its fees for security clearance services it provides in order to recoup the costs of the identity protection services it must purchase for the victims of the attack.

  • Jeff Neal: OPM data breach ‘far from over’

    More information on the size of the second breach at the Office of Personnel Management will likely come this week. GovExec reports the agency will release the number of current and former federal employees — and job applicants — affected in the second cyberattack. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer for the Homeland Security Department. He tells Depth with Francis Rose that the OPM data breach is far from over.

  • Federal News Countdown: Data bread, flexible FITARA

    Jeff Neal, senior vice president at ICF International, and Dan Mintz, principal at ESEM Consulting, count down the week’s top federal stories with Francis Rose.

  • Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

    The breach of the Office of Personnel Management’s network focuses attention on hiring cyber professionals. A hand-picked group of agencies can soon take advantage of a short-term hiring authority to find new cybersecurity and digital services professionals. OPM says appointments must be for one of the Smarter IT Delivery Initiative programs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president at ICF International, is a former chief human capital officer at the Homeland Security Department. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why agencies are force-fitting new jobs into a General Schedule system that is too old to handle a mobile talent pool of cyber professionals.

  • Instead of remaking the SES, let’s create something completely new

    The key to SES reform is not about tweaking the SES or writing a set of guiding principles that no one will follow. Former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal takes you inside his idea for an entirely new merit-based construct, neither career nor political, that is focused on a much smaller number of critical federal jobs.