Two construction companies will share a $4.5 billion contract to build the next phase of Homeland Security Department headquarters. But the debate about the future of DHS continues, with some people believing Congress should break it up again. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agency should live on because the good news from the agency outweighs the bad.
Doing away with DHS would result in a massive government reorganization that would most likely be even messier than the one that created DHS, says former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.
Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal examines the contention that hiring more federal employees would make for a smaller, better-run federal government.
Hiring a million more federal employees is one solution to the "doing more with less" problem. Former Bush administration official John DiIulio proposed that in the Washington Post recently. He argues more employees overseeing the performance and spending of government projects will lead to cost savings and less bureaucracy. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the size of the federal government is really just a matter of perspective.
The number of job series should be reduced by at least half, and more likely by three-quarters, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. It also makes for an arduous and overly complex hiring process for applicants from outside government.
If an agency wants to address culture issues, it has to recognize that differently situated people have different views of the agency and require different solutions, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," was how Charles Dickens started off the novel Tale of Two Cities. But that introduction could also start a novel about In Depth with Francis Rose, he drew some similarities between the federal government and the Dickensian world.
Telework and other workplace flexibilities are a good thing for government and the private sector. Rather than attempting to reverse telework programs due to a few bad apples, we should be working on fixing the problems, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at DHS.
Great supervisors can make even the most trying agency a better place to work, while lousy supervisors can make even the best organization a horrible workplace. With that in mind, more attention is needed to improve the supervisory selection process, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.
Todd Park will step down as the nation's chief technology officer at the end of August. His legacy might revolve around technical systems like Healthcare.gov, but he also made contributions in mixing technology with the world of human resources. Park was a key developer of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how an IT approach to human resources could be worth millions to your agency.
Agencies are spending billions of dollars on IT in the human resources arena, yet they are not getting billions of dollars in value. Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal says that has to change.
A Senate bill would abolish the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency that serves as a repository for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business-related information. But Jeff Neal says there is more to consider than just how the Internet has changed the storage and retrieval of information.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act that, if approved by the full House, the Senate and the President, would significantly change conditions of employment for members of the Senior Executive Service. But, is it a good bill, asks former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.
Debra Roth will host a roundtable discussion of Senior Executive Service reform. July 25, 2014