Jeff Neal

  • HR — The $5 billion question

    At many agencies, HR is one of those overhead services that can consume a surprising amount of money. It’s also a place where managers can find cost savings.

  • Can your agency force you to relocate?

    When the Agriculture Department announce plans in August to relocate hundreds of employees from the D.C. area, some wondered whether the agency could force them to move. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal offers his take.

  • Would you recommend the government as an employer?

    The government should be the employer of choice for many people. But is it? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might recommend a government job, and some reasons why you might not.

  • Federal pay: Primum non nocere

    I believe we should go with the idea of “first, do no harm.” That means giving employees a pay raise that is equal to, or at least close to, the military pay raise.

  • Should we kill FERS?

    Jeff Neal, former CHCO for the Homeland Security Department, says telling people to save more for retirement when they are young is not enough.

  • Why hiring reforms in the 2019 NDAA may not make a difference

    Jeff Neal, former CHCO at DHS, says that the new hiring authority included in the 2019 NDAA is not a bad idea.

  • Government will spend billions in the next 2 months; here are 3 places they should spend it

    Jeff Neal offers some ideas for spending left-over budget money in a way that may benefit the taxpayers and the government workers who serve them.

  • Should we care the civil service is becoming fractured?

    Traditionally, most knowledgeable folks thought fracturing the federal workforce into different hiring, classification and pay systems, or “Balkanizing” the federal workforce was a bad idea.

  • For real HR transformation, begin with the customer

    As we move to a new generation of HR systems and to service delivery models that include more shared services, Jeff Neal says we have a perfect opportunity to get it right.

  • The shrinking federal workforce

    Are agencies hiring at levels consistent with their budgets and past hiring practices? Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal looks at OPM’s employment numbers.