Jeff Neal

  • Do all those ‘acting’ assignments at DHS matter?

    After so many departures, former CHCO for the Department of Homeland Security Jeff Neal says employees deserve stable leadership for success.

  • Performance-based pay might work, but don’t count on it

    Guest columnist Jeff Neal says it’s hard to argue with the idea that top performers should receive some sort of compensation for their work. It is also hard to argue that most performance review processes are credible and effective.

  • Congress should act on OPM, but maybe not for the reason you think

    The Trump administration proposed “fully reorganizing” the Office of Personnel Management and moving personnel between the General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget. Guest commentator Jeff Neal disagrees with the idea, but mostly because OPM was gutted once before.

  • Is the federal retirement system overdue for surgery?

    Some politicians have been after the Federal Employees Retirement System since it replaced the more generous Civil Service Retirement System program during the Reagan administration.

  • Is it time to change federal retirement benefits?

    The Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal includes significant changes in federal employee retirement programs, most of which are cuts but with one exception.

  • The president’s budget and the civil service

    Guest columnist Jeff Neal says there is not a lot of room on the congressional calendar this fiscal year to have a serious discussion about civil service issues.

  • Politics and the importance of the civil service

    ICF Senior Vice President Jeff Neal explains how President Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to preserve the civil service could teach today’s leadership a thing or two.

  • Federal government’s employer brand is in trouble

    Employer branding is one of the chief battlefields in the fight for talent. The government is not well-positioned for that fight.

  • Fed up feds may have good news on shutdown

    Guest commentator Jeff Neal explains why his long-time optimism about working for the federal government may be fading if another shutdown happens this month or in October.

  • Why public service is not a regular job

    Being loyal to the Constitution and serving the people means public servants have different priorities than someone working in the private sector.