Major cuts in the time-to-hire for the federal government allow the Office of Personnel Management to focus on hiring quality instead of just speed. But those metrics may be just one part of making the hiring process better. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writing a series of pieces about what's wrong with the hiring process. He shares his views with In Depth with Francis Rose.
Many potential job-seekers give up on federal employment because the process is so daunting, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But, does it have to be this way?
Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International, join Francis Rose to count down the week's top federal stories.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says budget cuts are forcing the Pentagon to put all kinds of options on the table. Four billion dollars go toward the Human Resources and EEO workforce. But your agency could share that burden. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writes about why you shouldn't be scared of shared services on the ChiefHRO blog.
Faced with decreasing budgets and shocks such as sequestration, agencies can no longer afford to carry out business-as-usual with respect to common support services.
Absent significant investment in developing the leadership abilities of supervisors, the federal government is going to have morale and performance issues for years to come, says Jeff Neal, former CHCO at Homeland Security.
About 70 percent of federal employees are against introducing a performance-based system for calculating pay raises, according to the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. But that's one of the proposals from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton in their plan to reform the General Schedule system. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, gave his ideas for reforming GS pay scales on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The General Schedule was designed for a federal workforce that no longer exists, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But there are ways to fix it.
The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don't think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.
The 65-year-old pay system isn't cutting it with a younger workforce.
Many smart, well-informed and thoughtful people assume that the only alternative to the General Schedule is pay for performance, but Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Homeland Security Department disagrees.
Nearly three in every 10 new employees hired by the federal government have worked for Uncle Sam before -- in uniform. But even as the federal government has found success onboarding veteran employees, new questions have been raised about the workplace environments veterans are encountering.
For far too long federal agencies have looked to the training budget as one of the first places to cut (after travel) when budgets are tight. Training cuts are among the most shortsighted of the budget-cutting options, says former Homeland Security CHCO Jeff Neal.
On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.