Jeff Neal

  • The earthquake that may cause a retirement tsunami

    If there is another government shutdown on Feb. 15, it may be the earthquake that causes the retirement tsunami to finally strike.

  • An open letter to federal workers

    Are shutdowns miserable and unfair? Absolutely. Should federal workers be treated the way they were? No way. Is the government a terrible employer? No.

  • The shameful shutdown

    Regardless of views on the wall or immigration or border security, commentator Jeff Neal believes most Americans can agree on one thing: This shutdown is a shameful display of politics and utter disregard for people.

  • Shutdown and a taste of Armageddon

    The current partial government shutdown, and the full shutdowns that preceded it are, in some respects, simulated shutdowns. They are very real for the people whose pay relies on appropriated funds, but in many other respects they are not shutdowns at all. And that is the problem.

  • Shutdown for a year? Imagine that…

    Should you be worried about a shutdown that lasts all of 2019, and perhaps even into 2020?

  • Shutdown winners and losers

    The truth is that shutdowns are bad, no one wins, and everyone loses. The sooner it is over the better off we will all be.

  • Best Places to Work: What the Partnership’s new rankings tell us

    Having political and career leaders engage with the workforce in a constructive and respectful manner is not a Democrat/Republican issue. It is a matter of leadership and should be treated that way.

  • Presidents and the federal workforce

    The recent passing of former President George H.W. Bush prompted a lot of discussion about Bush and his experience in government before his presidency. “41,” as he came to be known, came from a background in the executive branch.

  • What are the ‘grand challenges’ in public administration? Make your voice heard

    We often complain about problems in government, or problems we believe government can solve, but do not always see a way to go beyond complaining and get started on making a difference.

  • OPM can help agencies with performance evaluation, but agency isn’t the problem

    A recent GAO report concluded that employees believe agencies are doing reasonably well on four of OPM’s Five Phases of Performance Management, with improvement needed on rewarding.