Jeff Neal

  • 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.

  • 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.