The Trump administration is urging agencies to focus on two often overlooked populations populations to fill federal vacancies: military spouses and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Agencies have new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management advising them to evaluate how well their telework and other work-life programs are working. Several departments have opted to limit or alter their telework programs since initial pilots were stood up back in 2012.
A new governmentwide survey found OPM can do more to improve the accessibility, adequacy and effectiveness of supervisors’ training.
The governmentwide average time to hire new employees has creep up slightly every year since 2012.
Officials from OPM and GAO say they are particularly interested in the thinking behind which skillsets agencies decide to keep through their reform plans.
Telework can be a helpful tool for work-life balance, but that doesn’t mean working from home is an excuse to give the babysitter the day off.
With 31 percent of the federal workforce eligible to retire by September 2019, most agencies acknowledge they’re racing against the clock to recruit and hire the next generation of federal employees. But repeat, persistent challenges are preventing them from recruiting new, young talent, agency chief human capital officers say.
Agencies admitted that when it comes to telework, they’re still flying by the seat of their pants. The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to look more closely at their reports on employees’ telework usage and success.
The federal human resources community suggests agencies change their approach to hiring. Rather than hedge their bets that USAJobs.gov will help them identify a diverse pool of qualified new applicants, hiring managers should constantly target specific groups of talented people, the Office of Personnel Management says.
The Office of Personnel Management will clarify and create new tools to help agency leaders better understand the authorities they already have to recruit and retain new employees and boost engagement in their workplaces, says Mark Reinhold, OPM’s associate director for employee services and chief human capital officer.