Among the VA Commission on Care's 18 recommendations are proposals that could have major implications for the Veterans Health Administration workforce, from its size and scope to its overall organizational structure. VA Secretary Bob McDonald said the department will respond to the commission's report in the coming weeks.
Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management Beth Cobert is encouraging feds to fill out the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey before it closes in June, listing changes at OPM as proof that agencies pay attention to and act on the results.
Veterans and agency hiring managers have mixed thoughts on the success of the veterans preference program. But there is some consensus that current regulations are too confusing and complex for both veterans and agencies.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee is considering legislation to give the VA secretary the authority to set pay and performance appraisals for medical directors. It also includes several provisions that are designed to help the VA attract and hire more doctors and nurses.
Agency preparations for the 2016 presidential transition are well underway. The Office of Government Ethics is adding more training programs to help its employees vet and process financial disclosure forms for new political appointees. And Congress just passed comprehensive transition legislation.
With one year left until Inauguration Day, the Partnership for Public Service's new Center for Presidential Transition is encouraging candidates and federal employees to begin preparing now for the next administration. Career feds should be prepared to tell incoming new leaders what their agencies do and how they can help.
Beth Cobert has not testified before Congress since becoming acting director of OPM in July. From the data breaches to workforce issues, senators have plenty of material to draw upon.
The White House is launching a leadership development program so small the participants could easily fit around a single conference table. Yet if successful, they could revolutionize the way the government tackles its most complex problems.
Lawmakers and good-government groups say the Competitive Service Act of 2015 would reduce duplication among agencies by creating a \"best qualified list\" for similar job openings.
As the Duke of York used to say, "When you're up, you're up. And when you're down, you're down." The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released this year's version of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" Tuesday. The news is, as the Duke of York also said, "When you're halfway up, you're neither up nor down." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the big takeaways from this year's list.
The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of the 13th Annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Dr. Rana Hajjeh and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were honored for promoting the immunization of children worldwide to prevent the spread of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) virus.
Chief human capital officers say the inability to do targeted internship announcements is frustrating and reducing effectiveness of the program. The Office of Personnel Management says it's working with agencies to address these challenges, including initiatives to target specific skillsets.
The Partnership for Public Service announced 33 finalists for this year's Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. The list includes federal employees both new and experienced, who are making "high-impact" contributions on a domestic and global scale.
Once a year, the federal government celebrates its employees' achievements in Oscar-like fashion. The Service to America Medals recognize the most innovative federal employees or teams that are making a difference for the public. The Partnership for Public Service has just released the list of 33 finalists. President Max Stier , told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the categories for this year's Sammies nominations.