President Donald Trump is naming Jared Kushner, the assistant to the President and his son-in-law, to lead the new Office of American Innovation.
The Partnership for Public Service presented the 2016 Service to America Medals at a gala ceremony Tuesday night.
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.