• OPM issues new SES onboarding guidance

    The Office of Personnel Management recently released guidelines for agencies to follow as they stand up new onboarding plans for senior executives.

  • Mallory Barg Bulman: SES mobility under the microscope

    Achieving senior executive status in the federal government can be a two-edged blade. The pay is better and you get a lot of authority. But too often, it means getting stuck in one place for too long. That can make you stale and deprive other agencies of your expertise. The Partnership for Public Service, in conjunction with McKinsey and Company, has taken a deep look at mobility in the Senior Executive Service. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with some of the findings, Mallory Barg Bulman, research director at the Partnership.

  • New Pathways, hiring toolkits coming for HR specialists this month

    The Office of Personnel Management’s tools and pilot programs to improve federal hiring and workforce engagement have improved in some areas but stalled in others.

  • SES pay raise … with strings

    Didn’t you know that there would be a catch to the SES pay raise? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has the details.

  • Pay cap lifted for SES and GS-15s

    With the ceiling for Grade 15 being raised and members of the Senior Executive Service getting a pay boost, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says federal managers are finally getting some long overdue love.

  • Jeri Buchholz: Executive order may not address real problems in SES

    Yesterday, the President signed an executive order designed to strengthen the Senior Executive Service by requiring agencies to rotate more of their SES-ers to different agencies or assignments, making sure they’re not paid less than their General Schedule subordinates and refining agencies processes for onboarding SES members. Jeri Buchholz is a strategic business development adviser for FMP Consulting and a former chief human capital officer at NASA. In a column she wrote for Federal News Radio, she argues the order is a good first start, but it might also be a distraction from the real problems in the Senior Executive Service. She talked to Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about wh

  • Senior Executives Association names interim president

    The Senior Executives Association board has chosen a former staff member and board officer to succeed on an interim basis the recently retired Carol Bonosaro.

  • Feds in survival mode: The countdown begins

    Halloween is this weekend, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says for many high-level federal workers a much longer fright night is just about to begin.

  • Senior executives say it’s harder to fill their shoes these days

    Senior Executive Service members say it has gotten harder to fill SES spots and similar positions over the past two years, according to a survey by the Senior Executives Association.

  • Demote your way to success

    Why push the down button on the career elevator? According to a report from the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs, two Washington-based senior executives used their clout to get what amounted to a demotion – one with fewer responsibilities but the same level of pay.

    The benefit of the demotion, according to the IG’s report, was that the two career SESers got to keep their Washington pay levels while transferring to lower pressure jobs in places with more winter sports and better cheesesteaks.