Managers at the Veterans Affairs Department may be targets of one of the largest federal employee unions. Representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees may have been using their work time to compile suggestions for discipline by top VA leaders. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this controversy may boil down to a classic labor-versus-management clash.
MSPB Chair Susan Tsui Grundmann took aim at a recent law and the legislation it’s spawned. The year-old Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 curtails the due process rights of Senior Executive Service members in the Veterans Affairs Department. Just recently, the House passed legislation to extend the measure to the rest of the VA’s workforce.
The House passed the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which would give the Veterans Affairs Department the power to remove or demote a VA employee based on misconduct or performance.
Think you’ve got what it takes to get some tough work across the line before the Obama administration expires? Then listen up. Back in December, the President promised to launch a career development program that would prepare future federal executives to lead the government through complicated, interdisciplinary hurdles. That program is getting off the ground now. Jenny Mattingley is its director. She tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp that the program starts with a question.
Federal jobs are not the easiest or the best-paid, but at least they’re secure. Or so the thinking went. That long-held belief is less prevalent today than it once was, particularly among Senior Executive Service members. A 2014 law that gave Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald more leeway to fire SES members has taken a toll on members’ morale government-wide. Many are questioning their career choices. That finding comes from a Senior Executives Association survey on the possibility of at-will employment. SEA President Carol Bonosaro discussed it with Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp.
A new survey shows just how jittery Senior Executive Service members are following a landmark law targeting SES members in the Veterans Affairs Department. When asked about at-will employment, SES members questioned their choice of careers and said they would not recommend it to others.
The real test will be if the panel created by the administration is allowed to tell the truth and make something happen, says Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose in a new commentary.
The key to SES reform is not about tweaking the SES or writing a set of guiding principles that no one will follow. Former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal takes you inside his idea for an entirely new merit-based construct, neither career nor political, that is focused on a much smaller number of critical federal jobs.
The White House has chosen a group of two dozen federal employees to offer advice on potential changes to the Senior Executive Service. They come from many facets of government. Their mission is to improve the way senior executives are recruited, hired, developed and retained. Will they be successful? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer his take.
The White House has named two dozen federal employees to a group that will advise the president on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. Obama joined the group at its meeting Thursday.