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Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.
Sometimes, the secret to getting things done is as simple as including the word "reform" in your proposal, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
Respect for federal agency leaders continues to fall. The last few Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys say rank-and-file employees don't respect their upper level leaders as much as they used to. Executive Core Qualifications are supposed to help senior executives maintain high leadership standards, but they might be too easy to follow. Bob Tobias, professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is also a former member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the Executive Core Qualifications to build better agency leaders.
A 1.3-percent pay raise, reforms to the Senior Executive Service and increased emphasis on employee feedback are just some of the initiatives proposed in President Barack Obama's 2016 budget.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.
As agencies decide on a two-year plan for structuring their senior executive workforce, one agency head says that the Office of Personnel Management is keeping some of the best and brightest from joining the SES.
How well do career government executives fulfill their missions? If asked, would you join the SES now? Take our survey.
The Office of Personnel Management already has some New Year's resolutions for the federal workforce: Set up a governmentwide mentorship program for the Senior Executive Service and establish an employee engagement point person for every agency.
Some days, it's not easy being a senior career executive in the Federal Government. Ill will reached a peak last summer at the height of scandal in the Veterans Affairs Department. That led to Congress enacting legislation cutting the civil service protection of SESers at the VA. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama gave the SES a pat on the back, promising to make the service into how it was originally envisioned. So what will 2015 bring? David Dye, the director of Federal Human Capital Services at Deloitte and a former official at the Office of Personnel Management, offered some answers on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Following President Obama's announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service, Doug Criscitello, managing director at Grant Thornton, says SES pay limits have made it difficult to attract top-quality managers across government.
The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to forecast how many Senior Executive Service positions they'll need for the next two fiscal years.
President Barack Obama's series of reforms to the Senior Executive Service are getting mixed grades. The President wants to set up a customer service awards program and an advisory group with current and aspiring SESers. A Leadership Development Program will let managers rotate through assignments at different agencies. Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security and former official at the Office of Management and Budget, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, he sees a ray of hope.
The White House has launched three reforms to the Senior Executive Service. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers at the Washington Hilton may actually have more long-term meaning than the reforms themselves. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about his message and the attendees' reaction.
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling on the government to improve the way it serves the public, President Barack Obama on Tuesday directed top management prospects in the federal bureaucracy to develop…