Chief human capital officers at two of the largest federal agencies had a clear message for Congress: Don’t give us any more hiring authorities.
The congressionally-appointed VA Commission on Care suggested a major overhaul to the Veterans Health Administration. According to the commission’s draft report, due to Congress by the end of the month, VHA employees should have their own personnel system.
Accountability in the Senior Executive Service will be at the center of congressional discussions on a new omnibus legislative package for the Veterans Affairs Department. Senate VA Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he wants the VA and the committee to finish its work on the legislation by April 1.
More than half of current and former senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department oppose the VA’s proposal to reclassify some SES members under Title 38, according to the preliminary results of a recent survey from the Senior Executives Association.
Thanks to the flawed Choice Act Congress hastily passed in 2014, SESers exist in a sort of twilight of civil service protection.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald wants to take senior managers out of Title V and put them into Title 38, a category created for medical professionals. Federal employment attorney Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of the Federal Practice Group, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what this means.
VA’s processes for evaluating people are so messed up that leadership ends up living the legend that you can’t do anything about federal employees no matter how badly they perform.
Senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department say the bill that was supposed to help them hold agency senior executives more accountable isn’t working. Agency leaders are considering changes to the VA Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act).