Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says that on the heels of the hiring freeze, there are fears that layoffs may be in the future.
The Department of Homeland Security told Congress Tuesday that it’s seeing significant dividends from a new legal authority Congress granted the department in 2014: the ability to force other federal agencies to take concrete steps to improve their cybersecurity posture.
About 8 percent of federal employees say they’re fully confident in their agency’s talent management system, according to a recent survey of more than 300 employees. But human capital experts are wondering whether the triple threat of budget cuts, attrition and a government reorganization could push agencies to address longstanding human capital questions they’ve avoided in the past.
When the hiring freeze started there were about 8,500 vacancies across the Air Force and the service was taking on about 1,300 each month.
Why is the federal hiring process so bad? And what would it take to make it work? Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at DHS, takes a look in Part 1 of his two-part commentary.
The Air Force alone is dealing with a shortage of more than 600 pilots. The service is having trouble competing with airlines that can pay pilots more.
The Office of Personnel Management released a new guidebook on how agencies should begin preparing for workforce reshaping efforts. It also updated key documents on issuing administrative furloughs. Both guides are designed to help agency heads implement possible reductions in force or furloughs so that they comply with the law and do the least damage.
Three top Air Force generals told Congress that manpower issues were the greatest challenge to the organization’s readiness. While specific concerns varied between the USAF, the Reserves and the Air National Guard, each agreed that recruiting and retention is their top priority.
The Veterans Affairs Department, Congress and Government Accountability Office all agree: an outdated and inflexible hiring process and serious shortcomings with the department’s human resources functions are prohibiting the agency from quickly filling at least 45,000 open health care positions.
Karlease Kelly, the chief learning officer at the Agriculture Department and the chairwoman of the federal Chief Learning Officer’s Council, said applying shared services to agency LMSs could bring some standardization in the services and the cost to the government.
Employees who handle veterans benefits claims and the disability claims backlog, as well as some cybersecurity professionals, are among the Veterans Affairs Department’s additional hiring freeze exemptions. VA Secretary David Shulkin announced more exemptions in a March 13 memo to staff.
A year-long task force wants the Defense Department to change childcare, TRICARE and the “up or out” system.
The senior executive service faces an unprecedented time where criticism is rampant, the environment is fast-paced and the retirement bubble teeters on popping.
Draining the swamp may sound like a good idea, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it’s a job that might be a lot bigger than it first seems.
We’re 50-some days into the federal hiring freeze, so how’s it going where you are? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this freeze, like those imposed in the past, is hardly solid.