Beth Cobert has held two high-pressure jobs in the Obama administration: the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management and the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. Based on her experience from both agencies, she offered some advice for new OPM and OMB leaders.
The Office of Personnel Management has been busy in recent weeks, releasing a series of new memos as reminders to any political appointees and senior officials who plan to leave or join government during the presidential transition.
The National Treasury Employees Union and the Senior Executives Association both said they hope to better educate the new administration and Congress about the federal workforce.
Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote to Congress this week, asking that it begin work immediately to repeal cuts to the agency’s award and incentive spending. Congress cut VA’s performance bonus budget by about 20 percent next year to cover opioid-addiction treatment programs for veterans.
Long-time federal executive Ira Goldstein offer some ways and means of working with the incoming transition team to achieve personal and organizational success.
With the election, the transition and the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s been a busy month for feds. Here are three things you may have missed this month that could have an impact on you or your colleagues in the federal workforce.
The General Services Administration’s releases a solicitation for a vendor to set up a political appointee orientation program. The National Academy of Public Administration says training is a big missing piece to the presidential transition.
About 4,000 political appointees will leave the Obama administration in the next nine weeks. While conversations over policy, budget and organizational structure will take center stage, questions about your pay and benefits may not. Federal News Radio reviewed the Office of Personnel Management’s transition guide in search of the answers.
The White House has a goal: to improve upon the 2008 presidential transition, widely acknowledged as the smoothest exchange of power between administrations in U.S. history.
Whether you’re a reporter, government executive or parent questioning a naughty child, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says finding out why they did what they did it is the tough part.
About 71 percent of senior executives received a performance bonus from their agencies in fiscal 2015, a slight bump over the roughly 68 percent who picked up an award in 2014. A new report from the Office of Personnel Management shows the average award totaled $10,746, nearly $200 more than 2014’s average.
The success of the next president’s management agenda will largely depend on having the right senior executives to serve as champions for the administration’s goals, as well as the right performance plans to hold them accountable and drive noticeable outcomes. That’s the message the Performance Institute, along with a coalition of other federal management organizations, will send to both candidates.
Hispanics represented 8.5 percent of the permanent federal workforce in 2015, a 0.1 percent bump over fiscal 2014’s numbers. Though 2015 marks the sixth consecutive year where the Hispanic federal population has increased, leaders within the Office of Personnel Management are noticeably disappointed that the progress is happening slowly.
Agencies are starting to embrace rotational assignments — one of the four main priorities in a recent executive order on the Senior Executive Service — as an opportunity to give SES members new experiences and developmental opportunities.
The Office of Personnel Management issued new guidance last month about human resource matters for SESers and outgoing political appointees. GAO plans to develop an app to focus on top federal management priorities for the next administration and members of Congress.