• Agencies see low interest in joining SES as most executives near retirement

    Roughly 85 percent of current Senior Executive Service members are eligible to retire within the next 10 years. And about half can retire within the next president’s first term in office. But as the administration looks to agency career leaders to steer the upcoming presidential transition, 55 percent of GS-14s and GS-15s say they’re not interested in joining the SES.

  • VA’s McDonald: 2016 can be a turning point for department

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says Congress needs to support the agency through reform legislation and full funding if lawmakers want to see the transformation so many of them are calling for.

  • OPM urges ‘strong preference’ for candidates with interagency experience

    Two new memos from the Office of Personnel Management provide guidance for agencies to give “strong preference” to certain candidates for national security senior executive jobs. The memos also outline the roles and responsibilities of agencies and employees participating in an interagency rotation.

  • VA no longer using expedited SES firing authority after Justice decision

    A recent decision from the Justice Department is prompting the VA to stop using the authority it has under current legislation to fire senior executives more quickly. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said the news comes after an inquiry over whether the VA planned to make any policy changes after the DOJ decision, which ultimately ruled that a key provision in the VA Choice Act is unconstitutional.

  • SES bonuses coming under scrutiny once again

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) wants information from Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert about SES members getting multiple performance bonuses in the same fiscal year.

  • Commission to propose new personnel system for VA health employees

    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.

  • VA fires 3 more senior officials at troubled Phoenix hospital

    The Veterans Affairs Department officially fired three more senior leaders at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, the hospital where reports of wait time manipulation first started two years ago. Two of the three VA executives can appeal their removals to the Merit Systems Protection Board.

  • DoJ says key VA Choice provision for SES appeals is unconstitutional

    The Justice Department says a specific provision in the Veterans Choice Act, which ultimately renders that the disciplinary decision from administration MSPB judge is final for certain senior executives, violates a clause in the Constitution. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says Justice will continue to uphold vast majority of the Choice Act.

  • Compare us to other businesses, not federal agencies, VA leader says

    VA Secretary Bob McDonald said his department is different enough from other federal agencies that a separate personnel system is appropriate for VA senior executives. McDonald also said the department is working on new performance standards to measure veterans’ satisfaction with VA medical facilities and the time it takes to receive an appointment.

  • New SES performance management options hiding in Senate VA omnibus

    At nearly 400 pages, the Veterans First Act, which the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee introduced last week, covers everything from veterans homelessness to more flexible work hours for VA doctors and nurses. But VA’s senior executives are still the main target of the legislation.

  • Beth Cobert: OPM connects employees, public through better data

    Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, wants more people to know about the hard, important work federal employees do every day.

  • Accountability and reform omnibus will create ‘new VA’

    The Veterans First Act is a bipartisan omnibus bill that addresses problems within the Veterans Affairs Department. Everything from accountability to whistleblower protections is included in the package, along with major changes to the health care program for veterans, educational benefits and help for survivors.

  • 30th Annual Presidential Rank Awards

    The Senior Executives Association honored 43 recipients of the 2015 Presidential Rank Awards at a banquet in Washington April 21. The winners were responsible for saving government more than $121 billion. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave the keynote speech.

  • DoD executives headline a league of extraordinary federal men, women

    The Senior Executives Association hosted the 30th annual Presidential Rank Awards of Distinguished Executives and Distinguished Senior Professionals where it honored 43 federal employees from 16 agencies for accomplishing astonishing successes.

  • Agencies struggling to share talent across government

    In the latest progress report for the cross-agency priority goal of developing the federal workforce to its full potential, seven of 12 milestones are at risk, while two others have been missed.