Agencies have a few more answers now from the Office of Personnel Management about implementing the short-term federal hiring freeze. Specifically, the guidance clarifies the freeze’s impact on temporary and term limited employees, interns and others.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and John Tester (D-Mont.) wrote to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro on Feb. 6 asking for an analysis of what went right and what went wrong when DoD moved to the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Investigative Service (FIS) nearly 12 years ago.
The latest data released by the Office of Personnel Management shows that in 2017, 15,317 federal employees filed to retire in January, historically the month when the most feds file for retirement. But that number, while large, is about 100 fewer than 2016, and falls short of 2015’s numbers by more than 3,300.
Sean Morris, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Angela Watts, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, make the case for agencies to look to phased retirement to help with the expected retirement surge in January.
IT leaders at the Office of Personnel Management say the agency has one major database left to encrypt, which contains some high-value assets and personally identifiable information for security clearance holders and federal employees.
Bill Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the National Counterintelligence Executive, said the lead agencies reforming the security clearance process made subtle, but important changes to how investigators check employees’ backgrounds.
Lindy Kyzer, senior editor for ClearanceJobs.com, helps you get to the bottom of challenges you and others may have with regards to security clearances.
Dan Chenok, the executive director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government, highlights seven key takeaways from a recent roundtable on improving the background investigations processes.
The Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel Management released another memo with more details on how agencies should implement the President’s hiring freeze. The latest guidance includes exemptions to the hiring freeze and instructions for how agencies should request others.
The Office of Management and Budget detailed a few immediate actions that agencies should take following President Donald Trump’s recently announced hiring freeze.
President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze memo leaves plenty of room for agency interpretation, human capital experts say. Specifically, it lets agencies ask for exemptions to the short term hiring freeze, until the Office of Management and Budget develops a plan to cut the size of the federal workforce through attrition. That concept, experts say, should worry agencies more than a 90-day freeze.
Most people expect a raise when they get a promotion. But for some feds in 2017, thanks to salary compression, that’s not the case.
The Office of Personnel Management wants agencies to look more closely at Hispanic representation within the workforce and identify barriers and challenges that prevent them from recruiting and retaining a more diverse government.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Jan. 17, which sets the governance process and suitability standards for agencies and the population of federal employees and contractors. It clarifies the work that the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigation Bureau has already started to develop a more modern vetting system.
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.