• Feds on the fence about retirement plans following election

    Retirement-eligible federal employees are largely split over whether the upcoming presidential transition will impact their decisions to retire. An exclusive Federal News Radio survey found roughly 35 percent of respondents say the transition won’t play a role in their decisions, but 18 percent say they’re not sure.

  • Senior executives & presidential transitions

    How will the presidential transition affect you? And what are you likely to face in January? Find out when SEA acting president Jason Briefel joins host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn program. August 24, 2016

  • SES bonus caps going up in 2017 by nearly 3 percent

    The Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget released guidance on raising the bonus award caps for senior executives, senior level and senior professional and scientific federal employees, and recommended tying bonuses more closely to performance, including the use of smaller bonuses for specific contributions throughout the year.

  • Will the upcoming presidential transition impact your decision to retire?

    Federal News Radio wants to hear from you about your retirement plans — and whether the upcoming presidential transition will impact your decision to stay or leave your agency.

  • ‘Superstar’ executives lend advice to career SES on upcoming transition

    The Senior Executives Association has a new guidebook for SES members who might not have a specific role on an agency transition team as their organization prepares for the upcoming change in administration. Several highly successful executives who have been through the experience before say even career executives have a role to play in the presidential transition.

  • Repackaged House bill extends same controversial VA firing procedures to all SES

    The House passed a bill that would change the way agencies discipline and remove federal employees and members of the Senior Executive Service. One provision would put all SES members under the same, expedited disciplinary process that senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department had until the Justice Department challenged its constitutionality.

  • OPM clarifies SES executive order requirements, including pay boost

    As deadlines come and go, OPM answered some frequently asked questions about an executive order, signed in 2015, that mandated reforms to the Senior Executive Service.

  • 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.