Senior leaders at the Veterans Affairs Department say the bill that was supposed to help them hold agency senior executives more accountable isn’t working. Agency leaders are considering changes to the VA Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act).
Monica Molnar, a senior associate with the Federal Practice Group, argues that Congress is focusing on the wrong solution when it comes to fixing the administrative leave process.
Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, who were reinstated to their positions as directors of the St. Paul and Philadelphia regional veterans benefits offices, could face another form of punishment, following the results of a second investigation from VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. The results of the investigation, which took longer than Gibson expected, should come in another week.
The Office of Personnel Management will clarify and create new tools to help agency leaders better understand the authorities they already have to recruit and retain new employees and boost engagement in their workplaces, says Mark Reinhold, OPM’s associate director for employee services and chief human capital officer.
Some members of Congress are taking aim at the Merit Systems Protection Board, after it released its third decision in nearly a month to reverse punishments for senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. MSPB is standing by its decisions, arguing that it must comply with the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.
The Office of Personnel Management recently released guidelines for agencies to follow as they stand up new onboarding plans for senior executives.
VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson are working with Congress on a proposal that would strip senior agency executives of their rights to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board when they face disciplinary action. But the proposal faces growing criticism from the Senior Executives Association and others.
The Office of Personnel Management is accepting nominations for the Presidential Rank Awards. The awards honor the employees and their daily work that goes above and beyond standard accomplishments.
Cybersecurity tops the list of spending priorities at the Office of Personnel Management in 2017. But President Barack Obama’s budget request also addresses several governmentwide initiatives the administration already started.
Other agency CIOs should take notice for how House lawmakers focused on the $250,000 paid to the Education Department CIO despite what they call poor overall performance, most specifically around cybersecurity.
Agencies have new guidance for rotating more Senior Executive Service members from the Office of Personnel Management. The rotational requirement is part of an executive order President Barack Obama signed to reform the SES.
The Office of Personnel Management is reminding managers of existing protocols for reviewing their employees. OPM encouraged executives to apply the “employee engagement plus” methodology to their appraisal process.
Some federal employee groups and committee Democrats are taking issue with a series of bills under consideration at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation largely targets accountability issues among Senior Executives and career appointees.
The Office of Personnel Management’s tools and pilot programs to improve federal hiring and workforce engagement have improved in some areas but stalled in others.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will soon consider at least three separate bills on punishments for the Senior Executive Service and career appointees accused of misconduct or poor performance.