Federal hiring managers have a tough time these days. The public hears nothing but news of budget cuts, buyouts and reductions in force. Yet agencies across the board do have real and funded openings. Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, shares some advice on recruiting with credibility on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Does the government fire enough people? Does it deal effectively with poor performers? Is the disciplinary and adverse action process effective? The answer to all three questions is probably no.
Defense Secretary Mattis is reviewing the chief innovation officer position after his predecessor moved full speed ahead on it.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is preparing reductions in force (RIFs) to employees at three offices at the agency. An NRC spokesman said the agency is looking at alternatives to RIFs, but it sent an initial 120-day notice to the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents many NRC employees.
Debra D’Agostino, founding partner of The Federal Practice Group, joins host Derrick Dortch on this week’s Fed Access to discuss whistleblower protections for federal employees, and how to navigate the security clearance process in the federal government. July 14, 2017
The Trump administration wants to increase early retirement and separation incentives from a cap of $25,000 to $40,000 for all civilian federal employees. It also wants to create a governmentwide industry exchange program, which would let federal employees temporary work in a private corporation or association for no more than two years. The administration submitted both proposals to Congress to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act.
Senators have two very different proposals to redesign the Veterans Choice Program. Both pieces of legislation represent very different ideologies and sides of a debate that Congress, the Veterans Affairs Department, veterans service organizations and federal employee groups have been having for the past three years.
Representatives already submitted their amendments to the House Rules Committee for the bill and Federal News Radio compiled a list of the amendments you should watch when they get to the floor.
The Navy announced its bonus reenlistment numbers for pilots in 2018. Meanwhile, Congress is trying to give more money to the Air Force to retain pilots.
The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to cut some basic housing allowance for dual military couples to save money in the long run. The committee tried to make more drastic cuts last year, but they did not make it into law.
DoD is rethinking its transgender policy, which was supposed to take effect on July 1. The department is also reviewing a program to allow expedited citizenship for immigrants.
Congress wants the Veterans Affairs Department to expand acquisition internship program and start using the same requirements to report cost savings from procurement activities. Lawmakers see these pieces of legislation as easy bills, but VA has its objections.
The Senate defense authorization bill increases the Army’s active duty end strength by 5,000. It also creates a policy for responding to cyber attacks.
The House defense authorization bill brought up some important issues for those in the military and their loved ones. Find out what could affect you in the coming year.
Matt Lira, the special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, said the Office won’t immediately solve all the government’s operational problems, but it is looking to establish a culture and organizational structure.