In a new white paper from the National Academy of Public Administration, federal experts say a breakdown of the federal human capital system ultimately led to some of agencies’ biggest challenges in recent years, from the cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management to the 49,000 vacancies at the Veterans Affairs Department.
The Trump administration’s government reorganization directly impacts federal agencies, but Congress will have its work cut out as lawmakers balance their own jurisdictional priorities with policy and personnel changes.
About 8 percent of federal employees say they’re fully confident in their agency’s talent management system, according to a recent survey of more than 300 employees. But human capital experts are wondering whether the triple threat of budget cuts, attrition and a government reorganization could push agencies to address longstanding human capital questions they’ve avoided in the past.
The senior executive service faces an unprecedented time where criticism is rampant, the environment is fast-paced and the retirement bubble teeters on popping.
The National Academy of Public Administration helps guide federal managers trying to maintain their way through the challenges in careers. Federal Drive with Tom Temin talks to Terry Gerton, a West Point graduate and a retired Army officer and senior executive service member, who is NAPA’s new president and CEO.
Members of the National Academy of Public Administration share an important characteristic. Even if you retire from your job, you never really give up public service. That’s one reason NAPA fellows are always eager to help out agencies in trouble, or offer help during presidential transitions. For more than five years, CEO Dan G. Blair has guided NAPA’s affairs. He’ll be stepping down this month and joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a retrospective.
The National Academy of Public Administration released a detailed study that showed the Veterans Benefits Administration has improved disability claims backlogs, but that’s only the beginning. John Kamensky, chairman of the academy’s VBA panel, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
William Gregory Burel, the director of the Division of Strategic National Stockpile for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Department of Health and Human Services, is one of 50 new fellows for the National Academy of Public Administration.
Vincent N. Micone III, the presidential transition officer and senior counselor for management at the Department of Homeland Security, is one of 50 new fellows at the National Academy of Public Administration.
Experts in the federal community say President-elect Donald Trump’s business acumen will likely factor into the future of the federal workforce during the next administration. Trump will likely play closer attention to measures that would hold poor-performers accountable. Though they may not agree on all the issues, some federal unions say they hope they can find common ground on proposals that would advance federal hiring reforms.
President-elect Donald Trump must figure out what he’ll do about an array of domestic and international problems. Robert Shea, former White House staff member and a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin on how Trump will deal with the 2 million-strong federal workforce and policy at dozens of agencies.
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NAPA and Heritage release papers promoting evidence-based policymaking while the Reason Foundation highlights the lack of public-private competition under Circular A-76.
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.
The National Academy of Public Administration has been holding panel discussions to come up with ideas for the next administration to hit the ground running.