Tag: Human Resources

OPM Tries to Fix Federal Hiring Process, Again

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 5, 2016 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management announced recently that it would be making changes to the USAJobs website to help job seekers with getting federal jobs. How likely are these changes to improve the overall hiring process for federal jobs?

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Ex-Cons and Federal Employment

Filed in News by on May 1, 2016 Comments

OPM is issuing a proposed rule to prohibit agencies from considering a federal job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of a federal job has been made to the applicant.

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Federal HR Is Mission Critical. Is It Mission Capable?

Filed in News by on April 29, 2016 Comments

The author, who spent the majority of his federal career in human resources, says that the system is generally broken. He explains why.

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Legislation Introduced to Limit Administrative Leave for Federal Employees Accused of Misconduct

Filed in News by on April 24, 2016 Comments

One Congressman wants to put an end to what he calls the “frivolous use” of paid administrative leave for federal employees accused of misconduct.

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Civil Service Reform Should Be High on the Next President’s To-Do List

Filed in News by on April 22, 2016 Comments

The author says that he thinks civil service reform has moved from “nice to have” to a national imperative and says the next president must make it a top priority.

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Federal Employee Accountability: 7 Essential Characteristics of Reform

Filed in News by on April 11, 2016 Comments

The author outlines seven basic principles that he says have the potential to design a more accountable civil service that is free from political influence.

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DHS Leads Agencies With 71 Employees on Administrative Leave for More Than 1 Year

Filed in News by on April 7, 2016 Comments

Administrative paid leave has made headlines as a result of GAO reports and bills introduced in Congress to restrict agencies’ use of this procedure for a variety of reasons. A new report from the GAO highlights the problems in DHS—the agency with the most employees on this type of paid leave for more than 1 year.

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If Only They Would Listen…

Filed in News by on March 21, 2016 Comments

The author says that many federal workers do not feel safe speaking honestly with their supervisors and agency leaders. He discusses why this is a problem and how the federal workplace could be improved if supervisors and their employees would communicate more openly.

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