Tag: Human Resources
The author says that when the Metro system shut down in Washington, DC this week, OPM was faced with a difficult, and ultimately thankless, decision. He says the agency made the right call and examines the various options OPM was faced with and why he believes it was the right choice.
The author says that while the government is making progress, it needs to address the fundamental problems that are preventing it from fully utilizing modern technology. He discusses some of the barriers in place from keeping the government from moving into the 21st century.
The author says that the disciplinary process used by human resources offices in government hasn’t changed over the last 35 years and that it also doesn’t work. He outlines another approach that he says agency human resources officers should instead use that is much more effective in disciplining problem employees.
The author notes that the number of federal employees under age 30 is dropping rapidly while the overall federal workforce is aging. He asks why this is happening and offers some analysis as to what it means for the future of the federal workforce.
The chances of new restrictions being placed on use of administrative leave by agencies is growing as bills to accomplish this have been reported out of committees in both the House and the Senate.
The author notes that turnover in agency Chief positions is high. He looks at the roles that some of these leadership positions play in fulfilling an agency’s mission and also asks the question, “Would you have to be crazy to take one of these jobs?”
Who runs a federal agency: the agency head or the inspector general? The author discusses the role of inspectors general (IGs) in agency operations and when (or not) an agency might be wise to follow the recommendations from an IG.