Tag: Human Resources
The author, who spent the majority of his federal career in human resources, says that the system is generally broken. He explains why.
One Congressman wants to put an end to what he calls the “frivolous use” of paid administrative leave for federal employees accused of misconduct.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Change is afoot in Congress for the federal human resources system for rating and removing federal employees. Federal employees who have been around for awhile may think we are moving forward to 1978—the last major legislative change in these areas.