Tag: Human Resources
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.
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.