Jeff Neal is a senior vice president for ICF and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com. He has 33 years in federal service, including serving as Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Homeland Security and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency. Jeff is also a Fellow and Director at the National Academy of Public Administration and a Partnership for Public Service SAGE.
OMB released a memo with directives for agencies to make restructuring changes. The author analyzes some of the key points in the memo from a federal HR perspective.
In his final article of the series, the author explains his additional suggestions for some fixes he says are needed for a badly broken federal hiring process.
The author says that the federal hiring process is badly broken and can only be fixed with a complete overhaul.
There is a lot of uncertainty for federal agencies and employees in the midst of a hiring freeze and proposed budget cuts. However, the author says it’s not time to start assuming a total “doom and gloom” scenario just yet.
The Defense secretary has called for a review of DoD’s business operations. The author says that this can work to reduce costs and improve operations at the agency.
The author lays out some principles for civil service reform that he says both sides of the political aisle can get behind to produce a more effective civil service.
The Trump administration has said it wants to make cuts to the overall size of the federal workforce, however, the author says that that this may be harder to do than it would seem on the surface.