Jeff Neal

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.

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White House Proposals For Civil Service Reform: What They Missed

By on February 21, 2018 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
White House Proposals For Civil Service Reform: What They Missed

The White House’s 2019 budget blueprint offered many proposals for civil service reform. The author provides an analysis of which ones he says missed the mark.

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White House Proposals For Civil Service Reform: What They Got Right

By on February 15, 2018 in Human Resources, Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
White House Proposals For Civil Service Reform: What They Got Right

The White House’s 2019 budget blueprint offered many proposals for civil service reform. The author provides an analysis of which ones he says are correct.

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More Firings May Not Lead To Better Results

By on February 7, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
More Firings May Not Lead To Better Results

The author says that making it easier to fire federal employees is an emotionally charged issue that is only one aspect of addressing accountability problems.

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Should Feds Worry About Another Shutdown?

By on February 4, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Should Feds Worry About Another Shutdown?

As Congress races towards another funding deadline, the author addresses the potential risks to federal employees.

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Shutdown: It Ain’t Over When its Over

By on January 22, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Shutdown: It Ain’t Over When its Over

The partial government shutdown appears it will be short lived, but the author says it is likely to have some long-term, lasting effects.

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Happy Birthday to the Civil Service

By on January 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Happy Birthday to the Civil Service

This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Civil Service Commission. What are some of the current problems facing the civil service?

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Why Do We Care That Congress Does Not Pass Appropriations Bills On Time?

By on January 11, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Why Do We Care That Congress Does Not Pass Appropriations Bills On Time?

Government now frequently operates without a formal budget. The author outlines some of the problems this can create.

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Freezing Pay is Not the Answer

By on December 17, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Freezing Pay is Not the Answer

Reports indicate federal employees may face a pay freeze in 2019. The author says that while there are problems with federal pay, a freeze will not solve them.

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Good and Not So Good News From the 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

By on December 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Good and Not So Good News From the 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®

The author says the real story inside of the Best Places to Work rankings lies in the comparison to employees in the private sector.

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Are You a Good Bureaucrat, or a Bad Bureaucrat?

By on November 29, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Are You a Good Bureaucrat, or a Bad Bureaucrat?

The author says that the term “bureaucrat” often carries a negative connotation, but in his experience, he believes this should not be the case.

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