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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Giving Thanks for Federal Workers

By on November 22, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Giving Thanks for Federal Workers

The author gives thanks to the federal workforce in honor of the work they do.

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Applicant Questionnaires and Gaming the System

By on November 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Applicant Questionnaires and Gaming the System

Do applicant questionnaires improve the federal hiring process? The author provides an analysis.

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The Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act – Good Idea or Not?

By on November 1, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act – Good Idea or Not?

A bill under consideration aims to curtail political “burrowing.” The author provides details about the bill along with suggestions for improving it.

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3 Ideas For Dealing With Problem Employees

By on October 26, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
3 Ideas For Dealing With Problem Employees

Three recent reports raised the issue of dealing with problem employees. The author analyzes the reports and offers three steps he says would also help.

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4 Takeaways from the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

By on October 21, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
4 Takeaways from the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

The author highlights four key points from the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey that he feels stand out above others.

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Use the Department of Veterans Affairs to Test Real Hiring Reform

By on October 17, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Use the Department of Veterans Affairs to Test Real Hiring Reform

The author says that the VA is the perfect testing ground for trying a new approach to hiring veterans.

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Should Political Appointees Be Barred From Career Jobs?

By on October 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

How widespread is the practice of political “burrowing?” The author says it’s largely a “problem” that isn’t really a problem.

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The Truth About Federal Pay

By on September 27, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
The Truth About Federal Pay

Are federal employees over or underpaid? The author says that reports on both sides of the argument are generally inaccurate.

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Hiring Flexibilities May Not Be Enough to Compete For Critical Talent

By on September 25, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Hiring Flexibilities May Not Be Enough to Compete For Critical Talent

The author says the federal hiring process is abysmal. He points to recent efforts to hire for cybersecurity positions to highlight problems agencies face as well as their attempted solutions.

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The Story of a RIF

By on September 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The Story of a RIF

The author tells the story of a RIF he managed and what made it successful.

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