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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Hiring Freeze, Hiring Thaw, Hiring Freeze? What OMB’s April 12 Memo Really Says

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Hiring Freeze, Hiring Thaw, Hiring Freeze? What OMB’s April 12 Memo Really Says

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.

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Hiring Reform: Building a New Process From the Ground Up (Part 2)

By on April 13, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Hiring Reform: Building a New Process From the Ground Up (Part 2)

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.

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Hiring Reform: Building a New Process From the Ground Up (Part 1)

By on April 12, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Hiring Reform: Building a New Process From the Ground Up (Part 1)

The author says that the federal hiring process is badly broken and can only be fixed with a complete overhaul.

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What’s Wrong With the Federal Hiring Process?

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What’s Wrong With the Federal Hiring Process?

The author outlines several key problems he sees with the federal hiring process.

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Hiring Freezes Have Consequences – And So Do Budgets

By on March 15, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Hiring Freezes Have Consequences – And So Do Budgets

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.

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The ‘R’ Word

By on March 6, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
The ‘R’ Word

Most people do not like to think about a reduction in force (RIF) and for good reason. The author outlines some of the things that can go wrong when conducting a RIF.

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Can The Secdef-Ordered Review of DoD Business Operations Make a Difference? Absolutely.

By on March 2, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Can The Secdef-Ordered Review of DoD Business Operations Make a Difference? Absolutely.

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.

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Civil Service Reform Starts With Performance

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Civil Service Reform Starts With Performance

The author outlines 6 things that he says need to be done to improve the performance process.

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Civil Service Reform Is Coming: What Should It Be?

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Civil Service Reform Is Coming: What Should It Be?

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.

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Cutting the Federal Workforce Is Harder Than It Sounds

By on February 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Cutting the Federal Workforce Is Harder Than It Sounds

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.

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