The author analyzes the details of the recently announced hiring freeze and also presents some additional questions that he says Trump’s Presidential Memorandum raises.
The author points out that federal employees take an oath of office as part of their job duties, much like the president does. He analyzes the meaning behind this oath as it relates to one’s duties as a federal worker.
These are seven provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that federal workers should know about.
The author says that unions have become a more partisan topic in government and that there are likely to be changes under the incoming presidential administration that will impact labor relations.
The 2016 election and turnover of administrations means that changes could be in store for federal agencies. The author says that whatever those changes might be, they will require an Office of Personnel Management that is effective and can turn statutory changes into regulations and policies that work. He provides some suggestions for enacting positive change at the agency.
The author says that a new presidential administration should not assume that OPM as it exists today is the right structure for the future of federal workforce management. He says that the question that needs to be asked is, “What should be done with OPM?”
The author says that the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act uses a carrot and stick approach to reforming the agency, but that it currently offers too many sticks for dealing with problem employees and not enough carrots to reward good employees.