Jeff Neal

Jeff Neal is author of the blog ChiefHRO.com and was previously the chief human capital officer at the Homeland Security Department and the chief human resources officer at the Defense Logistics Agency.

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Are Federal Executives Overpaid? SES Facts and Myths

By on December 7, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Are Federal Executives Overpaid? SES Facts and Myths

Are members of the Senior Executive Service overpaid? The author looks at a number of facts and myths surround the federal pay debate.

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Is Half a Workforce Strategy Better Than None?

By on November 22, 2015 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Is Half a Workforce Strategy Better Than None?

Federal agencies are under pressure to create workforce strategies. The author writes one problem with them is that most workforce plans address only the federal employee side of the mix. He describes the components of an ideal plan.

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Pleading The Fifth: Refuge of Scoundrels or Protection From Government Overreach?

By on November 8, 2015 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Pleading The Fifth: Refuge of Scoundrels or Protection From Government Overreach?

The author says that civil servants who refuse to answer questions when called to testify before the House of Representatives or the Senate are not exercising civil service protections; they are exercising a Constitutional right guaranteed to everyone.

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Great HR Service? Don’t Make Me Laugh

By on November 3, 2015 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Great HR Service? Don’t Make Me Laugh

The author asks the questions, “If HR is so important and HR Specialists are a mission critical occupation, why is it so rare to find someone who says they are happy with their HR support? Is there anything agencies can do to fix the problem?”

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Feds Are Overpaid… Or Not: Part II

By on October 19, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Feds Are Overpaid… Or Not: Part II

Are federal employees overpaid relative to the private sector? Is the General Schedule the best system to use for compensating the federal workforce? In this follow up to his previous article on federal pay, the author digs deeper on the debate to clarify some of his previous points and also addresses some new topics related to federal sector pay.

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Feds Are Overpaid… Or Not

By on October 13, 2015 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Feds Are Overpaid… Or Not

Are federal employees paid more than their private sector counterparts? It’s a debate that has been raging for years with no clear answers. The author discusses the latest twist in the salary debate: a report from the Cato Institute which says federal workers are paid far more generously than private sector workers. He says that while the report is mostly inaccurate, there is more to the story.

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Let’s Put The ‘Chief’ In Chief Human Capital Officer

By on October 6, 2015 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that while well intentioned, the Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 is inadequate to meet the talent management challenges the government faces today.

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Shutdown Redux: (Borrowed) Money To Burn

By on September 25, 2015 in Current Events with 0 Comments
Shutdown Redux: (Borrowed) Money To Burn

The author says that in addition to burning the government’s borrowed money, a shutdown will harm businesses large and small, take money out of the pockets of working men and women, reduce tax revenues, disrupt communities, and generally make a mess.

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Do You Have To Lie To Get A Federal Job?

By on September 22, 2015 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Do You Have To Lie To Get A Federal Job?

The author says that more prospective federal employees are lying on their job applications in order to get hired. He explains why he believes this is happening.

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Managing with Blinders On

By on September 13, 2015 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that the government keeps millions of job applications as well as volumes of other data regarding the human resources process. However, he says that these data are viewed primarily as “records” rather than data that could answer a lot of questions to help agencies better manage their workforces.

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