The author says that when the Metro system shut down in Washington, DC this week, OPM was faced with a difficult, and ultimately thankless, decision. He says the agency made the right call and examines the various options OPM was faced with and why he believes it was the right choice.
The author says that while the government is making progress, it needs to address the fundamental problems that are preventing it from fully utilizing modern technology. He discusses some of the barriers in place from keeping the government from moving into the 21st century.
The author notes that the numbers of young federal employees are dropping while the overall federal workforce is aging.
Who runs a federal agency: the agency head or the inspector general? The author discusses the role of inspectors general (IGs) in agency operations and when (or not) an agency might be wise to follow the recommendations from an IG.
The author discusses the recently proposed Administrative Leave Act of 2016 and what it potentially means for federal employees. He says the legislation is a solid proposal that could help fix a challenging situation facing HR managers within the federal community.
The author says that phased retirement was a program designed to help federal employees ease into retirement while also helping agencies get their replacements up to speed. However, the program has largely been a bust so far in terms of its participation levels. He explains why he believes this to be the case.
From the presidential election to possible cuts to the federal workforce, the author discusses things he thinks federal employee should be watching for as we head into the new year.
The author says that he doesn’t believe that wholesale firings would be a good solution to the government’s personnel problems.
Are members of the Senior Executive Service overpaid? The author looks at a number of facts and myths surround the federal pay debate.