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.

Website  •  Contact

Where Have All the Classifiers Gone?

By on June 6, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Where Have All the Classifiers Gone?

The author says the current classification system under the General Schedule is not working. He cites some examples of problems it has created.

Continue Reading »

Dismantling the Argument for Dismantling OPM

By on May 27, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Dismantling the Argument for Dismantling OPM

A former OPM director offered her views on the proposal to reorganize the agency. The author analyzes her remarks.

Continue Reading »

Government Hiring of Young People Continues To Be Terrible

By on May 13, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Government Hiring of Young People Continues To Be Terrible

The author cites data showing that he says indicates the government is doing a terrible job of hiring federal employees under age 30.

Continue Reading »

This Is Public Service Recognition Week. Do You Feel Recognized?

By on May 8, 2019 in Current Events with 0 Comments
This Is Public Service Recognition Week. Do You Feel Recognized?

The author says criticism of government policy should be directed towards politicians rather than federal employees.

Continue Reading »

Soft Skills Are Harder Than They Seem

By on April 30, 2019 in Human Resources, Leadership with 0 Comments
Soft Skills Are Harder Than They Seem

The author says that federal HR managers often focus more on technical skills rather than soft skills when hiring which is a mistake.

Continue Reading »

Performance-Based Pay Might Work, But Don’t Count On It

By on April 23, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Performance-Based Pay Might Work, But Don’t Count On It

Pay for performance is being pitched again for the federal workforce. The author describes how it could work but also says it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Continue Reading »

Do All Those “Acting” Assignments at DHS Matter?

By on April 18, 2019 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Do All Those “Acting” Assignments at DHS Matter?

Several agencies under Homeland Security currently have acting leadership. Should this be a cause for concern?

Continue Reading »

Congress Should Act On OPM, But Maybe Not For the Reason You Think

By on April 6, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Congress Should Act On OPM, But Maybe Not For the Reason You Think

Although the proposed reorganization of OPM is not likely to happen, the author says that dropping the proposal entirely may not be the best outcome.

Continue Reading »

Perspectives on the President’s Management Agenda

By on March 26, 2019 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Perspectives on the President’s Management Agenda

The President’s Management Agenda had its one year anniversary in March. A free e-book looks at how current leaders are approaching implementation of the Agenda.

Continue Reading »

Is it Time to Change Federal Retirement Benefits?

By on March 22, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Is it Time to Change Federal Retirement Benefits?

Proposals to cut retirement benefits appear periodically. The author discusses some recent ones and what they might mean for federal employees.

Continue Reading »

Contact Jeff Neal

Top