Tag: GAO

Border Patrol Losing Agents Faster Than They Can Be Hired

By on November 14, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Border Patrol Losing Agents Faster Than They Can Be Hired

A recent GAO report said that the Border Patrol is losing agents faster on average than it can hire new ones.

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Is the FEHB System Killing Competition?

By on November 6, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Is the FEHB System Killing Competition?

A new GAO report shows that despite increases in available FEHB plans, enrollment is growing increasingly concentrated among the largest insurance carriers.

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Should Political Appointees Be Barred From Career Jobs?

By on October 9, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

How widespread is the practice of political “burrowing?” The author says it’s largely a “problem” that isn’t really a problem.

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GAO Finds 76 Instances of Obama Political Appointees ‘Burrowing In’

By on September 28, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
GAO Finds 76 Instances of Obama Political Appointees ‘Burrowing In’

Political “burrowing” is a common practice after a change in administrations. GAO has issued its latest report on what it found during the Obama Administration.

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GAO: OPM IT Security Still at Risk

By on August 4, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
GAO: OPM IT Security Still at Risk

According to a new GAO report, OPM has made progress in improving its information security but still has more work to do.

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VA Appeals Backlog: Will Reform Plans Work?

By on April 9, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
VA Appeals Backlog: Will Reform Plans Work?

GAO reviews plans by the VA to fix a large backlog of veterans appeals for disability compensation. GAO is skeptical the reforms will work without more efforts.

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Senators Call for Review of Hiring Freeze

By on April 5, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Senators Call for Review of Hiring Freeze

Two Senators have asked the GAO to conduct a review of President Trump’s hiring freeze, expressing concern that it may ultimately fail to reduce spending.

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House Committee Asks for GAO Review of OPM’s Retirement Application Process

By on October 21, 2016 in Agency News, Retirement with 0 Comments
House Committee Asks for GAO Review of OPM’s Retirement Application Process

A House Committee has sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for an investigation into how OPM can improve its retirement application handling process.

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What Hiring Flexibilities Work? Who Knows…

By on September 12, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

A recent GAO report studies OPM and agency use of the many hiring authorities available to agencies. The author says that the study highlights a critical problem that persists in federal human resources today.

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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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