The author lays out some principles for civil service reform that he says both sides of the political aisle can get behind to produce a more effective civil service.
In the midst of much news about a federal hiring freeze, it may come as a surprise to hear that two executive orders were issued by the White House calling for hiring 15,000 new federal employees.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is questioning agencies about their accelerated hiring of new federal employees in an apparent effort to offset a proposed hiring freeze by the incoming Trump administration.
OPM has issued guidance to allow appointing Trump administration nominees to start working while awaiting Senate confirmation.
The EEOC is finalizing a rule that will require federal agencies to enact hiring policies that favor individuals with disabilities.
The author says that the average time to fill metric in human resources is meaningless by itself. He says that adding a quality measure alongside of it is the only way to determine if agencies are making hiring progress or not.
The 2017 Defense Authorization Act recently passed by the Senate includes a provision that places some limits on veteran preference. The author analyzes the bill in detail and discusses whether or not it would be good for veterans’ preference.
The author notes that the numbers of young federal employees are dropping while the overall federal workforce is aging.
With recent hacking of federal government computers on a massive scale, it is apparent federal agencies are struggling to compete for talent in Cybersecurity and Digital Services. Is government going to be able to compete for this talent pool?