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CHCO Council News

Medina advocates better CHCO communication to stop budget axe

Federal chief human capital officers should develop a consistent message about the effects of budget cuts on human resources, said CHCO Council Executive Director Kathryn Medina. The goal is to explain the tangible effects of spending reductions on core agency missions.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:25am EDT
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HR University looks to gain college accreditation for agency training

The initiative aims to provide federal employees with college credit for certain agency-created human resources classes. Federal employees could apply the courses toward degrees at colleges and universities.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 05:12am EDT
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CHCO recommends employee-sharing as budget salve

Managers should consider allowing employees to solve problems in other parts of government. Doing so is an effective way for agencies to improve workers' skillsets and maximize resources, said retiring Energy Department HR chief Mike Kane.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 07:44pm EDT
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Mentoring event serves up career advice in a flash

Feds looking for career guidance and motivation are increasingly going outside of their agencies to find it. Employees from 20 agencies attended a recent "flash mentoring" session hosted by the Office of Personnel Management's HR University. More seasoned human resources professionals served as mentors.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 08:26pm EDT
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HR University showing worth, expanding after first year

The government's training portal has nearly 10,000 users. The HR University now offers college-accredited classes and in-person "flash mentoring" events. The Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council launched the portal last year as a way to save agencies money on professional development training.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Congress takes DoD to task over commitment to diversity

The military is laying the groundwork for a more diverse officer corps, officials told a congressional panel Tuesday. The Defense Department and military services have tackled most of the recommendations that a congressional commission made a year ago. But, recent hazing incidents suggest that the leaders' focus on diversity hasn't trickled down through the ranks.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 03:21pm EST

Nominations open for 2012 Causey Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Causey Awards. The awards honor exceptional performance by individuals in the human capital management field.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 03:36pm EST

Managing morale - lessons from OPM's John Berry

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, offers his tips for managing the federal workforce during tough times.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 02:00am EST

VA, Education reap benefits of hiring reforms

Improvements to training and employee retention are increasing department workforces and saving money, agency chief human capital officers for the Education and Veterans Affairs departments said at an event Tuesday.

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 05:44pm EST
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Kane named 'CHCO of the Year' for online training, performance evaluation work

The Energy Department is one of six agencies testing a framework aimed at revamping one of the thorniest issues in government: how supervisors evaluate employees. Chief Human Capital Officer Mike Kane led a working group of more than 100 union, management and government representatives who drafted the framework. He earned the "Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year" award from the CHCO Council.

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 07:21pm EST
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Feds glad to bid adieu to 2011, but will 2012 be better?

Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp counts down the top federal workforce stories of 2011 and makes some predictions fo 2012.

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:42pm EST

Survey: CHCOs worry about retaining committed workforce

Retaining good employees in spite of pay freezes and cuts to employee benefits will be the biggest challenge facing agency human resources officials next year. Federal News Radio asked chief human capital officers to reflect on 2011 and make predictions for 2012.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 02:11pm EST
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OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

OPM releases draft qualification standards for HR workforce

The Office of Personnel Management has released draft qualification standards for human resources managers and assistants. The draft standards update the qualifications to include competencies and minimum requirements by grade, Acting Deputy Associate OPM Director Andrea Bright wrote in a memo.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 04:40pm EST

Users frustrated with the new, overwhelmed USAJobs 3.0

Federal jobseekers are complaining that the new version of the USAJobs.gov website is slow and clunky. The Office of Personnel Management had promised that it would be more streamlined and easier to use than the previous version. It is asking agencies that use the site to recruit to extend their application deadlines while it works out the kinks.

Monday - 10/17/2011, 05:34am EDT

SESers to have new metrics by September

A new memo from OPM details the efforts to standardize and improve the Senior Executive Service's performance management system. A task force of 10 agencies will develop the new process using public and private-sector best practices. Once finished, OPM expects agencies to implement the system over the next two years.

Wednesday - 08/03/2011, 11:18am EDT

OPM touts transformation of federal hiring

One year after the President called for improvements to how agencies hire workers, OPM Director Berry said KSAs, long job descriptions and the rule of three are mostly a thing of the past. On average, agencies are hiring new employees in 105 days and most job descriptions are five pages or fewer.

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 05:31pm EDT
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How to communicate with feds to calm shutdown fears

A fast-approaching budget deadline is creating increasing anxiety among federal workers that government could shut down if Congress does not reach a deal.

Wednesday - 04/06/2011, 06:19pm EDT
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CHCOs to develop HR certification program

The launch of phase two of the HR University moves the standardization and professionalization of federal human resources workers closer. The CHCO Council wants to expand the number of training courses and the specific types of classes for agencies. The HR University also provides a career path for federal HR workers.

Thursday - 03/31/2011, 06:47am EDT

CHCOs have 30 days to improve appraisals

A council working group will deliver recommendations and options to the Office of Personnel Management for how to improve the way managers rate employee performance. OPM Director John Berry said appraisals need to be simplified and happen more frequently.

Thursday - 03/17/2011, 07:34am EDT
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