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Shutdown roulette - what are the real effects on government?

What will a government shutdown really mean for federal employees and government HR offices if it goes into effect next week? Advice from someone who knows - former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , shutdown , ChiefHRO.com , budget , human capital , Workforce

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 06:08pm EDT

Performance management - Judge not, lest ye be judged?

Plain old good manners tell us we shouldn't go around judging people. But in the federal HR world, entire performance rating systems are built around judging others. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says it's time for agency managers to think differently about how they rate their employees.

Tags: Jeff Neal , performance management , human resources , Workforce , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 01:51pm EDT

Hiring reforms thriving despite freezes, early outs

In an exclusive Federal News Radio survey, agency chief human capital officers said the hiring reforms instituted by the Obama administration are working. Most respondents said it now takes their agencies 46 to 100 days, on average, to hire new employees. Hiring reforms also have improved diversity at agencies and the ability to bring on more talented employees. At the same time, CHCOs said sequestration is impacting their ability to train and complete HR projects.

Tags: CHCO Council , CXO Surveys , Jeri Buchholz , NASA , hiring reform , Hiring freeze , buyouts , sequestration , Jason Miller , In Depth , Francis Rose , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 06:08am EDT
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Survey: CHCOs feel effect of budget crunch on recruiting, training

Budget constraints are top of mind for agency chief human capital officers. And with good reason. CHCOs say they are feeling the effects of the budget crunch, particularly in recruiting, retaining and training employees, according to a Federal News Radio survey. Eugene Hubbard, head of the National Science Foundation's Office of Information and Resource Management, told Federal News Radio the budget squeeze and shrinking workforces mean agency employees are doing more with less to keep pace with the mission.

Tags: Eugene Hubbard , NSF , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore , management , budget , Workforce , HR , pay freeze , morale , recruiting , retention , hiring , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 07:46pm EST
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VA CHCO resigns one day before IG releases conference spending report

John Sepulveda, the chief human capital officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned Sunday. The agency's inspector general is expected to release a final report today on two human resources conferences last year that cost the department $5 million.

Tags: John Sepulveda , VA , people , conference , Oversight , IG

Monday - 10/01/2012, 12:42pm EDT

DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Tags: Catherine Emerson , DHS , Workforce , recruitment , cybersecurity , diversity , morale , Manson Brown , Coast Guard , management , leadership training , succession planning , Jason Miller , Francis Rose , Agency of the Month

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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Agencies, colleges share top recruiting tips in tight budget times

Tighter budgets are impacting agencies' ability to recruit new employees, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. But while budget dollars may be dwindling, agencies still need new hires to fill vacancies caused by retirements and others leaving civil service. Federal recruiters and college advisers say there are certain cost-effective and innovative techniques that work better than others when it comes to finding the next generation of federal employees.

Tags: recruitment , DoD , DHS , OPM , Pathways Program , Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service , Jennifer Carignan , American University , Christine Cruzvergara , George Mason University , Tara Duprey , Georgetown University , National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terroris , Sara Fishering , University of Maryland , Student Training and Academic Recruitment , Carin Otero , Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Servic , Sheila Reid Dent , Michael OConnell , Workforce , hiring , exclusive

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 05:30am EDT
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Catherine Emerson

Tags: Catherine Emerson , DHS , Workforce

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:21am EDT

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.

Tags: Workforce , budget , Partnership for Public Service , Grant Thornton , Kathryn Medina , Ruben Gomez

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:25am EDT
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Compensation, hiring policies in need of overhaul

Shrinking budgets and a tough economy are posing problems for federal chief human capital officers, according to a new survey by the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton. The report makes multiple recommendations as agencies struggle to replace a quickly retiring workforce and deal with staffing reductions due to budget constraints.

Tags: hiring , Workforce , survey , Partnership for Pubic Service , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 09:53pm EDT
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