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The future of performance reviews

Dr. Janice Presser, CEO of the Gabriel Institute and Grant Thornton's Virginia Gibson will discuss the importance of performance reviews and how to improve them.
June 20, 2014

Tags: workforce , performance management , performance reviews , Dr. Janice Presser , The Gabriel Institute , Virginia Gibson , Julie Perkins , Shaw Bransford and Roth , performance goals , performance improvement , Performance and results

Friday - 06/20/2014, 08:41pm EDT
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Robert Shea, Principal, Grant Thornton

In case you're not familiar with the show "Survivor," basically a group of strangers are thrown into an exotic place like the Congo or the Australian Outback. Then they have to try to complete missions with a limited amount of resources and the losers get kicked off the show. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton. He spoke on In Depth with Francis Rose about how the show is a great analogy for the life of a federal chief human capital officer right now.

Tags: Robert Shea , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:39pm EDT
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Too often, CIOs left wishing for funding for innovation, modernization

A new survey by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton found many agency chief information officers continue to spend too much on legacy systems and don't have money to develop or modernize new software or applications. But tools such as PortfolioStat are making a difference in helping senior IT managers understand and have a say in where money is spent in their agency.

Tags: technology , TechAmerica , George DelPrete , OMB , cloud computing , cybersecurity , shared services , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:55am EDT
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Federal HR reforms demand an inside/out strategy

Several agency chief human capital officers say wholesale changes to the federal hiring, recruiting, retaining and firing processes are needed now more than ever. It's no longer just a matter of using the authorities available, they say.

Tags: workforce , management , Partnership for Public Service , Michael Kerr , Labor , Brad Bunn , DLA , Patricia Adams , Navy , Ned Holland , HHS , HR reforms , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 04:12am EDT
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HR leaders, CHCOs demand that Congress let them 'Make the Cuts'

The Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton LLP release the report "Embracing Change," in which interviewers questioned 62 federal CHCOs and HR leaders on the challenges facing the federal workplace and their proposed resolutions.

Tags: CHCO , human resources , Partnership for Public Service , OMB , Stephanie Wasko

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:59pm EDT

Treasury figuring out how the shared services pieces fit into governmentwide puzzle

In part 3 of our special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio explores the administration's plans to ensure success in consolidating and standardizing financial systems this time around. Beth Angerman, director of Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (OFIT), said the goal is creating a repeatable, sustainable process for agencies to move to federal financial management providers. Over the next six months, Treasury and OMB must answer many of the outstanding questions about how this initiative will truly work.

Tags: technology , financial management , Shared Services Revisited , Treasury , OMB , Sylvia Burwell , Beth Angerman , Carlos Otal , Association of Government Accountants , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Familiar questions, few answers so far for OMB's latest financial systems effort

In part 1 of Federal News Radio's special report, this second attempt by OMB to move agencies to financial management shared services is fraught with the same obstacles of a decade ago. But OMB believes this attempt at shared services is different. The administration says budget concerns and technology advancements will help overcome these long-standing barriers.

Tags: management , technology , shared services , Beth Angerman , Treasury , OMB , Norman Dong , GSA , Lisa Kazor , Oracle , Reid Jackson , Carlos Otal , financial management , Jason Miller , Shared Services Revisited , Aaron Cornfeld

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:43am EDT
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Survey: Budget crises leave little time for long-term planning

A string of recent budget crises, doomsday deadlines and last-minute deals has complicated agencies' longer-term budget planning. However, most agency budget professionals say they're plowing through the uncertainty and will be able to meet spending targets for fiscal 2015 mandated by the Office of Management and Budget, according to a recent survey by Grant Thornton and the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis.

Tags: budget , 2015 budget , OMB , management , financial management , American Association for Budget and Program Analysis , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 04:48pm EST

CFOs at tipping point due to fewer resources, more requirements

A new survey by the Association of Government Accountants and Grant Thornton finds federal CFOs and their staffs have only enough time, money and know-how to do the basics around financial management. Agency financial managers are frustrated with having to face ever-increasing mandates with fewer people.

Tags: management , financial management , AGA , Robert Shea , Denise Lippuner , Relmond Van Daniker , CFO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 06:11am EDT
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Analysis: Cobert must avoid second term pitfalls

Experts say Beth Cobert must take the Goldilocks approach to developing management priorities for the next three years. President Barack Obama nominated Cobert to be OMB's deputy director for management Wednesday. Performance management observers say she needs to bring energy and new ways of looking at old problems.

Tags: management , Beth Cobert , OMB , Tim Young , Deloitte , Robert Shea , Robert Tobias , American University , Shelley Metzenbaum , Sylvia Burwell , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 05:41am EDT
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