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Tele-goofing off?

Telework and other workplace flexibilities are a good thing for government and the private sector. Rather than attempting to reverse telework programs due to a few bad apples, we should be working on fixing the problems, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at DHS.

Tags: Jeff Neal , telework , workforce , commentary

Friday - 08/29/2014, 03:59am EDT

They picked who? How to select the right people to be supervisors

Great supervisors can make even the most trying agency a better place to work, while lousy supervisors can make even the best organization a horrible workplace. With that in mind, more attention is needed to improve the supervisory selection process, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , human resources , hiring , management , workforce , commentary

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:37am EDT

Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:15pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

A lot of people are saying that the relentless wave of retirements is a threat to the health of the federal workforce. But there's a problem on the other end of the age spectrum too -- OPM data shows there's been a sharp drop in the number of federal employees under the age of 30 over the last few years. As of last year, those younger workers made up just 8 percent of the workforce. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He explained the numbers behind the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Jeff Neal , federal workforce , hiring , management

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF International

The military is trying to figure out why an F-35 engine caught fire, leading the Pentagon to ground the fledgling fleet. Meanwhile, program office planners are looking long term. They're thinking about how to control maintenance costs on a fleet that will eventually reach more than 2,000 aircraft and fly for the next 40 years. Defense News reported that planners are considering a worldwide competition for maintenance. Hal Chrisman, vice president of ICF International, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what sustainment work entails.

Tags: Hal Chrisman , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/11/2014, 06:48am EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Homeland Security Department fires more of its employees than any other agency. Last year DHS dropped almost 1 percent of its workforce. The Federal Times reports the government-wide average is about half that. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose those numbers might sound low, but they're actually pretty normal for the federal government. Read Neal's related column.

Tags: Jeff Neal , InDepth , workforce , firings , DHS , CHCO

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Why is change so hard to accomplish in government?

They may have the best of intentions, but people who have not spent time working within the bureaucracy rarely understand the complexities of changing government, particularly in this era of partisanship, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , commentary , management , workforce

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 03:52am EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

HR 4031 waits for a vote in the Senate after the House passed it last week. It would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs the power to fire senior executive service members for performance issues. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says the simple language of the bill could turn into a huge headache for the entire department.

Tags: Jeff Neal , In Depth , Congress

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Presidential Rank Awards return after a one-year hiatus. The White House gives the Office of Personnel Management the green light to to start accepting nominations for 2014. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about what this means for senior executive service members and the current state of the performance award system.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:49pm EDT
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