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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.
The Veterans Affairs Department recently revealed that none of its senior executives had gotten a rating below fully successful in the past four years. While that may seem shocking, the VA is not that out of the ordinary. Sub-par ratings for SES members are not common and firing them is even less common, says former CHCO Jeff Neal.
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.
On its surface, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 is simple, but its simplicity belies the risks it presents for VA employees, former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says.
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.
It's clear that the Senior Executive Service never became what its creators envisioned, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But in many respects, some of those hopes for the executive corps were never realistic to begin with.
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.
While the federal government is probably not a model employer, for a lot of reasons, it is a very good employer.
Major cuts in the time-to-hire for the federal government allow the Office of Personnel Management to focus on hiring quality instead of just speed. But those metrics may be just one part of making the hiring process better. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writing a series of pieces about what's wrong with the hiring process. He shares his views with In Depth with Francis Rose.
Many potential job-seekers give up on federal employment because the process is so daunting, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But, does it have to be this way?