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What happened to all of the young federal employees?

The lack of 30-and-under talent in the federal workforce means agencies will be facing significant shortfalls in the future, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: commentary , workforce , management , young federal workers , hiring , retention

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:00am EDT

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: federal workforce , hiring , ICF International , management

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Despite 50 years of progress, morale gap among LGBT workers persists

Despite a series of efforts to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal workers by the Obama administration, LGBT feds, who comprise about 3 percent of the federal workforce, are less satisfied, feel less empowered on the job and are less likely to rate their agency's senior leaders and management as highly as their non-LGBT counterparts, according to a recent survey.

Tags: hiring , OPM , DOJ Pride , MSPB , sexual orientation , LGBT , management , Chris Elias , Robyn McCutcheon , Doug Nierle , Jack Moore , Lisa Kove , GLIFAA , DOD Federal Globe , Exclusive

Sunday - 07/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT

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: InDepth , workforce , firings , DHS , ICF International , CHCO

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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You're fired! And other federal management fantasies

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.

Tags: Senior Executive Service , management , workforce , Veterans Affairs Department , commentary

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 11:53am EDT

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: commentary , management , ICF International , workforce

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

House bill cuts 'red tape' at VA, but at what cost?

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.

Tags: commentary , House , Senior Executive Service , VA , workforce

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:57pm 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: ICF International , In Depth , Congress

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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The Problem with the Senior Executive Service

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.

Tags: workforce , management , SES ,

Monday - 05/26/2014, 09:34am EDT

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.

Tags: ICF International , In Depth

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