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Fear not: The case for shared services in government

Faced with decreasing budgets and shocks such as sequestration, agencies can no longer afford to carry out business-as-usual with respect to common support services.

Tags: shared services , human resources , management , workforce

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 12:50pm EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says budget cuts are forcing the Pentagon to put all kinds of options on the table. Four billion dollars go toward the Human Resources and EEO workforce. But your agency could share that burden. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writes about why you shouldn't be scared of shared services on the ChiefHRO blog.

Tags: ICF International , shared services , In Depth

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:08pm EDT

Federal leadership development is not a luxury

Absent significant investment in developing the leadership abilities of supervisors, the federal government is going to have morale and performance issues for years to come, says Jeff Neal, former CHCO at Homeland Security.

Tags: training , leadership development , DLA , CHCO , workforce

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:00am EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

About 70 percent of federal employees are against introducing a performance-based system for calculating pay raises, according to the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. But that's one of the proposals from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton in their plan to reform the General Schedule system. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, gave his ideas for reforming GS pay scales on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: In Depth , general schedule

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:53pm EDT

How to fix the General Schedule to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce

The General Schedule was designed for a federal workforce that no longer exists, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But there are ways to fix it.

Tags: CHCO , general schedule , pay for performance

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:17am EDT

OPM's focus in hiring reform shifting from speed to quality

The Office of Personnel Management is making tweaks to how agencies report time-to-hire data. But experts who spoke to Federal News Radio say they don't think OPM is giving up on the idea of improving the federal hiring process. Instead, they say, it appears OPM may be shifting its focus to measuring the quality of new federal hires.

Tags: OPM , workforce , hiring , hiring reform , Katherine Archuleta , John Palguta , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:54pm EDT

Jeff Neal, senior vice president, ICF International

The 65-year-old pay system isn't cutting it with a younger workforce.

Tags: workforce , pay , In Depth , ICF International , General Schedule system , homeland security

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:12pm EDT

Reforming the General Schedule does not have to mean pay for performance

Many smart, well-informed and thoughtful people assume that the only alternative to the General Schedule is pay for performance, but Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Homeland Security Department disagrees.

Tags: performance reviews , General Service , management , workforce , commentary ,

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Performance ratings: Let's do something constructive for a change

Some HR practitioners say the process of identifying some goals, setting multiple levels of achievement, then judging employee performance annually is a best practice. That may be true, but that doesn't mean it is a good practice.

Tags: performance ratings , human resources , management , oversight , workforce

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:07pm EST

Veterans make up growing share of federal workforce so why is their morale faltering?

Nearly three in every 10 new employees hired by the federal government have worked for Uncle Sam before -- in uniform. But even as the federal government has found success onboarding veteran employees, new questions have been raised about the workplace environments veterans are encountering.

Tags: workforce , management , veteran , veteran hiring , OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Brandon Friedman , Alex Horton , VA , Barrett Bogue , Eric Young , Bureau of Prisons , morale , Patrick Boulay

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:00am EDT
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