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Two small agencies with large responsibilities toward the federal workforce say they've trimmed all the fat from their budgets and will need more resources to keep up with increasing caseloads. Merit Systems Protection Board Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann told a Senate subcommittee she worries about impending staff retirements as well. The Office of Special Counsel is also feeling pressure to do more with less.
The workload of the Merit Systems Protection Boards is only growing, but its workforce is headed in the opposite direction.
Debra Roth, a partner at Shaw, Bransford and Roth, said the Hatch Act Modernization of 2012 would widen the array of penalties for violating the law that governs political activities by government workers.
The Merit Systems Protection Board has come up with new strategic plan for the next four years which updates the agency's mission and vision statements and includes new strategic goals.
With Asian Americans making up just 3 percent of the Senior Executive Service, a pilot program seeks to groom more Asians for the government's top ranks. The program, run by the Asian American Government Executives Network, will give 20 Asian SES hopefuls mentoring, networking and placement assistance.
Despite some management concerns, the Merit Systems Protection Board says there are many benefits to telework as long as the process is managed effectively.
The General Services Administration will announce a new policy that expands its telework and mobility options for employees.
David Ferriero is the new Archivist of the United States.
Tags: management , David Ferriero , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Elizabeth Robinson , Patrick Gallagher , Tara Jeanne O'Toole , Christopher Bond , Harry Reid , NARA , NASA , DHS , NIST , GSA , Martha Johnson
Good federal managers need to know how to effectively hire and fire employees. Author Stewart Liff says timing is often what's most important.