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VA and the office of redundancy office

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is making news with his plans to reorganize the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International, says the Secretary's moves are a good start because VA, like most large agencies, has its fair share of redundant organizations.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , Veterans Affairs , Bob McDonald , workforce , redundancy , DHS , management

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:51am EST

Threat to discipline 1,000 VA employees draws cheers and jeers

The biggest reorganization effort in VA history is underway, says Secretary Bob McDonald. His reform plan includes hiring a Chief Customer Service Officer and imposing disciplinary action on more than 1,000 employees. And while some praise McDonald's quick and decisive actions, others are urging a different approach that gives the accused an opportunity to respond.

Tags: VA , Robert McDonald , management , workforce , Carol Bonosaro , John Salamone , In Depth , Francis Rose , Matt Wingfield , oversight

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 10:56am EST
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Ted Okada, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The White House has been telling agencies to used shared services for the better part of two, two-term administrations. The idea is to save cost and effort by pooling things agencies all do in common. But in practice it's not so easy. Ted Okada is the chief technology officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's taking a slightly different view of shared service. He contends sharing should be at least as much about data as about operations. Okada joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Ted Okada , FEMA , shared services , management , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:55pm EST
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Stacia Hylton, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They're tasked with examining and reporting to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Stacia Hylton is director of the U.S. Marshals Service at the Justice Department. Her law enforcement career spans more than three decades, where she's held positions such as Chief for the Judicial Security Programs and the Emergency Response Incident Commander for Ground Zero after 9-11. Director Hylton joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how she got started.

Tags: Stacy Hylton , U.S. Marshals Service , DoJ , NAPA , NAPA fellow , management , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 11:13am EST
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Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

Tags: Deon Viergutz , DHS , cybersecurity , Fort Meade Alliance , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , management , data breaches , training , workforce

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
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Judith Douglas, Hewlett-Packard

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Judith Douglas, a former division director at the General Services Administration and former adviser for management operations, information systems design and modernization at the IRS. Now she's a client industry executive in the global government industry group at Hewlett-Packard. Douglas joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her career and induction into NAPA.

Tags: NAPA fellow , Judith Douglas , NAPA , management , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , IRS , business

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:44am EST
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Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

Tags: Sharon Roth , Merit Systems Protection Board , veterans , hiring , management , VEOA , USERRA , workforce , Department of Labor , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , MSPB

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:02am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's goal is straightforward: rebuild the trust in the VA. In his first 100 days as secretary, McDonald met with dozens of employees, lawmakers and other key stakeholders to both listen and understand how best to do that. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the steps McDonald has taken and plans to take.

Tags: Bob McDonald , Veteran Affairs , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , management , workforce , whistleblower retaliation , Choice and Accountability Act

Friday - 11/07/2014, 06:56am EST
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MSPB report unravels veterans' rights under workforce laws

In a report released just before Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board outlined some of the complications in two key veterans workforce laws. Sharon Roth, MSPB senior research analyst, said managers need to better understand veterans' rights when hiring.

Tags: Sharon Roth , MSPB , veterans , USERRA , VEOA , management

Monday - 11/10/2014, 12:32pm EST
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Jessie Roberson, Vice Chair, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is calling on the Department of Energy to improve emergency preparedness and response. Its most recent recommendation maps out a series of safety updates at DOE sites. Jessie Roberson is vice chair of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll bring more than three decades in the nuclear engineering field to the NAPA fellowship.

Tags: Francis Rose , In Depth , DoD , management , OIG , acquisition , DoE

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:43pm EST
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