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Blog Bonus: Springer on Berry's snow plans

Possible freezing rain and sleet are approaching nation's capital. So will the government remain open on Wednesday? Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry says each time bad weather approaches he'll make that decision by 4am. But those comments have sparked consternation from former OPM director Linda Springer.

Tags: mngt , Linda Springer , policy , snow closing , John Berry

Tuesday - 12/08/2009, 10:53am EST

OPM says safety is paramount in government closure decisions

In Washington, even an inch of slushy snow is enough to cause havoc with commuters. It's a big factor in whether or not the Federal Government will open for business here in Washington, D.C. FederalNewsRadio's Senior Correspondent Mike Causey broke the news that the Office of Personnel Management will now have a decision on whether to open or close the government on bad weather days by 4 am, instead of 5 am. Yesterday, the head of OPM held a first-ever, "behind the scenes" look at how that decision is made.

Tags: P&B , mngt , John Berry , snow , closing , National Weather Service , Metropolitan Washington Area Council of Government , President Obama , Max Cacas

Friday - 12/04/2009, 07:33am EST

How OPM will make its decision to close government if there's snow

WFED's Max Cacas with a preview of his story for Friday.

Tags: pay & benefits , John Berry , Max Cacas , snow closings

Thursday - 12/03/2009, 07:12pm EST

USDA's major reorg driven by focus on performance, results

Acting CHCO Sanders says human resources will play key role in helping agency transform. HR employees must provide insight similar to a consultant to help meet the agency's needs. USDA also must engage its employees so they feel like they are contributing to meeting the agency's mission.

Tags: mngt , P&B , Donald Sanders , USDA , HHS , VA , OMB , CHCO , employee engagement , Reorganization , Performance and results

Monday - 11/30/2009, 06:37am EST

Want Low Premiums? Marry Carefully!!!!

Want to pay lower health insurance premiums next year? If so you have several options, including marrying somebody who works for the U.S. Postal Service, but Mike Causey says there are other ways to do it.

Tags: pay and benefits , Mike Causey , John Berry , pay for performance , annual leave

Tuesday - 11/24/2009, 07:34am EST

MSPB looks forward to working with OPM on civil service reform

OPM Director John Berry has laid out a number of reforms for the civil service, particularly in terms of recruitment and selection, benefits for domestic partners, hiring veterans, and wellness initiatives. What role will MSPB play once these reforms are implemented?

Tags: mngt , P&B , Susan Grundmann , MSPB , Merit Systems Protection Board , civil service reform

Wednesday - 11/25/2009, 10:28am EST

How to deal with underperforming employees

John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service offers OPM Director John Berry some ideas on how to tie pay, and even employment itself, to performance in the workplace.

Tags: mngt , P&B , PPS , Partnership for Public Service , John Palguta , John Berry , civil service reform , underperforming employees

Tuesday - 11/24/2009, 11:41am EST

CIO, CHCO councils developing cybersecurity workforce models

The councils will focus on three main areas to develop competency framework. Agencies have until Jan. 15 to submit data about how they classify cyber positions. Interagency working group also will conduct a survey of cybersecurity workforce in the spring.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , John Berry , National Security Council , CIO Council , CHCO Council , Partnership for Public Service , cybersecurity , Cyber Workforce

Monday - 11/23/2009, 04:18pm EST

Big Career Changes Coming at You

Imagine working for a place where the boss could give you a bonus or pay raise for good performance, or freeze your pay and dock your annual leave if you repeatedly fail to measure up. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says imagine you are working there because it's coming your way.

Tags: P&B , Mike Causey , John Berry , pay for performance , annual leave

Monday - 11/23/2009, 04:00am EST
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