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Why we stay: SES in their own words

The SES has lost its luster in recent years, in part because of constrained program budgets, increased scrutiny from Congress, and a sense among members that political appointees are assuming more of the leadership responsibilities once reserved for them. In part two of our special report, Fixing the SES, five Senior Executive Service members tell Federal News Radio why they choose to stay in the service, and why they believe the SES may have its faults, but it's not broken.

Tags: David Bray , Eddie Ribas , Jeri Buchholz , Barbara Sisson , Joe Ward , Fixing the SES , leadership , Emily Kopp , FCC , FERC , NASA , Interior Business Center , Army Reserve , management

Monday - 02/16/2015, 02:00am EST

Stephen Shih, Office of Personnel Managment

After a one year hiatus thanks to tight budgets, the Office of Personnel Management has reinstated the Presidential Rank Awards in all their glory. The program recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service with cold, hard cash. Steve Shih is a deputy associate director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management at OPM. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the awards' return.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Presidential Rank Awards , Stephen Shih , OPM , workforce

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:52am EST
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Bull today, steer tomorrow: More painful methods of reform

Members of the Senior Executives Service take heed: Not all reforms are bad, painful or even likely to occur, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , management , Congress , workforce

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 03:00am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Members of the Senior Executive Service have had a rough year or two. Now political leaders from both the White House and Congress offer up ways to improve the SES. There's the mundane, such as the White House is launching a candidate development program. And the punitive legislation that would make it easier to fire SES members when things go wrong. Today, Federal News Radio launches a special series called "Fixing the SES." We'll bring you the voices of those who know the system best current and former SES members. We start with former acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. He was an SES member before becoming a political appointee. He's now an outside consultant. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Werfel told reporter Emily Kopp that SES members are older and under more stress than ever before.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , special report , Fixing the SES

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:15am EST
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Fixing the SES: 'This used to be an honor. Now it's a joke.'

Fewer than half of the Senior Executive Service members who responded to an exclusive Federal News Radio online survey say they would join today. The survey results were even more dim for federal employees at the GS-15 and GS-14 ranks. In the first of our four-part special report, Fixing the SES, we examine how current senior execs feel about the SES, and what they believe is right and wrong with the service.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Ron Sanders , Steve Shih , David Bray , Bill Valdez , Congress , accountability , James Lankford , Vanderbilt University , David Lewis , Barbara Sisson , Jason Chaffetz , Fixing the SES , special report , Danny Werfel , survey , Tim Walberg , OPM , exclusive

Monday - 02/09/2015, 05:00am EST

Reorganize or politicize?

Sometimes, the secret to getting things done is as simple as including the word "reform" in your proposal, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Drive , workforce

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 03:00am EST

Five things every federal employee should know about the Obama budget

A 1.3-percent pay raise, reforms to the Senior Executive Service and increased emphasis on employee feedback are just some of the initiatives proposed in President Barack Obama's 2016 budget.

Tags: budget , pay raise , NFFE , AFGE , J. David Cox , NARFE , Richard Thissen , Employee engagement , Emily Kopp

Monday - 02/02/2015, 03:23pm EST

Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Respect for federal agency leaders continues to fall. The last few Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys say rank-and-file employees don't respect their upper level leaders as much as they used to. Executive Core Qualifications are supposed to help senior executives maintain high leadership standards, but they might be too easy to follow. Bob Tobias, professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is also a former member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the Executive Core Qualifications to build better agency leaders.

Tags: In Depth , Bob Tobias , Senior Executive Service ,

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:13pm EST
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House bill would reduce SES pensions at VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller wants new ways to punish SES members accused of misconduct, including possible pension reductions, limits on paid leave. He also wants to curtail VA's bonus award system.

Tags: Jeff Miller , House , House Veterans Affairs Committee , SEA , Carol Bonosaro , veterans , Veterans Affairs , accountability , GAO , Hal Rogers , Sean McCalley

Friday - 01/23/2015, 07:46am EST

SES workforce deserves better screening from OPM, says former SSA commissioner

As agencies decide on a two-year plan for structuring their senior executive workforce, one agency head says that the Office of Personnel Management is keeping some of the best and brightest from joining the SES.

Tags: workforce , John Astrue , SSA , OPM , hiring , information technology , Jory Heckman , GAO , Congress

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 11:45am EST
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