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New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tags: Frank Kendall , DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , In Depth , Instruction 5000.02

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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Should we run the government like a business?

While some may think running the government like a business is a good thing, the reality is hard to contemplate, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: management , private sector , Jeff Neal

Friday - 11/22/2013, 04:43pm EST

Why do we bother with performance reviews?

Current performance rating processes affect more than 1.8 million federal employees, cost a fortune, often harm morale and productivity, and generate few benefits. So, why do agencies do them, asks Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: performance ratings , workforce , management , DHS , Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:38am EDT

Why performance ratings make my brain hurt

Whether we admit it or not, most of today's performance rating processes are designed to tell employees they are not as good as they think they are. But what effect does that approach have on people? Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal explains why he thinks the process is destructive and is in need of an overhaul.

Tags: performance ratings , workforce , management , DHS , Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com

Monday - 09/09/2013, 04:01am EDT

How to maintain training in tight budget times

In tight fiscal times, travel and training budgets often seem to be marked with a target by cost-conscious agency leaders. But there are strategies chief human capital officers and chief learning officers can deploy to shield their training budgets from cuts. ICF International Senior Vice President Jeff Neal and Young Government Leaders President Virginia Hill offer tips.

Tags: management , workforce , training , budget , Jeff Neal , ICF International , Virginia Hill , Young Government Leaders , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 08/06/2013, 03:04pm EDT
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BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tags: management , budget , oversight , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , John Mica , Carolyn Maloney , David Walker , Stephen Goldsmith , Elaine Kamarck , J. David Cox , Government Transformation Initiative , AFGE , Reinventing Government

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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Government needs senior execs willing to break agency mold, report says

The Obama administration has set its sights on more than a dozen national priorities, such as cybersecurity and energy efficiency, that cut across federal agency missions. But the government lacks a dedicated team of senior executives willing to break out of the agency mold to implement those goals, according to a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The author of the report, Bruce Barkley, told Federal News Radio his proposals for redesigning the Senior Executive Service.

Tags: management , workforce , SES , cross-agency goals , GPRA , Bruce Barkley , In Depth , Francis Rose , IBM Center for the Business of Government

Monday - 05/13/2013, 08:28pm EDT
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Federal agencies 'slipping' on innovation

Governmentwide scores tracking how agencies foster and reward employee innovation dropped in 2012 for the second year in a row, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. NASA took the honors for the most innovative large agency, while the Surface Transportation Board was the most innovative small agency.

Tags: management , workforce , innovation , Partnership for Public Service , Deloitte , Jack Moore

Monday - 04/29/2013, 08:00pm EDT
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Feds' view of senior leaders takes a nosedive

Employee satisfaction with agency leadership dipped for the first time in 10 years in 2012, after years of slight but consistent gains. Leadership scores fell to 52.8 points on a 100-point scale, a drop of 2.1 points from 2011 levels, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. It's the first time in the last decade that overall scores dropped year-over-year.

Tags: workforce , management , OPM , Employee Viewpoint Survey , Partnership for Public Service , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 06:00pm EDT

Healthcare IT and clinical testing

Tony Varano, founder and CEO of DSG, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how to improve healthcare data collection.
March 12, 2013

Tags: technology , Healthcare IT , data collection , clinical trials , clinical testing , Tony Varano , FDA , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 07:18pm EDT
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