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Putting a contract out on good ideas

An unresponsive, or sclerotic contracting system is not a good fit for our fast-paced information world, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , contracting , Chuck Hagel , acquisition ,

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 02:32pm EDT

Why can't the government hire young people?

Although resignations are up among under-30 feds, the bigger problem is hiring, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeff Neal , workforce , hiring , young federal workers , retention

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 03:13pm EDT

What happened to all of the young federal employees?

The lack of 30-and-under talent in the federal workforce means agencies will be facing significant shortfalls in the future, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeff Neal , workforce , management , young federal workers , hiring , retention

Friday - 07/11/2014, 04:00am EDT

You're fired! And other federal management fantasies

The Veterans Affairs Department recently revealed that none of its senior executives had gotten a rating below fully successful in the past four years. While that may seem shocking, the VA is not that out of the ordinary. Sub-par ratings for SES members are not common and firing them is even less common, says former CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , Senior Executive Service , management , workforce , Veterans Affairs Department ,

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 11:53am EDT

Why is change so hard to accomplish in government?

They may have the best of intentions, but people who have not spent time working within the bureaucracy rarely understand the complexities of changing government, particularly in this era of partisanship, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , management , ICF International , workforce

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 03:52am EDT

House bill cuts 'red tape' at VA, but at what cost?

On its surface, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 is simple, but its simplicity belies the risks it presents for VA employees, former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says.

Tags: Jeff Neal , House , Senior Executive Service , VA , workforce

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:57pm EDT

Fixing the security clearance mess starts with bringing background investigations back in house

Matthew Baum, a former investigator in OPM's now-defunct Office of Federal Investigations, questions whether politics and privatization went too far by outsourcing background investigations.

Tags: Matthew Baum , OPM , background investigations , USIS , Trust Redefined , workforce

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:17pm EDT

Federal government as an employer -- Is the glass half full or half empty?

While the federal government is probably not a model employer, for a lot of reasons, it is a very good employer.

Tags: Jeff Neal , workforce , pay and benefits

Monday - 05/05/2014, 05:00am EDT

Fixing the federal hiring process: Deus ex machina

Many potential job-seekers give up on federal employment because the process is so daunting, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But, does it have to be this way?

Tags: Jeff Neal , hiring , workforce

Monday - 04/28/2014, 03:32am EDT

Reforming the General Schedule does not have to mean pay for performance

Many smart, well-informed and thoughtful people assume that the only alternative to the General Schedule is pay for performance, but Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Homeland Security Department disagrees.

Tags: performance reviews , General Service , management , workforce , Jeff Neal

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 01:07pm EDT
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