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Anything worth buying once is worth buying 10 times?

Agencies are spending billions of dollars on IT in the human resources arena, yet they are not getting billions of dollars in value. Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal says that has to change.

Tags: Jeff Neal , DHS , human relations , workforce , management

Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:33am EDT

Insider threat program training starts with Security 101

Quite a number of insider threat incidents have happened because basic security principles were absent, overlooked or ignored. Why Jim Henderson says it's time we get back to the basics.

Tags: Jim Henderson , insider threat , Insider Threat Strategy , security , workforce , management , cybersecurity , technology

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 06:23pm EDT

SES reform: Is it about improving accountability or just plain politics?

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act that, if approved by the full House, the Senate and the President, would significantly change conditions of employment for members of the Senior Executive Service. But, is it a good bill, asks former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Jeff Neal , SES , management , workforce

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:24am EDT

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
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