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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 , management , best practices , DHS , Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com

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

Q&A with author John Maclean

Author John Maclean will discuss his latest book on the 2006 Esperanza Fire in southern California.
September 6, 2013

Tags: firefighter , wildfires , 2006 Esperanza Fire , John Maclean , Debra Roth , Tony Vergnetti , Fed Talk , US Forest Service

Friday - 09/06/2013, 11:02pm EDT
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Sequestration: Can we afford all these savings?

Everybody knows that sequestration has saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But is there a downside, in addition to the furloughs, appeals and angst? How is it where you are?

Tags: sequestration , Mike Causey , Federal Report , furloughs

Friday - 09/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

DoD research, acquisition face double whammy from sequestration

Like everything else, the Pentagon expects to cut procurement and research spending under a second year of sequestration. But DoD's acquisition chief said modernization programs will be a bill-payer for other areas of spending that are harder to reduce quickly.

Tags: DoD , industry , sequestration , budget , acquisition , contracting , research and development , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:49am EDT
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Self plus one, chained CPI, & COLAs

NARFE's David Snell will discuss the impact of a proposed change to how federal retirees' cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.
September 4, 2013

Tags: David Snell , NARFE , Your Turn with Mike Causey , chained CPI , phased retirement , self-plus-one , benefits , retirement , OPM , Mike Causey

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 08:26pm EDT
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Performance management - Judge not, lest ye be judged?

Plain old good manners tell us we shouldn't go around judging people. But in the federal HR world, entire performance rating systems are built around judging others. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says it's time for agency managers to think differently about how they rate their employees.

Tags: Jeff Neal , performance management , human resources , CHCO , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 01:51pm EDT

Connolly: Budget uncertainty has 'insidious impact' on feds, contractors

A bevy of issues has piled up on lawmakers' to-do list, including fiscal 2014 funding and a pay raise for federal employees. But they don't have much time to act. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), whose district includes many federal employees and contractors, tells Federal News Radio the climate of uncertainty is having a negative impact on both groups.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , Gerry Connolly , pay freeze , In Depth , sequestration , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:34pm EDT
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Commuter confessions: 50 Shades of Grim!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Do you spend more quality time with your steering wheel than with your kids? Instead of romancing your significant other, are your idle hours spent getting oil changes. Has your life spun out of control because of your commute, or do you know what you are doing?

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , commute

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

From binder clips to sequester pads, one fed takes small steps to tackle big budget problems

Joseph Frankovic looked around his office at the Federal Register and saw that it was being overrun by binder clips. At a time when agencies are struggling to save budget dollars wherever they can, Frankovic saw an opportunity to make a difference - and he took it.

Tags: Joseph Frankovic , Federal Register , NARA , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive , sequestration , Green government

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 06:43pm EDT

Your commute: The naked truth

Unless you live at the office, like some frugal members of Congress, chances are you have a fairly healthy commute each day to and from work, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The average commute time in the D.C. area is about 34 minutes -- almost as bad as New York. So how far do you travel, and what've you seen on the way?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , commute

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 02:00am EDT
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