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Personnel chiefs on the hook for hiring reform

June 18, 2010 In early May, President Obama released a long-anticipated hiring reform memorandum, replacing a requirement that federal job applicants respond to essay questions with a resume-based approach more in line with private sector practices. The memo also outlined new responsibilities for managers and supervisors, requiring them to get more involved in ...

Facing the Music

June 15, 2010 The government's maestros of personnel must manage a series of high-profile challenges. In early May, President Obama released a long-anticipated hiring reform memorandum, replacing a requirement that federal job applicants respond to essay questions with a resume-based approach more in line with private sector practices. The memo also outlined new ...

Chief of the Year: Human Capital

June 8, 2010 On June 15, Government Executive is featuring the government's chief officers of acquisition, finance, human capital, information and information security in a special issue of the magazine. This year we've identified individuals to highlight as Chiefs of the Year -- not necessarily because they are unsurpassed in their fields, but ...

Goodbye and Thank You

May 6, 2010 After almost three years at Government Executive and a year and a half as the voice of FedBlog, it feels bittersweet to type this: this is my last day at GovExec. I'll be moving over a neighborhood and into a whole different world of reporting to take up a position ...

Marketing Federal Service

May 6, 2010 The Service to America Medal finalists are out. And it makes me wonder the same thing I wonder every year. Is it enough to highlight their service in Washington, DC? The lawmakers who showed up to extol federal service are the ones who are pretty much already invested in federal ...

TRICARE Triage

May 6, 2010 Some military retirees are finding a proposal for TRICARE fee hikes hard to swallow. During a hearing earlier this week on a range of military budget issues, Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, told lawmakers the ballooning expense of providing health coverage for retirees "eats into [funding for] our ...

Counterprogramming at OPM

May 5, 2010 I'm at the Office of Personnel Management right now for a meeting at the National Council on Labor-Management Relations. In a cute twist, the agency's setting up for its Public Service Recognition Week cookout, which can't start until the meeting is done, because a band is set up to play ...

Pay Perils

May 5, 2010 The financial crisis is a horrible thing, a cascading series of events that has ruined or seriously damaged the lives of millions of Americans. It's also a reminder that pay-for-performance isn't just an issue that the federal government has to figure out: the financial sector has an aggressive pay-for-performance structure. ...

Wanted: Inspectors General, and A Congress Willing to Confirm Them

May 4, 2010 The Center for Public Integrity has a cri de coeur up on the need for a fully confirmed and in-place corps of Inspectors General. I agree with everything they're saying, and I'm glad they're acknowledging the glacial pace of the nominations and confirmation process more generally. But I think it's ...

Lawmakers and Military Pay and Benefits

May 4, 2010 I understand that military pay and benefits are a sacred cow. For a couple of years now, I've watched lawmakers fall all over themselves to meet or exceed the president's requests for military pay raises. But it's a bit difficult for me to square Congress's refusal to tick up the ...