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Internship Intrigue

April 29, 2010 One of the things I'm most curious to see about hiring reform, if in fact the details of the plan are announced next week, is what gets done about internships, which are a critical part of candidate recruitment and vetting. There's just so much dissatisfaction with the current, sprawling internship ...

The Pay Game

April 29, 2010 This week, members of Congress denied themselves an annual pay raise for the second consecutive year. The decision to forgo a $1,600 increase to their salaries in 2011 is a reflection of the government's current fiscal austerity when it comes to pay, including President Obama's proposal to give federal employees ...

Military v. Civilian Compensation

April 28, 2010 The Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability were talking civilian v. military pay up on Capitol Hill today, and both organizations have some interesting points to make about compensation. On the question of the effectiveness of recruiting bonuses, CBO sagely points out: The relationship between specific changes in pay ...

Dating, Damage, and Dossiers

April 28, 2010 From the Cable comes the account of Mari Carmen Aponte, President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to El Salvador--who also happens to have dated a Cuban-American who the Federal Bureau of Investigation at one point thought might have been some sort of double agent. The relationship, and her talks with ...

House votes to forgo congressional pay hike

April 28, 2010 House members on Tuesday evening voted overwhelmingly against giving themselves a pay raise in 2011. The 402-15 vote will keep lawmakers' salaries at $174,000 next year, abandoning a scheduled $1,600 boost. The Senate unanimously passed the bill last week. "In the midst of the steepest economic decline in 80 years, ...

A Suggestion From a DHS Employee

April 27, 2010 In response to last week's story on the results of a DHS employee survey, one commenter has this to say: There is currently no means for employees to evaluate their managers in DHS. A simple rating system would be a great avenue for employees to send a message, either pro ...

What The Kids Want

April 27, 2010 Emily Long over at NextGov, a sprightly 22 to my elderly 25, has a great post up on what young people want in a work environment--and why they aren't aware that the federal government might be able to provide it: The study found that 39 percent of Net-Gens need daily ...

Hiring overhaul on the way as soon as next week

April 27, 2010 As soon as next week, the White House will release a hiring reform memo that will promote using résumés in place of knowledge, skills and abilities essays, a senior human capital official told Government Executive. The official, who spoke on background in advance of the memo's release, said Office of ...

Lurita's Revenge

April 26, 2010 By Robert Brodsky Longtime federal watchers will remember there's no love lost between ex-General Services Administration Administrator Lurita Doan and Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel. Back in May 2008, Bloch Doan found that Doan violated the Hatch Act for allegedly engaging in partisan political ...

Half of employees will be off NSPS by end of June

April 26, 2010 More than 100,000 employees on the Pentagon's National Security Personnel System will move back to the General Schedule by the end of June, the program office tasked with shutting down the pay-for-performance system said in a plan outlined on its website. The NSPS program office said in February that most ...