Alyssa Rosenberg

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OPM launches tool to cut red tape in hiring

April 8, 2010 The Office of Personnel Management has launched a tool to reduce the hiring process for certain federal jobs by three weeks. In an April 7 memo to chief human capital officers, OPM Director John Berry announced the creation of shared databases, called registers, for the most common job openings in...

Program to let employees work where and when they want takes shape

April 8, 2010 An Office of Personnel Management official offered new details on OPM's workplace flexibility pilot program during a forum on telework in Washington on Thursday. "If we only treat [workplace flexibility] as a perk for women, or a perk for people with disabilities, or a perk for anyone, there's ample opportunity...

Routine Flexibility

April 8, 2010 As telework has become more prevalent in the federal government, agencies and employees have had to adapt to change. Enhancing capabilities to help workers do their jobs outside the office means new technology, new rules for security and new policies for evaluating performance. But as the federal workplace has changed,...

Care About Federal Labor Relations? Get Free Training

April 7, 2010 Courtesy of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Mediation and Conciliation Service, who will be coming through Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Oakland, and Washington, DC in May and June to provide two-day training on how to implement President Obama's executive order on labor-management relations. The registration form, which...

Messaging Health Care Implementation

April 7, 2010 We've already seen the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner push back against the idea that his agency will hire a bunch of new agents, arm them, and send them out to hunt down people who refuse to comply with the mandate to purchase health insurance once that requirement goes into effect....

Basic Accounting

April 7, 2010 I'm sorry, but is it really so terribly hard to file mandatory reports on how one is spending Recovery Act funding? Apparently it's been enough of a problem that the Obama administration is authorizing agencies to cancel contracts or cut off grantees who don't file their reports on time: "Any...

Council OKs agencies’ labor-management plans

April 7, 2010 The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations on Wednesday approved 24 agencies' plans, more than half of the 45 submitted, to create forums fostering collaboration among unions and agency leadership. The council also voted to return plans to 21 agencies for further revision. Gina Lightfoot-Walker, an attorney for the National...

Measures of Influence

April 6, 2010 Apparently, a poll of of federal information technology decision-makers suggests they don't think the the federal cybersecurity coordinator is going to be able to push through major changes. Eric Chabrow thinks that this is because in civilian agencies, cybersecurity is sort of siloed, so most IT folks don't perceive that...

Workflow Issues

April 6, 2010 Obviously, the Congressional deadlock about extending a number of benefits programs aimed at helping folks weather the economic downturn has consequences for the people who receive those benefits. But it's also an illustration of why federal staffing and workflow are so complicated. If this were a business, and a company...

Report calls compromise cornerstone to hiring reform

April 6, 2010 A report on an October 2009 meeting of high-level officials and other leaders about the future of federal personnel policy calls for compromise and caution against viewing technology or regulatory change as a cure-all for the government's hiring and recruiting challenges. "Idealism and weakened private sector prospects are combining to...

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