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Breaking the Cycle of Constant Action Planning

April 23, 2015 Last week, the Government Accountability Office presented testimony during an employee engagement hearing before the House Subcommittee on Government Operations. GAO suggested that the short cycle time between one annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and the next compresses the action planning process, which may actually inhibit the ability to produce...

Commentary: Using big data to prepare for the fiscal cliff and beyond

December 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unless there is some resolution to the current fiscal impasse, government leaders, employees and citizens will face indiscriminate across-the-board budget cuts in federal programs. The impact will be widespread and painful. As the country teeters on the brink of the fiscal cliff, federal leaders at the political and career executive...

The People Equation

June 27, 2012 Two critical pieces of guidance from the Obama administration present an opportunity to drive results and strengthen coordination among C-suite executives at federal agencies. The release of the final regulations for the Pathways Program, focused on recruiting quality job candidates, and fiscal 2014 budget guidance might seem like discrete events,...

Talking Telework

June 29, 2011 Given the uncertainty and apprehension caused by the chatter surrounding federal pay and benefits, agency leaders should be particularly mindful of this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, especially the engagement and work-life indicators -- including telework. During the past five years employee satisfaction with telework arrangements at their agencies has...

Metrics That Matter

April 6, 2011 During its nearly eight-year existence, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council has become an influential voice in resolving government's most complex human resources challenges. And council members are facing their toughest task yet as they develop recommendations for updating performance ratings and management systems for federal employees. Two of the...

Analysis: Goodbye to a workforce champion

January 4, 2011 When the 112th Congress convenes on Wednesday, federal employees, managers, executives and stakeholders will feel a tangible void on Capitol Hill as one of their staunchest advocates retires after four decades of public service. Long before his time in the U.S. Senate, Ohio Republican George Voinovich was committed to career...

Analysis: Batten Down the Hatches

November 25, 2009 During an October interview on Federal News Radio, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry suggested the impending retirement tsunami might not be as catastrophic as projected. This insight presents an opportunity for OPM and agencies to rethink workforce planning and focus on mission-critical occupations and emerging skills. For more...

Analysis: Making Government Cool Again

May 1, 2009 At this point in our nation's history, the federal government has many distinct recruiting advantages -- namely challenging, rewarding and stable work that allows employees to make a difference in the lives of others. Based on the results of the 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey, it is obvious federal employees...

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