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Federal agencies need communication strategies as employees return to offices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says federal agencies can mandate COVID-19 tests for their employees as they come back to the office. The CDC’s website says the government does not mandate vaccines. Jeri Buchholz, former Chief Human Capital Officer at NASA, said agencies must develop comprehensive communication plans, bring employees back in […]

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Appropriations infusion could revolutionize Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management has a new list of recommendations from the National Academy of Public Administration. Some former officials say there is a risk those recommendations could get lost in the shuffle. Former OPM Director Janice Lachance said NAPA’s recommendation to transition the agency from a fee-for-service organization to an appropriated organization would […]

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Sustaining momentum of government reform efforts is difficult but possible

The Changing of the Guard at the White House does not necessarily mean government reform efforts have to go back to square one. The IBM Center for the Business of Government has a look at 30 years of government reform efforts. Dan Chenok, Executive Director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, said […]

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Federal agencies will need to adjust return-to-work plans as they go, says human capital expert

Federal agencies have coronavirus hiring authorities from the Office of Personnel Management through the rest of this year. That authority lets agencies hire employees to work on the pandemic response and serve terms up to two years. Jeffrey Neal, former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said as more people get […]

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We would not want to face another disaster with this level of national debt, says debt limit expert

The Government Accountability Office projects the nation’s debt will hit its highest point in history in 2028, after which the debt will grow faster than the gross domestic product. GAO reports after the pandemic the government should prioritize getting the country on a sustainable long-term path. Susan Irving, Senior Advisor to the Comptroller General on […]

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Chief Human Capital Officers Council should be revitalized, says former OPM director

Merging the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration would not fix problems at the agency, according to a panel Congress commissioned. The NAPA report lists 23 new recommendations for OPM. Linda Springer, Former Director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the NAPA report made an important contribution by shifting the focus […]

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OPM culture shift from compliance to assistance is necessary, says NAPA report author

The congressionally mandated review of the OPM-GSA merger is complete. The National Academy of Public Administration finds the merger would not have solved the problems at OPM that the Trump administration thought it would. Janet Hale, Former Associate Director for Economics and Government at OMB and on the team who produced the report, said they […]

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