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Accountability for strengthening diversity at State Department will “take the village,” says former ambassador

New Jersey representative Andy Kim said recently when he worked at the State Department, it banned him from working on Korean issues because of his Korean-American heritage. The House Appropriations Committee looked at diversity and inclusion issues at the State Department Thursday. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, former United States Ambassador to Malta and a witness at the […]

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Diversity is mission-critical, says Omelas CEO

Congressman Andy Kim of New Jersey says when he was a State Department official, the department banned him from working on issues involving the Korean Peninsula even though he is of Korean descent. Other Asian-Americans, in and out of government, are telling their stories now too. Evanna Hu, Partner and CEO at Omelas, started a […]

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FEVS results validated TSP communication efforts during COVID-19, says board director

Participation in the Thrift Savings Plan is up again this month, and participation among active duty uniformed service members is up to 77.1%. Kim Weaver, Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, said the reason for this increase is auto-enrollment, and additionally, 68% of those people are contributing 5%, so they […]

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Former OPM Acting Director Michael Rigas agrees with many of NAPA’s recommendations

A review of the Office of Personnel Management and its potential merger into the General Services Administration is complete. The National Academy of Public Administration says transferring some OPM duties to the Office of Management and Budget and merging others into GSA would not have fixed problems at the agency. Former OPM Acting Director Michael […]

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Women should not be afraid to take risks to advance their careers, advises Xerox EVP

Women make up 44% of the federal workforce. The Government Accountability Office says last time it checked, women earned about $6,000 less than their male counterparts every year. Joanne Collins Smee, former head of GSA’s Technology Transformation Services, told “Government Matters” she is writing about empowering women at work because it is close to home […]

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GAO finds agency workforce planning processes are often lacking

GAO calls strategic human capital management one of the government’s toughest management problems. It’s on the GAO’s High-Risk List, and it’s a common thread throughout many of the other challenges on the High-Risk List too. Candice Wright, Acting Director for Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics at GAO, testified to the House Science Subcommittee on Oversight […]

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Many untapped talent pools for government finance jobs, says Gartner research director

The Department of Agriculture is looking at new options for expanded telework, even after the pandemic is over. Remote work could help the government expand the talent pool for the finance workforce. Mallory Barg Bulman, Research Director of Finance Process Excellence at Gartner, said human resources leaders estimate as many as 50% of workers will […]

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