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Refocus on mission to revamp the federal workforce, advises public management professor

Agencies only have a few weeks left to submit their return-to-office plans, but those making the arguments about the future of the federal workforce are asking the wrong questions, according to Don Kettl, the Sid Richardson professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. The federal government has […]

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New agency initiative aims to strengthen public health informatics and technology workforce

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spend $80 million on public health IT personnel. The funding initiative focuses on the diversity of the health IT workforce. Lisa Lewis, deputy national coordinator of operations in the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, said the program’s goal is to train […]

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Office of Personnel Management must strategically reestablish its role, former agency officials say

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has a leader for the first time in nearly a year. One of the first jobs for Kiran Ahuja will be to execute the Biden administration’s new multi-year workforce strategy. Janice Lachance, executive vice president of the American Geophysical Union and former OPM director, said Ahuja has the challenge […]

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National Treasury Employees Union president advises agencies on return-to-office plans

Federal agencies have under a month to submit their final return-to-office plans for remote employees. The July 19 deadline applies to workforce safety plans too. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said many employees are anxious about returning to the workplace, citing concerns related to children in school, face masks and other […]

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Department of Homeland Security plans to strengthen employee soft skills to improve resiliency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will take a new look at how it trains its new recruits and current employees as a result of the pandemic. The department is doing its evaluation as it prepares to hire thousands of new employees across its components. Clothilda Taylor, chief learning and engagement officer at DHS, said […]

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Former Office of Personnel Management director says rehiring rule is “great news”

Federal agencies can finally rehire employees at higher grades than they held when they left government. A final rule is out from the Office of Personnel Management to detail the processes agencies can follow. Jeff Pon, former director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the rule is a “great move,” especially because outside experience […]

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Agencies should not wait to reduce office space, advises former Public Buildings Service commissioner

The Biden administration says federal agencies can lift limits on the number of employees agencies allow in the workplace. Agencies have to turn in their return-to-office plans by July 19. Those plans could affect federal property strategy. Daniel Mathews, former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) at the General Services Administration, said the federal […]

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