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Agencies must work with current process to modernize and reform hiring, human capital expert says

The Biden administration’s budget request shows the White House wants to blow up hiring all across government. Human capital pros worry the hiring process that isn’t working well now could make the administration’s plan a little more complicated. Jeri Buchholz, former Chief Human Capital Officer at NASA, said Congress does not have the bandwidth for […]


Latest federal employee survey results show record improvements

The numbers are in for the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Employee engagement and job satisfaction are both up. Michael Rigas, former Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the survey results show record increases in the 37 areas measured, improvement in all areas since 2016 and all-time highs in 31 of the […]


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 […]


Michael Rigas responds to controversy surrounding race training in the federal government

Michael Rigas, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, talks about a rule for appointing STEM employees to 10-year terms, paid parental leave, anti-racism training and the new mandatory payroll tax deferral


New executive order urges emphasis on skills over education

Michael Rigas, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, explains the new executive order from President Trump encouraging agencies to base hiring decisions more on skills and less on educational credentials


The government’s coronavirus response and reopening plan

Michael Rigas, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, reaffirms his commitment to the merit system and discusses the government’s coronavirus response and guidance for reopening


OPM implements executive order to streamline firing at agencies

Michael Rigas, deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, discusses implementing the president’s workforce executive orders, and why it’s important to make firing federal workers easier for managers.

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