Category Archives: Human Capital

“It was 50 years ago today…”

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the United States. It revolutionized modern music and helped usher in the Summer of Love. In honor of this musical and cultural milestone, the … Continue reading

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Building a Better Federal Workforce

This week marks Public Service Recognition Week. During this annual event, we usually feature some of our work on the federal workforce—and this year is no exception.

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Will the United States have enough workers to help an aging population?

More than 12 million Americans need assistance with routine daily activities, such as eating, dressing, bathing, and making meals. Direct care workers—home health aides, psychiatric aides, nursing assistants, and personal care aides—are the primary paid providers of the long-term care … Continue reading

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Veterans Health Administration Management Challenges (podcast)

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides health care to the nation’s veterans, including everything from treating post-traumatic stress disorder, to providing surgical care, to caring for an aging veteran population. But VHA’s human capital challenges—including skills gaps and inadequate training … Continue reading

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Measuring Federal Employee Performance

For many federal employees, October means another cycle of performance appraisals and ratings. Federal agencies need employees who do good work, so today’s WatchBlog looks at what it takes to rate federal employees, how they measure up, and what to … Continue reading

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Opportunity Knocks, 36,000 Feet in the Air

On December 17th, 1903, two brothers took to the skies. Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 12-second inaugural flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina launched a revolution that would affect everything from war to commerce to vacations. For National Aviation Day—established by … Continue reading

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Strengthening the Federal Workforce

The first week of May is Public Service Recognition Week, honoring the people who serve the country—and the public. It’s also a time for us to examine federal agencies and the Office of Personnel Management’s efforts to hire, develop, and … Continue reading

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Podcast on Federal Employee Engagement

It shouldn’t be surprising that both private and public organizations perform better when employees are more engaged—that is, committed to the mission and organization. But after peaking in 2011, federal employee engagement has declined, primarily at several large agencies.

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Reflections on the Federal Workforce

This week is Public Service Recognition Week, which honors federal workers’ competence and dedication, and reminds us of the important work federal employees perform every day. In honor of this week, today’s WatchBlog reflects on federal workforce management progress and … Continue reading

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Diversity and Inclusion at GAO

Here at GAO, we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment, which we consider to be an asset to the agency and the federal government as a whole. In December 2014, GAO was named not … Continue reading

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