Tag Archives: OPM

Marking 40 Years with the Civil Service Reform Act

Last month marked a milestone in the history of the country’s federal personnel system. Forty years ago on October 13, the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) was landmark legislation and it continues to serve as the foundation for much of … Continue reading

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Addressing a Shortage of Critical Skills in the Federal Government

A talented workforce ensures the federal government is working effectively. However, we’ve previously reported and testified on gaps in skilled talent in the federal workforce—talent that is critical in areas like cybersecurity, acquisitions, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). … 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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How Useful Are Identity Theft Services?

Many people purchase identity theft services—or receive them free when their information is compromised in an organization’s data breach. These services typically include four components: credit monitoring, identity monitoring, identity restoration, and identity theft insurance. For April’s Financial Literacy Month, … 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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Federal Cybersecurity Challenges

These days, when you turn on the news you almost always see another hack, leak, or breach putting sensitive information at risk. But we’ve been focusing on keeping federal agency information systems secure for a long time. For October’s Cybersecurity … Continue reading

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The Costs and Benefits of Federal Telework (podcast)

It used to be that if you weren’t in the office, you couldn’t get work done. Now, at least 1 million federal employees are eligible to telework. But what are the costs and benefits to federal agencies of this flexible … 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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General Issues with the General Schedule

Outside of the government, people may think all feds are the same. Inside, however, is an entire classification system for government workers. This was launched back in 1949, and, since then, much has changed. Today’s WatchBlog takes a look at … 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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