Human Resources

Federal Eye: Obama Targets Backlog Of Veterans’ Claims

The Obama administration is calling once again on federal employees to submit ideas on improving government services. This time, it is targeting the amount of time and effort it takes to process veterans’ disability benefits. The number of unresolved disability claims has soared this year, prompting protests from veterans groups and members of Congress. TheRead… Read more »

Agencies Pay More Student Loans

Federal agencies increased their spending on student loan repayments for employees by 22 percent in 2008, and the incentives were widely used for recruiting and retaining information technology workers, according to a new report by the Office of Personnel Management. The report, released on Wednesday, found that 35 federal agencies provided 6,789 employees with $51.6Read… Read more »

“Cutting Edge” Strategies for Reorganizing or Downsizing: The “Stress Doc’s” Top Ten Tips for Tip-Top Management

[Cautionary Note: This article may be hazardous to the ironically-impaired.] In this era of organizational restructuring or downsizing, or better still, right-sizing, or most on target, what I call “fright-sizing,” the challenge for top management is having the savvy and guts to gut much of your workforce while still maintaining survivor productivity and team moraleRead… Read more »

The Dynamics of Creative Leadership-Partnership: Forces and Concepts for Transforming Change and Conflict into Creativity and Community

What does it take to be a creative leader? I definitely have been giving this some thought, developing and increasingly applying three programs in the past two years:  “Transforming Change and Conflict into ‘Passion Power’: The Art of Inspiring Leadership”  “Does Your Organization Need a Jolt of CPR – Generating Creativity, Passion andRead… Read more »

Fair AND Simple and Fast? OPM Director John Berry Issues Call to Action for Federal Hiring

By Erica Pierson Originally posted on Unleash the Monster From job announcements to applicant tracking, the federal hiring process can be burdensome. In fact, two senior senators recently introduced a bill that would require greater efficiencies in the federal hiring process, particularly for agencies that are overwhelmed with processing applicants. It appears that vast changesRead… Read more »

Why Social Media Matters to the Next Generation of Government Leaders

Originally published as part of the FEDManager’s “Ask Young Government Leaders” series. @govloop: “The arbiters of cool are about to hit the stage.” #ogi In less than 140 characters, @GovLoop – also known as Steve Ressler, co-founder of Young Government Leaders (YGL) and creator of the “Facebook for Government” – used Twitter to announce theRead… Read more »

Top 49 “best” Park and Rec Municipal Websites (with Details and Scoring)

I am in a project to re-design a city website and as city websites age there is starting to a a common vocabulary that surfaces. Common missions also bring up common tasks and functions that a website would have to handle. This part of the study was for city Facilities that are open to theRead… Read more »