Posts Tagged: federal workforce

Calling All Senior Executives

Administration changes are difficult under any circumstances. Fortunately, the Senior Executive Service is ready to step in and build the bridge between the the President and his appointees and the federal workforce. However, a recent report shed light on some of the difficulties SES employees face. Learn what these challenges are and how agencies can… Read more »

Investing in Data Skills to Reap Big Benefits from Big Data

Federal agencies are starting to recognize the endless possibilities that big data can provide – improved health care and education; prevention of crime and cyberattacks; detection of fraud, waste and abuse; and better and safer transportation services. However, the rise of big data has led to big projects, big bucks and big challenges as agencies… Read more »

How to Reap the Benefits of a Diverse Workforce

Ever felt left out at work, like you didn’t fit in with your coworkers in some way or another? If you work in the public sector, you are not the only one who’s had that experience. According to a survey conducted by Monster Government Solutions, 71 percent of federal workers report feeling misunderstood at workRead… Read more »

Cybersecurity and the Missing Workforce

Government increasingly spends more time, money, and effort into strengthening cybersecurity. But is government getting the return on such investments that it should? (ISC)2, the largest not-for profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, recently released its seventh Global Information Workforce Study (GISWS) in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, Cyber 360Read… Read more »

Tactics of the Ideal Cyber Workforce

With constant emerging technologies and our increasing dependence on electronic devices, cybersecurity affects everyone. Whether it is highly confidential data that you handle at your workplace or your personal banking information, you probably have some form of electronic information that you’d like to keep private and secure. We all need cybersecurity knowledge. For cyber professionals,Read… Read more »

What is a Veteran?  

The other day, as I sat among an honored crowd of Veterans, I wept quietly for a number of reasons. You see, my youngest children both are in schools where Veterans are honored in beautifully displayed ceremonies full of patriotic pomp and circumstance. I sat there as the only woman Veteran. I sat there asRead… Read more »

The Importance of “Diversity Thinking” — and Compliance

All federal employees should be mindful of the importance of workforce diversity, especially federal managers. Executive Order 13583 was signed by President Obama in August 2011: Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce. According to E.O. 13583: “Our Nation derives strength from the diversity of its population andRead… Read more »

New Campaign Seeks to Improve Public Perception of Feds

It’s no secret the federal workforce has been treated like a punching bag for too long. Public animosity towards government is one factor contributing to low morale among feds. Poor morale may lead to decreased productivity and increased indifference to mission-related work. Other detrimental repercussions associated with low morale include employee disengagement and absenteeism. NowRead… Read more »

Equal Pay Act Turns 50: Female Feds Fare Better Than Private Sector Counterparts

Is equal pay or gender-based wage bias a problem in your workplace? In case you missed it, June 10 marked the half-century anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits gender-based wage discrimination in employment. One might think that pay equity for women would have been reached after 50 years. Alas, this goal remains fleeting.Read… Read more »

So, What Does This Mean For Feds? The Fiscal Cliff Deal

So, what does all this mean for feds? First, the fiscal cliff agreement doesn’t address the pay freeze for federal workers in any way. The bill that would extend the pay freeze for feds is a separate piece of legislation, which passed in the House with a sizeable majority, 287-129, but has not been broughtRead… Read more »