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Federal workforce: Improved Supervision and Better Use of Probationary Periods are Needed to Address Substandard Employee Performance

Federal agencies' ability to address poor performance has been a long-standing issue. Employees and agency leaders share a perception that more needs to be done to address poor performance, as even a small number of poor performers can affect agencies' capacity to meet their missions. This report 91) describes and…



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Improving Federal Personnel Managment

The FY 2017 White House budget request highlighted the need to strengthen the federal workforce. GAO identified some best practices to do so.



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Why can't the PMF be a key part of solving the critical skills gaps in federal employment?

This article addresses the critical skills gap the military is experiencing with respect to acquisition and procurement. Why can't the federal government use the PMF to help reduce high level skills gaps over the long term? http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2015/12/pentagon-grew-acquisition-workforce-not-necessarily-right-places/124509/?oref=govexec_today_pm_nl



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Assessing the Past and Promise of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for Public Management Research: A Research Synthesis

Since 2002, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has used the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) to monitor efforts by federal executive agencies to manage human capital. Public management researchers have used FEVS data to produce dozens of peer-reviewed publications on a range of topics of interest to policy makers,…



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Entry-level Federal Hiring: Building Research Collaborations between Agencies and Academics

This paper presents a brief landscape of entry level hiring in the federal government, and what is currently known about relevant data: what databases exist, what fields they include, what analysis has been done, and how the data have been shared). It also addresses potential opportunities for collaboration between agencies…



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The Merit System in Crisis

The merit principle is in crisis--and here's a video of Don Kettl's presentation at the Truman School of the University of Missouri. It's based on his recent article in GOVERNANCE.



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