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The State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report this month assessing the impact of a hiring freeze within the department. The report found the freeze to have wide ranging negative impacts, particularly on the Trump administration's long term reform goals. The challenges continued after the freeze was lifted.
Last week, 53 college students completed a 10-week fellowship with the federal government called Coding it Forward, where they worked within agencies to improve data and technology projects. During their final presentations, several students discussed the importance of attracting young people to public service and opportunities for the government to improve their recruitment strategy.
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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney changed the narrative this weekend on the administration’s plan to relocate federal employees out of the nation’s capital. Originally, the proposal to move several agencies was explained for logistical reasons. This weekend, Mulvaney described it as a desire to encourage federal employees to quit their positions.
During a committee hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held last week, federal human resource executives urged Congress not to provide agencies with new hiring authorities. The HR professionals argued these authorities complicate a process and are rarely used properly.
The Senate has a lot of business to tend to when it returns from its State Work Period on September 9. Most notably, it will have barely three weeks before the end of the current fiscal year to pass appropriations to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) and prevent another government shutdown. Among the other important priorities on the Senate’s plate is finally confirming nominees for the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the primary appeals board for federal employees.
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on the transition between college and government. The guests will cover how the federal government is currently struggling to recruit and retain young people in public service. Guests will also highlight projects by both government entities and stakeholders to encourage individuals to join the next generation of federal government work.
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Friday critiquing agencies for neglecting to implement basic cybersecurity practices despite thousands of recommendations for action. Auditors attributed the lack of security protocol to improper oversight as well as a lack of understanding on the part of agency leaders regarding the present threats.