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Weichert says there’s still lots to do on the ‘people front’ of the PMA

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

It’s been about a year since the debut of the President’s Management Agenda, and much still remains to be done, says the White House’s Margaret Weichert, especially on the topic of workforce transformation. The PMA’s workforce pillar is “where we have the most work still to do,” Weichert said at FedTalks on Wednesday. “Many of our technology projects get stuck on

OPM offers guides for handling automation’s effect on federal workforce

by Dave Nyczepir

The Office of Personnel Management released a new set of tools Wednesday in its ongoing effort to reskill federal employees as technologies like robotic process automation and artificial intelligence begin to displace people from their current jobs. The emphasis of OPM’s latest effort is the blending of technological know-how with social skills. “Federal workers can be upskilled to high-value work that

White House celebrates ‘outstanding’ employees with Gears of Government awards

by Billy Mitchell

The White House recognized 24 federal employees at seven agencies Monday with the President’s Gears of Government Award. Developed in 2018 by the Office of Management and Budget, the awards recognize federal employees “whose performance and dedication support exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people: mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship,” according to

OPM finalizes IT direct-hire authority without changes

by Billy Mitchell

The Trump administration has given its final ruling on direct-hire authority for mission-critical IT positions, and it looks exactly like the draft regulation it proposed last October. The Office of Personnel Management issued its final rule, to be published Wednesday morning in the Federal Register, adopting the proposal without changes. It gives agency heads the authority to

Weichert: IT direct-hire authority is almost here

by Billy Mitchell

A new policy that would give agency heads direct-hire authority for mission-critical IT positions will be finalized soon. Margaret Weichert, deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, announced Thursday at FedScoop’s IT Modernization Summit that the final regulation for IT direct-hire authority will be published on the Federal Register in a

What’s next for the IT-heavy President’s Management Agenda?

by Billy Mitchell

The Trump administration’s President’s Management Agenda turned a year old Wednesday. While federal officials in charge of the plan spent the day championing its early successes, particularly those tied to IT modernization, they also emphasized how important the next few years are to sustaining longer-term transformation — that any achievements in this first year won’t

OPM wants agencies to start gameplanning the modern workforce

by Carten Cordell

The Office of Personnel Management directed federal agencies to start thinking about the future of work and what skills they would need for it. Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert called on agencies in a memo Wednesday to detail the gains and challenges they have faced in implementing the workforce goals laid out in last year’s President

OMB anticipates GEAR Center standup in 2019

by Carten Cordell

The White House’s plan for an innovation incubator that will tackle the federal government’s most pressing problems will likely be a reality as early as next year, officials said Wednesday. On a conference call discussing recent planning for the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director and acting Office

OPM to delegate IT direct hire authority to agency heads

by Billy Mitchell

The Office of Personnel Management has proposed delegating direct hire authority for IT professionals to agency heads. OPM published a proposed regulation Monday in the Federal Register that would give CFO Act agencies the direct hire authority (DHA) rather than reserving that power for itself. The regulation cites the recent executive order “Enhancing the Effectiveness of

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