Issues to Know About and Watch

It’s been quite a while since we last shared info.  I’ve been looking about and gathering information that might be of interest to you.  April has been an interesting month.  So far the following are highlights, just in case you missed it.

– A new report entitled “A New Civil Service Framework” file:///C:/Users/User1/Downloads/Building_the_Enterprise__A_New_Civil_Service_Framework-[2014.04.01].pdf by the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen recommends a series of changes to the civil service system including job classifications, hiring practices and performance management.  

I believe it is appropriate take a close look at long-standing federal processes and procedures related to personnel management.  It is best to understand why these processes and procedures were put in place prior to changing them.  Evaluate this report and let me know if the research conducted justifies the findings and recommendations.  

– Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget was passed by the House.  According to reports, it calls for balancing the federal budget over the next 10 years.  You should take a look at it and follow this issue closely.  There are many articles on this with varying views.  Here’s just one example- http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-ryan-budget-rand-paul-ted-cruz-2014-4. By the way, Paul Ryan’s term as House budget Committee chair is coming to an end.  

– According to a recent article in the Federal Times, “OPM partners with college to offer feds tuition discount” – http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140417/BENEFITS/304170016/.  Federal employees and their families may be getting a discount on tuition from the University of Maryland University College.  

and finally

– You should definitely watch this one.  “On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.”  See http://washingtonexaminer.com/federal-highway-trust-fund-is-nearly-broke-dot-chief-wants-congress-help/article/2547291

 

 

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About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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