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No matter your stage of life, it’s always a good idea to have a long-range health plan in place. One thing to keep in mind is coverage for any potential long term care needs.
Session after session Members of Congress introduce bills to legislate management processes for the Executive Branch. These might take the form of hiring, firing or other accountability measures (a la the Veterans Accountability Act) or they seek to ensure performance measures, new ways of making agencies implement processes (see GPRA-MA or FITARA). Often the basis for this legislation comes from a good place - trying to make government work better. Sometimes it is done in response to scandal and/or a real or perceived management failure. Either way, the outcome tends to be more process, more compliance, and unclear results.
As noted in the President’s column this month, SEA is focusing on the policy around building leadership as a profession in the federal sector. SEA is also helping members build their individual professional skills through the services offered by the Association.
The recently released President’s Management Agenda opens with the following statement:
When America’s Founders wrote the Constitution, they laid out a clear vision for the United States Government: to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty. To this day, the business of Government remains to serve the American people in these foundational areas.
Two decades into the 21st Century, the public still believes that the Federal Government serves critical roles and, in some areas, performs them well. Yet, public trust in the Federal Government continues to decline, sitting at near-historic lows.
“A modern workforce that builds on the Administration’s proposed civil service reforms to empower senior leaders and front-line managers to align staff skills with evolving mission needs,” is both one of the three key PMA focus areas, along with modern information technology (IT) and data, accountability and transparency, as well as being a CAP Goal itself – Developing a Workforce for the 21st Century.
With increased longevity and medical advancements, many retirees are concerned about the possibility of outliving their savings. And when it comes to retirement, you want to enjoy it―and that means you want to be prepared. There are many considerations to think about in retirement besides your living expenses, such as where you live, family support, your health, and the rising costs of care. That’s why it’s so important to plan now for any long term care you may need.
As this new year begins, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past as far too many of you still think you are immune to allegations of wrongdoing, regardless of how many times we reinforce the need to have professional liability insurance. Unfortunately, ignorance is expensive.