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The Administration and Congress have been criticized for the slow pace of putting political appointees in place and the absence of major legislative victories, but one area where they are quickly building momentum is their assault on the civil service in general and the Senior Executive Service in specific.
Unified Republican control of the White House and Congress has not produced the rapid succession of policy victories promised during the campaign, although those promises are still strongly being pursued. Meanwhile, basic legislative functions including the budget and appropriations processes are moving forward slowly without clear guidance on top line figures.
More than half of federal human resources specialists fear that coming budget cuts will impinge on training aimed at improving employee engagement, officials and former officials noted at a Wednesday panel sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the private Management Concepts.
Federal agencies will certainly not be the first public employer to switch to pay for performance.
When the government reorganization guidance came out, many agencies went back to their drawing boards to figure out how to cut costs and shrink their workforce. The SBA headed to the wanted ads.
Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing.