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An 'A' for Austerity

Driven Leaders Can Make Government Work Better, Even When Budgets Are Tight

Categorized Under: Business Process Operations + Optimization, Management Consulting, Organizational Learning + Performance, Performance Management



An article by ICF International's Jeff Neal was published recently in Government Executive Magazine. The article discusses the changes the U.S. federal government faces in 2012 and beyond. The recession that began in 2007 has ushered in a new era of austerity that will require a substantial rethinking of priorities by congressional leaders and the administration. While political leaders struggle with top-line budgets, federal managers from first-level supervisors to career senior executives and political appointees must find ways to operate in a budget landscape most have never experienced. Managers who have too much on their plates are finding the plates are getting smaller, too.

Authored By

  • Jeff Neal

    Senior Vice PresidentICF International

    Jeffrey Neal has extensive federal human resources and information technology experience, having served as a career civil servant for 33 years, including 13 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He served as the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) for the 23,000-employee Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) from 2000–2009. At DLA, Mr. Neal identified more than $50 million in administrative and operational savings—a transformation cited by the Partnership for Public Service as a model for other federal agencies.

    Prior to joining ICF, Mr. Neal was appointed in June 2009 as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CHCO. As Principal Human Capital advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and CHCO for DHS, he was responsible for development, execution, and oversight of human capital programs for a department of more than 234,000 civilian and military employees.

    Currently, Mr. Neal is the author for ChiefHRO, a blog where he shares insight and views on Human Resources, management matters and more.

    Mr. Neal is also co-author of "The People Factor: Human Resources Reform in Government," a chapter in For the People: Can We Fix Public Service? (Brookings Institution, 2003).

Insight Details

Published: Feb 1, 2012
Source: Government Executive Magazine

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