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ICF's Jeff Neal on Hiring Reforms at DHS

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ICF International's Jeff Neal, the former chief human capital officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently spoke with Francis Rose on Federal News Radio's program In-Depth. During this interview, Mr. Neal discussed hiring reforms at the DHS, including:

  • Dealing with hiring reform
  • Hiring professionals of various specialties
  • Navigating the different cultures of DHS component agencies
  • Balanced workforce strategy; contractors vs. employees
  • Leadership development

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: Aug 10, 2011
Authors: , Francis Rose, Federal News Radio Host

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