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ICF's Jeff Neal Discusses the New SES Appraisal System

The White House has Announced a New System for Evaluating the Performance of Senior Executive Service Members (SES)

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ICF Senior Vice President Jeff Neal recently was interviewed by Emily Kopp of Federal News Radio about the current system for performance evaluation of Senior Executive Service (SES) members. Those who receive failing scores could be on their way out.

The SES system, announced recently by the White House, should establish greater consistency among agencies, according to a memo by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Chief Performance Officer Jeff Zients and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry.

Mr. Neal, former U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Human Capital Officer, said: "This provides a balance, but it still puts the focus on achieving results, which I think is what the American people want from their government."

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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).

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Published: Jan 6, 2012

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