HR Headline Roundup for August 5-9, 2019

VIEWPOINT: Now We Know the Real Reason for Agency Relocations, Government Executive

While speaking to a group of South Carolina Republicans on August 2, Trump’s Acting Chief of Staff and OBM Director Mick Mulvaney described decisions like moving two major Department of Agriculture divisions out of the “liberal” D.C. metro as a “wonderful way to streamline government.” Nearly half of the affected federal scientists and staff members decided not to move to an unspecified location near Kansas City on short notice.

Federal HR Officials: Get Rid of Most Hiring Authorities, Government Executive

During a House subcommittee hearing on streamlining the federal hiring process, Homeland Security CHRO Angela Bailey, said, “There are three or four different ways to hire a veteran, and not all are treated the same way within the hiring process. … My ask would be that we stop all this nonsense, boil it down, and give me a veteran hiring authority and a hiring authority to hire everyone else. That would take six to eight weeks immediately off the beginning of the hiring process.”

States’ Infrastructure, Educational Spending Remain Low Following the Great Recession, National Conference of State Legislatures

Data compiled by Pew indicate that infrastructure spending as a percentage of GDP hit a 50-year low during 2019. Less dramatically, but definitely concerning, financing for public colleges and universities is currently 13 percent below what it was in 2008.

How Local Governments Can Address Cybersecurity Challenges, Government Technology

The former CIO for the U.S. Department of Defense and for the states of California and Michigan recommends state-federal cooperation, sharing resources across municipalities and reducing reliance on outsourced security services.

Governing to Cease Publication, Governing

Citing financial challenges, a leading source of news and analysis on state and local government management will shut down this fall. September will see the final monthly print magazine, and new stories will stop posting to the website sometime later. In an open letter, senior staff described the honor they felt while reporting on and for “men and women who have made it their life’s work to improve the lives of the people who live in their communities.”

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