HR Headline Roundup for May 20-24, 2019

Will Data Science Save or Kill HR?, Human Resource Executive

The threat and promise, writes Peter Cappelli, comes from “Data scientists … starting to ask, ‘Does what you are doing actually predict anything? We don’t care whether everyone else does it or whether you’ve always done it. We are going to check to see if it works, and when it doesn’t, out it goes.’”

Labor, Management Share Dim View of OPM-GSA Merger Proposal, Government Executive

Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Operations joined federal employee groups and other agency heads in questioning the process and wisdom of moving a majority of the Office of Personnel Management’s human resources functions into the General Services Administration.

Wash. to Offer Public Option Health Plan, The Hill

Legislation signed by Democratic governor and longshot presidential candidate Jay Inslee aims to make state-backed health insurance available to all residents beginning in 2021. Enrollment in Cascade Care would be voluntary, and each public option plan is intended to be ACA-compliant with an emphasis on reduced cost-sharing.

 

Detroit Fire Department Partners With Waze for Driver Alerts, Government Technology

Firefighters, police and EMTs responding to calls will be able to use the Heedful Audio Alert System to notify Waze users along their routes of the need to move over and clear intersections.

Frigid Offices Might Be Killing Women’s Productivity, Nextgov

Quoting from the article: “Researchers Tom Chang and Agne Kajackaite had 543 college students in Berlin take different types of tests in a room set to various temperatures between 61 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit. ... When the room was warmer, women answered more questions on the math and verbal tests, and got more questions right.”