Sharing employees could ease agency cost pressure

Agencies should share employees to help control costs, according to the Energy department's departing chief human capital officer Mike Kane.

In an interview with Federal News Radio, Kane said the Energy department has used that method successfully. "And that may be where [the government is] headed — into more focused, specific teams that work on a project and then disperse and take that talent back to the agency that they came from," he said in the interview.

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Reader comments

Mon, Jul 2, 2012 RayW

Like NSPS, Real Life has already done that. And frankly, having been in that situation it was not fun (and we were in one building and with only two engineering groups to "share" the pool).

Why was it not fun? The pool group did evaluations, the working group did not. I was laid off by the pool group and my working boss panicked since I was the only knowledgeable engineer on a program approaching sell-off, not a warm feeling. He managed to keep me on and we sold off on schedule. I found out later that the folks who did not work but were brownnosing the pool bosses were mainly the ones that dodged the layoff that time.

I did see in the referenced article that they apparently want to have a NSPS like accountability, but not the NSPS like awards. But it was not clear which boss or what level would take the heat for getting the workers better trained and the work done.

A bit disjointed, but this was done in haste.

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