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FCW : April 30, 2014
CRITICAL READ WHAT: "Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework" by the Partnership for Public Serv- ice and Booz Allen Hamilton. WHY: The current civil service system is more than 60 years old and was designed for a largely clerical workforce. To recognize the increasingly specialized func- tions of government workers and to compete with the private sector, the authors of the report suggest bottom-up changes to the way feds are hired and com- pensated. The effort begins with a new classi cation system that compresses the 15 grade levels of the General Schedule into ve. The authors also recom- mend benchmarking pay levels to private-sector standards. VERBATIM: "This federal pay- setting process undermines the ability of the government to attract and retain high- quality, white-collar talent because it treats the work- force as a uni ed mass, and it bears little relationship to the compensation rates paid for similar work in the broader labor market." FULL REPORT: ourpublicservice.org/OPS APRIL BUILDING HE EN E P I E A NE F AME O K CIVIL E VICE Trending federal employees are IT professionals, according to a new Partnership for Public Service report 80,101 8 April 30, 2014 FCW.COM Six months after the buggy launch of HealthCare.gov, the project has been rated "moderately high risk" by the CIO of the Department of Health and Human Services on the federal IT Dashboard. The escalation from medium risk re ects critical back-end tasks that remain incomplete and comes after most consumer-facing problems have been fixed. Although the move might not seem timely, the Cen- ters for Medicare and Medicaid Services have a number of key releases in the pipe- line that have been delayed because of the scramble to make HealthCare.gov oper- ational. Key among them are the nancial management system that moves subsidy payments between the Treasury Department and insurance carriers and the planned migra- tion of cloud-hosting services from Verizon Terremark to Hewlett- Packard. In addition, IT proj- ects designed to support certain fea- tures of the law have been delayed. For instance, the provision that requires small businesses to offer coverage has been extended to 2016. The IT Dashboard risk rating is done in part to notify oversight bodies and others of potential problems in govern- ment IT programs and provide informa- tion for the TechStat oversight process that is used to examine and suggest xes for troubled IT programs. However, it is not clear if Health- Care.gov is ripe for a TechStat ses- sion because the work is being led by a special adviser to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius --- Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive. When HealthCare.gov was last evalu- ated, in July 2013, it was rated medium risk. The new designation comes as CMS is concluding the initial open- enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. After a disastrous launch period during which only a handful of individuals were able to obtain coverage, the government recently announced that 7.1 mil- lion people had signed up for coverage via the improved HealthCare. gov site, as well as by phone and in person. Overall, the govern- ment approved around $688 million to $738 mil- lion in scal 2014 spend- ing on IT related to the health care law. The dis- crepancy comes from a difference between gures reported by the Internal Revenue Service on the IT Dashboard and the Exhibit 53 document covering the same investments. The total is probably higher because there are more IT projects related to implementation of the health care law than are included in the CMS and IRS reports. It is also important to note that there is no reliable estimate of how much of the approved funding was actually spent, but future Government Account- ability Of ce reports are expected to provide a more accurate look at overall spending. --- Adam Mazmanian HealthCare.gov now rated 'moderately high risk' 2016 is the new deadline for small businesses to offer coverage to employees 7.1 million people signed up for coverage by the March 31 deadline $688--738 million was approved in scal 2014 for spending on IT related to the health care law
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