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The Importance of Valid Competency Models

By Drew Lessard on Jul 17, 2018 8:00:30 AM

One of the most under-utilized HR activity in federal agencies is an employee developmental assessment. A developmental assessment carefully evaluates the level at which key staff members operate, based not only specific competencies but on a rubric of proficiencies in those skills. These assessments inform critical HR decisions around training, future hiring needs, and current workforce availability, but they are only as good as the models on which they are built.

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Building an Effective Competency Model for Federal HR

By Drew Lessard on Jul 10, 2018 7:43:51 AM

The better a federal agency understands the makeup and skillset of their workforce, the better they can build training programs for employee development, plan for future hiring needs, and map out succession plans for strategic positions. 

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Converting from On-Premise to FedRAMP Compliant Cloud Software

By Drew Lessard on Jul 3, 2018 7:59:27 AM

Starting in 2012, all federal agencies considering new technology solutions had to work with FedRAMP-authorized cloud service providers (CSP). The same restrictions extended to existing technology solutions starting in 2014, 

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Data Collection Best Practices for State Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Jun 26, 2018 7:39:31 AM

In recent years, state governments have launched a series of efforts designed to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities. 

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Financial Benefits of Working with a FedRAMP Compliant CSP

By Drew Lessard on Jun 20, 2018 7:46:44 AM

For federal agencies considering technology changes for their HR operations, there are many benefits to selecting a cloud service provider who has already gone through the process of becoming FedRAMP compliant.

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How to Scale Data Collection with a Cloud Based Solution

By Drew Lessard on Jun 12, 2018 7:01:34 AM

When done manually, the data collection process can be slow and inconsistent. State agencies often rely on a single point of contact at a third-party provider, who may not follow best practice for submission of that data.

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Three Step Process to Identify and Improve Data Collection Efforts in State Governments

By Drew Lessard on Jun 5, 2018 7:29:21 AM

Large-scale employment programs at the state level require a significant investment by State Governments, many of which have applied for technical assistance under Department of Labor, 

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What it Takes to Acquire and Maintain FedRAMP Authorization

By Drew Lessard on May 29, 2018 7:48:15 AM

Since 2012, federal agencies have worked with cloud service providers (CSPs) who have been authorized by the FedRAMP program, managed by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) to ensure the same 

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Best Practices for Adopting a Cloud Service Offering in Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on May 22, 2018 9:36:22 AM

There are several benefits to working with a cloud service offering from a FedRAMP authorized vendor. There are cost savings in shifting to the cloud and a highly visible security process, 

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Measuring Success in Competitive Integrated Employment Approach

By Drew Lessard on May 15, 2018 7:32:25 AM

Following the enactment of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, states have been tasked with implementing improved services for Americans with significant barriers to employment

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