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How to Conduct Workplace Diversity Analysis at Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Oct 30, 2018 6:56:48 AM

While every organization in Federal Government performs some level of diversity analysis each year in compliance with MD-715 requirements, the required barrier analysis leaves room for a lot of interpretation by the agency’s EEO staff.

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New and Evolving Cybersecurity Threats in Government

By Drew Lessard on Oct 23, 2018 6:24:34 AM

Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing information security professionals and executive decision makers.

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What is Talent Management?

By Drew Lessard on Oct 9, 2018 6:51:03 AM

Frequently used interchangeably to describe important human resources (HR) functions in the Federal Government, talent management encompasses the unique steps taken by an organization to anticipate human capital needs and plans to meet those needs. 

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How to Build and Select the Right Workforce Planning Demand Scenario

By Drew Lessard on Oct 2, 2018 7:12:34 AM

Federal agencies rely on long term projections and workforce planning exercises to determine how best to adjust for both current and future needs.

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What Are the Steps in Workforce Planning for Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Sep 26, 2018 7:09:15 AM

Effective workforce planning is an important component of federal HR – allowing specialists to better understand their hiring needs both now and up to five years into the future.

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The Goals of Diversity & Inclusion in Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Sep 18, 2018 6:54:10 AM

Most workplaces strive for better diversity, establishing initiatives to create a more representative workforce and address potential barriers to inclusion. Nowhere is this truer than in federal agencies, which are guided by policy directives on the matter.

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How to Ensure a Strong Analysis of Your Current Workforce Profile

By Drew Lessard on Sep 12, 2018 7:26:54 AM

Management of human capital in a federal agency requires careful analysis of the workforce. From outside factors that create different demand scenarios to internal factors, like the average age and tenure of the workforce, workforce profile analysis allows you to better understand the impact that different events might have on your future needs.

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What is Workplace Diversity Analysis at Federal Agencies?

By Drew Lessard on Sep 5, 2018 8:02:34 AM

Federal workplace diversity analysis is a process by which agencies in the Federal Government evaluate the current workforce to identify triggers that lead to barriers to diversity. Through annual reports produced by every agency organization to stay MD-715 compliant, gaps are identified in the diversity of the current workforce. 

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Shortfalls and Challenges in Current MD-715 Reporting Processes

By Drew Lessard on Aug 28, 2018 7:29:59 AM

Every agency in the Federal Government is required to complete the same reporting for MD-715 compliance. Whether you have a dedicated team in your agency managing these reports every year or it’s a team effort, 

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How Barrier Analysis Addresses Diversity Gaps in Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Aug 22, 2018 8:38:30 AM

All federal agencies are tasked with performing standardized reporting each year to meet MD-715 requirements. The tables included in the management directive are designed to help agencies identify potential triggers for gaps in representation, but in many agencies it’s difficult to get to that point.

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