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The litany of woes for government HR

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The federal HR community faces a litany of woes: limits placed on new hiring, inflexible hiring procedures that often discourage or rule out high-quality applicants, continuing budget constraints and declining employee morale.

These difficulties are further complicated by the negative public atmosphere and internal unease created by high-profile examples of government mismanagement, such as the recent scandal involving health care for veterans, the problems associated with the Affordable Care Act enrollment Web site and the lavish spending on conferences by the General Services Administration.

Despite the numerous obstacles and the fallout from occasional agency missteps, there are ways to move forward and make progress, according to a recent report that surveyed 62 federal chief human capital officers (CHCOs) and human resources (HR) leaders regarding the challenges facing the federal workforce.