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Materials for February 2019 EWF COI meeting



ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce Community of Interest (COI)
February 14, 2019 COI Meeting
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Featured Topic: The Aftermath of Shutdown:  Expert Advice from Former Government Executives

The longest government shutdown has come to a close, and challenges facing federal leaders and the federal workforce as they restart operations are complex and time-consuming. During this period, agency leaders are managing both workforce concerns as well as resuming interrupted work activities.

Each furloughed worker has financial concerns, whether federal government or contract employee, while management be focused on how to achieve the most from their total workforce and support them in re-engaging.

Four former government executives who have led through prior Government shutdowns to give their insights on both workforce management and program delivery. 

Topics include:

  • Work backlogs (including prioritization and triage of all delayed activities, from sorting through email to addressing process backlogs to re-evaluating and re-structuring projects and work assignments to assessing damage down and estimating recovery time and costs; and how to address what was previously planned and now might never be done)
  • Worker engagement (particularly around retention of key talent that has already started looking for private sector jobs; negative emotions of anger, feelings of betrayal, and fear it will happen again on Feb. 15; financial impacts that spill over into work productivity, such as possible loss of childcare arrangements during the shutdown)
  • Team dynamics (including re-establishing and supporting ongoing relationships among those furloughed and continuing to work, those furloughed and required to stop working, and contract staff who were furloughed without prospects of future pay)

We think you will find this session valuable as you work to optimize your agency’s workforce performance.  You and your team can attend in person, or online.


Richard Spires, Chief Executive Officer, Learning Tree International and former CIO at the Department of Homeland Security - Moderator
Katherine Coffman, former Executive at the Internal Revenue Service and Customs and Border Protection - Panelist
Jeff Neal, former Executive at the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce and the Defense Logistics Agency - Panelist
Bill Valdez, President of the Senior Executives Association and former Executive, Department of Energy - Panelist


Document Date: 
Feb 13, 2019
Author (organization): 
ACT-IAC Evolving the Workforce COI
Document type: 
ACT-IAC Internal
Workforce Management