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The New Agenda: Workforce — Graduate School USA Speakers

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The New Agenda: Workforce — Graduate School USA Speakers

Graduate School USA — “The New Agenda: Workforce” Speakers
Howard Risher, Consultant, HRSolutions
Topic: Planning the HR Framework to Build Tomorrow’s Workforce


Howard Risher is a consultant focusing on pay and performance. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the transition to locality pay. Howard has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of the book It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce (2016), with Bill Wilder.

Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International and Publisher, ChiefHRO.com
Topic: Developing Staff in a Time of Shrinking Budgets


Jeffrey Neal has extensive federal human resources and information technology experience, having served as a career civil servant for 33 years, including 13 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He served as the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) for the 23,000-employee Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) from 2000–2009. At DLA, Mr. Neal identified more than $50 million in administrative and operational savings—a transformation cited by the Partnership for Public Service as a model for other federal agencies. Prior to joining ICF, Mr. Neal was appointed in June 2009 as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CHCO. As Principal Human Capital advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and CHCO for DHS, he was responsible for development, execution, and oversight of human capital programs for a department of more than 234,000 civilian and military employees. Currently, Mr. Neal is the author for ChiefHRO, a blog where he shares insight and views on Human Resources, management matters and more.

Janice Glover-Jones, Chief Information Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency
Keynote Address, Deming Award Luncheon


Ms. Glover-Jones currently serves as the DIA Chief Information Officer, where she is responsible for the day-to-day management of a global Information Technology (IT) organization with approximately 3,000 employees. In this position, Ms. Glover-Jones is spearheading a program to baseline the CIO organization's key business activities, while also ensuring continued mission support to her global customers.

In her previous position, as the Enterprise Common Operating Environment (COE) Executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), she was responsible for integrating capabilities across the Big Four (DIA, NGA, NRO, and NSA) intelligence agencies to create the first-ever COE. This COE later evolved into the present day Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE).

Ms. Glover-Jones was born in Camden, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a B.S. in Information Systems Management. She also has a Certification in Advanced Public Policy Leadership from George Washington University/the Brookings Institute and an IC Executive Leader Program certificate from the Kellogg School of Management.

Ms. Glover-Jones and her husband reside in Clinton, Maryland.