OMB seeks workforce analysis plans

Bulletin from OMB

Agencies must submit a workforce analysis plan to the Office of Management and Budget by June 29, in support of the Bush administration's plan to restructure the workforce and make government "citizen-centric."

In a May 8 bulletin, OMB said agencies should provide "summary information" on their workforce analyses no later than June 29. It said agencies also should develop a five-year restructuring plan as part of the fiscal year 2003 budget submission and annual performance plan.

The restructuring plan should reflect ways to make the government more "citizen-centric," such as reducing the number of layers in government and focusing on front-line service-delivery positions.

The plan should be based on agencies' workforce analyses. Each analysis, at a minimum, should provide detailed information on permanent and temporary workers and what skills they have; identify supervisors and managers based on their grade, title and location; and provide supervisor-to-staff ratios.

The bulletin applies to agencies with more than 100 full-time-equivalent employees.

The bulletin has been expected. In a January memo, the administration stated that every agency head would be expected to develop a plan to meet the president's goal of reducing the management ranks. In a February memo, OMB directed agencies to include the flattening of management levels to streamline organizations as a performance goal in their fiscal 2002 budget requests and annual performance plans.

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