Transition Watch: Human resources officers face familiar, new challenges
- By Mary Mosquera
- Dec 22, 2008
Recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse and skilled workforce will
remain a priority for chief human capital officers during the next
administration, the CHCO Council chairman said in a report released
CHCOs will face several growing challenges, added
Michael Hager, CHCO Council chairman and acting director of the Office
of Personnel Management, in the council’s fiscal 2008 annual report to
Congress. For example, agencies will need to better integrate a blended
workforce of federal employees and contractors in addition to
supporting more interagency and public/private efforts, Hager said. The
report doubles as a transition guide for President-elect Barack Obama’s
administration, Hager said.
Another challenge is building and
sustaining federal employee leadership, he said. The CHCO Council and
OPM must develop strategies to recruit and retain the next generation
of federal employees by giving them opportunities to initiate
organizational change, learn on the job, earn performance-based rewards
and advance their careers, Hager said.
In the report to Congress, Hager said the CHCO Council can help agencies by:
- Developing metrics to measure human capital success.
- Transforming the federal human resource profession to be a strategic partner.
- Highlighting the flexibilities agencies can use to hire the best candidates.
During 2008, the council's Hiring and Succession Planning Subcommittee
partnered with OPM to develop and test a framework and guidance for
improving the federal hiring process. The “End-to-End Hiring Roadmap”
gives step-by-step instructions on effectively and timely hiring
employees, Hager said.
collaborative partnership between OPM and federal agencies on a
governmentwide reform initiative of the magnitude of the ‘End-to-End
Hiring Roadmap’ should serve as a model for the CHCO Council under the
leadership and direction of the next administration,” Hager said.
also can share their human resources success stories with others
through the CHCO Council, he said. For example, the Justice Department
CHCO shared its efforts in creating an enterprise human capital
management plan that all Justice agencies have agreed to use, he said.
The CHCO Council issued a collection of successful human resources
practices earlier in the year and sponsored training sessions that
highlight innovative approaches, such as National Defense University’s
sharing of best practices using virtual world Second Life, the report
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.