A Human Capital Agenda



The next president will face a range of policy and management issues, but central to getting them done will be the capabilities of the roughly 3,000 staff he hires and the efforts of the cPartnership for Public Serviceareer civil servants that work in government.


One non-profit hopes to help.  The Partnership for Public Service is dedicated to inspiring a new generation to serve and to transform the way government works.  It recently launched a Presidential Management Initiative in an effort to help shape the next president’s management plan. 


It plans to offer recommendations for the presidential transition and establish a framework for effective federal workforce management in the next administration by:


·      Contributing reliable information to the general election campaign dialogue, positions, and rhetoric;

·      Publishing a viable reform agenda, with transition recommendations for the next administration;

·      Directly assisting the new administration through its transition; and

·      Providing useful counsel and perspectives to the next generation of political appointees.


The lead for this initiative is Katie Malague.


To date, they’ve launched a series of roundtables around the country to engage federal workers in a discussion around three “burning questions” the next president will need to address:


·      Federal pay, job classification, and performance management.

·      Managing a multi-sector workforce of career civil servants and contractors

·      Building collaboration within the government


So far, they’ve held roundtables in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, with more planned in coming months.


The Partnership is also reaching out to leaders of past government reform efforts and presidential transitions and sponsored a conference to identify actions needed to make government more effective, especially during a transition.  They hope to build a coalition of support and provide insights to the incoming Administration.  I’ll provide more Partnership resources as they come available, such as their white paper, “Fixing the Engine:  Investing in People to Enhance Government Performance.”


Do you think they are focusing on the right issues?  Are there others you would add?


By the way, the Partnership is also a member of the Government Performance Coalition, a group of organizations who are collectively sponsoring “Transitions in Governance” as one way to provide support during the upcoming presidential transition.


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One Response to “A Human Capital Agenda”

  1. Giora Hadar Says:

    The next president will also face two other issues – (1) the knowledge drain caused by the coming federal employees retirement tsunami and (2) the multi-generational workforce. The impending departure of the war generation and the early boomers necessitates a policy of capturing their tacit knowledge, codifying it, and making it available to their replacements.

    The next president will also have to identify incentives for agencies’ officials to cater to the generation Y youngsters who grew up with collaboration in their DNA, use on-line chat, refrain from using email, and are comfortable with displaying their inner thoughts publicly. If we don’t cater to them, they will go elsewhere and the government will not be able to meet its recruitment requirements. One way to do this maybe through the aggressive embrace of Web 2.0 technologies throughout the federal sector.

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