Archive for December 8th, 2008

Clear the Decks

December 8, 2008

The National Journal reports  that White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten has instructed all Bush political appointees that do not have term appointments to submit their resignations effective Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.  Here’s a copy of his memo, dated December 1st.  This is consistent with what occurred at the end of the Clinton Administration in 2001.

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Federal Workforce Recommendations

December 8, 2008
Partnership for Public Service

Partnership for Public Service

Last week the Partnership for Public Service released a survey of federal agency chief human capital officers on their assessment of the condition of the public service and their advice to President-Elect Obama.
Based on the survey results, the report cites four key recommendations for President-elect Obama as he gets ready to take charge of the 1.9 million federal workforce:

Make people issues a presidential priority. Federal managers will not see human capital reform as a priority unless it is a priority for the president. President-elect Obama should specifically assume the role of recruiter in chief and issue a call to government service.

Create 21st century systems to support a 21st century workforce. This will require updating the way our government hires, classifies and compensates its workers, among other reforms. President-elect Obama will also need to update the Office of Personnel Management, and focus its efforts on workforce improvement and agency assistance.

Improve our federal workforce by investing in the human resources workforce. Less than a third of HR leaders think their staffs clearly have the skills needed to do their jobs effectively. An investment in HR staff is an investment in attracting and retaining high quality people to carry out the administration’s agenda.

Don’t automatically hit the reset button on previous workforce reform efforts. Progress has been made in areas such as improving performance management systems and metrics to hold agencies and managers accountable for effective workforce management. President-elect Obama should build on this progress and send a powerful message to career employees that he values their work.

A full copy of the report can be obtained here.