Creating Capacity to Enable Effective Change

The Senior Executives Association(SEA) and the Center for Organizational Excellence (COE) undertook an initiative to develop recommendations to Congress and the Administration to reform the capacity of Human Capital Management across the federal government.

We did not attempt to address civil service modernization per se as many other reports already have. Instead, we attempted to answer the question: Why after so many expert recommendations over many years has the civil service not been modernized?” Our answer was the government is lacking the capacity to do so at several levels.
Therefore, our recommendations centered around the requirements to build that capacity focusing on:
  • Legislative and Administration leadership
  • Reforming OPM to have strategic capacity
  • Inspiring and investing in the federal workforce
Our goal is to enact a Human Capital Reform Act, which would begin the process of building the required capacity. We wish to strengthen the governance and functions of HCM and thus improve the civil service and strengthen and honor the federal workforce. To do so we need a more constructive and comprehensive discussion that results in action. 
3 recommendations and 16 major actions

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The Senior Executives Association

The Senior Executives Association (SEA) is the professional association for career leaders across the federal government. Our goal is to improve the functioning of government, solve critical national challenges, and enhance the public’s trust with the federal government.

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The Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc.

For over 35 years The Center for Organizational Excellence (COE) has provided organizational transformation, reform, human capital, data, and information technology expertise to assist the government in being more efficient, effective, and credible.

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