Federal Workforce Critical to President’s Success

October 28, 2012

Public servants make the diverse array of federal programs happen. Accordingly, addressing workforce challenges should be a priority, regardless of the outcome of the election.

Our collective experience as Office of Personnel Management directors, representing different administrations, led us to agree on four areas needing particular attention:

Sizing the workforce the right way. Much discussion about the size of the workforce is focused on numbers. How many? What percent? This perspective argues for arbitrary staffing adjustments that may be only loosely connected to mission realities.

In this approach, agencies are left to figure out how to fit responsibilities to predetermined staffing levels, regardless of whether the number of people makes sense.

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