OPM Modernization is Critical to Building the Federal Workforce the Nation Needs - March 18, 2021
Rigid and outdated hiring, pay and performance policies and practices are hurting government’s capacity to respond to urgent problems.
Terry Gerton & Janet Hale, Government Executive
Every level of government is grappling with unprecedented challenges that are increasingly complex and interconnected. The urgent need for leaders, managers, technical experts and front-line workers in the right jobs, with the right skills, and at the right time has never been greater. Our human capital is one of the nation’s most important assets and a foundational element for effective governance.
Unfortunately, the federal government today is struggling to build a public service workforce that can both meet the unique demands of our time and position itself for the challenges to come. It is limited by rigid and outdated hiring, pay and performance policies and practices. Public managers and employees also struggle to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of work. As a result, we face a significant risk that soon many public agencies and organizations will not have the workforce capabilities necessary to achieve their critical missions and provide services to the public.