At a forum hosted by the Coalition for Effective Change (CEC), three former Office of Personnel Management (OPM) directors from different presidential administrations participated in an open and frank conversation about human capital challenges and opportunities for the federal government.
The CEC panel consisted of Constance Newman, OPM Director from 1989-1992 during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; Janice Lachance, OPM Director from 1997-2001 during the administration of President William J. Clinton; and Linda Springer, OPM Director from 2005-2008 during the administration of President George W. Bush. The panel discussion was moderated by Carol Bonosaro, President of the Senior Executives Association (SEA).
The former OPM Directors provided their thoughts and insights on questions covering a variety of topics, including human capital challenges now and then, the growing role of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and its relationship with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), whether this Administration and agency leadership is doing enough to recognize employees and let them know they are valued, advice on engaging and motivating the workforce, the issue of pay-for-performance in government, recruitment and retention issues for current and future employees, and more.