2019 President’s Management Agenda Released

This morning, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) unveiled the FY 2019 President’s Management Agenda (PMA) – the guiding principles that will govern the administration’s approach to managing (and modernizing) the federal workforce.

The PMA highlights three primary “drivers of transformation:” “IT Modernization;” “Data, Accountability, and Transparency;” and “People – Workforce for the 21st Century.” The document sets out to present a “long-term vision for modernizing the Federal Government in key areas that will improve the ability of agencies to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service, and effectively steward taxpayer dollars on behalf of the American people.”

Included in the PMA are proposals ranging from increasing the use of the shared services model to making the security clearance process for federal positions more efficient.

Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, said the PMA “goes right after the fundamental challenge at the very start: citizens’ declining trust in government. And it pins the blame for low trust directly on the government’s poor performance.”

Kettl said the PMA recognizes that “problems flow from files of outdated regulations, inadequate collaboration across agencies, a failure to bring data to bear in important questions, and antiquated technology.

Federal employee groups also praised the proposal. Bill Valdez, President of the Senior Executives Association, called the PMA’s release a “significant step forward in the effort to modernize the Federal government.”

Valdez said, “As the PMA makes clear, the federal government needs to break down silos, modernize business processes, and build a 21st Century workforce that is responsive to the disruptive challenges our nation is facing. The PMA rightly identifies many of the impediments our federal government confronts on a daily basis, while also correctly recognizing that the necessary solutions will require long-term commitment.”




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