Administration Plans Major HR Policies Rewrite

The Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget are planning to do a major rewrite of federal human resource policies and procedures.

Acting OPM Director Elaine Kaplan, who took over for John Berry on April 13, sent a memo to agencies’ chief human capital officers describing how the rewrite will help agencies focus on their goals.

“OPM is considering regulatory changes that will allow agencies to use Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) strategic plans and annual performance plans, instead of preparing separate human capital plans and reports, to identify and address HR issues, strategies and planned actions essential to making progress on the goals and objectives,” Kaplan wrote.

“[W]e plan to identify and promote best practices and increase shared delivery and co-investment in common HR functions and systems that strengthen HR services,” Kaplan continued. “Possible areas of opportunity include increasing managerial engagement in the hiring process, addressing agency-wide problems identified by the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, processing retirement applications more quickly and accurately, and improving labor-management relations.”

Specific areas OPM and OMB plans to target include refining the responsibilities of CHCOs and other HR managers, improving how agencies set HR goals and strategic plans and implement the HRStat process, which helps agencies review progress toward GPRA goals.

The plans will be part of the fiscal 2015 budget planning process, Kaplan wrote.

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