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OMB, OPM Make Changes to SES Training

OMB Deputy Director Jeff Zients and OPM Director John Berry; Photo: omb.gov, opm.gov

The Obama administration announced last week it would take steps to improve training and hiring for the federal civilian workforce’s top executives, according to a report in Federal Times.

In a memo to the 8,000-member Senior Executive Service from Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, the two officials wrote the SES needed some attention in no small part because of the current budget crunch.

“At the very time we need ever greater output and performance, the SES is under tremendous pressure,” Zients and Berry wrote. “You are consistently asked to do more with less against a backdrop of heightened accountability for performance and too few professional development opportunities.”

Federal Times reports OPM will create a program to help newly promoted SES members “transition into their new roles.” The agency will also expand professional development opportunities.

In addition, OPM and OMB will streamline the process for performance appraisal systems, which will be more aligned with  agency goals.

The two agencies will also implement a pilot project designed to change how federal agencies search for talent in favor of a resume-based hiring model.

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